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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Asbestos around pipe?

Asbestos is only dangerous if it is disturbed becomes airborne and can be inhaled. To me this looks like an old pipe going through old wall and the penetration is…

2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
An oversight by the builder - where do we stand?

From your post I assume that builder has prepared your architectural and engineering plans. If so then it's builder's error and the cost of rectification is on the builder. If…

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Two thirds of the way through the build and identified signi

Yes, trust is a blindfold on your face and now you know it.
Some years ago we had communications from Consumer Affairs Victoria that they will enforce penalties for breaches of…

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5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Two thirds of the way through the build and identified signi

Builders make extra profit by skimping on delivery, usually quality, but often substitution with cheaper elements or even omission.
Additionally they make more by pocketing what they should be spending on…

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5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Water leaking through garage wall

Masonry walls are not waterproof. You can improve by painting outside of the wall or treating with masonry sealer

5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Two thirds of the way through the build and identified signi

Who was checking your build? Two thirds of a way is a long way before waking up.

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Challenging architectural detail

btw you did not post floor plan only the roof plan

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Challenging architectural detail

if you look at the first photo you posted and the last elevation then you will see that the fascia is supposed to be flush with your brick pier, it…

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Challenging architectural detail

post your ground floor plan and roof plan and your other 2 side elevations. Your elevation does not show untidy flashing, have a look in your drawings if there are…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Commercial and residential builder

Be careful, references are a good starting point but they only amount to probability. Probability that you builder will do a good job. ALWAYS CHECK REFERENCES and find builder's last…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Seeking Advice on assigning Building Inspector for Spec Home

Check you contract for your rights. If you don't have a building contract then your rights will be less.

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Powerpoint leakage

You have a doubt. Get your electrician to check it.

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Builder Pool Install

cat_dunc says
"someone who takes ownership of the shell AND the installation, understand how it works before they start putting paper in front of you to sign"
Yes, that's your pool builder.…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No occupancy permit unless appliances are sourced through bu

At what stage is your build? Have appliances been included in your contract price?

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Builder Pool Install

Yes you have a warranty from installers but who checked their work complies and conforms. If you are not experienced in pool installation you won't know what to look for,…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Builder Pool Install

I see a lot of failed swimming pools and if yours becomes one you will have no redress because it will be entirely at your risk

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Flooding Damages

Brand new home would be under builder's warranty and if the house is damaged from roof or other leaks builder would be obliged to remedy. Talk to the builder first.

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Just brought a house . And found out there’s no insulation i

Seven year old home should be insulated and if you had pre purchase inspection you would have been informed.
As it is you will still have a cause of action against…

13 d13 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
garage house

It makes no sense to me. There are good reasons why dwellings are built one way and garages the other. A garage home will always be a shack and won't…

14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is it plausible to do parts of a bathroom reno yourself?

Good answer from arcadelt but I would just like to add warning about Asbestos. If the dwelling was built in 1985 or earlier it likely has asbestos cement sheet backing…

14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Challenging architectural detail

It look to me, without the benefit of reviewing the architectural drawings that there is unplanned offset at the junction of two surfaces. One method of fixing would be to…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Challenging architectural detail

The first question I would be asking is has it been constructed in accordance with architectural drawing and detail?. Post the drawing plans and elevations.

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22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pool placement with easements and fences.

You can ask for a permission to build over an easement, talk to the council or your water authority (depending whether it is stormwater or sewerage easement). People have built…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Home Security Camera options

I have Arlo Pro 4 camera system as motion detect alert and with free cloud storage 7 days , easy set up it is excellent.
I also have Hikvision 8 camera…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete Flooring

Its good to know you are on top of it.

24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete Flooring

I would hope that dirty viny wasn't Asbestos Vinyl tiles.
All people doing DIY on the cheap should be aware of Asbestos risks or they will be selling their health and…

24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Ebay Stores

There are price consequences for everything. Not everyone can be a builder or an importer.
Whatever you do for a living, your time is valuable and whilst the idea of saving…

24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Ebay Stores

I have been using Ebay for purchasing all kinds of stuff for over a decade and have been rarely disappointed. If you are buying bathroom products you can choose Ebay…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contract in my favour?

Any timber structural members touching bottom of brick wall cavity should be from durable timber and isolated from dampness that could cause rot.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contract in my favour?

Narbe says
"I wish that I didn't need to pay extra to make sure my builder does a right job. Certainly in my line of work (health industry) patients don't need…

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