November 10, 2016
FCD Admin

Retaining Walls – Holding Back The Earth

The importance of retaining walls is often underestimated. What about those ads on the radio – “it’s allright, my landscaper is an LV member”, unfortunately that will be of little assistance if something goes wrong with the retaining wall they ‘design’ and build. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing our landscaping contractors – more so, I’m trying to illuminate the fact that retaining walls are a structure, not just a landscaping feature. The consequences of a failed retaining wall will be certainly costly, possibly litigious and potentially lethal. (more…)

March 9, 2016
FCD Admin

I can use my roof space for storage, right?

We’ve all thought about it. Some of us have seen the TV show where the ocka chippie shows us how easy it is to make a storage space in our roof. Seems like an easy DIY project, right?


If you think yes, then you my friend must be related to Captain Risky. Converting the use of your roof space for storage or an attic is well and truly modifying the use of typical ceiling framing in a manner that it hasn’t been designed for.  (more…)

December 7, 2015
FCD Admin

How much should you worry about that crack?

Cracking in the walls, ceilings and floors of your home is disconcerting. Always.


Cracking is indicative of a structural defect, right? Not always.


Structural intervention is expensive, there is no way of getting around it. Underpinning, reblocking and in the most extreme of cases demolition are sometimes required.