Home
Pros
Forum
  • About
  • Register
  • Contact
InboxSent
MembersPros
WatchingStarredHistory
Mike8136
27 Posts
Junior Member

Follow
27PostsMost Active Topics

Mike8136

Adelaide
Joined 8 December 2011
Junior Member
10 months10 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Approach Farmer to Subdivide - Estimate Utility Connection $

So much more information needed before anyone can guesstimate, like length of run to nearest services. Utility companies will have to check capacity of their system to add extra loads.…

10 months10 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Sanding and polishing timber floor

I did my own floor a few years ago. It is difficult and hard work. You will need an edge sander and the drum sander. I hired from…

11 months11 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Engineering query

It seems like a legal disclaimer over what is called "third party reliance". Basically the soil report is not their work but they have had to base their designs…

11 months11 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Condensation

It's not so much temperature but moisture levels inside your house. Unfortunately when very cold outside the window glass will be below the dew point (temperature below which condensation forms…

11 months11 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Storm water bore hole.

Councils do what is known as an aquifer storage and recovery. Basically stormwater is cleaned in a reed bed then pumped underground at high pressure. In summer they pump it…

11 months11 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Drainage issues - don't know where to start

So sorry to hear about all these problems. It's he last thing you want in retirement.
You are required to "landscape" water away from the house, so don't fear being…

  ⋅  1
11 months11 monthsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Drainage issues - don't know where to start

Have you looked at your certificate of title? Is there a drainage easement to the rear somewhere? When we built 10 years ago in a country town there was a…

1 year1 yearMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Rheem solar hot water long roof sensor replacement

Perhaps pull off the sensor and take it to an electronics store (Jaycar for example). It's probably a standard thermocouple (pt1000 or similar) that you could wire back to the…

1 year1 yearMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Besser Wall Footer

I have used aluminium mesh to make a construction joint in a retaining wall but that was for a specific purpose. What I don't get is there is less than…

1 year1 yearMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Besser Wall Footer

All rebar must be concrete encased. Don't leave open cores. Concrete is cheap, about $200 for 20Mpa and add about $25 for 32Mpa (not three times).
Concrete is alkaline so when…

1 year1 yearMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Getting out of HIA contract

Are you still within the cooling off period?

1 year1 yearMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Itemised Build Invoice

I'm curious. Those asking for an itemised bill, do you also get one for every nut, bolt and kg of steel when buying a car? You are buying a product…

  ⋅  1
5 years5 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Building a new home while also having a mortgage

For us we extended our mortgage to cover land purchase and are in the process of selling our current home to fund the building on our land.
If you bought…

6 years6 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Gainsborough door knob - DIY Fixit - how?

The outside lever will have to be removed to disassemble the rest. There should be two screws on the other side that are holding the bezel in the photo on.
If…

6 years6 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Structural Engineer Issue

Did you take lots of photos by any chance? The engineer really just needs to know that the right reinforcement was placed before the pour.

6 years6 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Land. How much did you pay?

We paid $340,000 in 2010 for 6 acres (25,000 m2) in Chandlers Hill SA. It is 25 minutes from Adelaide city centre and on the edge of the…

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Josh's House - 10 Star energy efficiency rating project

I've been following Josh's build and I say full marks to him. In a wonderful temperate climate like Fremantle he demonstrates that it is easy to achieve a great efficiency…

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Stackstone installation

I wouldn't take any chances. Use a wire brush wheel in an angle grinder and remove the paint. Then you know the heavy stone is keyed to brick and not…

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
How to build a perfectly square wooden form

Easy. No saw cut will be square enough to assemble square over 10'. Your form needs to be levelled and staked into position before concrete is placed. Stake one side,…

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
why won't the water stop?

The same happened to me. The meter tap needs replacing. Report it to the water authority as your mains can't ne shut off and they will fix it at no…

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Trying to decide whether gas is worth the cost

$8500 would get you a 5kW (or more) solar system which would meet most of your energy needs with no ongoing cost. Provided you can find enough roof space. The…

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Space between front of fridge and benchtop

If its 700 or even 670 are you even going to be able to get the fridge in and out?

7 years7 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
need advice to enforce the existing concrete slab

Hi aquanow. Hard to say without a picture. 30mm thick there would not be any reo in the concrete. I assume its an outdoor pathway. It's more about the base…

8 years8 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
Water systems

I would always go dripper and sub surface irrigation. Much more efficient because you don't lose so much water to the wind and encourage the roots to go deep for…

8 years8 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
HELP WITH concrete foundation for post

Mgilla is right with the timber or steel posts, flat bases (or stirrups) packed up with gal washers. Fill the gap underneath with non-shrink grout available from Bunnings and they…

8 years8 yearsMike8136Mike8136 posted:
HELP WITH concrete foundation for post

Hi Quocxn, use 4 off 12mm rear per block and get them galvanized; that won't cost much otherwise they will rust. Make the blocks 300x300, put the rebar in each…

About

Occupation

Mechanical Engineer

Interests

Radio controlled model aircraft Home design

Most Active Topics

Joined homeone
8 December 2011

Australia's largest home building and renovation
community with over 1.7 million posts

Home
Pros
Forum
Start a new topic
About
Advertise
Contact Homeone
Articles
All comments made express the views and opinions of the author and not the Administrators, Support nor Homeone Australia & New Zealand
© Homeone Australia & New Zealand All Rights Reserved ‎2001 - 2020

Australia's largest home building and
renovation community
Homeone
About

Terms
Privacy

Follow homeone on FacebookFollow homeone on Twitter
All comments made express the views and opinions of the author and not the Administrators, Support nor Homeone Australia & New Zealand
© Homeone Australia & New Zealand All Rights Reserved ‎2001 - 2020