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The Rules of Waterproofing: part 2

WATERPROOFING RULES: PART 1 looked at the main principles of waterproofing we all should know or be able to find quickly. This second part by Jerry Tyrrell delves further into the detail… My 40th article in the past 10 years will be short. My key point is: read Part 1 again – and don’t be … Continued

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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 a 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 … Continued

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A guide for a 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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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 … 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