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3 years3 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
LED downlights

Bunnings have Click LED GU10 bulbs, 5W for less than $10 each. I think they are great.

3 years3 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Dulux Lexicon - anyone used this recently?

As I've said before, Lexicon is a unique colour (and a great color). It's (the only?) colour made by just adding black to white paint, so it's neutral.
Let your furnishing…

3 years3 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

Hi BuildingNewHome,
I used Merit Homes, which were not on my original list.
The house was finished 3.5 years ago and I am very happy with the result.
I can certainly recommend Merit…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Polystyrene walls vs Brick

Everyone is looking at the thermal resistance (R value) and ignoring the other important aspect, which is thermal mass (C value). If you want to have a thermally comfortable house…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Brickwork Defect: Misaligned Mortar Joints - Advice Needed

If the perpends are 20 mm that is a defect. Clear and simple.
Good luck.

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Brickwork Defect: Misaligned Mortar Joints - Advice Needed

jj1, are your brick defects as bad as Anthelas?

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Brickwork Defect: Misaligned Mortar Joints - Advice Needed

Anthelas,
A building inspector will be able to tell you if the brickwork is acceptable. They will quote the appropriate standard and there will be no ifs or buts about it.
I'm…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Brickwork Defect: Misaligned Mortar Joints - Advice Needed

The two windows are 2 bricks wide and 2.5 bricks wide. The brick layers should have built the wall so that each course alternates and the vertical joints all line…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Has anyone noticed a dramatic increase in electricity usage?

Lex, I have a couple of questions for you. Is your current hot water heater gas or electric? In your previous house, was your hot water heater gas or electric?

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Our Rocky Forever Home - couple of pics

Hi Emy,
I've been reading about your neighbour's builder cutting up to the boundary. There is no doubt about it, if they have cut to the boundary then they need to…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Brickwork Defect: Misaligned Mortar Joints - Advice Needed

To me, in both cases, they didn't alternate brick courses. Brick should be laid so that each course alternates, but in both cases where there is a problem the courses…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Development Application Refused

I've been going a lot of reading over the past week and building quite a knowledge base on local government and planning principles and laws.
It appears that the magic number…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Development Application Refused

Hi Stewie,
Thanks for you input. Much appreciated. It's a difficult time for me trying to get this DA over the line.
I just did a recalc of the FSR and it's…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Development Application Refused

I'm in Ryde Council. It's an extension (under the house and totally within the building envelope) and boundary retaining wall. The Council's concerns are that the FSR will now be…

4 years4 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Development Application Refused

Hi all,
I've just received from Council a Development Application - Notice of Refusal for an extension and backyard work.
I'm wondering if anyone has received one of these and what they…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Can we terminate a building contract?

leighton -1 (yes, minus!)

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Need advice following rejection of plans by council - Please

This is ridiculous. I would not proceed further with the company that designed the house and would ask for a full refund since the design is faulty. I would also…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Heat transfer

Transferring heat is also useful at bed time. Transfer any heat form the living areas tot the bedrooms.

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Do I really need an agi pipe?

An ag pipe sits under the dirt, is surrounded with gravel and then is covered with soil. The ag pipe itself will have a "stocking"

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Did you wet cure your slab?

Mine was cured with what I think is a PVA based coating. I hope I can tile on it, since I've just done the outside terrace, which was cured, and…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Did you wet cure your slab?

My slab had a curing compound applied to it. Something that was sprayed onto the slab about 4 hours after it was poured.

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Solar Choice

7.7 cents per kW, for you to supply them with peak electricity. That's disgusting. I wouldn't bother.

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Do I really need an agi pipe?

Legally, no water from your neighbours property is allowed to enter your house.
BTW even though your decking will be at the neighbour's level. As far as water concerned, nothing has…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
How big should a garage be?

If only for cars, 6 m x 6m
If adding a workbench, add 0.5 m to the length
If adding storage, add 0.3 m (preferably to the width)

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
underfloor heating powered by solar panels

Went to the SRCC website (http://www.solar-rating.org) and compared an Apricus AP-30C evacuated tube panel to a Solahart flat panel. There are different climates and application so I…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
underfloor heating powered by solar panels

The proof is on page 36 of the book "Solar Water Heating" by Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz. There is a graph that shows that only when the collector inlet…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
Can 20cm be a deal breaker?

Wow, are 20 cm setback. That's small!
Someone must have approved the construction, in which case it should be fine. (I assume it's a 20 cm setback and not a 20…

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
underfloor heating powered by solar panels

Just normal solar hot water panels are fine. (Evacuated tubes are not as good as flat solar hot water panels.)

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
concrete slab floor - layer above plastic barrier?

The plastic is referred to as a vapour barrier, not waterproofing. My structural engineer reminded me of this every time I called the plastic sheet under the slab waterproofing. I

5 years5 yearsCasa2Casa2 posted:
underfloor heating powered by solar panels

It would probably be cheaper to use solar hot water panels and use these to heat the slab. In summer the hot water can be directed to the domestic hot…

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