Brickwork Fail 2

brickwork fail 2

I walk past this brick wall almost every day. To me its wrong on so many levels!

Bricks are meant to be laid with a bond rather than stacked like this as it makes a stronger job. To be able to get away with this effect you need accurate, even brickwork as stacking really [read more…]

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Manhole Cover

When I started in the drainage business 40 years ago we called them Manholes.

Since then due to political correctness we have had; Person Holes, Access Points, Inspection Pits, but now we seem to be coming back to calling them Manholes.

We are not talking about the small inspection covers less than 300mm across [read more…]


Aircraft Noise (2)

Noise pollution should be an issue to check when choosing a block.

Relatively low noise levels can affect how you enjoy your garden and allfresco areas. Bad noise can spoil your enjoyment inside as well. (We rented for a few months near a railway and would miss 3-4 lines of TV dialogue every time a [read more…]

Tree Selection – Fail

tree fail

The sight of this Norfolk pine towering over this single storey house caused me to stop the car!

And the tree is only half grown.

It breaks RULE 2 of suburban tree selection – “Don’t get a tree that grows to more than 50% taller than your house.”

(Rule 1 is “Read [read more…]

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Post Contract Variations

The best advice I can give is:

“Avoid making Post Contract Variations” The reasons are:


Basically the builder holds all the cards once the contract is signed.

They can quote you the top price for the change… a percentage for the variation which you will find in your [read more…]

Subdivision Costs

Are you thinking about splitting an existing house block to get a 2nd house block for free?………..Well it might be cheap compared with an existing block in the same area, but it won’t be free!

The costs can easily exceed $20,000 for a simple dividing a single block in two.

Below are some indications of [read more…]