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1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Stormwater Charged System Required?

Your downpipes are just one issue, the other is site drainage, you should be able to have natural surface drainage to LPD, with charged system you can't.

2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Door misalignment issue

If you had a competent pre purchase inspection done then the issues would have been pointed out to you during purchase cooling off period, giving you an option to renegotiate…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Door misalignment issue

I have seen this many times before, your new door was not built like that, it means the frame has become misaligned due to ground movement. If I was you…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Hairline Cracks and Sound from walls

1 before you take on your builder you need a correct diagnosis

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Does bored piers stops slab heave?

The whole point about building on highly reactive soils is to stabilise and keep moisture content even. That is why special care is required during construction and good maintenance after.…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Stormwater Charged System Required?

99.7 + 100mm for pipe = 99.8+ 30m pipe run @ 1;100=300=99.8+300=100.1 + minimum cover to pipe under paving 100mm= 100.2, leaves 300mm to step down from FFl
On…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Hairline Cracks and Sound from walls

In my experience thermal expansion is uncommon to cause noise in ordinary timber framed BV dwelling with roof tiles

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Hairline Cracks and Sound from walls

If you can hear cracking in your house then it can be thermal shock and or more likely foundation movement.
Check your cornices for cracks and your doors for even margins,…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Tender appointments

Take your contract home and get independent contract review with your building consultant

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building levels vs ground levels

the following is from NCC 2015
(b) Slab­on­ground — finished slab heights:
the height of the slab­on­ground above external finished surfaces must be not less than (see Figure 3.1.2.2)—
(i) 100 mm…

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building levels vs ground levels

Ask for an explanation in writing

14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

There is no good news and there are no good options
1 The home is severely damaged by slab heave and most probably cannot be fixed and returned to acceptable tolerances
2…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

your call

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

I think you are past the stage of trying to figure this out yourself, also your engineer does not have the answers (why am I not surprised?).
Your house will not…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Hi Everyone from a Geotech

Try Geoenvironmental Solutions Tasmania, they design wastewater systems and have designed septic system upgrade for me for $900. My old septic was retained but I had to relocate my effluent…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Room to negotiate?

The fact that your builder was confident enough to compete against others speaks positive volumes, you like him, he has given you good service and goes the extra mile for…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pre Purchase Property Inspection

Nice picture but anyone can see cracked wall. Can you put up your qualifications and experience to put customer's mind at ease that you know what you are talking about…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

You mentioned sewer drains, sewer trenches can be irrigation system under slab if they have not been plugged off.

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
$ 19800.00 for H2 SLAB UPGRADE ?

Good points but would you hazard a guess of the costs of doing the items you suggest against $ $19800?
1. Get your own contour, geotech report
2. Do Your own sketch…

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor vs. Building Inspector

Yes your understanding is good. Building Surveyors assess whether the building will comply, then issue building permit. Building inspectors carry out mandatory inspections to ensure health safety and amenity of…

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21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Render and Termite Barrier

It seems you will be OK unless there is a way for termites to find covert entry between render and brickwork. The critical line will be junction of your slab…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Render and Termite Barrier

post a photo

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner builder, is it worth it?

The idea of OB to save is appealing but given that you are a novice you are way behind the starting line.
Don't count on friends and favours because it all…

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24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?

The proposition that engineers are more trustworthy than other professions or trades is stupid. Having spent a lifetime working with engineers, architects and tradies I can tell you that I…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site works advice needed

Change the design to timber floor frame on stumps and strip footing

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site works advice needed

If you had a pre contract review with a competent building consultant then the relationship between site and house levels would have been explained to you and now you would…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Inclement weather delay claim

Read your contract, there is already allowance for inclement weather. Builder would have to prove that inclement weather was greater than allowed in the contract and that it caused delays.…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Delay of more than 6 months

A probable explanation is that at fixing stage your builder has most of your money including profit and the cost to complete is equal to or more than is left…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete Tilt panel home build - Brisbane

Nice design but I don't think tilt up is the way to go. Why? Do you have good road access and hardstand around the site for crane and trucks? It…

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