Thursday, April 28, 2011

Metricon Referral Bonus

Do any of us building realise we are entitled to a referral commission bonus from Metricon? Yeah apparently when you sign up for the Preliminary Contract and pay your $1500 initial deposit there is a question about how you came to know about Metricon. If you tick the referral box and nominate a person who has recently built with Metricon, then that person is entitled to $1000 (I think).

When we had signed with Metricon we became of distant friends that had built with Metricon, and tried to get this referral bonus sent to them. But the sales consultant said it was too late. We had to nominate them at the preliminary stage. We said we were going to go halves in the bonus. We just wanted to get something back.

I mean why not take advantage of free money when it's out there. If anyone is thinking of building, and wants to nominate me. Send me a message, I will take a $100 cut, and give you the rest LOL. Why not?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dishwasher Dilemma

So we'd been living in our new house for approximately 3 months. We've been compiling a list of defect and maintenance issue for the 6 month maintenance inspection coming soon.

One thing we've failed to use, and thought it would be a good idea to try out so that we could determine if it works or if there are any leaks, was the dishwasher. So we decided that we would use it the same day we had piled up a load of dishes to wash. We read the instructions carefully on how to operate it. Plced our dirty dishes in the machine, and hit start. The clock counted down from 2hrs and 15mins. I was shocked.

My question for those who have just moved or have moved in to their new house is:

"How long does your dishwasher do a cycle of washing?". I swear I could have 10-20 loads of dishes in that time. So we left it overnight, since it would have been close to 1am by the time the machine finished.

The next morning we woke up and decided to take a look. Everything was clean, but the things inside were all still wet. I assumed that sitting on a rack overnight would have been enough time to drip dry, also I thought a dishwasher develops a high enough temperature for the contents to steam dry. Is this the case, or was the fact I had the machine closed all night, made the difference. I am new to the dishwasher caper. Never used one, and am disappointed with my first experience with it.

I thought it was supposed to save me water, but how is a 2hr and 15min wash going save me water. I will have to give it another shot another time, this time monitor the temperature of the wash, as it's supposed to get really hot, isn't it?

Any tips will be appreciated.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I'm ever so close to having fixed internet on. First the dramas of the trenching of the telephone lead in cable, then I was told I can't get ADSL2+. I asked if I could get ADSL, they told me it maybe possible, but not guaranteed. So a few providers did some investigation, and tell me I have Pair Gain on my line. They will require Telstra to turn it off or something like that.

Anyway I thought I would post some pics of what's been happening inside. We had the holland blind put in various locations arround the house. Shutters will go in the remainer of the windows, have not arrived yet, but looking forward to the privacy from the toilet. Good thing we don't have a neighbour yet.

 The entertainment unit. Got a good price on this as it was the last one left.
 Clock. It was annoying the first few weeks, as we had to either look at the oven, microwave or a/c controller for the time.
 Canvas painting in the living. Looking for more to scatter around the house.
Second book shelf as the first one got filled quickly
It's chockers.

So the fence is booked. Neighbours have agreed to colorbond down the side. And the rest we are doing aluminium pool type, and a few gates also.

Mission: Lawn - Completed

Well after the dramas of under supply of turf. I am happy to say it's all done. Apart from one thing. Our water tank is running on empty. How can that happen? I supposed we've been using for almost 3 months, but I didn't think we used that much. And where has the rain been? I hope I don't offend anyway, especially those who are building, but.... where is the rain when you need it? It rained the first day, then it was gone.

I think there is also something wrong with how our roof and tank yield rain. I think more is going into storm water than there is supposed to go into the tank.

I borrowed the lawn roller from the in-laws and had a go at rolling. It's tough back-breaking work. Another reason why rain would be good is because, it takes me a good 45mins to water approximately 210sqm of lawn. There are better things I'd rather do.

Just how long am I supposed to be watering the new turf daily for? I was told that in 4 weeks, I can mow it for the first time. Not looking forward to that. Good thing is I bought low maintenance grass. It's called Empire Zoysia (Japonica). Apparently it doesn't need as much sun was other types, and best part is the low maintenance side.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lawn at long last

The turf got laid over two day. Machinery had to be craned over the fence just to access the upper backyard, and another bobcat was relaying top soil from the bottom for him to spread over. So it was a team effort. So happy it got done though.

Did you believe they under supplied. The front didn't get completed. They will be supply more tomorrow, and I will have to lay it myself. I will then take photos.

I've booked the fence people in. So I can't wait til thats done. Then the outside is almost done, just need a shed.

Still buying furnishings for the inside of the house. I will be going shopping for lights this week, I think I need to replace the existing battens, with more decorative lights. I booked the Climate smart people the other day, now we can monitor how much power we use.