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Interesting goobledegoopspeak for we fucked up with the foundations and looks like we just kept right on going...

 

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18 minutes ago, chrisg said:

Interesting goobledegoopspeak for we fucked up with the foundations and looks like we just kept right on going...

 

Cheers

 

Reckon they wanted to save time and cut a few corners ...

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Hmm,

 

Building inspection has been a joke across the country for a very long time.

 

It's not QUITE as critical when talking about individual houses although the standards there are still abysmal and graft and corruption are rife but when it involves multi story building it becomes decidedly life threatening.

 

Amongst other disgraceful omissions it is possible to be an inspector without actually being qualified in areas such as electrical. In other words they may well not know what they are looking at.

 

That varies by state, which is another area of concern, there is very, very little standardisation in the industry.

 

Half a century ago my father, a registered master builder in the UK, a country that tends to build long-lived houses, came here and was expected to go back to school to get the same certification in Australia. The irony was he could do most anything else to a house right down to a renovation so extreme it amounted to a brick-by-brick re-build but he could not build from scratch. It hasn't changed.

 

He never bothered because he was just as happy to specialise in various area rather than jump through the hoops.

 

Over the many years he worked in the industry he saw things that positively made his hair curl. Perhaps the most amusing was a new house that had inadequate footings and whilst the owner was sitting in his front room it quite literally cracked in half. He fixed that in a rather novel manner, a VERY long double ended "bolt" the length of the building and literally wound it back together then poured a few extra tons of concrete into the foundation to stabilise it all.

 

Somehow I doubt the builder made a profit on that one... 🙂

 

One day they might learn to make houses that last more that 20 years but not until they get the grifters out of the industry.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, Jeruselem said:

 

Reckon they wanted to save time and cut a few corners ...

Well there is hopefully the end to this company ... After they've been successfully sued for every last dollar that is.

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We've turned homes into investments, meaning builders get greedy and build as fast as possible and then start doing shonky things to save money and time.

Banks, governments, councils and real estate vultures don't care as long as they get their cut of the money pie.

 

So we end up with people living in death traps. So when you heard "cutting red tape", it just means they remove checks and balances to speed up approvals even if the product is faulty.

Edited by Jeruselem

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There's been a marked increase in electrical fires of late - not very surprising, code is not being observed.

 

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1 hour ago, chrisg said:

That varies by state, which is another area of concern, there is very, very little standardisation in the industry.

 

Half a century ago my father, a registered master builder in the UK, a country that tends to build long-lived houses, came here and was expected to go back to school to get the same certification in Australia.

Hmm

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26 minutes ago, chrisg said:

There's been a marked increase in electrical fires of late - not very surprising, code is not being observed.

 

Cheers

 

Substandard imported parts which aren't checked for safety, because they ware cheaper to buy. I work in company which sells this stuff and a lot of this genuine electrical stuff is pretty expensive as it is.

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Interesting comment Nich, care to elaborate ?

 

That is unfortunately very true J, standards seem to have slipped over the years particularly being we are a 220V country, our voltage is genuinely lethal whereas 110V you might get away with it. (Yes I know, amps kill you not volts, but the quickness of reaction in letting go as compared to involuntarily siezing on is better on 110 V than on 220V.)

 

I've seen some pretty dodgy stuff the past few years and to be honest I've never been especially keen on double earthed two pin appliances, or the rather flimsy Australian plugs.

 

People tend to think the English fused three pin plug is overkill, maybe, but it is one more layer of separation from power and stupidity.

 

Then there is Edison Screw -  should have never been allowed in, this was an all bayonet cap country until cheap imports sneaked in, now its a chore just buying the right globe.

 

Cheers

 

 

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My employer only works with US and European branded gear. The big names, and some of the prices of some of the stuff we deal with is just yikes (some items are like 250K retail ...). The stuff is probably made in China, but we don't deal with Alibaba crap unless we need some exotic obselete stuff.

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What's there to elaborate on?  Calling for better standardisation while bemoaning the need to meet certification standards seems an odd combination.

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Heh,

 

I'm not bemoaning it at all, but dad had certifications that went then and still do now far beyond what Australia requires of builders - that's why we get such crap work.

 

But the stupidity that he could renovate, which often involved fixing fuck ups, but not create was an interesting comment upon a society that seems to want to certificate but not validate.

 

I see it all the time in IT, wet behind the ears newly minted grads who have no clue when it comes to the real world, but it doesn't matter, they are qualified you see...

 

It is far from confined to IT either, ask any experienced lawyer.

 

Cheers

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🙂

 

I'm rather certain it does scruffy but it sort of begs the question of how do they learn ?

 

My doctor is well into his 40s and exhibits nothing but total competence and compassion although I do have to ask him from time to time to check my BP  🙂

 

I don't think I have ever actually had a YOUNG doctor so I may be being completely unfair to them.

 

Cheers

 

 

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Aus with a bit of a poor finish to the innings.

But making up for it with 3 cheap wickets in the opening overs.

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Fuckwittery on the 9Now website.

 

Get it going through the browser on the phone so I can catch up on the score in bed.

It then procedes to send me through 3 Captcha pages where I'm supposed to identify palm trees then cars then bikes in grids of pictures... on a phone.

Unfknblvble.

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OMM 

How removing the random drying towel from the Jayco exercise  contraption and bringing it into the lounge room was and is a triffic happening ... no it is, two weeks ago, not so much 😉

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Today at work I discovered the source of a nastee smell that seemed to be emanating in our living / dining room at home.

It was from the apples we purchased at the supermarket on Sunday. I only realised this when I picked up my fruit to take in with me for the day. I'd given  the back room at work a gross dead sorta fruity smell. So the banana, mandarin and apple were given the sniff test, with the apple winning the sash. Soon as I got home tonight I trashed the remaining apples, and smell is gone. Voila ! ... very strange

Not an experience I'd had before, not with fruit that looked edible I mean. I did cut into one and it looked okay too, but the smell-test overruled my desire to eat it.

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That's weird for apples. They're pretty reliable usually. 

Edited by fliptopia

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I noticed the last couple of lots of pink lady I bought seem to have a weird waxy feel to them - maybe there's some new treatment that they're put through.

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1 minute ago, Rybags said:

I noticed the last couple of lots of pink lady I bought seem to have a weird waxy feel to them - maybe there's some new treatment that they're put through.

 

I've noticed that from some places more than others. A week or so ago one had a big chunk of wax on it. The Coles ones often look very black around the stem lately. 

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Opened the latest Woolworths ones - they don't seem too bad but the previous I think was from there and Aldi and a good wash and wipe barely made a difference.

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I'm in the habit of a good rinse and slices from there eating skin to boot - since the needle fiasco always cut or break my fruit into smaller pieces - but this now just sucks. I'll be lost without my daily apple

I need to find someone with an apple tree ... I'll pay !

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Bit sus about some of "fresh" supermarket fruit in Darwin!

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Anyone here got misophonia? I do, because people eating loudly irritates me like ... urg

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