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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building plan review service

We offer building plan review as part of pre contract review and often we will find items that need clarification or rework.
If you can lump your plan review together with…

5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Does builder has the responsibility to provide me tradesman?

In my opinion, the builder has no obligation to do anything more than he has already done. Your situation highlights the problem of the owner doing work on site whilst…

5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A week in the life of Building -Expert

Another investor saved from catastrophic purchase.
Few days ago I inspected unit in a three storey brick block dating from the sixties.The building externally did have brick cracking but most of…

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7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Admin fee for variation?

have you bought house and land package from the builder or is builder building on your land?

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slab non conforming

You are right Doozer, I should not be talking about something I am not familiar with.
Out of interest then if we have engineered solution "house slab" would not engineer be…

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slab non conforming

Thank you Doozer for correcitng my assumption, I had no idea that WA is the sister state of Albania. Regardless, work has to comply with NCC and who signs of…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slab non conforming

Talk to the person who issued your building permit and ask about pre slab inspection.
Get a second opinion on the slab

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Admin fee for variation?

If you are on a binding contract and on a standard form industry contract then builder can refuse to carry out the variation or you can pay the price. It…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Admin fee for variation?

I would doubt if you have a binding building contract without drawings, it is more likely that you only have pre contract agreement for them to prepare plans for you,…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slab non conforming

That makes no sense, as part of building permit there must be a mandatory inspection and approval, it will be detailed on your building permit.
Your contractor is bullying you because…

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9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slabs are a scam of the century

On my pre purchase inspections, I regularly see BV homes with strip footings and stumps built 40 or more years ago still perfectly functional. I know, I built many. So…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slab non conforming

Was your slab inspected and approved by building inspector or an engineer before it was poured?, if so it would at least have had all the reinforcement in place, however…

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has anyone rectified slab heave successfully

Mee too , but also ome going through sewer lines as well, How do you fix it
Check out my blog
http://www.buildingexpert.net.au/blog/b ... egistered/

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18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Driveway thickness question

Short answer is yes if you have engineering specification then follow it.

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sealing the gap between slab and path around the house

There is nothing that requires sealant between walls and paving. I get to see houses that are 5,10,15,20 years old and sealant is never done and never an issue, Is…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A week in the life of Building -Expert

For over a decade I have been ripping into vandals pretending to be tradies who were bashing holes in structural bracing with a hammer (just have a look at my…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brown water leaking from toilet base

Water trapped in a soil layer (aquifer) at higher elevation than your slab and finding its way under your slab ( crack or passage in soil layer or old tree…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brown water leaking from toilet base

On rare occasions, you can get perched water table. if it's not coming when you flush where is it coming from?

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brown water leaking from toilet base

The colour (without odour) would suggest ground water coming in and that is potentially serious. Have a look outside to see if there is any evidence of movement and cracking…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Time wasting trades

Yeah right, words are cheap. Ever since you have joined the forum you were trumpeting apps, apps and more apps but when couple of years ago I asked you(genuinely interested)…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brown water leaking from toilet base

Builder's work including plumbing work is warranted for 10 years under DBCA1995, so your problem is your builder's problem.
Looking at your photos it looks there is some slab movement because…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has anyone rectified slab heave successfully

Nothing will ruin your slab like a leaking sewer drain under the slab. Today I inspected for pre slab and found sewer waste loose and damaged by concreters. You would…

24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Private Inspections

In answer to ayaman, private inspector has no legal standing and no power of enforcement but is simply your consultant to alert you of the issues early, advise and direct…

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24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Small bulges in new plasterboard

The bulge is from popping nail/screw. As the stud adhesive sets it shrinks and pulls plasterboard closer against timber. Adhesive dabs should be away from fixing or else nail/screw will…

24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Time wasting trades

Absolutely correct! I have found the same thing on commercial building work with difficult alterations. It is too hard to parcel out packages for subbies to price because of unknowns.…

25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has anyone rectified slab heave successfully

I did three frame inspections yesterday, all had roof on and none had temporary downpipes installed and connected to drains.
One had water puddle 12 inches from the slab edge. Here…

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25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Small bulges in new plasterboard

Can you post a photo?

25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Time wasting trades

In my comments (not reflecting on you), I have been trying to be educational to other members who may contemplate getting a tradie on an hourly rate.
In your situation 7m…

25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Written Direction To Fix Building Work

It's good to know that BS is on the ball with mandatory inspections, even so there are many things they don't check so if you don't know how to do…

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