Any drainage system should have silt pits at regular intervals.
This includes both stormwater systems and agricultural drains.
In the case of the above photo this is a combination drain and grate silt pit. (As the water can become stagnant this is a potential breeding ground for mosquitos!)
The pit may be either circular or [read more...]
There has been a lot of talk in the Melbourne papers recently about ‘Slab Heave’ when Building on Clay so I thought I would explain how to minimise the risk during construction.
A key issue when building on clay is to avoid any extra moisture getting into the clay under the slab. causing the clay [read more...]
When you are looking at builders plans it can be hard to understand what all the abbreviations mean!
Here are some common window Abbreviations /Acronyms:
AL – Aluminium (also Alum) AW – Awning Window CG – Clear Glass CLR.OPG – Clear Opening CR – Curtain Rod DG – Double Glazing DH – Double [read more...]
These days all the builders provide, at our cost, a 1.8m high ‘Security Fence’ around the site.
When you ask them “Why is it there? “. . . They say “Its for Occupational Health and Safety and/or to prevent theft. ”
If those are the reasons why do less than 1% have a padlock?
Of so you want to place some fill. . . .perhaps behind a retaining wall to level a garden . . . So what do you need to understand?
Here are some things to consider.
Final Volume – Loose Volume
Most people underestimate the volume of material they need because they measure the volume they [read more...]
This is the time when all plasterboard lining (or internal cladding) architraves, skirtings, doors, built in shelves, baths, basins, troughs, sinks, cabinets and cupboards of a home are fitted and fixed in position.
The waterproofing of all wet areas will also have been completed.
The house will still require painting and things like cabinet [read more...]
I often come across people who want to exclude certain items of the work from a house building contract to save money.
They may want to do the work themselves, use their own tradie (relative or friend) or use a different supplier to install things before or during the build.
Liability for Problems
The main [read more...]