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Harpies

Central Vic
Joined 19 October 2016
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1 month1 monthHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Some colour: the timber next to the tiles is red ironbark which will complement the tiles when sanded and coated.

1 month1 monthHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

OK, time for another update:
As you can see, things are moving along and the builder says that it should be habitable by the Christmas break. All the limestone walls are…

2 months2 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

For downpipes in a sensitive area that don't carry a lot of water, ie. porch, a chain 'downpipe' is a option. It becomes a feature rather than an ugly fixture

2 months2 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Timber cladding

I've used red ironbark from Queensland on my place. It is laid horizontally - shiplap join. The timber cost around $150/sqm.
The idea is to have minimal maintenance and as such…

4 months4 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
How to remove this top handle

What StructuralBimGuy said, or most/any type of bearing puller.

6 months6 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Thanks for that. I'm several months away from needing to use the Scala, but its nice to have some jobs ticked off.
From the instructions: "Adjust the tank precharge pressure…

6 months6 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

There is a small fall from the pumps to the house-maybe 500mm and both pumps feed into separate 1½ inch rural poly pipes so not much head loss there. The…

6 months6 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Another milestone today: the water is on.
The electricity has been on nearly a year now and the water has been coming from my present home, 3.5kms away, but it comes…

7 months7 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Build a rooftop terrace on top of existing ceiling

Listen to the builders W2160. From my thread on designing you own home:
"One very useful (and somewhat amusing) bit of advise came from my nephew's boss. He owns a…

7 months7 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

About time I did an update. Progress has been slow up to date, but it looks like accelerating now - a few photos to look at.
View looking over the garage…

8 months8 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
What height shower rose?

Thanks for the reply James. I'll do an update on the progress of the house shortly.
Pat

8 months8 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
What height shower rose?

The building is on the go and the bathroom fittings have been chosen (mostly) and so the question is - what height is best for the shower rose? We look…

8 months8 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Plumbing 'shed' toilet

All depends on what the fall is: talk to your plumber about that. My plumber brother often advises customers after he has unblocked their sewer to only use full…

10 months10 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Help! Builder wants to change from raft to waffle slab after

I've got no opinion on your circumstance Ari, but when I was organising my build (on a M class site), the builder, slab engineer and building surveyor all said that…

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10 months10 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Site map - contour map?

Talk to your building surveyor as to his requirements. I'm building on my farm and although I did a contour map myself, I doubt if I really needed to. My…

10 months10 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Hi James,
I'll have a go at most things, but apart from changing a power point or the like, I'm happy to leave 240V alone. That said I take advise from…

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10 months10 monthsHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

The Christmas break is long gone now and things are starting to happen. The slab was cured by covering with water for 16 days and has only a few fine…

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Mark and James: PM sent.

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

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"A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client". Maybe the same applies for architects, but since I'm not an architect, I cannot use the term.

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

First milestone with the slab pour. Had a good team and the job went well. I made some changes in the laundry, but there were no variance fees as I'm…

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Verandah Roof Upward Slope

The other thing about valley gutters (which is what you would have) is that if there is a hail storm and the valley fills with ice, the rain that comes…

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Water Tanks - Difference to make "drinking" safe

A quick Google tells me that Canberra water charge is around $5/kl, thus your 10,000l tank holds the equivalent of $50 worth of water and you are going to spend…

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1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Snakes

To help keep snake numbers down, don't give them a food supply ie. Chooks = chook feed = mice = snakes. Ditto avaries. Or wetlands = frogs = snakes.

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Snakes

Just some general comments as I'm in Vic. Brown snakes are worthy of great respect: they are lightning fast and have attitude. Ask your prospective neighbours what the snake situation…

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Thanks for the kind words James.
The basics such as what window area to have I got from the Internet, but mostly it was my intuition/knowledge/experience that led me along. I…

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

Thanks A_Y,
One very useful (and somewhat amusing) bit of advise came from my nephew's boss. He owns a home building company that does more expensive homes- half million plus jobs…

1 year1 yearHarpiesHarpies posted:
Design your own home

First some background. I'm a farmer, in my 60's and soon to start building my retirement home on my farm in Central Vic. and had no design experience.
Been thinking of…

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