The biggest problem that seems to occur with concrete swimming pools is the de-bonding of the plaster lining from the pool shell.
The reason for this defect is usually due to defective construction, including inadequate application of the pool lining.
The Australian Standard governing concrete swimming pools is AS 2783-1992: Use of reinforced concrete for small swimming pools. It sets out the basic requirements for the design and construction of a pool, and is worth a read if you’re in the construction business.
Waterproofing is one of the most common building defects reported by property owners.
Defective water proofing can cause a great deal of damage to property, and is often caused by poor installation practices.
In Queensland, if the value of the waterproofing work is over $3,300, it must be undertaken by a licensed individual. This work requires proper training and knowledge of how to apply waterproofing according to the Australian Standard.
When it comes down to who has responsibility for lodging a Form 4 – Notifiable work, it may be worth remembering that the fully licensed plumber and/or fully licensed drainer is considered the ‘responsible person’ for the work that is being carried out under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.
While there are many provisional plumbers and drainers who have submitted a Form 4 on the Plumbing Application Service (PAS), we prefer that forms are lodged by fully licensed plumbers and/or drainers.
Doing an apprenticeship is hard work and the reward at the end of it is a provisional plumbing and drainage licence.
Plumbing and drainage apprentices must be ready to apply for their QBCC provisional plumbing and drainage licence as soon as they have a Certificate III in hand.
Given apprentices already have knowledge and working experience, a licence may just seem like a piece of paper but it's against the law to do even an hour of plumbing and drainage work without a licence.