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@dark_hedge_witch

Woo! Start working as of TodayπŸ˜„ had orientation and got my PPEπŸ‘·β€β™€οΈ and continue from here😁 YeAH!! #constructionworker #constructionstudent #workingwoman #workingwomenwednesday #ppe

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Do you have Rock Onsite? - I've had a few queries regarding rock notes and allowances within contracts. Unfortunately there's no great way of identifying how much rock you'll encounter onsite due to rock being under the surface of your natural ground. Rock can be a very unwelcoming surprise that you may only find after you've site started (can be anywhere around 5-10k on a surprise rock job, when forseeable possibly a lot more on a standard build). A few things to note, not all rock found onsite is the same e.g. some types of rock can be broken down and used as fill, others will require the builder to remove it all from site and may import fill to suit. . Here's a few tips that may assist you in identifying if you may have rock onsite: * Picture above, rock has been found by the developer and stockpiled. * Next few pictures you'll find what are commonly refered to as 'rock outcrops', you may find little rocks and even some bigger pieces of rock in the mix. * Borehole/ Geotechnical Report, this is a report that you can order (generally engineers can supply them), unfortunately they usually only spot test 2-4 places which can sometimes be lucky misses or 'floaters' (floaters are one off big rocks found onsite, the rest of your site might be fine). * The area, some areas are well known to have rock onsite. . Rule of thumb, if concerned drive around the area of your build, if there's rock you'll eventually see it around the neighborhood. Also visit your site prior to purchasing it. It's a great idea to visit the site whilst they're developing as they dig dip for surfaces and benching of the sites. If there's rock you may very well see it at this stage. Gravy tip - make an allowance in your contract if you feel rock mighy be present or have a means of funding the encounter. When onsite regardless of who the builder is you'll unfortunately likely need to press on otherwise all works will stop. I'm always open for questions, there's a few people that are also willing to jump on a comment and share their experience or insight. If in doubt ask your builder or even comment below πŸ‘ . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” at North Kellyville

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Home Gyms - Here's my must haves if you're thinking of having a home gym setup. My weights are always within an extension to the Garage (upon resell I name the space 'Workshop' πŸ˜‰) cardio areas are always inside a spare room πŸ‘ my go to standard items 😊: . * Weight areas pick up some impact mats (Note they're 1m x 1m) "go heavy or go home".. wait πŸ€”. * Powerpoints 😣 you may want to have a fan and some music, good idea is to figure out where your equipement will be before you get to site πŸ‘ (imagine having a low battery whilst doing cardio 😦) * Mirror(s), I spare a wall near my squat rack, ask the builder to a custom one up πŸ‘Œ I've been fortunate in the past where my cardio room was a spare bedroom with mirrored robe doors πŸ“Έ * Space to put all the equipement not in use (e.g. plates, attachments, dumbbells..), becareful with the space, tight areas can create high risk areas for injuries. * Fresh air and natural light, if possible openable windows or external doors, huffing and puffing is no fun in a stuffy room. * It's a good idea if you're able to take note of where the space is located and if you need acoustic insulation, especially for those that workout whilst everyone is asleep or if you simply dont want to disturb everyone with your workout music and grunting 🀣 . Rule of thumb, like most spaces, consider where everything will be and how you'll use and store everything. Share your ideas πŸ‘ #openforquestions. Oh yeah one last idea! I got a duster for the heavy dumbbells I can't pick up on the bottom rack 🀣 #happybuilding . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #sozen #newmewhodis #gyminspo at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 - Lockable Cavity Sliding Doors - Had to share this photo πŸ“Έ a fellow instagramer asked (based on my last door hardware post) what brand lockable cavity sliding door (CSD) hardware I've used in the past. I've only used a keyed CSD lock on an internal garage access door before 😊 and here's a picture of it πŸ‘ it's pretty hard to explain what it looks like and how it works without a picture 🀣 I use @assabloyau AKA 'Lockwood' for my keyed CSD door hardware 😊 there isn't many manufacturers that supply a keyed CSD system. Gravy tip - pick all your items and lock them in as soon as possible. On this particular build I picked all my door hardware from one manufacturer and than found they didn't supply keyed CSD hardware 😣 . One last thing, personal preference, if you're putting CSDs in your home consider going to solid doors or something with a bit of weight. In the past I've noticed hollowcore doors feeling a bit too light when opening and closing, not too bad on hinged doors πŸ‘ always #openforquestions 😊 . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #doorlock #doorhardware #lockwood at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

