Monthly Archives: May 2013

Building dispute resolved! Builder caves in!

Recently I was assisting my client in his dispute with the builder. Workmanship was plainly defective but the builder (top tier builder) refused to fix ┬ádrummy floor tiles (hollow sounding when tapped) claiming that “it was within tolerances” Here we … Continue reading

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Wall dampness detection with thermal imaging

If your passage floor looked like that you would be pretty upset knowing what caused it and why:   The cause of timber floor fluting (cupping) is a water leak getting under timber, swelling it and causing it to expand … Continue reading

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Roof leak detection with thermal imaging

Thermal imaging is a wonderful (and expensive) tool that can scan room wall and ceiling surfaces in seconds and in the hands of experienced operator can detect a wide variety of otherwise invisible defects. Just recently I was carrying out … Continue reading

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Building Expert evidence prevails in VCAT

Just recently I was giving expert evidence in VCAT proceedings in relation to defective building works to four townhouses and the estimated cost of rectifying defects for the owners. Builder brought his own building consultant. Not surprisingly my estimates were … Continue reading

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Playing Russian roulette with building inspections? Will the gun go off?

People often overlook independent building stage inspections either through ignorance or because they are making choice to save money. However this is not a simple commercial decision and the risks are far greater than you can imagine. If something does … Continue reading

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