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8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Peg Out Query

One thing to be careful about- if you are measuring, make sure the tape is level- as if you measure down a slope the distance will not be correct- and…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Any potential problems with slab pour in cold weather???

I think it sounds like ideal weather for a pour.
I worked in ther Blue Mountains for years and this is pretty standard. As long as it is not close to…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Building Permit for Raised Deck with roof

Lots of questions- but as a carpenter there is one I can help with I hope. Timber shrinks in the thickness and width, but not in the length- so interspercing…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Rain and it's effect on a build

Hey- I had another thought on this last night...How about we spare a thought for the poor tradies who are not paying their bills while it rains. Imagine the stress…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
offcuts used to do my flooring?

Hi there.
As we humans use old-growth trees for floors and other things what happens is they start running out. This pushes the price up- so that lengths are used that…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Adding Solar?

The sums with the rebated solar add up so well that I can't understand anyone who is not planning to move in the next 3-4 years not getting one.
Sure- shop…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Rain and it's effect on a build

I have seen slabs poured on quite wet sites with no ill effects.
In the long run you will be happy that they waited for the right conditions though- neither you…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Stages of owner building...

Hi Connie.
Lots of good advice here- but one very simple piece of advice that will make your site run much more smoothly (and safely)...
I know it sounds ridiculously simple- but…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Settlement tips/suggestions

Hi there.
We have sold I guess 30 houses and I have attended the settlement on I suppose 8 or 10. The solicitor/conveyencer should have no problem with the settlement on…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Guttering overflows

There can be two reasons for this (not the tank/s).
One is not enough (or too small) downpipes.
The other is that your guttering may not be sloping (falling) correctly. If there…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Hidden Key?

Meter box is the classic if it is there.
If you use a small builder it is much more friendly! But perhaps more expensive.
Under a brick somewhere is the other place.
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Butlers pantry - sink in there?

They don't call them Butler sinks for nothing!
It sounds like a nifty idea to me.
Cheers,
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Key Locks on Children's Bedrooms

No- as a builder the most I have done is install privacy (like bathroom) function on master bedrooms.
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Who 'couriers' heavy building material

Hi there.
I have moved bricks before from one house to another- I just rang some transport companies close by and they will know who is set up for this.
You would…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Would you bother washing the frame?

Hi there.
Heck no- read a book instead! As a builder I have seen a lot of dirt on a lot of frames, but once they are clad there is no…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Do I need a new Hot Water System?

There are not a lot of things to choose from that goes wrong with a HWS. Either the tak rusts out (leak around the HWS), the element burns out (no…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Gutter guard recommendations?

Hey- well done with the photo! How did you do that??
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
creepy crawlies on site?

are these beasties harmful?
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Roof or Bathroom?

We have done up and sold lots of houses.
I would sweep off any loose paint and do the kitchen or bathroom. They will sell the place. As long as the…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Need a new outdoor deck!

Hi there.
The reason that the builders are insisting on good quality materials is that they don't want to get a phone call from you in 3 or 4 years saying…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
anyone heard of papercrete insulation

Saw it on Grand Designs, in the U.K. and they said it was great. They are pretty fussy on the insulation there so that might be a good sign.
Cheers,
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
G'day there!

Welcome Michael, and good luck with the build.
As a builder can I just stress that the most important thing about the process is very clear communication, between the builder, owners,…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Timber floor finish, I'm confused

Hi there.
We have used Tung oil in the past and have found it a great product. It brings out the best in the timber but doesn't put an artificial coated…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Gutter guard recommendations?

Hi Judie,
We have a metal roof.
What I have done (during construction when possible, but I have retro-fitted aswell) is buy some stainless steel fry wire at the hardware store. I…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Building with M - exposed RSJ's

Normally you would box this in with some fairly thin (20mm) dressed timber. Are you able to do this?
The holes in the bricks can be filled with a little mortar
Regards,
Dennis

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Mortar blobs ALL over the frame. Whose responsibility is it?

Slightly tongue in cheek, but as a builder I always found the brickies not responsible for anything! They do the job and shoot through. Perhaps it comes down to if…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Nice sink to suit stone tops

To add a touch of class a butler sink is great to use. We have had one in our last 3 kitchens and I would not be without one- both…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
600mm wall oven or 900mm under bench oven?

In our last 2 houses we have had Ilve 900mm ovens (upright) and soon we will have number 3!
It is great to have both the extra oven, and also the…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Marble Sealant question please

I don't know if I have some odd sort of marble, but after installing it I just polished with bee's wax (3 years ago) and I have not had a…

8 years8 yearsdennis restorationdennis restoration posted:
Blanco dishwasher - Grr! Where's the quality?

As a builder I fell to the temptation to use Blanco once. And once only- on installation there were a lot of things that seemed pretty ordinary to me. Back…

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