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3Cube last won the day on July 3 2016

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  1. I think you misunderstood. I'm actually agreeing with what you're saying. I ain't attacking.
  2. This sort of saying out what I mean when you "read-between-the-lines" of my post above.
  3. Purpose of my 1st post in this thread is to save money. Meaning you can do your own checks before engaging a pest control company. Otherwise, if money is no object, go on & engage any pest control (read through your current warranty terms & condition first!!!). Normally, if your property does not have expose soil (ie: turfing, garden, etc), which also means your property's entire ground is covered with concrete floor slab, in my opinion, I wouldn't waste the money & do my own checks periodically. Do note that I say this because generally warranty does not cover much liability on damages by termite. Hence I stress that you look through your current warranty to understand what is covered & weigh the cost against what is covered for damages (ie: it will better if warranty cover for replacement of damages, in monetary or the likes in full when termite do occur)
  4. Normally for residential landed house construction will provide 10 years warranty for termite. Your builder would have forward to you a copy of the warranty as issued by the builder's termite treatment sub contractor. You should contact the sub contractor engage by your builder to advice as warranty terms / liabilities / conditions differ between companies.
  5. I could help with some estimate on your entire budget & maximum built-in area allowable. please email to threecubebuilders@ymail.com
  6. Hi I'm still awaiting your reply to my inquiry in the email send to you yesterday. Please advice if your property is semi d or terrace. needed this infor to estimate built-in area potential.
  7. Let me help with realistic FULL estimate cost (ie: everything from authorities fee, consultant fees, construction cost, etc up to completion). I'm not soliciting as a contractor. Just help to advice. email to threecubebuilders@ymail.com
  8. Simple solution is to google using the following key word magnetic mesh insect screen door Or you can try ordering this: https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Mesh-Bug-Screen-Door/dp/B072J4XP3T
  9. I can help to advice you on the layout, costing, etc. No obligation required.
  10. As a building contractor myself, the root of the problem is the material used during building your property. Hence my professional advice is that this problem will go away by itself in time (Best case scenario 5~6 years, while worse case scenario 10~20 years). As time pass, the mineral / salt will be "push out" until it is depleted. Every time you clean off the white powder, it will "appear" repeatedly until the mineral / salt is depleted. It will not help if you hack off & redo the floor tiles because this problem had spread during the first time the floor was laid. Obviously your contractor did not use the correct material for the type of works. In your case the material in question is sand. There are basically 2 types. First is concreting sand which is clean processed sand (ie: "washed" in layman terms). Second is Plastering sand used for brick laying, plastering over brick wall, etc. You contractor should be using concreting sand to do the floor screed in preparation to receive adhesive for the floor tiles. Floor screed is needed to create the "fall" or "gradient" so that when you shower, water will flow towards the floor trap which direct the water to ground drainage.
  11. This is due to salt (not the salt used for cooking, food consumption, etc) / mineral impurity content in the sand (used either in the floor screed or the concrete floor. Most likely in the screed). The process of the white powder appearance is call efflorescence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efflorescence
  12. Xyberace, The following are some possible scenario: Assume your frontage to be 10 metres & your property is a semi D. Probable estimated built in 2997.567 sq ft (2 storey with an attic - 2.5 storey) However some location allow building up to 3 storey with an attic, then this will be estimated 3986.528 sq ft The above 2 scenario's area can possibly be increase by adding basement (Maximum additional area of 2099.812 sq ft). But due to added requirements by authorities, Cost for basement can be pretty steep (needs separate geo-technical professional engineer, shoring works, temporary works, etc) If location can be provide I can help to advice on possible owner's budget.
  13. Depending of work. In some cases you may need to redo the foundation to support the column which in turn support the car porch roof. General anything on structural works which involved steel work (I Beams, Hollow Sections, etc), concrete, reinforced round steel bars, excavation will required PE (Structural Submission) & Architect (Set-Back, etc endorsement & submission) Without knowing any specific from Alan, in the worse scenario, you'll likely be looking at +- $350K including professional / authorities' fees.