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  1. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Thanks Rubi for the info.
    With regards to specifying finishes and fitting in the provisional sum allowance, what is the reason for this?
    Right now, he has quoted on all the items specifically.
  2. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Hi, thanks!
    no we have not signed his contract yet. We still need to go over it and send it onto a couple friends for their opinion.
    Maybe we can send it to the bank as well for their input.
  3. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Thanks for the help and advice! It is daunting but exciting as well. Guess we will be finding out soon the reality of your own build! :)

    Is your Civil Engineers friend available to oversee a job...
  4. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Hi Dave, thanks.
    We are in knysna. What do you mean you would never do it this way again? What happened? 👀
  5. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Hi Eezerider, thanks for the info! We have been pretty patient, making sure we do our home work. We getting pretty excited now.

    Regarding the builders quote, should the quote include detailed...
  6. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Ah OK.
    The builder has quoted on everything himself and has not mentioned any subs.
    So I take it he is not subbing out?
  7. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Very true. The builder we wanted whom Iíve worked with before is excellent however he is in ct and doesnít want to drive to knysna. He says itís too far and too boring up here!
    perhaps I must offer...
  8. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    thanks, yes we have specified everything from light fixture type to alarm system model to even paint brand!
    we thought the more info the merrier.
  9. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    The bank is financing everything. We are not buying materials. I could be wrong but I dont think the banks would deposit money into my account to buy the materials.
  10. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Surely this is the contractors responsibility? If his work is sub par payment will not be made for the stage as according to the bank loan, the client has the final decision to release funds - which...
  11. Re: Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    hi thanks,
    by principal agent do you mean project manager?
  12. Legal or experienential advice needed for a new house build.

    Hi,

    We are about to embark on building a house. It is bank financed and we have found an NHBRC builder.

    I have heard from a few friends that we need to be careful with the builder running of...
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    Re: Upgrading from Duster, but to what?

    I read an article about how well the duster handled in the namib dunes when without low range. I think the other guy was driving a fuck of pajero and the duster did as well.
    . In your experience, do...
  14. Re: MECER - IVR -1200MPPT and 2400MPPT - perhaps not for Lithium

    Thanks for this. Actually read something after i posted my reply that said not to float. I guess i will just have to float my 12v pack for the next year or so until i can afford to get better...
  15. Re: MECER - IVR -1200MPPT and 2400MPPT - perhaps not for Lithium

    Where is my mind!, Just re-googled this to double check and you are correct. Lifepo4 can be float charged but around 13.4v - source here -->...
  16. MECER - IVR -1200MPPT and 2400MPPT - perhaps not for Lithium

    Hi all,
    I have read through the manual and it seems according to the manual there is NO option to disable the float charge.
    Have attached a screenshot and the manual.
    I am hoping the manual is...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    Thanks will take a read. I read somewhere that LIFEPO4s dont like being float charged and i think acid battery chargers like to do this - dunno how true this is though.. I am just going with a...
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    Thanks for the help. I actaully thought the structural engineer (required for council submission) would perform a soil test on site automatically - thanks for bring this to my attention - I will make...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    Yes. lifepo4 are not cheap so we didnt want to make that mistake. We are mostly likely going with the mecer IVR 1200mppt for the our new lithium baterries.
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    Hi Lofty total noob here, why do you put the charge button back onto 10A and not 20A?
    thanks
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    tx.
    It seems the IVR 1200mppt is the lithium one. I got the specs and user manual from mecer yesterday if anyone needs. I am just doule checking with lithium SA if it will be a good fit their...
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    hi Dawid,
    Many great points thank you! From what I read, brick and motar homes are just as useless as timber homes in fires as very little can be resused. Concrete deteriortes greatly under heat...
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    Much appreciated and agree. You get what you pay for hopefuly! :) however on the flip side some firms charge extremely high fees for average work. I work with a developer and he complains daily about...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    what I did notice that fooled me at first is that the mecer ivr 1200mppt is in fact modified sine wave. Mecer just called it simulated.
    im just running WiFi laptop etc etc so modified suites me...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    are you talking about the mecer ivr 1200mppt or axpert as you small back up solution?
  26. Thoughts - mecer axpert 1200w vs mecer 1200mppt

    Any have experience or thoughts on this mecer. https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=618578&d=1623592803

    it seems quite similar to the Axpert MEX Hybrid 1500VA / 1200W...
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    How much are they charging a sqm? From what I've seen most of those are charging around 18k per sqm.
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    True words. There is also sound building methods in the SANS catalogs.

    We are doing timber frame with zinc alume slash IBR siding. Works out cheaper than nutec. Columns slash stilts to hold the...
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    Re: mecer inverter to a mppt controller?

    Combined powering nice! What Inverter etc do you use? The pwn solar charger and Chinese Inverter you mentioned earlier?
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    Hi snake oil thank you I didn't even see that.
    Do you have any stats on the device. I look on mecer website and they barely have a description let alone specs.

    For that price of 2k though it...
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    Mecer charging lithium battery

    Hi is this inverter capable of charging a 12v lithium battery?
    https://www.takealot.com/mecer-1200va-720w-12v-inverter/PLID38529100/description

    Solved: So you dont need to go through the whole...
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    Wow nice house. I do architecture work myself. Just need an engineer right now. How did that house cost 100k? those sliding doors alone are around 30k? Plus all that metal and windows. This look more...
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    Re: mecer inverter to a mppt controller?

    Hi tx, my budget is about 10k.
    I have just bought 12 v DIY LIFEPO4 kit from lithium batteries SA for around R6500.
    Just deciding on a mppt controller - looking at the tracer for 2k. What do you...
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    Re: mecer inverter to a mppt controller?

    Thanks, thats ok by us. We just have solar as a backup for extended perioids of no eskom power outages
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    Re: mecer inverter to a mppt controller?

    Hi thanks, we have panels already. we had a transformer blow recently and had no elec for half the day hence the solar backup. Also playing it safe who knows whats going to happen with eskom. We work...
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