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A NATIONAL BORAL PLASTERBOARD PUBLICATION JULY 2007
In this Issue:
BORALS sustainable
living solutions
Fixing to treated timber
Temporary blocks
Back-blocking
Building stats
Boral Plasterboard Store Locations
VICTORIA
Brunswick
72 Nicholson Street,
Brunswick VIC 3056
Telephone (03) 9388 9555
Facsimile (03) 9388 9655
Campbellfield
1932 Hume Highway,
Campbellfield VIC 3061
Telephone (03) 9357 0714
(03) 9357 0440
Facsimile (03) 9357 8796
Caroline Springs (Deer Park)
1037 Western Highway,
Deer Park VIC 3023
Telephone (03) 9449 5344
Facsimile (03) 9449 5439
Doveton (Dandenong)
22 Princes Hwy,
Doveton VIC 3177
Telephone (03) 9791 2855
Facsimile (03) 9791 2523
Geelong
12 Crown Street,
Geelong South VIC 3220
Telephone (03) 5222 2541
Facsimile (03) 5229 8515
Mildura
1095A Benetook Avenue,
Mildura VIC 3500
Telephone (03) 5023 3238
Facsimile (03) 5021 3574
Murrumbeena
983b North Road,
Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Telephone (03) 9570 1288
Facsimile (03) 9570 2084
Port Melbourne
17-47 Turner Street,
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Telephone (03) 9645 1877
Facsimile (03) 9646 5824
Sale
16 Walter Street,
Sale VIC 3850
Telephone (03) 5144 4265
Facsimile (03) 5144 6031
Sunbury
158 OShannassy Street,
Sunbury VIC 3429
Telephone (03) 9740 6888
Facsimile (03) 9740 8511
Traralgon
37 Standing Drive,
Traralgon VIC 3844
Telephone (03) 5176 0757
Facsimile (03) 5176 0368
NEW SOUTH WALES
Albion Park Rail
Lot 31 Rivulet Crescent,
Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
Telephone (02) 4256 4555
Facsimile (02) 4256 2615
Coffs Harbour
Cnr Hi Tech Drive & Craft Close,
Toor Mina NSW 2452
Telephone (02) 6653 3488
Facsimile (02) 6658 2377
Castle Hill
Unit 3, 15 Carrington Road,
Castle Hill NSW 2154
Telephone (02) 9659 7168
Facsimile (02) 9659 3568
Fyshwick
7 Barrier Street,
Fyshwick ACT 2609
Telephone (02) 6280 4243
Facsimile (02) 6280 5816
Lurnea
7 Lyn Parade,
Lurnea NSW 2170
Telephone (02) 9607 3744
Facsimile (02) 9607 2785
Nowra South
14 Bellevue Street,
Nowra South NSW 2541
Telephone (02) 4421 0799
Facsimile (02) 4421 0423
Revesby
71 Milperra Road,
Revesby NSW 2212
Telephone (02) 9792 3022
Facsimile (02) 9774 3781
Rozelle
32a Roberts Street,
Rozelle NSW 2039
Telephone (02) 9810 6800
Facsimile (02) 9870 6815
Penrith
Cnr Coreen Avenue &
Coombes Drive,
Penrith NSW 2750
Telephone (02) 4731 2888
Facsimile (02) 4731 2761
Thornton
10 Hartley Drive,
Thornton NSW 2322
Telephone (02) 4964 2063
Facsimile (02) 4964 1396
West Gosford
423 Manns Road,
West Gosford NSW 2250
Telephone (02) 4324 6777
Facsimile (02) 4324 6007
QUEENSLAND
Browns Plains
43 Eastern Road,
Browns Plains QLD 4118
Telephone (07) 3809 0877
Facsimile (07) 3809 0942
Bundaberg
Shed 8, Lester Street
Industrial Estate,
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Telephone (07) 4153 2550
Facsimile (07) 4153 1438
Caboolture
10 Piper Street,
Caboolture QLD 4510
Telephone (07) 5428 2540
Facsimile (07) 5428 2205
Cairns
5 Elphinstone Close,
Cairns QLD 4870
Telephone (07) 4035 5999
Facsimile (07) 4035 5977
Capalaba
Cnr Smith & Hook Sts,
Capalaba QLD 4157
Telephone (07) 3245 6748
Facsimile (07) 3245 5366
Garbutt
29 Caldwell Street,
Garbutt QLD 4814
Telephone (07) 4779 3077
Facsimile (07) 4779 3080
Gladstone
7 Willunga Place,
Barney Point,Gladstone
QLD 4680
Telephone (07) 4972 8948
Facsimile (07) 4972 8396
Labrador
Unit 2/328 Brisbane Road,
Labrador QLD 4215
Telephone (07) 5563 8000
Facsimile (07) 5563 8511
Northgate
733 Nudgee Road,
Northgate QLD 4013
Telephone (07) 3215 2288
Facsimile (07) 3215 2296
Rockhampton
Cnr Johnson Street &
McLaughlin Street,
Rockhampton QLD 4702
Telephone (07) 4936 2288
Facsimile (07) 4936 2100
South Brisbane
28 Cordelia Street,
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Telephone (07) 3255 2111
Facsimile (07) 3255 2144
West Burleigh
8 Junction Road,
West Burleigh QLD 4220
Telephone (07) 5593 5722
Facsimile (07) 5593 5085
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Gillman
113-117 Bedford Street,
Gillman SA 5013
Telephone (08) 8240 8888
Facsimile (08) 8341 1004
Marleston
156 Richmond Rd,
Marleston SA 5033
Telephone (08) 8443 7222
Facsimile (08) 8443 7233
Seaford Meadows
1 Seaford Road,