Website updated - I'm hoping it addresses the friction points on the site. The site will continue to evolve based on your suggestions and feedback. Thank you to everyone that provided me with feedback. Please feel free to jump on there and pick it apart haha. Nervous but happy to have your support. . For the month of April anyone providing feedback will receive🎈33% off🎈 any service just provide the following hashtag within your check request email #feedbackisagift. I'll remind you if you forget, don't worry. . The services are also now available to builders. One builder recently tried to only credit a client $170.00 for deleting a rainwater tank πŸ€” no names naturally but seriously what was the tank made out of? Haha . Money back guarantee, no questions asked on all services if you don't find value, all good πŸ‘ thanks again for all your support and feedback. Contemplating on a name change for the page, apparently I'm supposed to have alignment across all platforms πŸ™„ haha, posts will continue as usual and always #openforquestions . Turn on post notifications for updates πŸ‘ . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Brick Displays - It's highly recommended that you visit the display of your builder including any displays such as brick yards 😊 I once ordered 10,000 bricks, they had slashes through the top of each pack, I made a comparison against their brick display and what was delivered πŸ˜‰ and then received new packs of bricks and brick bins for the waste, the rest went on gumtree (some guy building a rendered retaining wall) πŸ‘ it's important to take photos and really look closely at the displayed product, sometimes you'll see lines through bricks on display, which means it's possible your bricks may arrive the same way πŸ€” (happens a lot with extruded bricks, you can ask the builder to not use them on your front facade or places of entertainment), mortor joints on display are usually very neat, however, during a dispute you might need to make a comparison between your home and what the builder has displayed not the brick yard (if they have displays). Rule of thumb, pretty safe to say the displays are the benchmark to your build, if you're not happy with the displays 😣 be cautious. Gravy tip - Take photos πŸ“Έ and check previous works (closely). Have you had issues with your bricks, workmanship or product? Was it resolved? Would be great to share your stories for others building. PS. I haven't had issues with @usgboralau, the picture is of some bricks I liked for a build 😊 . @usgboralau #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #bricks #brickwork #colourselection at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Baking Paper - Top secrete tool of the trade, in my younger days I'd exhaust all my money buying a whole lot of text books, drawing stationary and TRACING PAPER!!! 😣 I made $40.00/day back then 🀣 I learnt to minimise making mistakes real quick πŸ˜‚ biggest problem was the unwillingness to unleash every idea due to the expense, UNTIL!! I discovered one of the greatest secrets of all designers, architects and draftees! Baking Paper 🀀 300mm wide which is close to the short end of an A3 page (297mm) πŸ€” 4 cents an A3 page πŸ˜₯ So I let them ideas rain! 😊 incorporate some baking paper in your design kit when you're trying to plan. Have fun layering up your ideas and stacking them up. Gravy Tip - Use masking tape and when you think you're close, photocopy your drafts and then re-hack them up πŸ˜‰ #happydesigning! . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #buildingtips #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #investor #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #tender #contractsigning #floorplan #bakingpaper at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Kitchen Design - 3 things to consider, I'd need a few post to cover the complexities of designing a kitchen space, but here's 3 things, I share with others and often look into. 1) Identify where you'll be storing everything i.e. oven racks near the oven, hot beverage stuff near the kettle πŸ˜‰ 2) 300mm internal dimensions to places you'll be storing plates 😣 this really matters if you'd like to put plates in your overheads or the base cupboards to the rear of your island bench πŸ‘ 3) Have draws! the extra dollars will provide you with a lot more functional storage space compared to cupboards and they look great 😊 Rule of thumb, "live in the space before you move into the space" - GravyπŸ€“, whilst on plan, play breakfast time and kitchen time, imagine being in the space. Check things like, if there was a hot bowl of soup coming out of the microwave will everyone in the household be able to take it out safely (not over their heads near their face) and place it somewhere quickly. Gravy tip - pick your taps, sinks, appliances (especially fridge) and colours early and then double check them after you've picked everything else. You may find after gathering inspiration for your other items your style may of changed. Theres always a lot to consider so always #openforquestions πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ please also feel free to share some tips or things you've learnt πŸ˜€ . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #buildingtips #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #porterdavis #investor #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #tender #kitcheninspo #kitchengoals #kitchen #kitchendesign at Sydney, Australia

