Tradie Talk

Importance of tempering valves for reducing risk of scalds

Australian Standards require that all new heated water installations be fitted with a temperature control device on all fixtures and appliances used primarily for personal hygiene.

Tempering devices are required to minimise the risk of scalds, particularly for young children and the elderly. Scalds are very serious and painful injuries, and can happen very quickly depending on the temperature of the water:

Logan City Council: new option to fast-track plumbing approvals for class 1a dwellings

On 3 January 2017, Logan City Council introduced a new plumbing and drainage lodgement process for class 1a dwellings called the ‘Notice to Commence Regulated Work’ (NTCRW).

NTCRW is a new fast-track option which delivers plumbing approvals for class 1a dwellings in just two business days, which is significantly faster than the 20 day period currently required by the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.

This new option is available for new houses on a single lot which are connecting directly to Logan Water’s sewer and water supply, and do not involve trade waste.


New way to lodge Form 4s

Licensees will soon have a new way to submit their notifiable work (Form 4/4A) online via myQBCC.

This new solution will replace the current online function performed through the Plumbing Application System (or PAS).

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has developed this new service in consultation with all areas of the industry (including licensees, local governments, peak bodies, public sector entities and administrators) to ensure it will be simpler and easier to submit their forms.

Some key features for licensees and their staff include:

Waterproofing requirements for doorways to decks and balconies

 A non-compliant waterproofing installation below a balcony door

Water leakage below door openings has been a source of concern for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and other state regulators for a number of years.

The Building Code of Australia’s adoption of ‘AS4654 Waterproofing membranes for external above-ground use – Part 1 Materials and Part 2 Design and installation’ means that building contractors working throughout Australia are provided with clear and consistent detailing requirements to eliminate water leakage in construction. This standard came into effect in Queensland back in May, 2013.

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.


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: