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    25th Nov 2022, 10:16 PM
    If its only temporary and a small area, would just a few 600mm x 600mm pavers spread apart as steppingstones suffice? Something that you can easily remove if you fix the drainage but also something you can re-use after its fixed. Will be easier to remove than pebbles that get pushed into the dirt/mud Weve also had 3 wet seasons and likely to head into a long drought cycle from next year so may not be an issue for a while after that!!
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    25th Nov 2022, 10:00 PM
    If your up for dealing with a little more friction with the neighbor, you could simply rip down your old "garden fence/retaining wall" to look down upon your "loyal subjects" to push the issue :D Despite what the engineer says on the 2m distance as they will always be ultra conservative, I think structurally it wouldn't have any effect on the wall if you hammered in either 1300mm or 1650mm star pickets 400mm in the ground (what they are designed for), say 500mm off the boundary, 1500mm...
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    24th Nov 2022, 11:39 AM
    See if they ever got a permit for the wall simply to have this card up your sleeve if you ever need it. If the wall was built prior to engineering requirements, then it is what it is, and you can't change it unless the wall is rebuilt (which needs to be to the current standards) The wall looks solid, it's been there for 20+ years, still looks solid by all the photo's so must have been constructed well. I've seen walls half that age about to crumble, this one doesn't look like its going...
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    22nd Nov 2022, 10:42 PM
    Yes, found the sheds I wanted 2 years ago has doubled in cost...just for materials. So rather than continue to feed and support what could only be described as looting the consumer, pulling out of that market approaching it in a different manner for a back paddock shed. - 2 shipping containers and I'II build a roof over it and back wall for >70% less than a shed kit. These things have tripled to $6k at the start of the year but as more shipping containers are building up in surplus, the...
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    22nd Nov 2022, 04:14 PM
    Looks a solid wall but doubt you're going to get a fence on the title boundary based on the survey peg and that wall construction method. If it's his wall, then he should have had it built a meter further into his property or constructed a wall with materials and engineering that allowed for a future fence to be placed on top ie: 150-200mm steel H beam sleeper construction....its as simple as that. EDIT: I see in another post, you've already had engineering advice the fence would need to...
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    22nd Nov 2022, 03:33 PM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread Infill concrete slab in Concreting
    That photo helps. 3. Definitely the brick walls to allow for natural expansion/contraction and possibly the ends. 4. Crushed rock - As deep as required to ensure you have a solid base with a 90-100mm concrete slab on top. Hard to judge from a photo, possibly 50 to 100mm, depending on the underlying soil. You will want to remove the top soil as a min. Make sure there is some fall to the outside area and that it doesn't slop back towards the ends/back. 10mm in ever meter fall in...
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    21st Nov 2022, 07:45 PM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread Infill concrete slab in Concreting
    tkx, Below response is based on what Ive done before as DIY. struggling to make sense of your drawing, is it the l shape your concreting or the entire rectangle area and was hoping to relate the area to your photo's particularly with the walls jutting out. Photos supplied provide no perspective. Are there any issue doing what Iím suggesting? See first comment above How many bits of rebar do I need to drill into the existing slab (ie at what spacing?) F72 mesh on plastic reo...
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    21st Nov 2022, 02:50 PM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread Infill concrete slab in Concreting
    Photo/s will clarify the drawing for improved feedback and to minimise a swag of additional questions :)
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    21st Nov 2022, 05:28 AM
    cant see a pic so will make general comments. The block you are describing is a gravity wall block system, Some gravity blocks are only designed for a max of 200mm others can be built (engineered) to 3m or more. There are few engineering variables taken into consideration. Max height regs vary considerably from state to state and councils which can be anywhere between 200mm and 1000mm before needing approval/engineering and different requirements again on property boundaries 600mm to...
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    18th Nov 2022, 05:31 PM
    ...a pic might get you more responses to assist in your description :)
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    17th Nov 2022, 05:51 AM
    Wow, seriously. Its just a light shed, not a 4-story house :) Without knowing your site, these engineers sure know how to massively over-engineer (butt covering exercise) and the strip beam, what on earth would that do with holes full of concrete that size. I thought mine was over kill at 750 x 1500 deep on an exposed windy site Great win with the council approvals within those time frames.
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    16th Nov 2022, 06:48 PM
    ....get something that's close in color/style, remove the grout around it with a multi tool grout remover (or a grout remover hand tool), hammer and wide brick chisel on the edge to pop it off clean off the old glue and grout...easy with the multitool 1/2 circle grout remover cut a new tile, glue and grout Otherwise maybe a quick fix with grout or epoxy grout
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    16th Nov 2022, 06:42 PM
    The small change in height makes zero difference as we are talking about a shed roof not a precision bit of dove tail carpentry!! :) Even if you got up on the shed roof to run your eye over it , you wouldn't see the difference let alone on the ground. All my shed overlap. Also check if you need an additional top hat as I think you may find its built to spec (ie: as it should) with the "C" section side beam essentially the "top hat" and therefore not required.
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    16th Nov 2022, 06:34 PM
    ...Yes I think reo steel mesh has doubled since my last post in early 2021. Hard to know which way to go at the time (with hindsight) but you may have saved a ship load on engineering, concrete and excavations by simply at design stage having holes for each poles filled with concrete as you "engineered" footings. You could have got in a machine to auger your post holes (500 to 700 diameter x 9 to 1200 deep..depending what "engineering" says), fill with concrete and wack in stirrups to bolt...
