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  1. Essentially I'm looking at having a private...

    Essentially I'm looking at having a private inspector in addition to the normal building inspection.

    So what your saying for the foundation I should be looking at firstly foundation trenches,...
  2. At what stages should I bring my certifier out?

    Firstly sorry if this is the wrong sub forum.

    I'm about to build in the next month and have organised someone (outside my builder) to check the build process at certain stages, anyone have any...
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    Cost of Stenciling Driveway

    Anyone know how much i would be looking at in regards to stenciling a concrete driveway of area about 55 meters sq? Nothing to extravagant just a one pattern, something similar to this type:

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    yeah fair call but i was probably more concerned...

    yeah fair call but i was probably more concerned with the steps themselves really. the hand rails I think are easy to touch up but the stairs would be a whole job.
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    Yeah I would have no problem with it although I...

    Yeah I would have no problem with it although I rang a couple and they said they can't give me a quote without seeing it and since the house is about to begin construction this is not possible. THe...
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    is this lacquer durable?

    I was just in contact with my builder for painting my stairs and they said that they use Taubmans Clear Lacquer (it's not polyurethane), just wondering if this is durable for stairs or should I look...
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    you have a fair point if it requires sanding and...

    you have a fair point if it requires sanding and all then I can see that the price they quoted me would be reasonable and even if i saved myself $500 tbo imo its not worth it as long as they do a...
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    well if it is a substandard job I will get the...

    well if it is a substandard job I will get the builder to do it again, after all i control the purse strings, if the price seems good then i might as well just get them to handle it, but I just can't...
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    cheers for the reply, I was just trying to see if...

    cheers for the reply, I was just trying to see if the quote I had been given from my builder to be reasonable or not. The price given was in the $1.4k range just a touch over so was wondering if that...
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    no one can give me a reasonable figure for such a...

    no one can give me a reasonable figure for such a job?
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    I've added a diagram for the stairs to possibly...

    I've added a diagram for the stairs to possibly help what I'm looking at for the cost of painting, not these stairs are new so no need to take the old lacquer off.
    The dotted line also has a hand...
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    ummmm yes, what are we talking about as a figure,...

    ummmm yes, what are we talking about as a figure, $1000 or $2000?
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    its actually in the contract in my inclusions of...

    its actually in the contract in my inclusions of what is being built so you can say it has exchanged hands by my paying extra for the package inclusions, the difference is that initially when i asked...
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    Price of painting a staircase in lacquer?

    Just wondering if I can pick peoples experienced minds here on how much it would cost me to paint a staircase (with hand rails and Steps) in a lacquer finish (neutral), it has stainless steel...
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    huh, how is it being honest? Firstly he charged...

    huh, how is it being honest? Firstly he charged me $500 additional for the ceasar stone already in my package that I bought over the Quantum quartz, but when I asked him that I'll take the Quantum...
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    thanks everyone, I've decided to go Quantum...

    thanks everyone, I've decided to go Quantum Quartz mainly since there seems to be no difference and my bathrooms will all have QQ tops so might as well have consistency throughout the house. I can't...
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    hmm thats interesting considering that I was...

    hmm thats interesting considering that I was initially being charged an additional $500 if I chose ceasar stone over quantum quartz and then after an objection they waived the additional cost for...
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    Which one, Ceasar stone or Quantum Quartz

    Hi all,

    I have the option from choosing either a ceasar stone or Quantum Quartz for my kitchen, my question essentially is which is better, in terms of longevity, strength, durability, and better...
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    sorry guys I'm talking about the mdf or whatever...

    sorry guys I'm talking about the mdf or whatever goes on first and carpet on top of that, not putting in actual floor boards.
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    stopping floor creaking?

    HI all,

    I'm building a new house but want to make sure that the floor upstairs doesn't creak after time, so I was wondering what people here would recommend me do once the house has been built.
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  21. Got my new demo guy, same price as I was previous...

    Got my new demo guy, same price as I was previous quoted by the rip of merchant before he decided to jack up the price by 5.5k or so.

    I probably should name and shame the company, definately not...
  22. Looking for good cheap demolisher (sydney area)

    Anyone here have a contact to a good cheap demolisher in the Sydney area, my demolisher just upped his price by $5500 which I think is unacceptable. If you have someone could you pass on their...
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    Not sure but you are probably correct as the pole...

    Not sure but you are probably correct as the pole will be on the front lawn (corner) so I suspect wiring will need to be run, mind you this is all done at teh build stage so should be easier.
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    well that is what I thought I would do, I was...

    well that is what I thought I would do, I was thinking of having the power for the camera provided on the pole and have cat6 cable also running through it.
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    No this is my own property pole on my property,...

    No this is my own property pole on my property, just wasn't sure you could have power lines and a camera hooked up to it.



    yeah this is my own proerty pole that will have the power from the...
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    Surveillance Camera on Property Pole?

    Maybe someone here would know, can you place a surveillance camera on an electrical property pole, I'm looking at building a new home and if possible have a security camera on the property pole...
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    bump....anyone have anything on this type of...

    bump....anyone have anything on this type of adivce?
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    lol desperate man with no substance, made to look...

    lol desperate man with no substance, made to look the fool now acts like one.
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    how about you get of your almighty high horse and...

    how about you get of your almighty high horse and read the OP, the cheapy worked fine no problems, if it does then use it and don't fork a fortune out for a name brand because someone on a forum say...
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    if the cheapo one works then keep that and give...

    if the cheapo one works then keep that and give back the sigma, don't always get sucked into the idea of brand name. if another brand does your job well then keep it and don't fork out extra for just...
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    So everyone recommends smooth finish then as...

    So everyone recommends smooth finish then as apposed to brushed...?
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    got the grinder so that is not a problem and I...

    got the grinder so that is not a problem and I expect to use it as well. This is mainly for straight cuts. Not a fan of the manual cutters as after time I've seen many chip at the edges after time (a...
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    smooth or brushed floor finish for tiling?

    Can anyone tell me what is better, a smooth or brushed finished concrete floor for tiling. My house is about to be finalised and I have the option of either brushed or smooth finish for my alfresco....
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    Well I bit the bullet and ordered one. Going...

    Well I bit the bullet and ordered one.

    Going to be used for the kitchen + family room (adjoining kitchen) + Alfresco + Front porch to start with.

    Fingers crossed i made the correct choice. :)
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    What I find amusing is that it seems Australians...

    What I find amusing is that it seems Australians are willing to accept things like increase prices and taxes and go ahead and justify the stance of governments and big business and forever are asking...
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    tbo if i have to wait 15 years before making...

    tbo if i have to wait 15 years before making anything on solar panels personally I would think twice. Who knows what will happen in 15 years and whether I'll still be around.

    I like the idea of...
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    Yes I think everyone would not have a problem...

    Yes I think everyone would not have a problem going solar although the sticking point is the initial outlay and if you factor that into the equation and calculate how long would it take for you to...
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    the smart meters are a joke, the for ever moving...

    the smart meters are a joke, the for ever moving goal posts of when off peak and peak times are is simply a joke. If before the off peak was 9pm and all of a sudden there is great demand during this...
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    god i hope to avoid the smart meters as you...

    god i hope to avoid the smart meters as you really don't know when the off peak period will be as it changes depending on demand..
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    I think what you are forgetting (as with those...

    I think what you are forgetting (as with those people trying to spin the carbon tax as being a positive) is yes house electricity cost will rise but so will industry costs and so will transport which...
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