Discover the secrets of a safe and well-planned demolition, thanks to builder Mike Griggs.
One of the secrets to any successful renovation is a well-planned demolition. It’s important to start any new project with a proper plan, with some extra days at the end to account for any unforeseen delays in the renovation:
- Make sure all utilities are disconnected before starting work. You must turn your water, electrics and gas off at the mains.
- Always leave disconnecting electrics and capping off gas to the experts, making a mistake could result in a severe accident.
- Houses built between the 1940s and 1980s are likely to contain asbestos. Asbestos is safe provided it remains unbroken, so don’t go sledgehammering right off the bat.
- If you suspect asbestos is present, its best to call in a professional to test the material. Each state has its own laws regarding asbestos removal, so check the rules before you go ahead and tackle any work and always ensure you have adequate safety equipment. For example, in NSW its legal to remove less than 10 square meters of bonded asbestos yourself, but you must make sure you follow government guidelines for removal and disposal. Anything over 10 square meters in NSW, has to be done by licensed experts.