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  1. Advice on reburying stormwater + mains pipe

    Make sure you compact it well even if it is by hand using a mallet, otherwise the pavers you re-lay will sink and cause water to pool
  2. Quick set recommendations and volume calculation

    Your maths is right, but you are not going to hand dig the hole exactly so will want some extra bags or be prepared to go buy more if needed.
    Why use quickset? Use normal concrete mix; it's cheaper...
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    Pergola support question

    No one has mentioned council development approval. That will specify the structural attachment, which will typically involve the 'hockey stick' brackets shown PLUS stiffening of the truss up to the...
  4. Living in Bayside Victoria. Looking to build an 1 bed flat on top of carport

    Just go into the council office and ask to have a chat with a planner. Describe your concept to them and get a quick opinion.
    You can also download the council Development Plan and compare the...
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    Spectacularly wrong predictions.

    Great article Marc. The old saying that "necessity is the mother of invention " is so true. Look at how California's response to pollution control has risen to reverse observed trends as an...
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    Waterproofing mesh or not?

    The mesh versus bead of sealant requirement relates to the class of waterproof membrane. There is class 1 to class 3. I can't remember which is which without looking it up but if he is using the...
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    Underfloor insulation, Polyethylene

    Have you considered polyiso foam PIR. You can attach it and seal around with polyurethane based sealant. It is used commercially and more expensive but is used for underfloor and soffits. It chars...
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    Towel rail problem

    I would use a chemset anchor. You can get them from Bunnings. A bit expensive for a single hole but less expensive than cracking a new tile.

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    Leaking toilet, best way to fix?

    It's the rubber seal out of this fitting you need. I think you can just buy the rubber but I can't find it on the Bunnies website.
    I replaced ours and fixed the same drip as you.
    You just need to...
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    True we don't need a qualification but an owner...

    True we don't need a qualification but an owner builder has to engage a registered building works supervisor to oversee the construction, conduct stage inspections and sign off the completion meets...
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    Shed Roofing Question

    I empathise with you. I am an owner builder too who has designed and built these sorts of structures before. I am all in support of owner builders who are normally given a hard time by the building...
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    Advice Needed. My patio is wobbling.

    My thoughts are given it is freestanding the posts should have been set in concrete. Bolt down can never be rigid. Half a mm movement in the hold down bracket c ould translate to 20mm at the top of...
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    Shed Roofing Question

    Sorry samtani but what you are planning is illegal and unsafe. You use the words "looks strong" so clearly don't have the skills to engineer a Class 10 construction.
    Bear in mind you won't be...
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    Topsoil, no. It will move (shrink and swell) and...

    Topsoil, no. It will move (shrink and swell) and the slab will crack and let moisture in. If the garage is for more than just the mower, like a car, then you will need to remove topsoil and add 150mm...
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    50mm sand layer is fine provided you have a solid...

    50mm sand layer is fine provided you have a solid footing underneath (ie compacted quarry rubble).
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    Yes, until smooth. Using a coarse belt sped...

    Yes, until smooth. Using a coarse belt sped things up and lasted longer than sheets. I glossed over the whole wall with the third sheet dander to finish.
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    I have recently done this. You will have to get...

    I have recently done this. You will have to get rid of the texture. It will show through.
    I considered either skim coat plaster or sanding. In the end I sanded. I used a belt dander for the bulk of...
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    Anyone can do the BAL assessment (if you have got...

    Anyone can do the BAL assessment (if you have got AS3959). I did ours. Council send it off to CFS for their review. Ours actually came back at BAL12.5 when we assessed it at BAL19.
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    Can I ask where you are getting that door track...

    Can I ask where you are getting that door track from and how much it is. I saw it in a YouTube video and wanted to use it in our house but couldn't find details.

    The one I saw basically made an...
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    It is basically a 'poor man's' Dremel. I googled...

    It is basically a 'poor man's' Dremel. I googled and the Twist-a-saw is $198 at Big W. I actually do have the Renovator which is by the same company. My mother bought it for me. I only buy quality...
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    I would say pull it straight with your battens...

    I would say pull it straight with your battens and screw fix them. If it's barely noticeable now it sounds like you don't need to pull it far.

    I had a 6m long beam (190x45) twist on me about 30...
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    For our we are insulating the outside so the...

    For our we are insulating the outside so the thermal mass is available to the house interior which differs from ICF where the concrete mass is isolated between insulation.
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    What is this building method

    Check out http://www.dincelconstructionsystem.com/ProductInformation/Seehowitworks.aspx
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    The second one looks like Dincel. It is a pvc...

    The second one looks like Dincel. It is a pvc form that is filled with concrete. We will be building with that system soon.
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    I have just painted my house with British Paints....

    I have just painted my house with British Paints. I liked it. Went on well with no drips from the brush. Covered very well. I was impressed.
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    Bunnings usually get their own model made and it...

    Bunnings usually get their own model made and it is Chinese built. The quality Makita is the Japanese built version. Get it from Sydney and year's from now you will be glad you spent the extra $.
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    Re: Major water issue under house

    Sorry to be dramatic but you have got a major problem. It's a bit hard to tell from you description what is exactly happening. A photo would help.

    Any water ponding against the house is serious...
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    There should be some means to adjust the saw base...

    There should be some means to adjust the saw base underneath.
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    Have you considered PIR (polyiso) foam sheets?...

    Have you considered PIR (polyiso) foam sheets? They can be adhered with polyurethane based adhesive and form a closed cell system.
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    Re: Lowering a concrete floor

    You need to find out what size and depth concrete pads the brick piers are sitting on. Do a bit of hand excavation next to one. Then picture an imaginary line pointing out and down at 45 degrees...
  32. My engineer suggested piers on our build even...

    My engineer suggested piers on our build even though they weren't strictly required. The reason was to avoid any movement in the future (in plaster and cornice etc) due to different foundation...
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    My front porch cops a fair bit of rain despite...

    My front porch cops a fair bit of rain despite having a roof and 8mm gaps can swell to zero mid winter.

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    Re: DIY Roof Spraying !

    If you can, get a nozzle extension, it will save you a lot of back ache bending forwards. Also take a wet rag onto the roof with you because paint does build up on the nozzle affecting the spray...
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    Re: DIY Roof Spraying !

    I did our tiled roof a year ago. Bought a second hand airless sprayer for $450 which I can sell when I am done with it (after a few more projects). I am happy with the result and the big saving.
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    Re: Garage door edge strip repair

    I have done this before. It was very fiddly but worked a treat. I unpicked the staples carefully and removed the guide strip, then cut down the door curtain with a cut-off wheel and angle grinder. To...
  37. Re: Cut tiles at ridge, how to physically attach?

    The proper way is to space the battens so there is no cutting I.e. overlap each tile a bit more. All the tile manufacturers websites have an installation guide. The ridge bedding won't hold them and...
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