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    Yeah, ring up any of those skip companies and ask...

    Yeah, ring up any of those skip companies and ask how much for a load of soil suitable for growing plants in that is classified as VENM (Virgin Excavated Natural Material). It will be cheap.

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    I've dug out some huge oleander stumps with just...

    I've dug out some huge oleander stumps with just a block splitter. It takes time, but with all that focused cutting, they eventually came out. I had to cut a couple of the stumps into pieces just to...
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    I would not necessarilly seek planing permission...

    I would not necessarilly seek planing permission unless the plumber said you needed to. And then even then, ring up council and ask to speak to a planing officer before submitting an app. You really...
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    I think it is a bit like speeding. Hopefully they...

    I think it is a bit like speeding. Hopefully they have set the bar low enough to make sure unlicensed people stick to changing light switches and making up 10amp to 15 amp conversion power leads. I...
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    When I did my bathroom reno, I replaced the noisy...

    When I did my bathroom reno, I replaced the noisy aging fan with a high powered one from fantech (TD-800/200N). It is a windowless bathroom. :2tsup:

    It is a bit noisy - like a vacumn cleaner -...
  6. Thread: Water Proofing

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    Bathroom and I'm planing on putting on a roof at...

    Bathroom and I'm planing on putting on a roof at some stage.

    I'm doing my own retaining wall. I guess the council does not care about that. Non habitable rooms (garage, bathroom, utitlity area)...
  7. I bought Duromastic BLW from Wrimco in...

    I bought Duromastic BLW from Wrimco in Leichhardt. I'm finding it very easy to use. I also put on a 1 pack expoxy primer underneath. It takes me a whole day to do one coat (60 sqm) - I'm doing it by...
  8. Thread: Water Proofing

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    Water Proofing

    Can any one tell me if water proofing _needs_ to be done by a licensed plumber or am I allowed to do it myself? It is to be inspected by the council, so I need to do the right thing.
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    I can't think of a tougher situation than yours. ...

    I can't think of a tougher situation than yours.

    Did you take any photos of when you were building it? They would certainly make a plumber more comfortable in signing off on it.

    Another way...
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    You could go for a treme mix (very high slump) to...

    You could go for a treme mix (very high slump) to make it down easier. When I first core filled, I went for a 230 mm slump 25mpa 10mm agregate. You can also wet down the cores to make it flow easier....
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    termite

    I've got a core filled concrete block garage/retaining wall with a house that is meant to be sitting on top of it. I'm planing on using wall plates. Any good ideas as how to mininally satisfy the the...
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    I watched the video, the guy either must be very...

    I watched the video, the guy either must be very strong or have very light blocks.
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    hmmm, given the weather thing, I think I'll stay...

    hmmm, given the weather thing, I think I'll stay for hardwood. It would be easy to imagine taking 4 months putting up the frame :(.

    Any ideas as to what the best weather resistant subfloor I can...
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    hardwood joists and bearers

    I probably already know the answer to this, but my architect has specified F27 hardwood joists and bearers. Would most people bin this and go for lvls or similar?

    Am I going to trouble finding a...
  15. Good on you for doing it yourself! :2tsup:Quite...

    Good on you for doing it yourself! :2tsup:Quite impressive really.
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    If you really don't want to pay for a geotech...

    If you really don't want to pay for a geotech report than you best bet is to keep digging until you hit firm ground.
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    I find slabs very interesting. I know my 5m...

    I find slabs very interesting. I know my 5m driveway up to my place is 100mm reinforced. It has easily supported heavy huge trucks carrying concrete blocks, full concrete mixers, dump trucks,...
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    thanks for that, I never thought about the...

    thanks for that, I never thought about the inherit maneuverability of scafolding<O:p</O:p
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    Most of the posts are only 2.3m 100x100. However...

    Most of the posts are only 2.3m 100x100. However 6 are 5 metres high 150x150 sitting on 1 metre high reinforced concrete pillars. The 150x150s would weigh around 115kg. Fortunately the pillars are...
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    I'm using boral 190mm designer block. When I rang...