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@cawicmarketing

We're having an info session for students at the #georgebrowncollege Casa Loma campus today in the cafeteria! Come by and see us! #womeninconstruction #constructionstudent #georgebrown #CAWIC at George Brown College

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@msdsocial

STUDENTS: The Construction Students' Association is hosting their annual industry night this Thursday (22 March) at MSD. It's an opportunity to network with industry professionals and help kickstart your career. Head over to @csa.unimelb for ticket details. . . . #msdsocial #constructionstudent #constructionindustry

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train Traps – Leaving Fill/ Spoil Onsite - 😣 Just checked a job for a client and advised them to have their builder remove their spoil β›° (dirt, gravel, sand) from site. Starting to see a few requests and a few queries from clients wanting to leave their fill onsite. Rule of thumb, in most cases this isn't a good idea, the spoil you have when the site is benched (levelled out) is usually only from the building platform, you'll still have extra spoil in most cases from your drainage, piers, trenches, driveway and areas outside the platform area. Gravy tip - Taking the spoil out of the ground doubles in size as it's no longer compacted (this is refered to as bulking) this gives you a good idea as to how much you'll end up with, it also falls sideways taking up a large footprint 😣 usually in the way of your build resulting in a 'difficult site'. Don't be that person 🀣. Check your borehole report, not all fill is treated equally and you may not be able to use the spoil for your desired purpose. If you like, when submitting your request for tender or contract checks (www.gravycheck.com.au) please note if you'd like me to specifically look at an item for you 😊 better safe than sorry ☹ πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #newblock #excavation at Sydney, Australia

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 12 Ceiling Frame ~ Besides holding your roof tiles or metal sheets, joists and beams create the ceiling of a room as well as creating an anchor for the wall frames. Tied together, everything stays up. Thankfully!! ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check ceiling joist centres and alignment with rafters. 2. Check correct size of beams. 3. Check beams blocked off walls and ceiling joists are connected. 4. Check ceiling lines. 5. Check ceiling joists for sag and bow. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ With all these checks to date, you can be assured that what you’re building is according to Australian Standards. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @ethanallen

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 11 Wall Frame ~ Time to check your walls. For a timber frame, you’ll be wanting to use radiata pine (minimal moisture content - so it won’t shrink or warp) or equivalent. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check walls for plumb, square, straight and level. 2. Check top and bottom plates have a tight fit on studs. 3. Bracing in and tie-down in accordance with plan. 4. Noggins at correct centres. 5. Noggins for accessories. 6. Corner blocks in position. 7. Walls tied together. 8. Double check room size and ceiling heights with plan. 9. Check for clearance between head trimmer and window. 10. Jamb studs beside all openings. 11. Blocking under load bearing studs. 12. Check door opening sizes. 13. Check for excessive notching. 14. Check provision for plumbing and other services. 15. Check external joinery flashed, plumb and level. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ The good thing with timber frames is that it’s cheap, light, strong and pretty easy to install. And you have heaps of wall cladding options to choose from. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @mieszkaniowi

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 10 Sub-Floor Frame ~ Your sub-floor is basically the structural layer where your decorative floor sits on. So it’s pretty important to get this frame right, again, to avoid uneven levels. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check bearer location alignment and ground clearance. 2. Check bearers for excessive crippling and adequate fixing. 3. Check floor joists for correct alignment and centres. 4. Ensure joists are not excessively notched and are well nailed. 5. Check for double joist below walls and adequate bearing for strip flooring. 6. Check shrinkage possibility on large section joists and joists braced. 7. Check position of joists under load bearing walls for platform floors. 8. Check wall cavity width. 9. Check sub-floor area is clear of rubbish and rubble. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ It’s pretty important to choose the right type of sub-floor for your site ie. conditions etc. You want to avoid long-term problems down the track. Speak to your engineer. Better safe than sorry. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @insideroom

