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Stewie D

Northern Beaches , Sydney
Joined 7 September 2011
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6 h6 hStewie DStewie D posted:
Cracked roof

That is just sparging under the hip tile which is just a coloured mortar. It isn't serious but should be looked at as a strong wind could blow rain under…

8 h8 hStewie DStewie D posted:
Inbuilt gas log fires

Some of my clients in the past have had Heat n" Glo gas log fires installed and love them. I think one had a couple of teething problems when they…

2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
30ft vs 15ft two storey residential house map needed.

You need to go to your local council and see what they would let you build. As your measurements are imperial, I assume you are talking about somewhere in the…

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5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Encase sewer pre KDR and fencing near manhole

When our WSC lodged our drawings with them we had a reply within a couple of weeks.
Stewie

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Eaves that conform to passive solar guidelines

I guess you've already factored in that those two bedrooms on the Western side will cop a lot of heat in the afternoon. I'd just make sure of the insulation…

9 d9 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Eaves that conform to passive solar guidelines

I'd go for 450 eaves. We're doing similar with the windows but may go for a shading device over the west facing windows. We will be having a parapet and…

10 d10 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Eaves that conform to passive solar guidelines

You will find instead that as part of your BASIX requirements that you will probably be required to have some sort of shading device fitted over those windows or have…

10 d10 dStewie DStewie D posted:
What does this cut/fill line mean, please?

They ( or you ) will need to put some sub-surface drains in to drain away any water. It should be on your plans somewhere. If not, ask.
Stewie

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10 d10 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Encase sewer pre KDR and fencing near manhole

With our council I knew from past experiences that they would require us to get a stamp on the plans from Sydney Water before lodging the DA. Now they want…

11 d11 dStewie DStewie D posted:
HELP!? Building over sewer line

Old post I know but I thought in the interests of facts on this subject I'd comment so others can glean some info.
" Most sewer lines would be easements in…

11 d11 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Encase sewer pre KDR and fencing near manhole

I'm not 100% certain but I am sure they would be able to as there are a lot of older earthenware and cast iron pipes out there that have been…

11 d11 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Encase sewer pre KDR and fencing near manhole

Yes. If any part of your house/retaining walls/paths are within 2m of the sewer, then you would have to pier down past the zone of influence and concrete encase that…

11 d11 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Textualise bathroom wall

Yeah, I missed that. Definitely looks like plasterboard in which case I'd strip those two walls and re-sheet them with either Villaboard or Aquachek. If your new vanity is going…

12 d12 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Textualise bathroom wall

No, that looks like the old tar based glue. You should be able to just scrape it off with a paint scraper leaving the render intact.
Stewie

14 d14 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Drill and/or impact driver recommendation for general DIY

Most of those cheaper brands are surprisingly good. I have clients and friends who have had some of them that you mention and for the odd time that they need…

14 d14 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Driveway standards and issues.

Haha, that's good.
I've seen some youtube videos of what some of these guys get up to with their customised 4 x 4's and it is unbelievable where they take…

16 d16 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Driveway standards and issues.

From here... http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/show ... &showall=1
A driveway as part of a new development ( in 2004 ) in Fayetteville, Arkansas USA.
Apparently this shire/council/town doesn't or at least…

16 d16 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Driveway standards and issues.

Here is one downloaded from our councils website. Any concreter who does driveways and crossovers would know these drawings.
Stewie
I'll post up a classic steep driveway from the US that the…

Driveway standards and issues.
16 d16 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Waffle Slab Thickness.

You need to engage an independent engineer who would come up with recommendations.
Stewie

16 d16 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Driveway standards and issues.

Your local council would have guidelines which are based I think on an Australian standard for egress and access. You should be able to download them and compare them to…

17 d17 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Ventilating storage room under the stairs

You wouldn't even need to have any sort of grill, vent or fan in the door either. Mounting a small fan high up in that cupboard wall would vent hot…

17 d17 dStewie DStewie D posted:
What to do with Masonite walls/ceiling

As per 1. Rip it all out back to bare timber frames. Install new wiring where/if needed, extra data points, insulation in the external walls and re-clad with plasterboard, cornices,…

17 d17 dStewie DStewie D posted:
long term durability

It sounds like you are mixing one oil based and one water based product together which is not a good idea.
Stewie

17 d17 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Adding Steet Appeal

" why paint or render the bricks to create an expensive long term maintenance commitment "
Because rendering and painting it would cost maybe $20-$30,000 ( actual size of the house…

29 d29 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Another Fence Dispute

"i would still end up with an overlooking to thei backyars and probably they would see us too."
And this is what occurs in 90% of all builds with sloping land.…

29 d29 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Going against Hampton style house/ kitchen

I like the Hampton style but around here on the Northern Beaches, I have seen so many of them that I am sick of the all too often look of…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Fixing loose tile with no spare tiles available

There are tile grout removers available.
A small handheld timber handle and metal shaft ( usually ) with a narrow tungsten carbide blade on it. You rub it back and…

Fixing loose tile with no spare tiles available
1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Old toilet seats

Good luck trying to remove them without damaging the toilet. They look like a bolt held by a steel locking nut which has rusted. Some WD40 applied twice a day…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Anyone here a designer or handy with designs?

You should download a free or not quite free software program ( <$100 ) and have a play with it. Most of them are pretty easy to get up…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
URGENT HELP NEEDED BAL RATING

Don't post the same question multiple times on the forum. The admins will get the sh1ts.
Yes it seems slightly excessive but doing basically double as opposed to single glazing would…

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