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Wednesday 1 February - Reset your PAS password

On Wednesday 1 February 2017 from 10am to 3pm, we are carrying out some planned system maintenance on PAS (Notifiable Work), the Pool Register  and PADLS (plumbers & drainers licence system). Once the maintenance is complete, you will need to reset your password to access these systems.

For full instructions, see:

Timely reminder for renovating prefab pools

It is extremely important when renovating or restoring prefabricated pools that the vinyl liner waterproofing be replaced with another vinyl liner or PVC membrane, and not an alternative rigid surface finish.

Many prefabricated pools constructed in the 1970s through to mid-2000s are now due for refurbishment, so this is a timely reminder of what to consider to ensure the pool remains waterproof.

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Heat plays havoc with building materials

Heat plays havoc with building materials

Tradespeople working in Queensland are used to the heat, although there are a few more things they need to be aware of while on worksites as summer temperatures start to rise.

High temperatures (above 30 degrees Celsius) and windy conditions can affect the application and performance of various building materials, such as concrete, primer, rendered coating, waterproofing membrane, adhesive, and grout.

Excessive heat can:

Concern over conformity of threaded cyclone rods

Cyclone rod

Building products and systems used in building work need to comply with the National Construction Code and related Australian Standards.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has recently detected issues with the threaded rod, a material commonly used in the residential sector for providing tie-down to roof and wall frames particularly in high wind and cyclonic wind speed regions.

Restraints for internal partition walls

Internal partition wall restrained at top by gun nails fired into metal ceiling batten

A recent audit of north Queensland building sites by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) revealed widespread use of non-compliant practices in relation to restraints on the tops of internal partition walls.

The QBCC identified a number of builders restraining the tops of internal timber walls by firing framing nails into metal ceiling battens installed onto the underside of roof truss bottom chords.

Conflict of interest and pool safety inspections - Are you at risk?

Backyard swimming pool

The Code of conduct for swimming pool safety inspectors (the code) sets out the standards of conduct and professionalism expected of swimming pool safety inspectors (PSIs) in the performance of their pool safety inspection functions.

Section 4 of the code provides that a PSI must not perform a pool safety inspection function where there is the potential for a conflict of interest. 

That would include inspecting a pool owned by you and may include inspecting a pool owned by somebody with whom you have a personal, professional, commercial or financial relationship. 

Electrical Safety Office urges contractors to stop unsafe practices

Low powered light bulb in a darkened room

Our friends at the Electrical Safety Office have just released important information about following the correct process to disconnect electricity supply when carrying out demolition or renovation work:

Interference with the electricity distribution network

Contractors and tradespeople who disconnect electricity supply or bypass the Energex or Ergon Energy supply abolishment processes before they conduct demolition or renovation work are being urged by ESO to stop this unsafe and illegal practice before a serious incident occurs.

Expansion of PSI role when owners work on own fences

Pool fencing

An amendment to the pool laws means that all pool owners may perform fencing work without a building approval, if the only part of the building code that applies to the work is the pool safety standard.

This is on the proviso that the owner engages a pool safety inspector (PSI) beforehand, and PSIs may see an expansion of their role as a result.

Previously only owners of pools with houses or townhouses could replace their pool fence without a building approval in certain circumstances. 

Update on the gun nailing of tie–down connectors

Grouping of gun nails

You may have recently received a blog from QBCC regarding the inappropriate use of gun nails in framing anchors and straps.

QBCC received a great deal of response from industry practitioners and associations.

To provide further detail and clarity about the QBCC’s requirements, the QBCC convened a forum on 16 December 2015 consisting of leading connector manufacturers (MiTek, Multinail, Pryda), truss suppliers, Building Certifiers and industry associations such as the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association and Timber Queensland.

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