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 9 Brickwork Sub-Base ~ If you’re using exposed bricks, you’ll need to think about what style of jointing you want done such as raked, ironed or flush. Make sure you communicate this to the bricklayer. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check base for level and square. 2. Check piers are bonded and located to suite bearers and other points of concentrated load. 3. Check sub-floor clearance min 230mm. 4. Check measurements with approved plan. 5. Check base brickwork’s been properly backfilled. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Exposed bricks are just that - exposed. Which doesn’t leave much room for error. The bricks need to be perfectly laid as well as the jointing. So if you notice things aren’t quite right in the first 1/2 to 1 metre - you might want to have a word to your brick. This way, no he said, she said. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @aurahome via @seascapeliving

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 8 Blockwork Walls ~ If you’re using blockwork for your walls, then you’ll need to check the following items below. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check location of starter bars. 2. Check reinforcing placement. 3. Check bond beams. 4. Check tie down. 5. Check waterproofing. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ If you’re using brickwork, I’ll be covering that tomorrow. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @adairs

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 7 Pier/Stump/Column ~ If your home is being built on stumps or columns rather than a slab, then you have a sub-floor. You’ll need to ensure that the correct level is achieved with varying heights of stumps or columns used. Otherwise, your floor will be wonky - if that even describes it. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check straightness, location, height and level. 2. Check base for correct size of concrete pad footing. 3. Check well compacted and adequately backfilled. 4. Check bracing. 5. Check for placement of support to pick-up point loads. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ With the stumps/columns/piers done, next will come the floor frame which holds up your chosen floor. The fun starts. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @dauncurry

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 6 Concrete Slab ~ Once the concrete slab is down, this will give you the opportunity to start marking up the floor so you can get an idea of where the walls sit and how big (or small) your rooms will be. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check soil report and engineer’s design. 2. Check depth and width of edge beams and bearing on footings 3. Check depth of rebate. 4. Check installation of membrane. 5. Check location of service pipe penetrations. 6. Check for adequate bar chairs. 7. Check heigh of finished floor levels and cover to reinforcing. 8. Check finished floor slab for compliance with specification and design. 9. Install tie down bolts, if required. 10. Check construction joints. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ With the concrete slab down, now things will start to come together quite quickly. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - πŸ“· @threebirdsrenovations

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@mrplanthireuk

What an honour to be part of the recent @hertsbuildingawards, to have our machinery adorning the red carpet and to sponsor the #BuildingExcellence won by @ospreyhomesltd πŸ† Congratulations to them and to all winners on the night @jarvisgroupltd @alliancescaffolding @hawkandchadwick @mslelectrical @pexhurst @roger_mears_architects @questjoinery , Aubrey Homes, Procare Group, Balinor Group, SEC Group, Terrain Surveys, Belmont Heating, SEC Interiors, . #HBCA18 #HBCA2018 . . . . #contractorcompanies #contractor #winner #constructionstudent #construction #building #builders #herts #hertfordshire #hertsbusiness #engineering #scaffolding #poweredaccess #planthire #civilengineering #structuralengineering #ukbusiness #awards #excellence #success #event

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 5 Footings ~ This will be important to ensure it’s right as it will be inspected by the Building Inspector as your Stage 1 inspection. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Re-check siting and easements. 2. Check soil report and engineer’s design. 3. Check trenches straight, square and clean for strip footing. 4. Check trenches are clear of any rubbish or debris. 5. Check reinforcement placed as per design and is lapped and tied. Starter bars in place, if applicable. 6. Check concrete covers all reinforcement and flows to all corners. 7. Check adequate bearing capacity for stumps, if applicable. 8. Check for termite protection and certification and moisture barriers, if required. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Your first Stage 1 inspection will feel nerve-racking. But once you’ve experienced it, you’ll realise the importance of having it because IF you did miss something, it will be picked up and you MUST fix it before you can proceed. And I think THAT is peace of mind. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @ashleytstark

