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10 d10 diTooliTool posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

H2 classification indicates more reactive clay than H1 (to simplify things, it will cost you more money to have a slab which performs the same under H2 conditions compared to…

10 d10 diTooliTool posted:
Gj gardener Brisbane north

I (unfortunately) have experience with them. I won't go into details, but suffice to say I walked away from them after paying the initial $1.5k deposit... make of that what…

3 months3 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Stage inspections for new build in Brisbane

I used Allinspect at Frame Stage and Practical Completion Stage. Can thoroughly recommend them.

3 months3 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Brisbane Knockdown Rebuild and Character Overlay Worries

Unless you have a time machine and are able to travel back in time 4 years, unfortunately I don't think you're going to be able to help Clash...

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
What is Rigid Slab Freeboard?

I think it depends on the reason for the piering. For instance, if they've been specified to address the impacts of a tree of influence (soil drying/shrinkage only) rather than…

4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
What is Rigid Slab Freeboard?

Freeboard is a hydrological concept, not a product. The 310mm freeboard is the height difference between the rebate and the slab FSL. This is annotated on the drawings.
The drawings show…

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4 months4 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Notice of Completion by Builder when work not completed

Why might a builder do this? To improve their cashflow (getting you to pay the final invoice earlier) and/or stopping the clock on late completion damages (if they've run over…

6 months6 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Cost to install water meter QUU

QUU's fees and charges are published here: https://www.urbanutilities.com.au/devel ... nd-charges
They charged me ~$2,600 in Brisbane a couple of years ago. The existing water main was in…

7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Building with CJ Homes

My suggestion is do not take this "advice" prima facie from the builder - call Brisbane City Council and ask to speak to the duty planner (provide them with your…

7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Question about regulations re window sizes

Natural lighting requirements are dealt with in Section 3.8.4 of the Building Code Volume 2 (which you should be able to access online). It looks like the general requirement for…

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7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Insulating Garage Door

I'd guess so, given the use of the term "drywall" rather than plasterboard. I have a vague recollection that R values in NA are not comparable to R values here…

7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

...and as expected, he demonstrates my point.
Thread views up 35% since last night, I'm sure OP appreciates the bump. I'm not quite sure how the techno-predilections of gamblers is relevant…

7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

1) Responds to the thread, thereby bumping it back up to the top of the page and providing the OP with greater exposure and sabotaging his own efforts to scent…

7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

An unseemly but ineffective attempt at scent marking...
By the way, reading sentences and paragraphs may seem like an insurmountable task for the three word slogan crowd, but the rest of…

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7 months7 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Calculation of liquidated damages

Interestingly, mine says they can only claim an extension for the 3 week industry shutdown period if it couldn't reasonably be foreseen at the contract date that the construction timeframe…

8 months8 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Calculation of liquidated damages

Also check your contract for when they actually need to provide you within any claims for an extension of time.
e.g. in my HIA contract the builder needs to do this…

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8 months8 monthsiTooliTool posted:
BCA clarification on step down v flight of stairs

Common practice yes, but mandatory? So long as the garage slab itself is a suitable height above the FSL of the driveway I can't see why it would be. I've…

8 months8 monthsiTooliTool posted:
BCA clarification on step down v flight of stairs

BCA Cl 3.9.1.6 states "Where the threshold of a doorway is more than 230 mm above the adjoining surface it must incorporate steps having riser (R) and going (G) dimensions…

8 months8 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Can I insist the builder tells me who their subcontractor i

I strongly doubt there'd be a reason to address that in either standard building contracts or your State's building legislation.
No harm in asking, but if they decline to tell you…

8 months8 monthsiTooliTool posted:
External stairs

I've noticed the builder hasn't used stirrups for the landing supports. Doesn't look right to me, is this a poor outcome in terms of having the posts sit in pools…

9 months9 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

Agreed, but standards set the minimum requirements/benchmark rather than some lofty ideal - therefore alternate solutions need to achieve the same or better outcome, and any competent engineer should be…

9 months9 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

The arrangement as it stands does not appear to comply with AS2870 Residential slabs and footings, specifically Clause 5.2.1:
"The ground in the immediate vicinity of the perimeter footing, including the…

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10 months10 monthsiTooliTool posted:
When is actual Building start for liquidated damages?

What does your contract state?
For example, the standard HIA contract in QLD says that within 10 business days of commencement the builder must give the owner a signed notice confirming…

10 months10 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

And, assuming it's a gravity main, OP's not going to be able to have it "lowered" per se as the inlet and outlet pipe invert levels will be set to…

10 months10 monthsiTooliTool posted:
G.J Gardner build - Week 20 - Fitoff

I would recommend if at all possible you push the budget and get a retaining wall with proper footings underneath it and one of the concrete block retaining wall systems…

10 months10 monthsiTooliTool posted:
How to Identify Block Boundary

This.
The two-foot tall red and white stake is not the boundary peg, which is an official survey mark. Moving/tampering with survey marks is an offence (in QLD anyway).
If the pegs…

10 months10 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Settlement Dilemma

When you say "on zero boundary", is your garage actually on the boundary or just closer than 1m to it? You've got no control over the lie of the land…

10 months10 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Council Work Zone permit

There are over 500 local government authorities (Councils) in Australia, each with their own processes and fees for road occupancy arrangements. Ask your Council those questions and you'll get a…

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