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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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19 h19 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder’s warranty and modifications.

You are assuming a lot, I have seen qualified builders cut braces and other structural elements they should not.

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder’s warranty and modifications.

What if whilst you are making bigger opening you cut vital wall bracing?

6 d6 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Must final payment be paid before handover?

Have you read your building contract and do you understand the concept of practical completion and the procedures of final inspection?
If so you will have you answers, if not then…

14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Trenching for slab - concerns of trench work need help

They have not yet finished the pads with packing sand
This is what it should look like

Trenching for slab - concerns of trench work need help
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16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
H Slab - Screw Piles

Welcome to the forum Mark and it is proper that you have upfront declared interest in the companies where you work. That is a decent approach and I for one…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Which Slab is Better? Waffle Pod or Raft Concrete Slab???

As a builder myself I prefer raft slabs. Waffle pods in my opinion are closer to the risk edge and savings to the builder are not passed on to the…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

No! It is not an audit of everything in your contract but an overview check for the main items plus the advice what to do about it if there is…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

Then you have wasted your money.

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

Why is your own private inspector not guiding you?

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

Adjustment to provisional sum is not a variation

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Drainage issue side of house

Use inspection opening to get rid of the water FAST,
Far end of you puddle is almost at the slab edge

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Drainage issue side of house

Ag line must be at least 1 m away from slab edge and should be deeper than bottom of slab

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Drainage issue side of house

Great advice from SaveH2O but I would take a drill and put holes in your drains below downpipes shoe as low to the ground as possible for emergency drainage pending…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has anyone rectified slab heave successfully

Something is very wrong with this. My experience with VCAT. Cc is that any agreement reached is documented and signed by both parties. Two day cooling off applies if parties…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
14 month old home water entering laundry damaging door

Builders warranty in Victoria is 10 years
Water entering building is not acceptable and is in breach of performance requirements of the NCC
Unless you have interfered with your house in some…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is this an Asbestos fibro?

You will get a pretty good indication of you know the age of the rubble. If the material predates 1985 it is very likely to be Asbestos but the only…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brick finishing issue

I can see acid pitting on your mortar and to me it looks like they used strong acid. White cement sets very hard and if it is left too long…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Recommend security cameras + supporting system

My solution is 2 systems, wired and wireless
I have experience with Arlo Pro2 wireless camera system and it is excellent. It will give you 5 cameras in the cloud for…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Where this moisture coming from and how to fix it?

From what you said and photo of the view through the window (and older style cornice) you have standard construction older home with eaves. Fascia and gutter are constructed further…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Mortar defect?

If you are in Victoria your dwelling is under builder's warranty for 10 years. It is unlikely you have a serious problem but observe and keep photos and records. Your…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contracts signed-subject to Bank Val-

If your "subject to" to clause is active and there is nothing else in the contract about you forfeiting 3% you should be able to walk away without paying more.…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pest control in a newly built home - Sydney

Put a door seal that actually works, forget sprays.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pest control in a newly built home - Sydney

You are probably experiencing a swarm of alates (known as flying ants). This means there are termite nests in your neighbourhood releasing Alates in search of new colonies to invade(remember…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Occupation Certificate & Interim Occupation Certificate Fail

I am not familiar with NSW but the general advice is to talk to your certifier to ascertain what exactly the problem is. It seems to be a mixed bag…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

Karim
I work in greater Melbourne and Geelong areas and yes I have been to Sunshine Coast for special inspections but generally it will work out too expensive FIFO for routine…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

I think you need to look at the purpose of my inspection. It was inspection(as a second opinion) of the property and a review of the pre purchase report to…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Arden Homes Inspectors

As a builder who has lived through change from council building inspectors to privatised building surveying and inspections I can tell you of a catastrophic fall in inspection standards and…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

No, Brick veneer on clay reactive soil in N/W Melbourne

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Arden Homes Inspectors

Excellent write up

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