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    Good point, but with our start-up budget going on...

    Good point, but with our start-up budget going on infrastructure like sewerage and electricity we're left with $3.65 for defence. I propose we spend this on bananas which we'll put in our pockets and...
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    Yes!!! That's exactly what we'll have. Gonna need...

    Yes!!! That's exactly what we'll have. Gonna need guns then.
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    So could one survive on bananas alone? Clearly we...

    So could one survive on bananas alone? Clearly we need a banana plantation on the commune. :)
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    Well I never. But don't they have seeds in them...

    Well I never. But don't they have seeds in them to make new banana plants, and aren't herbs generally leaves and spices seeds?
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    No doubt there'd be tax exemptions for that but...

    No doubt there'd be tax exemptions for that but this isn't a business, and besides, we're an ungodly bunch and it'd be hard to fake it.
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    Yes, much like a penguin is just another form of...

    Yes, much like a penguin is just another form of parrot and a banana another form of apricot.

    As you'll no doubt have read above, I do indeed plan to separate poor families from their hard-earned...
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    As I’ve said, this is a long-term project, maybe...

    As I’ve said, this is a long-term project, maybe 10-20 years or when none of us has dependent children, so my current aim is to stoke enthusiasm with the houses and the way we’ll live. The red tape...
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    Haha! Yes, I was thinking of the Hutt River...

    Haha! Yes, I was thinking of the Hutt River Province when I wrote that but couldn’t remember the name. Watch this space!
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    Haha! Thatís exactly it actually, I do wish to...

    Haha! Thatís exactly it actually, I do wish to start another country. I suppose if we had our own standing army we could just see off any council reps. If I buy a piece of Australia then it doesnít...
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    The practicalities are the fun part and relevant...

    The practicalities are the fun part and relevant to this forum, but yes, seems they’re a long way off. Easier buying a plot somewhere like PNG and cutting out the ridiculous red tape. Our country is...
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    Ok. It’s been done before so I assume it’s...

    Ok. It’s been done before so I assume it’s feasible.
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    Thanks Beardy, sound advice. What if we wanted to...

    Thanks Beardy, sound advice. What if we wanted to keep livestock?
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    I appreciate what youíre saying but with 20...

    I appreciate what youíre saying but with 20 interested friends each chipping in, say, $100K, thatís two million which I hope puts our ideal plot within reach.

    Transportability, yes, in principle...
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    Does zoning apply outside city limits?

    Does zoning apply outside city limits?
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    Hoping for something no more than an hourís drive...

    Hoping for something no more than an hourís drive from Brisbane because weíd keep our day jobs, ideally with a creek and some interesting topography. Regarding the buildings itís my intention that...
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    Thanks Paul. Your 80s idea sounds great ó shame...

    Thanks Paul. Your 80s idea sounds great ó shame it didnít work out. Any idea what similar acreage would cost these days?

    Iíll put a nice glossy proposal together for the relevant council to show...
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    No, weíd like to be a model community that locals...

    No, weíd like to be a model community that locals believe add something to the area.
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    Beardy, weíre cashed up and all live in nice...

    Beardy, weíre cashed up and all live in nice houses with lifestyles we wonít want to compromise to live in squalor. Itíll be more like a resort than a shanty town. Iím no hippy.
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    Yeah, sod that, responsible adults can decide...

    Yeah, sod that, responsible adults can decide what sort of water they and their families use. Itís nanny statism but itís also about control. 30 likeminded citizens acting in unison are more...
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    A cult, hey? Well Jesus was a carpenter and...

    A cult, hey? Well Jesus was a carpenter and cult-leader but it didn't end so well for him.

    Wife and kids fine, Fumbler. There's an optional annex to the mezzanine for a small child and mini pods...
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    Great post Paul, thanks. Again, I don't...

    Great post Paul, thanks. Again, I don't understand the need for all these regulations, seems like just bureaucrats justifying their existence. Yes, the intention is to face them north with the...
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    Thanks Cal, I'll check those out. Does anyone...

    Thanks Cal, I'll check those out. Does anyone know the reason why councils tend not to allow more than one permanent building on a plot? Seems it should be none of their business so long as you're...
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    John, I haven't built them yet, nor bought the...

    John, I haven't built them yet, nor bought the land! This is embryonic.
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    Bureaucracy, oh joy.

