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External Tiles over verandah slab

I want to lay sandstone tiles over the existing verandah slab which surrounds my 12 year old colonial style house. There is an 80 mm step down from the inside, trimmed with brick at the thresholds and visible flashing and peepholes all around the external walls which are protected by a 2 metre wide verandah. If my new tiles come up 30mm or so against this step, do I need to leave a gap so that the flashing and bottom of the weepholes are visible for inspection for dampness and termites?

Question by Elizabeth Wheatley

How to remove sand render

Hi, we are currently renovating a 70's house in WA. In the laundry they have covered the internal brick wall with a VERY sandy render. We are wanting to remove the render and remove some of the paint on the bricks for a rustic kind of feature wall. Just wondering what the best method for removing this render is? I have started with a thin edge paint scraper but this may take forever!! I thought a sandblasted but not sure how that would go as it is inside. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks - Ashleigh

Question by Ashleigh Russell

Front patio flooring

Sometime over the history of my 60 year old house, it was built underneath with a garage directly under the patio. I don't think it should be like this but it can't be changed now.

Up until this weekend, the patio floor was covered with very old, severely deteriorated stick on vinyl tiles, which were stuck onto some kind of board, which was nailed to the original floor boards. I've pulled up the tiles and board they were stuck to and now the floor boards are exposed.

Question by CLC

Timber Doors - glazing

I'm interested to know whether AS2047, AS 1170.2 apply to glazed timber doors in designated cyclone areas? Building codes stipulate compliance is required with these standards. I understand AS1288 applies, but am uncertain about the other two.

Should AS2047 & AS1170.2 also apply to the same doors in non-cyclone designated areas?

Thank you,

Roy

Question by Langfitt Trading

Garage Doors

I am looking at getting a new garage door to replace 2 roller doors that have seen better days. I’m a big fan of the timber-look doors that are quite popular at the moment but I went to Dandenong Garage Doors (stockist of B&D garage doors) to get an idea of price and the guy there literally talked me out of getting a B&D "Timber Coat" door.

Question by Jacqui W

looking for easy/cheap ventilation ideas for a pantry door

Wanted to replace a pantry door which needs to always stand open- in the way -so heat doesn't build up in my pantry, with a louvered ventilated door but can't find any locally in nsw/aust- seems to be an american thing to do. Any suggestions/ideas which are cheap/simple? also looking for someone to install two sliding cavity doors in Penrith district (NSW)

Question by janelle michels

Red dirt under tiles

Hi, We have just had the tiles taken up in the toilet and bathroom floor in preparation for a renovation but under the toilet tiles is a thick, rather earthy smelling red dust. Is this harmful or likely to cause problems with the re-laying of the new floor? The same dust/dirt wasn't under the bathroom floor which was tiled with the same tiles and presumably at the same time (1960's)
thanks

Question by Nat A

A bigger - longer - bath tub

Hi,

I am over 6 feet (180 cm) tall and looking for a longer bath tub if possible.

My current tub is about 710-715 cm wide (or deep) at its widest/deepest and this part is OK - but at the moment i am a bit overweight and itis a BIT of a squeeze.

The tub i have is 1440 mm long/wide, at the maximum, and then there is a shelf at the end of it that is 320 mm wide/long.

Can i go to a tub that is 1700 long, and if it was a bit deeper it would be OK - the extra depth would make up for the lack of extra length.

Question by Allan Smith

Concealed cisterns

Hi,

I needed to know if I could place the Concealed Cistern for a Wall Hung Water Closet on an adjacent wall without placing it exactly behind the WC ? And what would be the repercussions, if any, when done ? I would also like to place both the Cistern and Push Plates on the same adjacent wall. I would appreciate if you could help me out with this as I am about to redesign my toilet very soon.

Thanking You,

Sincerely,

manas misra

Question by manas misra

Cracks in walls and cornices

Hi sorry to bother u but my friend who lives on her own has just had cracks between cornices and walls repaired by a professional tradie a few months ago, and he said he used good quality filler which was moveable, she asked me why the cracks have opened again so soon which is rather disappointing to her, she is 77... This work was done just at the end of winter early spring. My reply to her was there must have been some great movement in her area such as a slight earthquake. etc I was wondering if this comment was correct or what would the reason be please ...

Question by Noelene

Insulations quote and website

Hi,

I have recently received an insulation quote from [EDITOR'S NOTE: Company name removed]. Just checking their website and it is not working. Are you able to advise if there is any concerns with using this installer noting the issues that have plagued the installation industry i.e. with unregsitered installers and rebates in the last 2 years?

Thanks
Natasha

Question by Nat A

Freestanding bathtub positioning

I have purchased a freestanding bathtub to place into my bathroom, which is being renovated. I have had someone advise me that the bath needs to be positioned a certain distance from walls (to allow for cleaning) according to building regulations. Is this true?

Question by Sally
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