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@theownerbuilderschool

SCHEDULE 4 Site Preparation ~ This is the day you do an inspection for the site to ensure it’s all good to go. ~ Create a template in Word or Excel using tables with 5 columns x 20 rows (for starters), starting with the following headings:~ ~ Inspection Item Date of Inspection C/N/NA (this stands for Conforms|Non-Conformance|Not Applicable) Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ Add the following β€˜Inspection Item’ descriptions:~ ~ 1. Check boundary lines with title or survey plan. 2. Check set out including boundary set back. 3. Levels checked incl floor levels. 4. Site drainage plan developed. 5. Site cleared of rubbish and debris and long grass. 6. Trees to be retained are identified and protected. 7. Check depth and location of services. 8. Top soil stockpiled. ~ Now add a new row of headings beneath the above, but in line with the columns:~ ~ Non-Conformance Items Date Re-Checked C/N/NA Comments & Reasons if N/A Initials ~ It’s such a good feeling when you tick things off the list. Progress feels good. Promise. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ - - - - πŸ“· @zohiinteriors

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@therealgravace

(RooIkie) Gravy Train Traps – Visiting Prior to Purchase and Stepdowns - I'm fairly confident after looking at this photo, most would see the necessity of visiting a site prior to purchasing, #flatblock 😣 I've been pressured in the past to purchase without site access during Sydney's boom which was very tempting at the time, could of been a disaster πŸ˜₯ Rule of thumb, always request for a draft linen plan if you're unable to visit the site. Dropping a garage to suit your driveway gradient can cost anywhere between $10-$15k, a site like this will incure anywhere between $20-$50k+ in site cost compared to it's equivalent flat site πŸ˜“ I personally like homes with steps due to the articulation in floor and increased ceiling heights, however, great to be mindful this isn't usually suitable for those with the elderly or young 😊 Gravy tip - if you're builder is advising you to drop your garage, it's definitely worth considering (sometimes it's mandatory to comply is permit requirements). $10-$15k investment may make the difference between using your driveway and not πŸ€” Those building investments, demographics will determine if this sort of block is ok, a designer home demographic maybe more attracted to this sort of home, whereas those with accessibility concerns may steer away. #openforquestions . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #buildingtips #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #investor #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #tender #contractsigning #newblock at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Square Set Ceiling Joints - I'd like to share my two biggest fixed internal design secrets πŸ‘ I use square set joints and dressed all round (perfectly rectangular timber profiles) skirting and architrave everywhere πŸ˜ƒ the two choices offer a contemprary look and also migate any design oversights πŸ˜… oversights #crynowlaughlater πŸ‘ Rule of thumb, the joints and DAR skirting/ architrave are not suitable for every design, consistency naturally is very important, if you're going contemporary, square away 😊 Gravy tip - I especially like to use the square set joints when there's full height wall tiling and full height wall to wall curtains (feel free to visit the previous post on sheer curtains). If you're within the construction phase (pre-lining) please don't feel shy calling your site supervisor requesting a building variation to your contract 😊 better awkward than sorry πŸ‘ side note you can also nominate a room/ rooms if you wish πŸ˜‰ . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #buildingtips #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #investorΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #tender #niche #plasterboard #lining at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Basins - I had a client question why their builder was charging them so much for a basin when the price of the basin was a lot cheaper than the others πŸ€” The answer was in the labour 😊 please be mindful when selecting an undermount sink or basin that it can cost a fair bit to cut and polish the edges of the stone benchtop to suit. Rule of thumb, if you're going above counter, check how much space you have and consider how close the basin will be to the wall, we've picked up far too many contracts where the client/ builder has selected a basin that finishes 10-20mm from the wall resulting in a tight space for cleaning, lack of silicon or way too much silicon 😣 Ask your builder if they'll be able to silicon around the edge of the basin adjacent to the wall and how much space you'll have behind the basin πŸ‘ Gravy tip - Use the basin(s) to improve the space πŸ˜‰ there's a few different types, here's a few πŸ‘Œ above counter, under bench, semi-recessed, wall hung and pedestal. Understanding the relationship between space, vanity style and benchtop finish will provide you as a builder, designer or home owner with a plethora of options. Also! remember to sketch, sketch and draw and draw, each elevation and layout πŸ‘ 😊 #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #ownerbuilder #realestateagent #renovation #investor #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #sydneypropertymarket #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #tender #basin #sink #design at Sydney, Australia

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@onceuponafibro

One more week till coursework will be finished and only the dissertation will remain 😐. #masters #student #study #constructionstudent #projectmanagement #bim #law #uwe #postgrad #blogger #ukblogger #thursday

