Three hardcore remedial jobs in and around the workplace
Carrying out contractual remedial work can be a seriously messy and destructive job. It’s not just the dust flying, the debris falling or the paint splashing that you have to worry about. It’s also your choice and use of equipment. Do you go with a power drill to install a company’s TV aerial when a handheld drill would do? Do you hire a pneumatic drill when you could just sledgehammer the car park?
These questions are all part and parcel of the decisions we make every time a job arises. However, there are a number of construction contract jobs that are more demanding than others, requiring the right safety equipment and the right tools just to make sure you get it right.
These are the kinds of jobs which some would describe as hardcore work – and they should never be undertaken alone. Industrial specialists like www.watco.co.uk offer plenty of advice in their Tips Sections, but here’s a primer on some specific jobs.
Repaving company car park
Repaving any driveway or car park is a mammoth task requiring stamina, strength and focus. Even if these do sound like the qualities of a ninja, you’ll need them – and patience to boot – if you’ve got any chance of finishing to a good standard.
Firstly, you’re going to have to chip away (literally) at the old surface. Removing tarmac or concrete is best done with a pneumatic drill – of Jackhammer, if you prefer the term. This will save you tens of hours of hard graft, which would otherwise be reserved for you using a sledgehammer.
After getting through the top surface, expect to do a lot of sweeping and cleaning, or even repairing with joint filler, to make the area as ready as possible for the new layer of sand, bricks, concrete or tarmac.
Tiling might sound like an easy job, but don’t let those little ceramic squares deceive you. Tiling can evolve into something monstrous and phenomenally frustrating in mere minutes. From cutting the tiles into shape them – requiring the use of a specialist tile cutter – to applying the grout, there’s nothing easy about tiling.
Firstly, you once again have to get a dry, smooth surface in which to apply your adhesive. You’ll also want to make sure that the pattern in your head – if applicable – is well organized and understood before you start applying the tiles. You’ll only end up breaking them, or making a mess of the rest of your hard work, if you attempt to remove tiles later.
Roofing: it’s up high and you’re exposed to the elements – making it incredibly dangerous. Roof jobs should always be done in pairs, at the very least. These are the kinds of times when you don’t want your equipment to let you down either, so make sure you’ve got a quality, stable ladder to hand. You may even considering using scaffolding if you’re re-tiling or patching up a large area of the roof.
Safety equipment and safe storage all-round is how you overcome this obstacle. The person supporting you below should wear a hat for example – as should you, as a fall from height could be the end of you.
Keeping your tools held securely on the roof is also important as these can fall and nobody wants to catch a falling staple gun.