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Stewie D

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6 months6 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

Glad things have worked out in the end for you. Thanks for posting your journey up on the forum. I'm sure a lot of people have gleaned some valuable info…

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10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Double Brick Wall Cavity Insulation - Builder Wrong Product?

Well, all bathrooms/ensuites and the kitchen will all obviously have some sort of mechanical ventilation. You'd have to be an idiot not to. In all my years of building and…

10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Double Brick Wall Cavity Insulation - Builder Wrong Product?

So prior to designing our place I invested quite a bit of time in research on all components of our build. I looked at the temperature range for our climate…

10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Internal doors (CSD or Hinged)

As per Ardo above re the parliament hinges but I have seen them in chrome as well. You may have to do a bit of hunting online to find them…

10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Neighbour erected scaffolding on my land

Ha ha. Good response!
Stewie

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10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Double Brick Wall Cavity Insulation - Builder Wrong Product?

I'd say that the insulation would have to be non-absorbent but I would still prefer a cavity with solid sheet insulation against the inner skin.
Below are a couple of drawings…

10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Neighbour erected scaffolding on my land

You are more tolerant than a mate of mine who is a builder. The same thing was happening to him so he took his bobcat around to the site after…

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10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Double Brick Wall Cavity Insulation - Builder Wrong Product?

Apparently it is common now but I was taught ( like you probably were Simeon ) to leave an air gap between the two so that any moisture penetrating the…

10 months10 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Use of Structural Insulated Panels

ML24WA, that should depend on where you are ( put it in your signature ) and what sort of R rating you are aiming for in your walls.
Stewie

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Building Space Ratio (excluding garage space?)

There wouldn't be many if at all that I can think of unless you have a tiny block of land. It happened recently on a small block not far from…

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

Come up with different proposals. Go in and see the council. Usually the duty officer ( or whatever the council likes to call them ) at the front desk of…

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

Just a result of one of many dealings with bureaucracies over my working life as a builder and later a designer.
Stewie

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

As per jas25t's approach to point 3, I've found if you say we will remove one tree but replace it with two of a similar size then council ( in…

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Water proofing a besser block core filled retaining wall

Nope. It should have been done correctly to start with - lay block wall, insert steel, core fill, waterproof rear side, install ag line, install geotextile fabric, shovel in blue…

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Building Concrete Pool with Blue Haven

All set for summer!
Stewie

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Structaflor / Yellow Tongue - Water Damage?

As you probably know the standard way of building a second storey is to do the ground floor framing supporting floor joists for the second level on top then lay…

1 year1 yearStewie DStewie D posted:
Structaflor / Yellow Tongue - Water Damage?

I had a mate who was doing a second storey addition to his own place and had the floor down and only a couple of frames up when he was…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof insulation and ceiling condensation

I just had a look at a govt website that recommends R5 for Canberra.
Stewie

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Storage water heater vs instant

Very informative post ddarroch.
Stewie

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Gas fireplace

That is what we have planned for our build. Talk of phasing out gas is waaay premature. I saw a report on the news a few days ago which said…

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2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof insulation and ceiling condensation

What R-rating are your ceiling batts? Or if you don't know, how thick are they? For a cold climate like Canberra, I'd suggest at a minimum ceiling insulation should be…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

To have enough scaffolding for a large two storey house or two smaller townhouses as in this case, you would need either a large property or a yard to store…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

Yet another reason why we bought ours secondhand for a very reasonable amount a year ago ( as per our temporary security fence as well ). Bugger renting it. We…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

Beejc
Send me your email address via PM and I can send you the
"Service and Installation Rules of New South Wales
The electricity…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Fireplace comparisons

Let us know how you go.
In the past we have had gas which was good as we both like the radiated heat, standard bar heaters which work but expensive…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Building & Developing A Duplex In North Ryde

Red tongue definitely gives the floor a more solid feel. We used to give clients the option of red vs yellow over joists at 450mm centres for only about $7…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Structaflor / Yellow Tongue - Water Damage?

Your photos don't show.
Stewie

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Load bearing walls

So what is your question?
Stewie

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Sydney Demolition Companies - Any Recommendations?

I used Home Demolitions for our job( cheapest quote by far) but there was no recycling deducted. It is a lot quicker for them just to bring in the…

2 years2 yearsStewie DStewie D posted:
Knockdown and rebuild - existing solar panel?

If they are only two years old and stored well then they should be fine. Your sparky should be the guy to talk to regarding extra panels and inverter if…

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