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@instabcot

When you study construction you can create a career as a interior fitter. #CreateYourFuture today at BCoT! 🏠

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@shazlan_

Rindu praktikal dolu dolu😭 #constructionstudent at Alor Setar

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@_afqh19

Settle! No more construction week for this sem πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺNow can focus for our final exam πŸ’ͺ Goodluck guys πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #principleofmanagement #constructionstudent at Fakulti Pengurusan Teknologi Dan Perniagaan

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@_afqh19

Done for today πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ #autocad #constructionstudent #fptputhm at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia UTHM

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Open Voids (Design) - I'm about to enter design mode once again πŸ€“ as usual I'm looking at how I can incorporate more voids πŸ˜€ the voids provide height, articulation in ceiling, air/ noise circulation and often more light. This particular void is central to the home, its to rear of the first floor looking down into the kitchen, dining and living area. Considering the tight side setbacks to the home, the void provides the living areas with a great amount of northerly rays 🌞 Rule of thumb, you'll still need to maintain the basics of trying to visualise what you'll see from the top and bottom, what you'll use as a balustrade, what you'll use as lighting, natural lighting, privacy and continuation in details (colours, lights, textures.. cornice 😣 no cornice 😎). Gravy Tip - think about the design practically, a whole bunch of voids is great only if it doesn't adversely affect the traffic in the home and useful space. I've had a client provide a void to the first floor in lieu of a forth bedroom, looked great, empty nesters. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. Important to also note how you'll/ they'll change the lights and clean the glass 😊 during the build the void was really fun πŸ˜₯ 🀣 #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #voids #lighting #design #architecture at Sydney, Australia

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@instabcot

Have you applied for Construction? Next September you'll be able to add housing interiors like our students are! If you are still yet to apply then you can do so at: bit.ly/2applyBCoT

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@dobre.ddiana

From the area β€œI am a nerd and not afraid to admit it”, can’t wait to enjoy this baby’s powers! TY @samsung.com_ and TY my love! You always know best! β€οΈπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“ #samsung #thankyou #constructionlife #architectlife #construction #life #architecture #student #architecturestudent #constructionstudent #newbeginings #power #ssd #ssd850evo at Horsens, Denmark

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Bamboo - Quick things to consider 😊 height (some of these bad boys might look small now however can grow between 6-10m, take care near eaves), coverage/ screening, distance between each plant (too close and you may limit the height, just Google the spacing requirements 😊), clumping or running 😣 please please becareful, clumping bamboo grows within a circular circumference whilst running bamboo can grow wildly (unless you treat it accordingly with lined trenching) this type of bamboo is also referred to as invasive 😯 however under the right circumstances running bamboo can work well. Rule of thumb, Google is your friend, research prior to your purchase πŸ‘ Gravy tip - I use Bambusa textilis var. Gracilis 'Slender Weavers' which is a clumping type (as per πŸ“Έ) πŸ˜ƒ #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” #checkingcontracts #clientside . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #renovators #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #investor #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #bamboo #slenderweavers #landscaping

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@onceuponafibro

Buzzing to do a presentation about something i am really passionate about. #uwe #student #masters #constructionstudent #disabilities #disabilityawareness #assessment #fibromyalgia #dyslexic #anxiety #presentation

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@dobre.ddiana

Good morning sunshine! Winter came to Denmark as well! ❀️❄️❄️❄️ #winter #sun #denmark #winterday #wintermorning #freeze #instagood #instadaily #instagram #instatag #construction #constructionstudent #architecture #architecturestudents at Horsens, Denmark

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@onceuponafibro

This is the face of someone who would rather be back in bed and not off to do a presentation. The presentation itself doesnt bother me.... im combining the two things im most passionante about disability awareness and construction. Bring it on 😁 #spoonieawareness #disabilities #constructionstudent #mentalhealth #coursework #presentation

