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Defects Inspection Reports and Building Problems

Even with the best of intentions things can go wrong when you start out building or renovating, and you end up in dispute with your builder. Tyrrells receives many enquiries from customers and contractors asking for help. Make an appointment to meet with the builder to discuss the problem. Before the meeting make sure you … Continued

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Why Tyrrells

Reasons for using NSW’s only ISO accredited Building Consultancy Comparison of Property and Timber Pest Inspections Comparison of Property and Timber Pest Inspections tyrrells.com Others Full crawl of roof interior and subfloor* Yes Sometimes Expert, trained building consultants (not part-time builders) Yes Sometimes Professional Indemnity Insurance Yes Sometimes Full inspection of safely accessible roof exterior* … Continued

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Timber Pest Advice

Timber Pest Advice – A technical guide Here is all you need to know to perform a fairly detailed inspection of your own property. 1. General recommendations 1.1 Regular inspection of all structural timbers The Forestry Commission advises inspections at no more than 12 monthly intervals unless the type of construction is timber pest resistant. … Continued

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Avoiding Disputes

Building disputes don’t need to occur if you get the right tactical advice. Often the basis of a disagreement is a simple misunderstanding or honest mistake. In which case it is important to use a building consultant who is impartial and can provide a balanced view. Be wary of advice from friends. The emotional, financial … Continued

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How to Deal with Termites – Step by Step

When you live in Australia, termites are a fact of life. However, there are only three species which do real damage to timbers in your home and in all cases, damage will only occur if you neglect basic maintenance or do not carry out regular timber pest inspections. Undetected termite activity is scary and you … Continued

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Trouble Free Building

Introduction Tens of thousands of building projects go wrong every year. Most of the trouble starts from a combination of errors and omissions in the plans, a bad relationship with the contractor, mistakes and mismanagement by the contractor and your failure to make sure the building quality is OK. Building projects should go right. They … Continued

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The Typical Auction

Buying at Auction If you are planning to buy at auction thorough preparation for each purchase is essential. If you plan to bid you must do all the research before the auction day. Even when you know the vendor may choose to withdraw the property prior to the auction, you must still carry out all … Continued

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Off the Plan Purchase

Buying Off the Plan A popular way to buy a new unit, townhouse or strata commercial property is to purchase it before building work is even started. This is called buying ”off the plan” and means you have to: make a judgement on the location of the unit and it’s parking within the complex read … Continued

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The anatomy of building

Builders are working hard to build well but there are so many groups gouging and obstructing what they do. The main problems are: confusing and inaccessible rules and standards; conflict based processes to solve disputes; and fragmented associations who look after their own interests. In this article published in Building Connection Magazine, Jerry Tyrrell proposes … Continued

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Wet Area Floor Wastes and Falls in Floor Tiles

Complaints about the above items come up regularly and many cases have been tested at NCAT, with the outcomes ranging from no defect, to the builder being ordered to remove and relay waterproofing and tiles. As a result of yet another ‘falls in floor tiles’ exercise, for an expert report, relevant Codes and Standards were … Continued

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Building design: Box gutters – friend or foe?

Are you considering building your new dream home? If so, I’m sure you have done the rounds looking at display homes, checking out magazine and internet articles, talking to friends and neighbours and have found ‘the look’ you want your house to have. A lot of current home designs tend to incorporate a decorative parapet … Continued

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DIY inspections – A good idea or not?

DYI Inspections It’s tempting to think that with some sort of checklist you can do a pre-purchase inspection on a property yourself. STOP and reconsider!  Yes, in the short-term you might save a few dollars but it is likely that you will miss some issues that in the long-term could be costly to fix. Any … Continued

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Asbestos compliance: WHS Regulations 2011

Asbestos Compliance Owners Corporations face on the spot fines of up to $33,000 per breach in relation to asbestos in buildings constructed prior to 1 January 2004.* The Work Health Safety legislation says the person responsible is the owner who must select a competent inspector to identify risk, eg asbestos. For Strata Schemes to comply the … Continued

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Keeping Fire Stairs Safe

Fire isolated stairs are constructed mainly for use in emergencies. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) Performance Requirement DP2 requires all stairways be constructed to provide safe passage in relation to the nature, volume and frequency of likely usage. BCA DP2 also requires suitable balustrades but allows concessions where use is for emergency purposes or … Continued

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Hot property: Building in bushfire areas

Building in Bushfire Areas Are you considering developing your land or buying a property close to bushland, open fields or even wet lands? If so, do you know what level of bushfire protection your development will need so it will comply with Council and Rural Fire Service (RFS) requirements? Councils and the Rural Fire Service … Continued

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The Building Consultant: Dilapidation Reports

Dilapidation Reports Building Consultants assess and report on the condition of buildings and quality of building work. In practice, this requires objectivity, an extensive knowledge of common faults and the ability to identify unexpected or likely failures in many different types of buildings. To prepare authoritative advice, Consultants consider their client’s instructions and the perspectives … Continued

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The Truth About Termites

Termites are a concern in the Australian building industry, but separating popular beliefs from hard facts can sometimes be diffi cult. Jerry Tyrrell offers his thoughts on the best ways to reduce risk. Some fears help us avoid injury or death. For instance, we know to take cover in lightning storms. We shouldn’t touch spiders … Continued

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Building below ground level…Keeping dry

Some building work is more complex than others, and the more complex it is the more costly the mistakes. Building below ground level throws up more technical problems than you may think. In this article published in Building Connection Magazine, Jerry Tyrrell suggests that builders should look to become experts on basement construction. Click here … Continued

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Fire safety measures – The burning issue

Incorporating fire safety measures into a renovation or new build is essential in order to safeguard against the potential threat of a house fire or bushfire. Every building site needs their safety systems to be fully operational from the start of the job. And, more particularly, every fire safety product needs to be identified and … Continued

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Clearing Away the Smoke

Although fire safety is a fundamental component in constructing a safe building, very few people understand the reasoning behind it. Jerry Tyrrell explains the finer details. In my three articles on the Building Code of Australia (winter, spring, and summer 2006) I mentioned how it handles fire safety. Besides explaining jargon and definitions in these … Continued

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Doing the right thing by your clients

Builders can add value to their work Building contractors have a very special place in most clients’ hearts. Builders can be the ‘keepers’ of so many good things. If you do the right thing by your clients, they will always look to you for wise advice about their future building problems. In this article published … Continued

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A Chimney Piece

During a Pre-Purchase Inspection it is not practical to test how well a chimney “draws” the smoke from the fireplace but some rules of thumb include:   smoke staining around the fireplace is not a good sign downdraft winds may affect chimneys with tops terminated close to or below adjacent roof levels overly high chimneys … Continued