Seaford Meadows SA 5169
Telephone (08) 8386 1966
Facsimile (08) 8327 2819
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Winnellie
147 Coonawarra Road,
Winnellie NT 0820
Telephone (08) 8984 4484
Facsimile (08) 8984 3778
Western Australia
Albany
366-368 Middleton Loop,
Albany WA 6330
Telephone (08) 9842 8970
Facsimile (08) 9842 3816
Bunbury
11 Allnut Court,
Bunbury WA 6230
Telephone (08) 9725 6766
Facsimile (08) 9725 6799
Canning Vale
132 Bannister Road,
Canning Vale WA 6155
Telephone (08) 9456 0610
Facsimile (08) 9455 4377
Mandurah
Lot 9, 57 Reserve Drive,
Mandurah WA 6210
Telephone (08) 9581 6815
Facsimile (08) 9581 6816
Wangara
29 Innovation Circuit,
Wangara WA 6065
Telephone 1300 652 666
Facsimile (08) 9302 6994
West Perth
15 Gordon Street,
West Perth WA 6005
Telephone (08) 9486 8238
Facsimile (08) 9486 8239
TASMANIA
Moonah
93 Albert Road,
Moonah TAS 7011
Telephone (03) 6278 9966
Facsimile (03) 6278 9865
Launceston
57 Dowling Street,
Launceston TAS 7250
Telephone (03) 6331 9922
Facsimile (03) 6331 8441
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Industry Events
HIA Home Building &
Renovation Expo
Brisbane Convention and
Exhibition Centre
3 - 5 August 2007
Designbuild Perth
Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
12 - 14 October 2007
FWCIANZ Conference
Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
16 - 19 October 2007
Infrastructure Australia 2007
Melbourne Exhibition &
Convention Centre
6 - 8 September 2007
Boral4Builders - A NATIONAL BORAL PLASTERBOARD PUBLICATION
Boral building products and construction materials are designed
to meet the needs of our many customers, making a positive
and lasting contribution to the way people live - in particular
the requirements of increasingly demanding building codes and
regulations in relation to key environmental and sustainability
measures.
Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs. In other words - sustainable homes allow us to live well
now and ensure our children will too. By building better, more
sustainable homes we can directly reduce our impact on global
warming, save precious water resources and minimise waste to
protect our earth now and preserve it for future generations.
Boral is a part of the lives of most Australians, whether in the
home, at work or in public places and spaces such as roads, parks,
shopping centres, schools and hospitals. Boral is committed to
sustainability and to assisting builders, developers, architects
and consumers achieve their sustainability goals by providing
cost-effective, long-term building solutions and building products
for housing that particularly address:
energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction
water conservation
waste management
recycling
For more information on Boral's Sustainable Living Solutions
please visit www.boral.com.au/buildsustainable.
Borals new store at 7/9 Carlo Street, Pialba, Hervey Bay QLD. now
offers the complete range of Boral Plasterboard Products,
a comprehensive range of tools, power tools and accessories
and LOTS MORE.
Bob Mayfield, the manager of Hervey Bay store has lived and
worked in the area for 22 years, Warren Fox, the second in charge
and customer service representative, for 5 years.
Bob calls the day that Boral Plasterboard officially took ownership of
the Hervey Bay store - a B day. "It has been a real rollercoaster ride
for the first few weeks and I guess it will be for a while yet; but I am
enjoying the ride!"
With years of experience and expertise in plasterboard products,
Bob and Warren will be able to handle your every enquiry. Come in
and see the boys at Boral Plasterboard Hervey Bay and enjoy the
friendly service.
Borals
sustainable
living solutions
New Boral Plasterboard store
opens in Hervey Bay
BORAL WELL PRESENTED AT THE
HIA BUILDING & BUSINESS EXPOS
This year for the first time HIA Building &
Business Expos have been staged in the
regions around Australia and, as with the
national HIA Expos in previous years, Boral
has been a major supporter of this initiative.
Boral displays at the Melbourne and Sydney
Expos showcased the latest products and
systems offered by the company and attracted
a lot of interest from the consumers and
builders alike.
The CinemaZone

