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3 years3 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Underfloor area (between ground and first floor) insulation

It's interesting to me how few actually insulate this space.
Even the external walls in this section not insulated.
However acoustic batts sound better no idea if…

3 years3 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Can you Prewire for Clipsal CBus

For DIY options CBUS does not even get close to the options available.
CBUS is just ridiculous on pricing.
Anyone should be able to do their own "programming" .
For any home automation…

3 years3 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Hydronic heating system - When do pipes get lagging?

the pipes should be installed whilst you have access to the bearers and joists.
Lagging all pipes if using radiators, although if in conditioned space maybe not.
What sort of pellet boiler…

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Underfloor heating in a concrete slab of 40sqm

Firstly I would not install electric coil in slab, too many people do not run it because of cost.
I have installed hydronic heating for small places including 40 sqm.
It would…

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
underfloor heating

Insulate under the slab as well.
Just run some pex pipe in the slab.
The house needs heat with concrete floors.
Good luck
Pulpo

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
M2 Cost of double glaze units

I'm sure a question asked allot.
If one is after dg thermally broken aluminium windows is there a rough m2 rate (supply only)?
Does one have a guide for the comfort glass…

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Home Automation suggestions please

You mentioned DIY
Have you looked at Arduino
Now that is DIY, cheap possibilities seem limitless.
Or other microcontrollers, Beaglebone Black
The idea of having the controller costing $50 is amazing.
Of course you…

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
New home - what materials to use for walls

Benex blocks were on the New inventors some time ago, the original factory closed (i think), ambitious business model.
But at $66m2 is a good price.
Lock Blocks by baine are mortarless…

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Thermal Mass

Not exactly sure what you are asking.
The more thermal mass the better generally speaking with winter sun, assuming its insulated from outside.
So a reverse brick veneer house is better than…

4 years4 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Can you Prewire for Clipsal CBus

C Bus is over priced.
Just run cat 5 or 6 cable to everywhere automation is required:
Light switches,
Power points
Blinds
Windows
Thermostats / sensors
Doors
Etc
Micro controllers are cheap and the possibilities are limitless.
Just run…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Under ground rooms

Earth covered homes have the potentially to be far more energy efficient.
Plenty of info on the web.
Earth shelter houses.
I have an old book by Sydney Baggs.
The diurnal temperature is very…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Demolishing a concrete pool

Helped a mate "remove" a pool.
We drained the pool straight into the storm water.
We cut the edge with concrete saw you could hire a guy to do this.
Then removed so…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Opinions on not having natural gas even if it's available

I would go with solar evacuated tubes, split system.
North facing unshaded, western Sydney no booster should be required.
If going with electric for cooking, then other than bbq no need for…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
hydronic heating with heat pumps

Short answer yes.
Daikin is rather common over seas.
A wood boiler is another possibility, especially the wood gasfication type.
Finally I would suggest solar boosted with a small heat pump as back…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
XPS for insulation

When you xps which is extruded polystyrene and the best insulation other than aero gels.
Not sure how you place it in walls other than spray / injection.
Not sure if spray…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Slab Insulation - Edge vs Under slab

Sorry further read your posting.
If the house is already built this is just a reno then highly recommend under slab insulation.
50mm of EPS (expanded polystyrene) then 50mm of an almost…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Slab Insulation - Edge vs Under slab

If only looking at what the code is, then unless you live in alpine region unlikely to require under slab insulation.
However build with waffle pod slab and under slab insulation…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Water tanks for the technically challenged

The PIC also claim "We audit a minimum of five per cent of each licensed plumber practitioner's work, ensuring that the relevant plumbing laws are being met. Audits are conducted…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Water tanks for the technically challenged

Hmm more pictures would be good.
From what I see only one down pipe is flowing into tank.
One overflow pipe coming from the tank.
The vertical pipe along the wall is the…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.

I guess you will turn off the valves (for the 50mm inlets) going into tank 4 before purging the first flush system?
Excellent diagram.
Pulpo

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.

Update: Tankvacs have now been deleted from the design.
Camel tanks would not warranty if fitted as it would require cutting through the side wall of the tank.
Hmm good reason…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.

I guess you said it there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Bottom connecting tanks for balancing is fine but remember if all open one tank leaks all…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.

Great sketch, on putting words into pictures, I'm a bit slow with it all.
I have suggested to H20 to add some diagrams but he keeps saying he is no Michelangelo.
Haven't…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Front Entrance doors in bushfire zones

There would be many doors that would be classified in FZ.
I would think the doors used in fire stairways must be rated to the same.
Also door frame will have to…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
double glazing both sheets of glass low e

Many thanks
Some excellent info.
I checked with the architect and he confirmed that is what he specified.
It really didn't have anything to do with me and he was in little mood…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
double glazing both sheets of glass low e

Has anyone heard of double glazing with both sheets of glass low-e?
Its been specified in some plans?
I'm guessing they want no heat gain through the glass?
Any thoughts?
Pulpo

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Hydronic heating what you should know!!

If major reno and gutting the place I too would seriously consider knock down.
The more questions you ask the more research you do it will pay dividends many times over.
Good…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Hydronic heating what you should know!!

Somebody's not sleeping, 1am post.
I would try if possible, leave existing flooring and lay some plastic then polystyrene on top then pipes then screed.
And bring the new extensions to that…

5 years5 yearsPulpoPulpo posted:
Hydronic heating what you should know!!

Thickness of waffle pods is determined by the engineer.
Depends on soil type and assessment.
In regards to removing the flooring structure, joists and filling with concrete.
Something I have seen a few…

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