    Bureaucracy, oh joy.
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    I do have another dilemma though, which is that...

    I do have another dilemma though, which is that the council may require the tiny homes to be mobile because they only permit one permanent building on some plots. Anyone know about this?
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    You're all making out it's big but the whole...

    You're all making out it's big but the whole house would fit into my living room, which is pretty average sized as living rooms go. Really can't make it any smaller.
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    Some very rough plans I drew up. ...

    Some very rough plans I drew up.

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    KBs PensNmore is right, I'm planning to build...

    KBs PensNmore is right, I'm planning to build several on a permanent site, like a commune.
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    Tiny House

    Latest project in the pipeline is a tiny house, 5m long, 3.5m wide, straight roof from 3.5m to 2m. Mostly living space with kitchenette, toilet and shower along 3.5m high back wall. Mezzanine bedroom...
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    It'll cost over $6000 to have them all removed...

    It'll cost over $6000 to have them all removed and I simply can't afford that at the moment. I'll hope for no storms until I can afford it.
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    Thanks for the advice. :)

    Thanks for the advice. :)
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    It's not exposed to weather but I'll probably...

    It's not exposed to weather but I'll probably have to paint it pink anyway. :cool:
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    READ ME! Didn't see that. Got a link? :D I see you're...

    Didn't see that. Got a link? :D

    I see you're even further from the Bay than I am, which is the main argument against the TS option.
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    READ ME! * double post -- please delete *

    * double post -- please delete *
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    READ ME! Thanks, damian. Yes, I've noticed some nice and...

    Thanks, damian. Yes, I've noticed some nice and affordable keel boats in my browsing. I'd love one but I'm concerned about the cost of mooring over the years being a regular drain on finances through...
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    Thanks all for your input. You've convinced me --...

    Thanks all for your input. You've convinced me -- palings for the fence and untreated pine for the cubby.
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    The palings are about a dollar each from Bunnings...

    The palings are about a dollar each from Bunnings and I have a stack of them for fixing the fence as it fails, so I'd rather use what I have than buy new timber. Perhaps they'd be safe if I painted...
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    Timber toxicity question

    I'm currently converting a corner of the attic into a sort of cubby house retreat for my five-year-old. Is it safe to use CCA treated H3 pine fence palings in the construction? Thank you in...
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    READ ME! WANTED: Trailer-Sailer / Sailing Boat

    Hi. From some of the other threads here it would appear this forum is appropriate for non-woodworking related items, so here goes.

    I'm on the market for a second-hand trailer-sailer, specs as...
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    I'm tempted! :U

    I'm tempted! :U
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    Liability for trees

    Not sure where this should go so putting it here -- please move if appropriate.

    My neighbour has been complaining about branches of trees on my property which overhang hers and she fears may fall...
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    Thanks for the tip, I'll phone around. The...

    Thanks for the tip, I'll phone around.

    The cajon evolved from packing crate drums. Top, bottom and sides are typically around 12mm hardwood ply, front and back around 4mm, with a sound hole in the...
  43. Thread: Treehouse

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    Haha! That's the way we roll. :)

    Haha! That's the way we roll. :)
  44. Thread: Treehouse

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    Thanks, I just did that and it seems technically...

    Thanks, I just did that and it seems technically I do but as long as the neighbours are fine with it and I take it down before selling the house then nobody else need know. I think I'll draw up a...
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    I like it! Thank you.

    I like it! Thank you.
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    You're right, of course. Seems unlikely that just...

    You're right, of course. Seems unlikely that just one of many cheap pine joists would have become rotten. Seems like a massive and joyless task though -- maybe I'll send a small child down there to...
  47. Thread: Treehouse

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    I need to not crack my head on the joists though!...

    I need to not crack my head on the joists though!

    It's just one tree with a wide fork quite low down, so effectively like two trees except that one leans towards the horizontal. I'll post a photo....
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    Googling treehouse images I see your neighbours'...

    Googling treehouse images I see your neighbours' grandad was way ahead of his time! :U
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    You're correct on both points -- no membrane and...

    You're correct on both points -- no membrane and the part-rotten joist being under a join between two boards. Rather than taking up all the boards and replacing the joist I'm wondering whether I can...
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    Treehouse

    I've promised my five-year-old daughter I'll build her a treehouse and wondered whether anyone here has experience or suggestions on the project. Unfortunately most of my trees are gums, which make a...
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