room again added the


entertainment component to the Boral
stand and demonstrated the effectiveness
of the system in isolating the sound from
powerful home cinema equipment. Among
other Boral products demonstrated at the
Expo were the newly released FireWALL

area separation wall system and Quiet


Living

system from Boral Plasterboard,


Silkwood

timber flooring products from


Boral timber, Evolution

plywood products
from Boral Plywood, Expose

and
Boralstone products from Boral Concrete,
and a range of timber and aluminium
windows and doors from Boral Windows.
Boral Plasterboard display at
HIA Expo
JULY 2007
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THE FEDERATION OF WALL AND CEILING INDUSTRIES
62nd FEDERAL CONFERENCE - MELBOURNE
In 2004 Melbourne was voted the worlds
most livable city. Its recognised as
Australias sporting capital and is also
a culturally diverse city with some of the
worlds best dining and entertainment.
Experience it all at the FWCIANZ 2007
Federal Conference at Hilton on the Park,
within walking distance of City attractions
and the iconic MCG, which will host part of
this memorable event. Registration papers
are being assembled now and will be
distributed shortly. They will also be available
for downloading from the FWCIANZ
website: www.fwcianz.com
Tuesday 16th to Friday
19th of October 2007
L - R: Warren Fox and Bob Mayfield out the
front of the new Hervey Bay store.
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In September 2005 Boral Plasterboard issued an Industry Alert
in regard to fixing of ceilings to H2F oil treated Western
Australian Pine.
The Industry Alert was a precautionary measure based on
variable results produced by initial laboratory testing of
plasterboard stud adhesives on this type of timber.
Following completion of a comprehensive testing program
initiated at that time, Boral Plasterboard now amends its
specification for plasterboard ceilings on H2F oil treated
timber as follows:
Plasterboard ceilings on H2F oil treated
timber must be applied using one of the
following methods:
Direct fixed with a combination
of mechanical fasteners and stud
adhesives using 1/3rd fixing method,
provided the timber is aired for a
minimum 14 days prior to application
of ceiling linings (refer Figure 1. below)
Direct fixed with mechanical
fasteners only (refer Figure 2. below)
On metal battens or furring channels
using mechanical fasteners only
or a combination of mechanical
fasteners and Boral stud adhesives.
The above specifications apply in all regions of Australia
and are effective immediately. Failure to comply with these
specifications may void the manufacturer's warranties and
detrimentally affect the long term performance of the ceiling
linings.
Please refer Boral Plasterboard Installation Manual for
detailed installation instructions.
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Boral4Builders - A NATIONAL BORAL PLASTERBOARD PUBLICATION
JULY 2007
With the ever increasing
competitive pressures and
ongoing labour shortages
in the building industry,
builders and sub-contractors
alike are always on the
lookout for ways to reduce
construction costs and time.
Whilst this quest for improved
effectiveness is totally
understandable and
commendable, regretfully,
sometimes it comes at the
expense of the quality. And
whether it is immediately
obvious or manifests itself
down the track, a compromise
in quality is likely to result in
an unhappy customer and
increased maintenance costs.
A case in point is failure to
comply with basic plasterboard
installation specifications such
as use of temporary fasteners
and maximum spacings
between the daubs of
adhesive in wall applications.
When wall linings are fixed with
a combination of adhesive and
