Stormwater – Kerb Discharge

Stormwater Outlet - kerb

If you are going to build on an existing block you will probably have a planning permit condition that stormwater must discharge to an approved point.

If there is no surface water system one option can be to discharge to the street.

This is normally by constructing a proper kerb outlet like the photo below:

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What Are Brick Articulation Joints?

articulation joint

When you are looking round your new home build you may think ”What’s that gap between the window and the brickwork?” . . . . . . .or even “Why is there a vertical gap between the bricks in the middle of the wall?”

Before you panic it might be worth checking if it is [read more...]

Pre-Plasterboard Inspection

preplaster

Plasterboard can cover a lot of defects . . . . . . . so if worth checking on things before it goes up.

Typically the timing of this inspection will be after the ‘Lock Up Stage‘ but before the completion of the ‘Fixing Stage‘.

Due to cost lots of people don’t use a [read more...]

Concrete – Adding Extra Water

A ‘Dirty Secret’ of the Construction Industry is; adding of extra water to concrete mixes.

The ready mix concrete suppliers carefully design mixes with appropriate water cement ratios, which are loaded onto the delivery truck by computer controlled batching systems. . . . . . . All this effort on getting the mix right goes [read more...]

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Block Retaining Wall – Loose Lay

block retaining wall

Loose lay retaining wall blocks are concrete blocks that have a nib cast on the underside. (see photo) This stops each block slipping forward of the block below.

There are a number of different manufacturers and most produce more than one type of block. You will normally find several different types of block in any [read more...]

Virtual Build?

Virtual Build

I recently saw an advert for ‘MyPlace’ a ‘Virtual Build Information System’ by Burbank.

What Is A Virtual Build Information System?

MyPlace is a virtual construction site which provides a visual aid in the progress of your home’s construction. It lets you check out what’s happening on-site of your new home without having to leave [read more...]

Builders Excuses

Lets face it, building isn’t always easy. Each house has its own problems and the builders have to deal with the weather.

Things do go wrong . . . so the measure of a good builder is how they resolve the problems.

Here are some excuses you shouldn’t have to hear. . . . together [read more...]

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Overhanging Brickwork

brick hangover (77x87)

Unfortunately brickwork overhanging the slab like this is more common than it should be. . . . but it’s often not the brickie’s fault.

How it Happens

Normally the problem is that the slab has been constructed smaller than the required dimensions.

This wouldn’t be a problem, but for the fact that most houses [read more...]