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27 d27 dManicManic posted:
Scaffold through bracing pic - is this normal?

I’m just glad it’s not my build but one down my street!

27 d27 dManicManic posted:
Scaffold through bracing pic - is this normal?

And the finished product with the wrap to go straight over it. To me this looks like a less expensive way to put up scaffolds straight on the first floor…

Scaffold through bracing pic - is this normal?
1 month1 monthManicManic posted:
Scaffold through bracing pic - is this normal?

So no structural issues with holes in the bracing?
Even though it will still be done the same way, should it still be done the same way?
Just doesn’t look right to…

1 month1 monthManicManic posted:
Scaffold through bracing pic - is this normal?

Noticed this on the build and it just didn’t look right. Is it normal to break bracing so scaffolding can go through it?

Scaffold through bracing pic - is this normal?
3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Who's building with Carter Grange in Melbourne?

Make sure you get an independent inspector for your build and dont give in on findings!

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3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

Yes...the B... plumber is certainly living up to their initials! And yes, C as well.
It's really disappointing to see a plumber that can't make water slope in the correct…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

At engineering you can increase the strength of the trusses to accomodate more load that can be used for storage. They do this for the ducted heating unit but would…

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3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Who's building with Carter Grange in Melbourne?

Hi Michael, I am not planning on doing a blog if that's what you're asking. Happy to share my experiences on the build however. In terms of upgrades, the main…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Building inspectors Melbourne

Definitely go for Kevin from New Home Inspections. We've used another one but Kevin was far superior in that he deals with the builder on your behalf instead of having…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Who's building with Carter Grange in Melbourne?

Hi Watermelon,
We're nearly there. I know what you mean but 'trying' to build with them. We were near contract stage and simply couldn't get answers on basic important questions…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

Thanks for your help. I'm meeting the builder this week and will let you know how it goes. One things for sure, we're not completing and the builder isn't getting…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

Thanks Stewie and SaveH20.
The drainage plan states that the legal point of discharge is 1100mm beneath the surface in an underground stormwater mains that is accessible by a pit on…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

Thank you Bashworth.
There are no soakpits that are used. I am very confident that the pipes have been laid incorrectly. We're near the final inspection and I don't want…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

Hi all,
We're currently building and I've got an issue where stormwater pipes have the incorrect gradient. Despite having sufficient fall to an underground main outlet pit, it looks like the…

3 years3 yearsManicManic posted:
IP CCTV system recommendations

Thanks for the information, this is really useful.
I'm looking at this Hikvision camera (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product ... 44958.html)
It doesn't support firmware upgrade which is nearly twice as…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
HIA Contract for new home

Great point, thanks! Apart from payment, I'm hoping all actions should be on the builder once we demolish and they start building so hopefully we shouldn't delay anything.

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
HIA Contract for new home

We're at contract stage and are considering whether it's worth paying for a 'professional' contract review to make sure we are covered contractually.
Our builder is using a standard HIA…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Awning window in shower

I think this is the key difference. The standard states that the wall has to be waterproofed up to 1800mm. A highlight window should meet this requirement if it's above…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Awning window in shower

Agree. I'm following up via other contacts at the building company and the window company that provides their windows.

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Awning window in shower

I'm based in Melbourne.

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Awning window in shower

So this means we have to either run a fan for hours wasting electricity or have a mouldy shower which can cause health issues? Surely this can't be right. I'm…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Awning window in shower

I've been advised as of recently, showers can't have awning windows in them due to some new plumbing requirement that protects water from going in between the walls. This doesn't…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Who's building with Carter Grange in Melbourne?

We liked the look of their displays. The initial engagement was very average. I thought the design stage was quite good for a custom home. The selections was very hit…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Cost of custom vs volume builder

Fully move in: things Im including are upgraded benchtops, electrical, hardwood floors, joinery, heating/cooling, facade, all painting, tiling, staircase, doors, windows .
Things im not including are: paving, curtains/blinds, landscaping, furnishing,…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Cost of custom vs volume builder

Agree some areas will be more expensive than others. As a guide, I was given a guide of 10,500 per square (not square meter for living areas), 5,500 for garage,…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Cost of custom vs volume builder

Thanks for sharing Dawn. Your place looks great!

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Cost of custom vs volume builder

Yes, I'm referring to the imperial 10'x10' square. If I were to include site costs, garage/alfresco and finishes we're looking at $1,420 per square meter or (x 9,29) $13,200 per…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Cost of custom vs volume builder

That sounds steep. Multiply that by 9.29 and your looking at $27,000 plus per square. Were building a 48 square double story.

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Cost of custom vs volume builder

Hi, we're going through the KDR with a custom builder and would like to here people's thoughts on the the cost range for different houses. I've heard that once all…

4 years4 yearsManicManic posted:
Drying room

Thanks, those links are really useful. I'm yet to find a definitive answer from an 'expert'. I think a lower heating vent with a window/extractor fan sounds the way to…

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