fasteners, it is extremely
important to ensure that
plasterboard is held firmly
against the framing members
until such time that the
adhesive has cured and can
do the job itself. This time is at
least 24 hours under normal
drying conditions and can be
up to 48 hours under slow
drying conditions such
as low temperatures.
Boral recommends
the use of temporary
fasteners. These
fasteners should be
installed at every
second stud and should
be removed after the
recommended period to
avoid fastener popping.
Failure to comply with the
above specifications may
result in drummy wall linings,
particularly if the framing is
uneven or if a plasterboard
sheet has developed a bow
due to incorrect storage and
handling practices.
For the same reasons, it is
also important to ensure that
stud adhesive daubs are of
sufficient size (approx. 25mm
diameter x 15mm high) and
are at spacings not exceeding
the maximum recommended
(300mm for walls). This means
at least 4 daubs of adhesive
across a 1200mm sheet.
All too often we see wall linings
fixed to (often sub-standard)
framing with insufficient
number of adhesive daubs or
temporary fasteners (if any!).
While this may not present
an immediate problem, the
plasterer and the builder must
be aware that the quality of the
wall has been compromised
and that they are exposed to
an increased risk of expensive
rectification works.
General layout for a combined
adhesive and fastener fixing
is shown in a diagram below.
For detailed plasterboard fixing
recommendations please refer
to Boral Plasterboard Installation
Manual and other relevant
publications.
Updated ceiling specifications
for H2F oil treated timber
Figure 1. Combination adhesive and screw fixing on ceilings
1/3 fixing method
Adhesive and Fastener Layout for Ceilings
Sheet Width 1/3 Fixing
900mm FAFAF
1200mm FAFAFAF
1350mm FAFAFAF
F=screw A=adhesive
Figure 2. Screw fixing (only) layout for ceilings
Screw Fixing (only) Layout for Ceilings
Sheet Width Screw Points
900mm 4
1200mm 5
1350mm 6
Note: Screw points should be equally spaced.
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H2F is a termite resistant envelope preservative treatment to softwood framing and is colour coded Blue.
Back to basics
on wall linings
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Building Approvals
Number of Residential Dwelling Units by Type of Building
The % Change columns refer to the percentage change of the March 2007
quarter compared with the December 2006 quarter.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Total
Houses
%
Change
Total
Other Res
%
Change
Total
Res
%
Change
NSW Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Sydney 1,485 -3.2 2,413 -12.4 3,898 -9.1
Hunter 543 -6.7 223 -37.2 766 -18.2
Illawarra 284 -17.9 304 45.5 588 5.9
Richmond-Tweed 188 4.4 90 -17.4 278 -3.8
Mid-North Coast 225 -9.6 130 49.4 355 5.7
Northern 177 23.8 21 -47.5 198 8.2
North Western 84 -4.5 24 200.0 108 12.5
Central West 164 -6.8 20 -31.0 184 -10.2
South Eastern 206 -0.5 263 557.5 469 89.9
Murrumbidgee 114 -26.0 19 -52.5 133 -31.4
Murray 150 6.4 6 -72.7 156 -4.3
Far West 11 266.7 0 0 11 266.7
NSW 3,631 -4.5 3,513 -4.8 7,144 -4.7
QLD Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Brisbane 2,464 -4.5 1,128 -6.1 3,592 -5.0
Gold Coast 1,094 -1.4 912 61.7 2,006 19.8
Sushine Coast 526 -4.9 330 0.9 856 -2.7
West Moreton 141 0 0 -100.0 141 -3.4
Wide Bay-Burnett 570 -16.3 90 -55.2 660 -25.2
Darling Downs 264 -9.3 49 -38.8 313 -15.6
South West 12 -25.0 6 0 18 12.5
Fitzroy 364 -8.3 53 6.0 417 -6.7
Central West 2 0 0 -100.00 2 -50.0
Mackay 234 -15.2 70 191.7 304 1.3
Northern 377 -6.9 86 26.5 463 -2.1
Far North 485 -23.4 43 -85.2 528 -42.8
North West 8 -33.3 6 -78.6 14 -65.0
QLD 6,541 -7.8 2,773 -2.4 9,314 -6.3
