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6th February 2019

A step-by-step guide to building a shed

Steps to build a shed: Know the lay of the land Draft your up your plans Finalise plans and mark out area Excavate the slab hole Install wooden forms around excavated slab hole Pour basecourse and compact it Add in layer of sand Lay a sheet of polythene Lay reinforcing mesh Pour and cure concrete (one of the hardest and most tedious steps) Organise shed frame Install and secure shed frame (fasten/fix to slab) Install shelving, furniture, and decor

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4th August 2019

Do you need a licence to operate a grader?

When it comes to operating licences for earthmoving machinery like graders there have been changes in recent times that make a yes/no answer complicated. Officially, if you are in Australia you no longer need a licence, such as an earthmoving or particular crane certification (EPC), to operate most earthmoving machines. However, it doesn’t mean you can just rock up to a worksite and hop on a grader with no experience. It does mean that you have to take the necessary steps to become a competent grader operator. As graders are a vital finishing machine on any worksite the project manager or the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) are very particular with a grader operator’s experience and skills. The need for an EPC licence was revoked in 2011 by the Australian Federal Government to make it easier for workers to responsibly use a range of plant equipment. Although this then meant that a range of other management and operator responsibilities took its place to ensure the safety and productivity of the worksite.

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30th January 2019

A step-by-step guide to building a new driveway

Steps to build a driveway: Check for underground utilities Survey your land and know your boundaries Mark your project area and stake out boundaries Excavate topsoil and level out project area Lay wooden forms around the project area, anchored with stakes Add in sand to firm up the soil, and gravel to ensure base thickness Compact gravel and soil Lay steel reinforcing mesh or bars Pour concrete Smooth out and level the concrete Set and cure concrete (don’t rush it!) Park your car!

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