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Darren: plumber, Dandenong

Darren: plumber, Dandenong

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Darren Maxwell working on a cistern

Plumbing: every day is different

In over 10 years as a qualified plumber, Darren Maxwell has done subcontracting work, run his own business as a sole trader and now he’s working for another business, Shinners Plumbing.

“I like the variety of work,” he says. “At the moment, I’m at a different job almost every day.”

Darren began his apprenticeship at 21, after working in a warehouse. During his apprenticeship, Darren mainly worked on new homes, but at Shinners he now does commercial call-outs, including maintenance and roofing work.

With commercial work, Darren says half the work is actually getting to the source of the problem.

“If you’ve got burst pipes, you’ll need to use an excavator to excavate the pipe and repair it, or sometimes you’ll have to cut concrete to get in there.”

Once there, a plumber often needs to be a good detective to work out what’s causing the problem and the best way to fix it.

“You’re gleaning information from owners or tenants and using a process of elimination to find out what the problem is,” Darren says. “Then, especially in maintenance, you often need to think outside the box about how to get the problem rectified.”

Darren reckons plumbing was a great choice.

“I’d definitely recommend it. It has supported my lifestyle and I’m still enjoying it.”

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