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Building Industry Newsflash - Parliamentary Inquiry recommends disbanding of the BSA

On Friday 30th November 2012 the Queensland Parliament's Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee tabled it's report resulting from the Inquiry into the Operation and Performance of the Queensland Building Services Authority 2012. The committee made a total of 41 recommendations and there are quite a few recommendations which could affect the way we do business in the QLD building Industry and they may well have implications on a national level when the National Occupational Licensing System comes into force over the next few years.

To all of you Tilers out there I have just learned important information from a very well-known and accredited commercial chemist.

The tiling industry has several different types of liquid additives that can be used to modify cement based products like adhesives and grouts these additives fall into several groups where the chemistry is very different for each group.

Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA): these products were used heavily in the tiling industry for years until it was discovered that PVA is acceptable to an action called Hydrolysis, meaning when in contact with water PVA will basically break down.

Styrene Butadiene (SBR), when a compatible SBR is added to a cement based adhesive or grout the end user will notice an improvement in performance but when used in immersed situations such as swimming pools SBR will break down. Also SBR’s are susceptible to biological attacks, so it’s crucial that a preservative is added to prevent this. SBR’s do not perform well in very cold climates.

Styrene Acrylics: this technology is currently the preferred emulsion to be added to cement based products such as tile adhesives and grouts. Styrene Acrylics will improve adhesion, water resistance, flexibility, chemical resistance and abrasion resistance.

We are proud to stock and sell all of RLA’s additives and primers, these are based on styrene acrylic technology.


The Old Stonemason

This is the boat my son Dale and I took to Whitsunday Island for ten days of pure heaven.

Leaving from Shute Habour fully loaded with fuel and camping gear, we punched into a brisk SE wind.

The boat "SAXON" handled it well, passengers not so much.

Travel time 1hour 30 minutes coming back to Shute took only 35 minutes.

During our stay the weather was brilliant,our old family friend Grahame from Hamilton Island also stayed with us for a few days            

Interesting things Tilers & Trade Shop have discovered. I remember carrying M3 of sand as well as mud up flights of stairs in 20-lit buckets. On bigger jobs we had a pushbike wheel set up with a rope over it to haul buckets up from below. (Good old days, HUH)

An advertisement from " Australian Screed & Sand Pumping" made me think of aching knees & back not to mention the mysterious scrapes at knee height on the walls in the narrow stairwells!

Basically they send an operator and machine to your work site, which can send sand or screed (mud) to your work area! 180 meters on the flat or 90 meters vertical.

Work performed by machine in 1 day is equal (approx) to the labour of 4 men for 3 days ( 12 Man hour days)!!!

Give Craig a call on 0414 192 504 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this service is available Australia wide.

Where were these guys when I was busting my _____!

Regards the Old Stonemason.

Tiler have been added to the Skilled Occupation List from July, allowing foreign workers in these occupations to apply for a permanent visa without a sponsor.

Check out this article for further info on the matter. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/07/bricklayers-tilers-chefs-added-skilled-migration-program