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    15th Nov 2022, 10:09 AM
    A few issues here: 1: What's the manufactures recommended coating? ie: 1, 2 or more coats? usually there will be fine print on the minimum thickness rathe then coats. 2. For the small section that used a different product, is it compatible with the original product based on the manufacture's recommendations? Given it's gone tacky, it would indicate there is an adverse reaction between the 2 products and therefore has compromised the waterproofing membrane. The only solution "appears"...
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    8th Nov 2022, 06:52 PM
    EXTERIOR DECKS: If your painting over old loose paint, then the loose stuff needs to be sanded back. To prime or use a self-priming...Ive done both ways successfully. These days, most exterior paint I use a good UV water based paint. LOSP H3 timber - is @@@@@!! I'd be using CCA. Can be a little harder to get these days but will last years longer than LOSP. I'II be finishing off some construction of a jetty early next year with the cross beams having been up for 5 years. The LOSP...
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    7th Nov 2022, 03:44 PM
    Replacement touch lamp module. Careful what you buy as some has been known to fail and burn through. will need to be compatible with LED's/voltage output/voltage input
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    7th Nov 2022, 03:35 PM
    .... usually use that product prior to the concrete pour. Can you attach a pic or 2?
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    7th Nov 2022, 10:51 AM
    I've done 300m post and rail in hardwood (messmate) with round pine posts (125 to 150mm) I don't know specifically what are the general fencing requirements around treated pine rails and so the following may not be any assistance for your specific situation. The round pine posts were hammered in by the fencer with his tractor at 2.4m apart. This is a standard distance for hardwood rails to stop/minimise bowing which is usually side to side when looking down the length of the rail. If...
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    2nd Nov 2022, 07:46 PM
    Not really, just what ever the hardware store had. Didnt research it ....but my thinking is how many ways can you make siso??? :) and just grabbed a role.
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    2nd Nov 2022, 07:42 PM
    Building in the flame zone I can see why it needs to be tested. There where a few houses that had thick steel doors as entry into the house that were built in the flame zone (before the BAL ratings and FZ was introduced in 2010 after the 2009 bushfires) and the intense heat buckled and the doors failed....hence any materials must be tested/meet the standard. Having said that, I still think it's a large unnecessary "compulsory" cost imposed on people to live in an area of their...
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    2nd Nov 2022, 06:49 PM
    Depends....If I personally had the opportunity I'd prefer for a shed roof installing a blanket (insulation that is foil lined on one side) with the foil facing down. The blanket presses tight into the roof profile eliminating any exposed tin and air underneath and therefore any chance of developing condensation to drip down. Generally there is a wire mesh layed first to support the blanket and the tin screwed on top. A lot of work for a good result but maybe the next best option is batts...
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    31st Oct 2022, 08:27 AM
    So what has worked so far is a combination of methods. Firstly, I'd run over the surface with a small jackhammer held a 45 degrees', with enough pressure to get the hammer action to work and quickly push it over the surface to chip off a good portion of the liquid membrane and minimal damage to the concrete base. Swept it all off. Secondly, I used a multi tool with a half circle grout remover. Used very light pressure to begin with, working in small 30mm circles and a back-and-forth...
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    29th Oct 2022, 08:52 PM
    Tkx Metrix, Droog.......great advice, replacement it is
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    29th Oct 2022, 06:48 PM
    ...give them away. You could try to get $3-$4 each but at that quantity, could wait for eternity for someone to buy. I picked up 200+ for free from the next-door neighbor a week before she had to vacate only because she needed them gone after sitting there for 20 years AND I loaded another neighbor's big 10tonne front end loader. Probably will end up sitting for 20 years at my place :) ....unless by some miracle I find the time and motivation to do a front gate entrance
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    29th Oct 2022, 06:41 PM
    ....googled, grinder with wire brish, heat gun with metal scraper, jack hammer lightly skimming the surface, but nothing is easy. The concrete base its painted on is very rough so not easy to scrape off. Anyone know of an easier way to remove cured liquid membrane?? I think I asked this last year and got nothing with the main bathroom. Forgot what a prick of a job this part of the demo is :) Will have to suck it up, put in a big day tomorrow to just get it done along with grinding...
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    29th Oct 2022, 03:40 PM
    A concrete or screed mix should be fine. The rubber stuff looks to be old waterproofing?? In the 2nd & 3rd photo, is the blackness the rubber or moisture from the shower? RE: waterproofing the new floor
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    29th Oct 2022, 01:01 PM
    Long Storey Whitey. in Oct The short(er) version is It took 9 months btwn March to Nov 2021 for them to agree to fix both showers only after I published a review on "Product Review" would they finally ring to talk to me over the phone instead of emails and constantly refusing to ring me. Had it sorted and agreed to in 30min after that first call!!! They were speaking so much BS trying to fob me off, I opened up the walls with pictures to prove the shower had failed and...
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    29th Oct 2022, 10:53 AM
    I'm demolishing the ensuite shower as the waterproofing failed...finished the main bathroom earlier in the year. The toilet door has been unable to close due to the leaking shower water seeping under the tiles and the MDF soaking it up like blotting paper. I'm doing the demo to see where and why it failed. Builders are coming to inspect and start the repairs in 2 weeks under warranty. I'm unsure what are my options to "correctly" fix this (MDF Door Jamb - never done one or seen...
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