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3 years3 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Gemmil homes bought by Simmonds group.

So gemmil homes has been bought out by the Victorian builder Simmonds group for 6 million (very cheap for a top ten builder).

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Are you building in a problem soil area?

This is a copy of Csiro foundation maintenance and footing performance. Has good info on soil types and type of movement that occurs on buildings.
http://www.unitcare.com.au/pdfs/Foundat ...…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Bad Brickwork opinions please? PHOTO'S

With the bed joint issue you can remove three or four bricks at a time and re-lay. The level they are at would be -1 course from your slab which…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Bad Brickwork opinions please? PHOTO'S

Although there are tolerances for width of perpend joints and bed joints. They are normally applied in the context of them all being uniform. That is to say if one…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Refund of fee

Often they will allow you to pay a license fee for the design but sometimes the cost is unrealistic.

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Best way to remove spoil soil

Only looks like 3-4m3

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Building a new house - Garage on boundary

The tolerances for masonry are outlined in A.S 3700.
if the neighbouring property wall is already up then cleaning excess mortar is really all they can do. Most people end up…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Refund of fee

Usually you will enter a preliminary agreement where the builder prepares plans ,contract documents,survey of the block and engineers details. This is usually known as an agreement for preparation of…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Bad Brickwork opinions please? PHOTO'S

Can't see any photos but based on what you have said this would not comply with A.S 3700.

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Are these tiles faulty ??

Not if they are laiyed to what is considered by an authority to be an acceptable standard

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Are these tiles faulty ??

Porcelain is usually a polished or semi polished tile so the tolerance should be 1mm

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Are these tiles faulty ??

2mm for lippage is for normal ceramics porcelain is 1mm. See the below excerpt from the Australian Standard.
From A.S 3958
“The lippage between two adjacent tiles should not exceed 2 mm.…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Moisture protection for zero lot wall against retaining wall

Yes you are correct. moisture will migrate through the wall via capillary action from the retaining wall. You can seal the limestone wall with bitkote 5.
Also be mindful that…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Advice or experiences with dimming LED with Clipsal Saturn

Not sure about this but I have had a dispute between an owner and Clipsal that I was involved in regarding the Saturn series switches. The complaint was that if…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Crossover

Actually that is not entirely true. If the building licence comes back approved and says the crossover is to be done to council specs and the original quote the builde…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Crossover

If the crossover is part of the contract then the builder would want to do this for ease as it is easier to set the paving up if it is…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
45 working days to commence question

This provision in the contract is really to give the opportunity for the builder to review their price if you fail to provide all necessary approvals within the specified timeframe.…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
45 working days to commence question

Many moons ago I worked as a contracts manager for a large home builder. My interpretation was always finance, land, shire and water. I think they might be taking Liberty…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
45 working days to commence question

The 45 day clause from all approvals in the H.I.A contract isn't soley the builders responsibility. You need to prove you own the block and have finance approval. If you…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Progress Payments

You normally sign an authority for the bank to release the money. On final payment the bank may want to do an inspection which usually is just a drive by…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Laminex bench top join

If you are in Western Australia then the building commission generally will rule that if a laminate join is necessary then it should be uniform and consistent. Tolerance for lippage…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
home group wa and opticomm

A lot of builders are doing this and basically if that is all they are contracted to do then you can't expect anything else. So essentially they have said they…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Dale Alcock Build in Kensington - Moved In

The grey render is a nominal thickness of 8-10mm. The aim is to level the walls with grey float plaster so when it comes time to set plaster the walls…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
$149 for LED downlight vs installing batten light point

Yes exactly, builders do it all the time for customers.

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4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Gemmill Galliano in Woburn Park: Lost Interest in Build 6/3

If they consistently give misinformation then it is worth escalating your frustration past the clo and site supervisor. Sometimes higher management need to know where their staff are falling down…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Gemmill Galliano in Woburn Park: Lost Interest in Build 6/3

slow progress can be very frustrating especially when you see other homes going up faster. The main thing is they are getting the quality right. If they are slow and…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
$149 for LED downlight vs installing batten light point

No just have your one batten point that would be included and have junction box from each one. It would be unnecessary to have a batten point for each light…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
$149 for LED downlight vs installing batten light point

I would have thought positioning the std batten light in a location the down light is in and then running junction boxes up in the roof space. When the sparky…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
$149 for LED downlight vs installing batten light point

Remember whatever price you have priced by the builder will also have their margin on top. Also if they don't do this a lot their supplier won't give them a…

4 years4 yearsbuilding inspectorbuilding inspector posted:
Termite treatment/homeguard - is that the blue paint on slab

No, what you have described is just a spray treatment. Homeguard does have a physical blue barrier too but that is not specified in your case.
The edge of your slab…

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