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Orange Grove WA
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27 d27 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Single Phase vs 3 Phase Electricity (New Build)

I am putting it in as it has a benefit apart from reducing the energy loss in the wiring along a long drive way. I am also putting in a…

28 d28 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

Volume builder will definitely build you a house in WA with 28 brick courses (cheaper) vs. 31 courses or about 2620 ceiling height, so your house will be hotter in…

1 month1 monthdomwilddomwild posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

Yes, there is! Did get my own floor plan, contour map, soil test and site costs and contacted more than four builders. One builder offered $10,000 less after I told…

2 months2 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

The HIA and MBA will always support the builder and not you. Builders are supposed to have regular meetings with you at the end of certain stages, so have a…

3 months3 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

As often as possible as builders are often guilty of shortcuts. In my case the Afghan bricklayers forgot to add in the 20mm spacers (the need for speed!) to the…

4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Insulation in cavity-brick wire ties and conduits interfere?

The company also says there has to be a 50mm overlap, top sheet over lower, the overlap has to be taped, that is a must and then the co. says…

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4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Insulation in cavity-brick wire ties and conduits interfere?

Watch the outer leaf being done and insist on one 20mm spacer biscuit every second brick tie. Take photos like I did as evidence; not that the supervisor bothered to…

4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Approaching builders - advice please

Both are worded for the benefit of the builder and not the client and you have no choice anyway. One builder had his own idea of first progress payment, which…

4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Insulation in cavity-brick wire ties and conduits interfere?

A word of warning here: Watch the brickies as they were lazy with putting in the 20mm spacer bisuits and the company told me, that reduces the R-rating from R…

4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Norfolk had us all worried with his statement re responsibility, but he is a realist and shows us the duties of his/hers for upt to 15 builds. In my case…

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4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

As a pensioner I have the privilege to look at the site nearly every day and how owners can trust builders to not cut corners beats me. So far I…

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5 months5 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Rafter (120 x 35) span, N1 wind area, WA, excessive?

Hi,
A new build in Bentley (WA) and the rafters were inspected by a roofing carpenter and he expressed doubts as far as the span was concerned.
From the support…

5 months5 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

NewChoice Developments (Perth) has it in the contract not to enter the building site without the manager, which is absolute rubbish as the manager has other things to do. It…

6 months6 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Cabinetry not build to plans on architect build

Exhaust all the public institutions there are, you paid for building insurance, perhaps they pay, the Builders Registration Board, the HIA (Housing Industry Association), the Architect's Board you have already…

6 months6 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
5.6m x 1.6m Sliding Gate-RHS Steel Suggestions, Please!

Such a manual gate will cost me about $4,500 fully installed and in alu, so I decided to go partial DIY. The dimensions of the alu RHS are as follows…

7 months7 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Approaching builders - advice please

You are correct, 75mm slab is correct for soil types xyz, but having been told that this also gives the builder tolerances plus some builders drop the slab down to…

7 months7 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Approaching builders - advice please

Sorry, each builder has their own specification for a cheap standard build, such as without wall painting, only showers tiled to 2000, 28c bricks instead of 31c, 75mm (bad!) slab…

7 months7 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Builders putting their rubbish on my empty block!VENT!

Found two small concrete segments so far from an old leach drain on this "new" building block. If there was a house before with a leach drain, then they simply…

8 months8 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Insulation in cavity-brick wire ties and conduits interfere?

Thanks chippy for help. Much appreciated. Would you recommend it on a westerly wall? It seems to give you R1.3 insulation.

8 months8 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Insulation in cavity-brick wire ties and conduits interfere?

Hi,
My builder is suggesting Kingspan aircell Permicav XV cavity wall insulation on our NW side. The cavity is only 50mm wide, the product is 5.5mm thick. On the company's video,…

8 months8 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Doctor tells me in 95% of homes the gov. support workers will not work in due to OH&S regulations re doors, which are too small or corridors unsuitable for wheelchairs,…

8 months8 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Flat sandy building block-developer dumped building rubble!

Thanks, chippy and everybody for help. You put my mind at rest.

8 months8 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Flat sandy building block-developer dumped building rubble!

Thanks for answer, StructuralGuy. Problem is, the soil tester dug a few holes for his report and did not report anything. Question is: Who pays for the removal of anything,…

8 months8 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Flat sandy building block-developer dumped building rubble!

Hi,
Saved myself $600 by spraying and raking up the weeds on this nice flat "sandy" building block, but got the rake stuck on what appeared to be a stone. Turns…

9 months9 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Roof with no sarking

The energy assessor of the builder is giving me a 6.7 rating, where six is supposed to be the present "best" rating, but without anticon and only R4 ceiling insulation.…

9 months9 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Time frame is most likely given as something like the "maintenance period" or "warranty" period of six months in your contract. Danger with withholding progress payments if they do not…

9 months9 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Any good building inspectors in Perth, which can be recommended? I am still hesitant using inspectors as the builder can still disregard the reports.

9 months9 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Sorry to read of your problems, Norfolk. The industry has political support from industry and unions through lobbying. My architect made mistakes, the builder is making mistakes and so do…

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9 months9 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Most builders only give you a single-page specification listing all the inclusions and that is not very detailed. Builders have a detailed multi-page speci, but they may be rather reluctant…

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