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Old Jul 31st 2017, 3:09 pm   #1
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Apparently it is illegal to fit your own toilet; must pay a Tradie or face a massive fine.

Jobs for the boys, or what?

I fitted a complete bathroom and all that was needed was a visit from the Building Inspector to confirm that he was happy about the way that I had connected the new run into the main drains, and the falls on the various pipes.

Toilet fitted, soil pipe through the wall and into a new stack, trench dug and new entry to the side of the manhole.

So what is the big problem?
Restrictive practices?
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Old Aug 1st 2017, 10:30 pm   #2
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The new toilets have hidden pipe fittings so its not as easy for an inspector to check. I presume the regulation is to do with health and safety.
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The only people that pay tradesmen to do work are those that can't do it themselves. To be fair in Canterbury it is nigh on impossible to get a tradesman to do anything, they are far too busy building from new to want to come and do work for a private customer. Private customers are far too needy and want quotes and extras for nothing. Carry on as you were in the UK, I certainly have
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The new toilets have hidden pipe fittings so its not as easy for an inspector to check. I presume the regulation is to do with health and safety.
Yes and no.

However I assume the regulations are to make sure you employ a Tradie and give loads of money to them, because it is administered by their trade association. No vested interest there, then.
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Australia is even worse, illegal to even change plugs on appliances
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