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Letterboxes - Why not try something different 😊 It can be pretty challenging to find something that doesn't lookΒ straight from Bunnings πŸ˜“ In some cases like this project the letterbox built-into the retaining wall was going to be too low 😣 (Australia Post have standard letterbox slot heights on their website, between 900mm -1200mm high). Rule of thumb, unsure your letterbox suits your needs πŸ€” there's A4 letterboxes as well as parcel size letterboxes!! πŸ˜ƒ Gravy tip - please try your best to sketch everything you can possibly think of in your landscape plans including your BBQ, bins, benches/ seats, hose reel and even your car(s) on the driveway, I've offset the retaining wall in this project allowing for more car door room and the letterbox πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ "complete today before today starts" #jimrohn πŸ€“ #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck βœ” . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #renovators #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #investor #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #constructiondetai #realestateaustralia #sydneypropertymarket #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #letterbox #retainingwall #landscaping at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Turf - Really personal preference, some people need it and others prefer hard surfaces.. there's also an array of types of turf πŸ€” Rule of thumb, quality and type of turf can vary a lot, ensure you know what you're getting so you may care for it accordingly, be super careful when purchasing a 'weed and feed' fertiliser, some types of fertiliser may kill your lawn πŸ˜• really need to read the packaging. Gravy Tip - new lawn needs a lot of water πŸ‘ I water twice a day for a few weeks and mow after a month on high for new turf 😊 side note if someome just writes 'turf' in a quote or tender you may want to double check what you're getting. The cheaper stuff is pretty tough to look after. I personally always used a buffalo grass. Have your neighours in awe 🀀🀀 πŸ˜‚ #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #sirlawnalot πŸ˜€πŸ‘ . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporaryconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #renovators #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #homedesign #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #propertyinvestor #lawn #sirwalter #turf #buffalo #landscaping #grass #sirwalterdnacertified at Sydney, Australia

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@muhammadhijaz

My new life , new place , new friend . 5 month to go. #constructionstudent #civilengineering #portbaik #praktikal at Mahsa University College Saujana Putra

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@puddinfox

Kicking off a Monday morning at College with a Costa hot chocolate πŸ‚ #constructionstudent #costa #blackforest #hotchocolate #leaves

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Pendant Lights - Extremely exciting when pendent lights go up 😊 it's one of those things that can be your point of difference. A few key things to keep in mind are πŸ€” height of pendant lights, spacing, function (decorative or functional, especially important when over kitchen benchtops, vanities, study desks or bedsides) πŸ˜ƒ number of pendant lights, size, spacing, light switching and style (pendent lights can completely change the feel of a place, consistency of style) 😊 Rule of thumb, try to pick as many of your items and pieces as soon as possible (you may stumble upon an item(s) that will make you change the style of your whole project/ home, funiture included). Gravy tip - If you're working within the ground floor/ between floors and you're unsure what you'll be doing in a certain area, ask your electrician/ builder to run a 'loop' within the ceiling space πŸ˜‰ (I'll often do this above the kitchen island bench, I like to pick my pendent lights above the benchtops go in, I like to double check my pendant light numbers, spacing and sizes after the kitchen island/ servery benchtop is installed) 😊 most importantly ensure your wife signs off on the pendents 🀣 #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #happybuilding πŸ˜€πŸ‘ . . #residentialconstruction #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #followourbuild #followmybuild #ourbuild #buildingourhome #buildingtips #firsthomebuilders #ownerbuilder #floorplan #realestateagent #propertyinvestment #homedesignΒ  #constructionstudent #buildingahouse #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #lightingΒ  #electrical #pendantlights #beaconlighting #lumina1 at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

Gravy Help – I'd like to offer 5 people some help 😊 over the past few years I've spent a great amount of time reading and writing multiple home building tenders as a service to builders πŸ€“ Many times my old man has offered my services to his friends (voluntary basis without my consent) πŸ˜‚ often with contracts you may find there's errors, discrepancies between what is drawn and what you're paying for and ultimately what is built. If you're within your tender period and have a tender from a project builder I'd like to offer you a 'Gravy Tender Check' πŸ˜… I might need to work on the name πŸ˜… The hope is that I may find an area you've been over chargered, double chargered or have something in your tender or drawings that maybe of some concern. As this is a trail this will only be open to 5 lucky people with project builder tenders (in Australia), the price for the service is totally up to you 😊 if you find no value in the service 😊 all good no hard feelings,Β  promise πŸ‘ your feedback however would be greatly appreciated. If you're interested please PM me or comment below. Happy building 😊 I'm happy to help πŸ˜€ . PS - Please feel free to white out your details including the builders details if you like 😊 . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #feedbackisagift πŸ˜€πŸ‘ #gravycheck . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporary #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #renovators #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #investor #homedesign #dreamhome #developer #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #sydneypropertymarket #constructionsite #propertyinvester #firsthome at Sydney, Australia

