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Stewie D

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2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Jiminy.
We've done a lot of attics and basements plus a stack of other minor alterations in the past without council approval nor engineers certificate. I've never been pulled up…

2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Well I think the onus is always on the homeowner. If he/she decides to do the work themselves and/or without the right certificates or approval in place then that is…

4 d4 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Any structural alteration will require a building permit. Before building permit is issued BS will ensure that member sized are adequate.
Not in our neck of the woods BE.
A friend of…

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Your councils in WA must be a lot more anal than they are here in Sydney SBG. Most of them don't want to know about something this minor. I would…

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
suspended slab?

Looks like simply a sand/cement screed for the tiles which could be over a fibro sheet floor or a concrete slab. Hard to tell as SBG says. Take a torch…

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

The Plumbing Code of Australia which is Part 3 of the National Construction Code (NCC) references AS/NZS 3500.1 (amongst other Australian Standards).
Pipes diverting cold water into the house must be…

7 d7 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Wood Plastic Composite decking

Still does. Every one of the composite plastic timber-looking decking I've seen looks semi OK at first but after a year or so looks more plasticky. The best one I…

17 d17 dStewie DStewie D posted:
termite inspection?how often?

Maybe, but I've seen houses with extensive termite damage that became apparent after renovations had started and these had been inspected yearly by licensed pest inspectors. Whether these guys had…

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19 d19 dStewie DStewie D posted:
termite inspection?how often?

In that sort of area I'd be having it done once a year.
It depends on a few things like how much garden clutter you have in the immediate area around…

19 d19 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Restoring outdoor wooden table - options

It may be Kwila, it may be teak or it may be some other sort of hardwood.
The link below may be for teak but I am sure it would work…

20 d20 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Builder mistake

Well the one I saw chippy, I think was an afterthought like this one where there was a similar tight powder room door and the builder had changed the hinges…

20 d20 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Window Restrictor 125mm

You'd need some sort of barrier and that would be something like bars or a heavy duty fly screen like crimsafe. Neither of which would look too appealing.
Stewie

20 d20 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Builder mistake

Quote:The NCC contains a Performance Requirement that requires a sanitary compartment to be constructed with sufficient space or other means to permit an unconscious occupant to be removed from the…

21 d21 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Granny Flat

Just go to a building designer/draftsman/architect and get their advice. You need a contour survey,, sections, site plan, floorpan, elevations as well as BASIX certificate.
Stewie

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Meeting Basix

Contact the PCA for your build and see what they say. Mind you they might say that it is non-complying but pass it anyway if they were the nominated PCA…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Hot water pipes should be lagged all the way from the HWC to the tap, whether any of the pipe is outside or all internal.
Stewie

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Wanting to build insulated roof for 40' high cube container

A guy I know had a shipping container as his site shed and bunk house while he built his house in the country. He simply strung a few ropes from…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Encase sewer pre KDR and fencing near manhole

As per your other post Steve. If you are looking at actually wanting to move Sydney Waters main sewer you will be up for big bucks. At every change in…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Sydney water vent pipes

Take a copy of your plans and go see a water services coordinator for your area. If you are going to move the vent pipe and also need to concrete…

3 months3 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Ducted Vacuum

A few comments here from post 1092 onwards a few pages
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5823&start=1080
Stewie

4 months4 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Pendant lights & downlights to ground floor of 2 storey home

Apart from the electrical side of things, the biggest hurdle you will face is how you are going to support the pendants. Usually a 100 x 50 nog is laid…

5 months5 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Floor sound proofing

I know it would be under "Amenity" in the BCA and looking up my old version it states no noise transmission greater than 62dB as worked out by acoustic engineers.…

5 months5 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Floor sound proofing

No. If there is a unit below then you cannot have a hard floor surface. The only rooms that are the exception to this are the bathroom and/or laundry. However,…

5 months5 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
2nd floor additon in Sydney's lower north shore

This side of the bridge alexp79, you'd be looking at more like 2.5 - 3K per sq metre to start with then level of finish and how much work to…

5 months5 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

We have one of the older V8 Dysons and while it's a great little machine for a quick vac, I don't think if you're looking at doing a comprehensive vacuum…

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5 months5 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

I know five people that have them in their homes and they all say that a ducted vacuum is the best thing ever. Four of them have two storey houses…

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7 months7 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Irregular land shape - CDC ?

You tell us nothing about the existing setbacks for your house from the boundaries other than showing us a yellow blob on a tiny site plan. A bit more info…

8 months8 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Renovation Budget Help

Depends on the area Nick. Some out West have fallen 25% over the last year so it is probably a good time to buy. Whether it will fall any more…

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