    I'm using boral 190mm designer block. When I rang up i was refered to techdry as the recommended addative - it is meant to make the mortar water resistant - and it seems to. It is also a pasticiser...
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    Errecting Posts

    I'm almost at the stage where I need to errect my posts (100x100 & 150x150) on top of my re-inforced core filled block walls (they have post holders on top of them).

    On the inside, there is a...
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    I'm not too sure if this helps, but you can...

    I'm not too sure if this helps, but you can temporarily brace the starter bars with spare 6m lengths of reo near their tops to stop them from waving around like reeds.

    I did end up welding my Z...
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    Definitely make the starter bars go 1m high. Most...

    Definitely make the starter bars go 1m high. Most of mine were - no issues for laying the blocks. You will save a heap on steel. Probably make them 50mm lower than the actual top though.

    You...
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    I had the same sort of problem. I bought a bar...

    I had the same sort of problem. I bought a bar bender from ebay (a couple of hundred dollars). Initially it was relatively easy to bend N16, but towards the end, I shed so much weight, it was a real...
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    I'm not too sure what your situation is, but...

    I'm not too sure what your situation is, but there is currently a huge back order of batts in Sydney. Complements to the Krud's rebate. :oo:

    The other thing is Perth can be really really cold in...
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    IMHO it is one of the best added value features...

    IMHO it is one of the best added value features to a house. A garage represents near zero extra house work, is very versatile and cheap as it is not subjected to most of the building code or basix. I...
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    everything seems ok. it all seems pretty hard to...

    everything seems ok. it all seems pretty hard to me with no chalkiness or anything.
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    Thanks. I'll take a look tomorrow. I'll need to...

    Thanks. I'll take a look tomorrow. I'll need to pressure wash some of the mud/clay off anyhow.
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    No idea really - as soon as it started to rain, I...

    No idea really - as soon as it started to rain, I put plastic over it. It had pillars to pour and was totally side tracked on these. I poured 10 cubes of piers and pillars. The pillars should be ok...
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    I think It had about 3 hours of curing. Maybe...

    I think It had about 3 hours of curing. Maybe border line. It was a 25mpa, 130mm slump 10mm aggregate mix and vibrated.
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    I took a gamble

    I took a gamble and poured my piers this morning - it was all fine and then it rained resulting in the trench where the piers are to be completely underwater. Should I be worried? I suspect that they...
  32. Thread: Hanging Joists

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    Hanging Joists

    Hi all,

    I've seen pictures of LVLs and I-Joists used with Pryda joist hangers. Is there any reason why I would not be able to use joist hangers with F27 kiln dried hardwood?

    Would I use the...
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    estimate

    I've got some old hardwood myself and I'm thinking of testing it mechanically if I need to.

    In theory, you should be able to work out it's strength by measuring its deflection to calculate its...
  34. Thread: Why gutters?

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    Another disadvantage is that they may overflow...

    Another disadvantage is that they may overflow into your wall cavity:

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/architects-say-gutter-risk-remains-20090329-9fm4.html
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    Another possibility is simply to remove the...

    Another possibility is simply to remove the guttering all together. Of course this won't be that good for water collection or stormwater disposal. But quite a few people simply don't have these...
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    Thanks for that tip. In in the process of...

    Thanks for that tip. In in the process of salvaging the sand stone for use of lining some of the garage. Any ideas as to what pressure I need for removing the mortar?
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    The house is actually in Freshwater. I live in...

    The house is actually in Freshwater. I live in Artarmon. It was built around 1949. I know this because I found the lino was lined with a paper dated some time in April, 1949. I have since found...
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    Ok, I have finally done it. I have recycled all...

    Ok, I have finally done it. I have recycled all the brick walls using non powered hand tools. I think there was 60-80 tons of bricks. Now I am just left with the floorboards and sandstone...
  39. Thread: concrete sump

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    Ok thanks. I'll speak to the concrete supplier...

    Ok thanks. I'll speak to the concrete supplier and ask what they have available.

    Back to your dig, I don't think "trust" is really a competence or an aberant personality issue. I just don't...
  40. Thread: concrete sump

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    The concrete it to be used for a underground...

    The concrete it to be used for a underground garage built into the side of a slope with a house sitting on it. The retaining walls will be up to 2m high. The re-inforced piers will be up to around 2m...
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