20 October 2010

Don't you worry about that say Canberra Builders

| johnboy
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Construction in the ACT has reached the point where Phillipino visitors to the city make “Tsk Tsk” noises when they walk past our construction sites.

My own unscientific, but reasonably widespread, walking past suggests the eskies are open and the booze is flowing (mostly bacardi breezers) on many construction sites by 10am.

But the ABC Reports the Master Builders Association doesn’t think we need any changes.

Gerry Howard from the Master Builders Association admits there are problems with a small number of recalcitrant operators but he says there is no need for drastic action.

“Some areas need to be tweaked and some areas need some legislation changes,” he said.

“We believe recalcitrant builders who don’t do the right thing should be fined by the registrar. As I said it’s a very small percentage of our builders that don’t do the right thing.”

The Legislative Assembly is considering increased oversight of the industry.

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The park between Barton & Kingston seems to attract workmen & beer. 11:30am everyday, they are sitting in their work trucks drinking in the car park.

Reminds me of a campaign by some union or government back in the 80s along the lines of, “what if near enough was good enough for the builders of the Great Wall of China?”

Great Wall, Great Fence, it’s near enough ey?

GardeningGirl12:43 pm 20 Oct 10

When we got a quote for roofing repairs one man showed up very late after the girl who answered his phone kept telling me he’d been delayed “in a meeting”. I probably shouldn’t have let him climb up onto the roof given how his breath smelled when he finally showed up.
There’s supposedly a shortage of tradesmen but I don’t think the problem would be quite so bad if they didn’t waste time doing shoddy work requiring return visits for repairs, or turning up (late) to quote for jobs that either they have no interest in following up on or you have no interest in letting them do once you’ve met them.
Apologies to the good tradies (my dad was one and we’ve had some good ones do work around our place).
It doesn’t help when some of the inspectors can’t pick up obvious problems or discrepancies and when you ask they just shrug it off with “all building work has something wrong”. So that makes it alright to not even try?

I dont think I have ever seen a sober brickie or concreter.

Wehn we had our driveway done the concreter cracked a beer at 7:30 in the morning & proceeded to drink all day. I wasnt worried as it was only a driveway on flat ground 🙂

colourful sydney racing identity11:16 am 20 Oct 10

it does worry me how many fluro jackets adorn the pubs and other drinking establishments of a lunchtime. please note – no double standard here, I don’t imbibe during working hours

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