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Stewie D

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1 d1 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Dead buffalo!

You say you've been watering but looking closer at your last photo, the soil looks pretty dry. I'd be getting out the fork, digging it in deep then deep watering…

1 d1 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Dead buffalo!

Maybe but I doubt it myself. What was your soil prep like before you laid the turf or was it an existing old lawn?
Stewie

3 d3 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Rainwater Harvesting Help

As always SaveH2O, excellent advice!
Stewie

3 d3 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Dead buffalo!

Aeration ( with a fork not a shovel ) and water.
See here...viewtopic.php?f=1&t=97462
Stewie

8 d8 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Wood Plastic Composite decking

Hmm. Thanks for the photos. Must admit it has been a while since I looked at any of these comp decking materials. They seem to have improved a lot in…

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10 d10 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Wood Plastic Composite decking

DT, do you have any photos of decks that are a few years old using the Trex decking?
Stewie

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Bathroom vanity tap to left or right of basin?

Write reply...
Stewie

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
builder construction quote details

"You might well call them tyre kickers but the truth is they don't trust you"
Guess what Chris, I don't trust them either. The fact that they haven't paid a bit…

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1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Rendering/water stains

Some of the above or what you have suggested may or may not work for more than a few months before the problem surfaces again. It is a bit like…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Deck and Pergola Permit Confusion

You need to log onto your councils website and look for exempt development. It will give you a list of things you can and can't do without a DA. In…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
builder construction quote details

I agree with Chippy here.
A lot of people want to engage a building designer or architect for the lowest cost. They are the ones who should be providing them with…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Side and rear setbacks

No, I know exactly what you are saying. If the NCC and council regs say 900mm from the boundary to the wall and you end up with only 800mm then…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Grass problems

What was your soil prep like before you laid the turf, not straight over the top of what the builder left behind I hope? How often have you been watering…

1 month1 monthStewie DStewie D posted:
Side and rear setbacks

It'll depend a lot on your council ( you don't say where you are ). Some are tougher than others. The surveyor can also certify it as an alternate solution…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

"Finding carpenters (onsite) that can read is becoming more of a problem"
Maybe over in the boondocks of WA, not so much of a problem here in the big smoke.
Stewie

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Ha!
"design/build data and proofs" .
He wants to remove a couple of walls that affects nobody else, not build a heliport, install an olympic sized swimming pool, build up two…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Ceramic cooktop

If there is no label on the top of the cooktop then open the door/drawers below it and have a look on the underside and/or rear side of it. Generally…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

And yet another reason why our building costs in Australia are some of the highest in the developed world per sq m and a building industry that is one of…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Mortar test cost?

Brickies have been made to pull down brick walls in the past in our neck of the woods. I remember a house we built about twenty years ago and while…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Recommendation for 3D Modelling Software - Home Renovation

The good thing about Sketchup is that once you have your house as a 3D model you can go onto their website and download all sorts of furniture etc for…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Solar & Wind generation

We are about to do a KDR and install probably a 4-5kw system and a Tesla battery as well. How many Kw is your system and do you have any…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Solar & Wind generation

You may get some good advice on these two excellent forums
https://forums.energymatters.com.au/clean-tech/
https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/143
Both mostly solar and PV but a few wind posts there as…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Should we re-insulate our whole roof attic again?

Your existing batts look like they'd be only R1.0 to 1.5. Usually the thicker the better. It will depend on how long you are thinking of staying as to the…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
No floor waste in wet areas - problem?

"It will smell. Regardless if it has the u bend."
Not true. If you have water in the floor waste you won't get sewer smells. They only usually smell when a…

2 months2 monthsStewie DStewie D posted:
Reducing road noise

Solid brick walls up to 1800mm work well but some councils will make you articulate them so that they are not one big straight wall.
Stewie D

2 months2 monthsStewie 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 months2 monthsStewie 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…

3 months3 monthsStewie 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…

3 months3 monthsStewie 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…

3 months3 monthsStewie 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…

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