Concrete Cracking – Pattern of Fine Cracks

Mapping Cracks

Some people refer to these as ‘spiderweb’ cracks but the technical name is ‘mapping cracks’.

That’s because they can look like a street map.

Generally they are much more obvious after rain as water seeps doown into the cracks.

These cracks are typically only 2-3mm deep and are as a result of the surface concrete [read more…]

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Concrete Curing Membrane

concrete curing spray

Photo thanks to www.civilblog.org

One simple thing to improve the quality of concrete is to use a spray applied curing membrane. . . it’s a pity that this techniques doesn’t seem to be used much in Australian domestic building.

Purpose of Membrane

These membranes main purpose is to prevent the loss of moisture during [read more…]

Brick Ties

brick tie

Veneer galvanised brick tie

Brick ties, although small, have an important part to play in the structural strength of your new home.

In brick veneer construction, ties are used to pass all the sideways forces across the cavity (such as from wind) to the frame. For double brick construction the ties share the forces [read more…]

Timber Frames – Packing

Packing timber Frames

An issue with timber frames is making sure that the frame is bedded securely on the floor slab. . . . You don’t want movement of the frame when the house is completed!

Flatness of the Slab

You may think the building slab looks flat but in practice very few slabs are perfectly level.

The [read more…]

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Temporary Down Pipes

Temporary downspout

A great way to stop the building site from becoming water logged is for the builder to install temporary down pipes as soon as the roof has been covered.

Although this is generally good practice it is really important if you are building on Reactive Clay as it will minimise the occurrence of Soil Heave [read more…]

Delaying Progress Payments

Delayed Payment

So your builder has just made a claim for a Progress Payment . . . . . but you are not happy with the workmanship, or don’t agree that the Construction Stage is finished.

What can you do?

A lot of people would say “Don’t make the payment!” but it’s not quite as simple [read more…]