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4 months4 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
What do you wish you knew before you built?

What do you wish you knew before you had your house built?
Did you find you wished you knew more about:
contracts?
colour selections?
how long it would take?
where you could save…

5 months5 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Site costs

If you're struggling with the concept of not connecting a slab to a pier, then you're going to hate this product:

5 months5 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Concrete driveway testing - please help

When we test concrete in place we have a couple of tools available:
- Schmidt Hammer tests. A non-destructive way to measure the strength of the concrete surface. They can be…

5 months5 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Site costs

Hi annie88
Not sure if I'm missing something. If a soil tester classified the site as H2 (a measure of how much the…

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10 months10 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Slab cut

I agree with bank - get the original engineer to sign off on the cut reinforcement including what steps to take to protect…

11 months11 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Has anyone rectified slab heave successfully

I don't want to get your hopes up because every slab heave job is different. And if it is possible it will still be a long hard slog. Get good…

11 months11 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Take lots of photos. When we investigate house movement, apart from plans, soil test and levels it's my next favourite thing to troll through to see how it all went…

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12 months12 monthscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Slab heave on house we built in 2010. What next?

If anyone is interested I just did a video about screw piers for houses on the weekend. I know you guys are all very well informed so I thought you…

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1 year1 yearcornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Full renovation of 90’s brick home Brisbane

This service that Resbuild offers might be handy?

1 year1 yearcornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Engineer needed to approve retaining wall NSW North Shore

Thanks for the recommendation StructuralBIMGuy but I'm not a big fan of timber retaining walls due to long term durability issues. I'd like…

1 year1 yearcornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Buying overland flow land

It's good that you're aware of these issues so early. Good work.
Overland flow affects what type of building you can build (on stumps vs on slab) so speak to your…

1 year1 yearcornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Very Steep Block Brisbane - New home Construction

Hi
Have you got a building designer yet or do you intend getting your builder to help with the design?
Did your soil tester say anything about getting a "slope stability"…

1 year1 yearcornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Rainwater tank - is it worth in Brisbane

This is an old report done for the Australian Government but it's worth reading if you have time. It turned me off having a rainwater tank:
In fact I'm surprised that…

1 year1 yearcornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Carport to bedroom conversion. Brisbane North private builde

Hi Do
Even before you start talking to builders (unless you're only chasing an indicative price, I'd suggest you have a bit of homework to do first:
Carport slabs don't need to…

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
How to fix this sheet parts coming off from Gyprock ceiling?

Hi
That looks like plasterboard tape - the paper tape placed over the plasterboard joints by the plasterer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ17oTw0jkI
If it's loose there could be moisture above…

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Can beans and slabs be poured at different dates?

Hi sweetswisssteel
I had a look at your previous posts and you\'re already pretty aware of the issues.
Three things to consider. Drainage. Drainage. Drainage.
Keep moisture away from your house.…

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Change to ceiling height

You might have overall building height limits imposed by council like we do here in Brisbane. Either that or the designer isn't willing to recalculate the wind loads on your…

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Can beans and slabs be poured at different dates?

Thanks for the feedback Chippy. I've put a lot of effort into the website and I'm glad it's helping people. We haven't got all the answers but we try at…

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Can beans and slabs be poured at different dates?

I've never heard of a builder doing a construction joint in a waffle slab before. Definitely need your engineer to approve the two-pour slab in writing before you let them…

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Deck standards esp re footings ? (Brisbane)

Try this link from Timber Queensland.
https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/sites/defau ... _final.pdf
PS. You'll also need a building certifier. Try http://www.buildingcertificationgroup.com.au/

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Incorrect roof pitch

Hi Sarah
Try Don Dixon. He services Brisbane area. http://www.buildingpestinspectionsnorth ... te.com.au/
Phone 0418 222 934

2 years2 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Does ceiling height adds value to the property?

I agree. Higher ceilings are definitely better. I convinced a client to raise her ceilings in her house raise project. After all the engineering and inspections and work we did…

3 years3 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Brickwork Articulation Joints

Our senior structural engineer, Patrick Mazoudier, delivered an internal training session for our engineers at Cornell Engineers on articulation joints this morning and we're making it freely available on our…

5 years5 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Solid timber 180mm x 19mm secret nailed

Hi ctvu
It is certainly more complicated and more susceptible to gapping.
Here's what I found online:
http://www.paradise-timbers.com.au/pdf/ ... cedure.pdf
Matt Cornell

5 years5 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Driveway paver colouring/painting questions

How about picking out some of the old ones and mixing them in with the new ones and vice versa?
Matt

5 years5 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
Perpend dispute with builder

This might help. It's an extract from the previous version of AS3700 regarding mortar joints but I doubt it changed in the most recent version. Bluff and say it's current!

6 years6 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
First renovation

Try these guys:
http://www.resbuild.com.au/
But that isn't a lot of money for an extension. You might be able to do a nice renovation though?
http://www.clairestevensid.com.au/
Regards
Matt

6 years6 yearscornellengineerscornellengineers posted:
brick pillars

I'll take a bet both ways.
If the cavity is filled with mortar, I don't think brick ties will be required but I'd be concerned the steel could corrode unless you…

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