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@therealgravace

(Intermediate) Gravy Train 101 – Intertenancy Walls - Commonly known as 'fire walls', 'party walls' or 'shaft walls', these are going to become more and more common considering the amount of urban infilling 🏘🏘 there's a few different systems, the Boral's 'Partiwall' system is commonly used with larger builders and is a fairly simple system.. which is usually over complicated onsite πŸ˜… the common mistakes with the 'Partiwall' system onsite are; using 'H' tracks to join 'shaftliner' boards horizontally instead of using 2 'J' tracks, not lining up 'H' tracks vertically, fixing clips too often/ not often enough, using products outside of the system (I've seen a job where they used triple grips instead of the supplied system clips, serious note, this can be incredibly dangerous for occupants 😦), using way too much sealant (unnecessary), not providing sufficient/ too much of a cavity 😣 not using batts at the tops of walls and not using J tracks at the ends of the boards (rough to fix after the fact). Rule of thumb, never assume you know how to use the system, whether you've used it in the past or a similar system, refer to the install guides, checklists and continue manufacturer training πŸ€“ If in doubt contact the supplier/ manufacturer. It's important to understand fire wall systems are engineered as a complete system, any variances (additions or subtractions) can render the system non-compliant, worse, it can cause death or injury 😦 #justask for guidance 😊 . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #continuetraining πŸ˜€πŸ‘ . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporary #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #renovators #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #dreamhome #developer #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #sydneypropertymarket #constructionsite #propertyinvestor #firewalls #intertanancywalls #dualocc at Sydney, Australia

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@lavie_de_jan

Make sure to surround yourself with people who are as much into getting sh*t done and making business as you are! I mean the best thing is to talk about new ideas and have dinner! πŸ˜„πŸ‘Š #gettingshitdone #arabic #newideas #knowwheretogo #universitystudents #constructionstudent #pizza #austrianblogger #instagram at L'Osteria

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@therealgravace

(Rookie) Gravy Train 101 – Services - An owner of a neighbouring block asked me about this last weekend so I thought it would be great to share πŸ€“ When you first turn up to your vacant greenfield site (newly developed block of land) you may find a few of these things πŸ€” There's a bit much to go through here so I'll just touch on what each of these service connection points are in this photo 😊 If anyone would like a bit more detail on these points or others, please don't hesitate to ask within the comments, any tips or details are more than welcome 😊 Purple Pipe = Recycled Water, Blue Pipe = Town Water, Green Box = Electrical Pillar/ Turret, Concrete Lid near Green Box = Telecom/ NBN Pit. Rule of thumb, dont freak out πŸ˜£πŸ€— if you've purchased a block through a reputable developer you can always ask them what they are and what it means for you. Gravy tip - look out for concrete/ steel round lids, if they're sewer manholes you may have a sewer line running through the block, not always a big deal but can cost a few bickies, 'building adjacent' is usually around $1-3k 😊 I've had a 'building over' which was about $16k 😣 FYI some people hunt these blocks down to negotiate with the vendor 🀣 #avago . #gravyoneverything πŸ€“πŸšˆπŸ πŸ˜ #servicedblocks πŸ˜€πŸ‘ . . #residentialconstructionΒ  #contemporary #residentialdesign #australianhouses #australianhomes #constructiongeek #australianarchitecture #architecture101 #builders #renovators #flippers #ownerbuilder #buildingstudies #realestateagent #renovation #investor #homedesign #dreamhome #developer #constructionstudent #constructiondetail #constructiondetails #realestateaustralia #propertyinvestor #recycledwater #firsthome #nbn at Sydney, Australia

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@magcwanini_tee

Construction Law is showing me flamesπŸ”₯πŸ”₯Guys who invented schoolπŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ“šπŸ“•πŸ“– #finalyeardiaries #nightriders #constructionstudent #finalexams

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