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19 d19 diTooliTool posted:
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Whatever it is, it will be exorbitantly expensive. QUU recently quoted me ~$2.2k (in addition to the $225 application fee) to raise an existing meter by 300mm... no cost breakdown…

25 d25 diTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

My guess is that not everything went as planned with the company sale. I'm not going to speculate further here though.
I'd suggest that anyone who believes they have outstanding defects…

25 d25 diTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

Contact them to clarify, but that is my understanding.

25 d25 diTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

That may be the case, but I understand that anyone who is post handover who may have otherwise needed to interact further with Valeco (e.g. for defects) now needs to…

25 d25 diTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

Hi Cory, I've been advised by Rimfire that Valeco are now in voluntary administration.

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

A quick bit of research also shows that the following staff have also been let go (or jumped ship) in the past year.
September 2018 - Marketing Coordinator
November 2018 - Display…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

While they're trying to spin it as a positive in terms of "capacity to build", Rimfire Homes' MR Category is only $30-60M - Valeco were $60-120M prior to cancelling their…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Valeco Homes

Received from Valeco today:
Dear Sir/Madam

RE: Valeco Homes Twelve Month Warranty

We trust that you are very happy and satisfied with your new home and we have a special announcement…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool 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…

2 months2 monthsiTooliTool 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…

5 months5 monthsiTooliTool posted:
Stage inspections for new build in Brisbane

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

5 months5 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...

6 months6 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…

6 months6 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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6 months6 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…

8 months8 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…

9 months9 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…

9 months9 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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9 months9 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…

9 months9 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…

9 months9 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…

9 months9 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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10 months10 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…

10 months10 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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10 months10 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…

10 months10 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…

10 months10 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…

10 months10 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…

11 months11 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…

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