Sunday, 31 March 2013

A good roof overhead ~ part 8 ~ site management: all those tools and all that stuff

In the course of any building project the range of tools and materials in use can be mind-boggling.  Here is the sight which greeted me one morning when I climbed up the ladder to an outside landing:


A closer look shows an assortment of tools used on any building job - with the exception of that nice clamping tool with the orange handles that John made especially for working with the steel flashing:


... A saw bench comes in handy!


... And of course there is the timber!  That landing was certainly being used to maximum capacity!


I turned to look down into the garden.  My word, there was stuff everywhere!


Outside the gate a peek into the back of Andrew's ute showed a similar profusion of all manner of things! 


It's all essential, even exciting, to have the right gear for everything, but how to keep track of it and keep it in some kind of order can present more of a conundrum than a question!  Someone has to keep a semblance of order, but with the amount of hard physical labour expended daily it's a big additional effort for a builder to do this at the end of a long day - and it's time-consuming.

During this project that special someone has been John's wife!  She has been the person who has kept track of things, kept John and Andrew fuelled with sustaining food and drink, and at the end of each day has been there to help clear up and take stock of things.  

In the photo below you can see her helping to clear up after John had put in a twelve hour day.  Andrew had bailed out at about 7.30, while John worked on for another hour.  Work that day had been back-breaking hard-out physical slog and an astonishing amount had been achieved - but there was still the clearing up to be done at the end of it:


She made sure that in the mornings all the gear was lined up ready for action.  Each one of the tools you can see below needed to be easily to hand with their battery packs charged up.  Both John and Andrew needed to have their own tools to work with so it was fortunate that they both used the same brand!  John aimed to have six spare battery packs to hand at any one time to rotate as needed. 


Then there were the thousands of screws of many different types all to be kept in order, as well as the protective gear, which is so easily put down and mislaid:


Waste materials needed to be sorted for disposal.


The stainless steel could be recycled by scrap metal dealers, or stored for some possible future use...


 ... The old sheets of corrugated iron needed to be stacked where it wouldn't be tripped over:


Fortunately even this was of value to someone:


Being the wife of the main man when he is working on your own home is demanding: there have been times when contractors haven't done things to satisfaction, as with the original roofers, which required decisive and not always pleasant communication; there have been mishaps, as when Someone put their foot through the kitchen ceiling dislodging a sheet of gib-board and sending a thick load of the most frightful detritus several decades in the making down onto the kitchen bench; and even the most popular of visitors have called at awkward moments.  Food needed to be organised constantly, and a steady hand kept on the pulse of things: expenses, the range of options at any given point - sometimes a source of disagreement, and the support of the man himself.  On top of this, workers of one kind and another have often been about, and action around the place has been constant making it difficult to settle to any other activity.  

It has been quite a time.  John, you are a fortunate man: she has backed you all the way, and my admiration and respect goes to you both! 


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