VIC Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Melbourne 4,369 -1.5 1,815 -10.4 6,184 -4.3
Barwon 408 -8.7 23 -70.1 431 -17.7
Western District 147 -5.8 0 -100.0 147 -19.2
Central Highlands 240 -0.4 11 -21.4 251 -1.6
Wimmera 44 2.3 0 -100.0 44 -4.3
Mallee 118 -19.7 2 -77.8 120 -23.1
Loddon 240 -21.6 87 770.0 327 3.5
Goulburn 311 -7.4 23 76.9 334 -4.3
Ovens-Murray 146 -5.8 27 68.8 173 1.2
East Gippsland 149 0 3 50.00 152 0.7
Gippsland 363 -4.2 8 -87.1 371 -15.9
VIC 6,535 -3.8 1,999 -11.5 8,534 -5.7
SA Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Adelaide 1,235 -12.2 345 -17.7 1,580 -13.5
Outer Adelaide 333 -0.9 66 34.7 399 3.6
Yorke &Lower Nth 95 -18.8 0 0 95 -18.8
Murray Lands 86 -21.8 244 4,780 330 187.0
South East 69 0 5 -44.4 74 -5.1
Eyre 50 0 0 0 50 0
Northern 69 -27.4 28 366.7 97 -4.0
SA 1,937 -11.3 688 41.0 2,625 -1.8
WA Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Perth 2,889 -21.4 593 -41.7 3,482 -25.8
South West 773 -10.1 152 24.6 925 -5.8
Lwr Grt Sthern 116 3.6 20 -28.6 136 -2.9
Upper Grt Sthern 28 12.0 6 100.0 34 21.4
Midlands 116 -16.5 4 -69.2 120 -21.1
South Eastern 88 -20.0 2 -66.7 90 -22.4
Central 106 7.1 12 33.3 118 9.3
Pilbara 121 36.0 64 1,500 185 98.9
Kimberley 38 -43.3 26 36.8 64 -25.6
WA 4,275 -17.4 879 -28.0 5,154 -19.4
TAS Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Greater Hobart 261 -16.9 14 180.0 275 -13.8
Southern 88 6.0 8 700.0 96 14.3
Northern 106 -34.6 57 67.6 163 -16.8
Mersey-Lyell 120 -16.1 11 -26.7 131 -17.1
TAS 575 -18.1 90 63.6 665 -12.2
NT Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Darwin 148 14.7 201 66.1 349 39.6
NT - Bal 45 -28.6 4 -33.3 49 -29.0
NT 193 0.5 205 61.4 398 24.8
ACT Dwelling Approvals - March Quarter 2007
Regions
Canberra 235 -20.9 284 132.8 519 23.9
ACT - Bal 0 0 0 0 0 0
ACT 235 -20.9 284 132.8 519 23.9
In the last issue of Boral for
Builders we talked about the
importance of proper
background framing to
achieving trouble-free
plasterboard ceilings. In this
article we will look at the back-
blocking requirements and some
of the common pitfalls in the
installation of back-blocks.
Back-blocking was introduced
into the Australian Standards in
August 1997. Some plasterers
conformed almost immediately
but, unfortunately, for others
the penny still hasn't dropped.
The current Australian
Standard AS 2589.1:1997
Part 1 requires that for Level
4 finish (default level for
domestic construction)
back-blocking is required on:
All ceiling butt joints
Ceiling recessed joints in
any area containing three
or more recessed joints
Wall butt joints longer than
400mm and less than 2m
above the floor.
Specifications for Level 5
finish are even more stringent,
with all ceiling recessed joints
required to be back-blocked.
The above back-blocking
requirements will be
maintained in the revised
AS 2589 due to be released
later this year.
AS 2589 also specifies the
minimum back-block sizes and
installation procedures for butt
and recessed joints. In addition
to back-blocking methods
outlined in the Standard,
Boral developed a proprietary
stitching batten that greatly
simplify back-blocking of butt
joints (refer diagrams below).
Whichever back-blocking
method is used, adherence
to specification is a must
in achieving a trouble-free
plasterboard ceiling. Any
reduction in back-block sizes
or adhesive coverage (as shown
in the photographs below) will
jeopardise the effectiveness
of back-blocking in controlling
cracking and may void the
manufacturer's warranty.
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Achieving trouble-free plasterboard ceilings
This is the second in a series of articles contributed by Jim Browning, Boral Plasterboard Technical Manager, Queensland.
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