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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The 'men in white coats' came last week...

Hmmm...well maybe it was more like 'men in white overalls'... :-)
And it wasn't to my place that they came, but to the 2 houses across the road...

The houses that are each being replaced by 7 townhouses...
But these 50s era houses are mostly lined with fibro sheets or asbestos sheeting...

So there are strict protocols that have to be followed to firstly remove and dispose of that fibro...there are a number of specialist firms that remove asbestos from sites. Workers wear overalls, special masks and usually sheets of heavy plastic are hung up in rooms where the asbestos sheeting is being removed, to contain any dust/airborne fibres.

Here's one 'man in white overalls' checking out the first house...there would be fibro in the eaves' lining...
A little while later he's really getting stuck into the front of the property, while his workmates can be heard inside, removing walls etc...
Note his mask to protect him from possible breathing in of fibres...





Between the trailer and the house is a very large skip...it is lined with heavy black plastic...
All the removed asbestos was placed in this skip and a worker hosed each lot as it went in...keeping the fibro wet helps prevent the fibres becoming airborne...
When the houses were emptied of all fibro, the black plastic liner in the skip was sealed up ready for a company which specialises in safe disposal/containment of asbestos, to take it away.

The skip is gone and the house waits its fate...
 A few people have asked me how I feel about all these developments. I guess I take the attitude now that it's going to happen and yes there will be noise, dust and dirt etc. But the completed new houses and units already in the street are quite aesthetically pleasing...they may be tiny little boxes but they have good street appeal. So far, all the new neighbours in the street are very quiet...I guess they are so busy going to work to earn money to pay the $2000 per month rents! lol

6 comments:

Soma Acharya said...

Wow!! Two houses to seven townhouses. Small and pricey :)
Your post heading made me laugh :)

-Soma

margaret said...

it seems to be happening everywhere pulling down homes and replacing them with far more. I have lost the fields opposite me recently, over 100 social houses have gone up, miss the view of the hills I had in the background but one advantage the houses have drowned out the traffic on the M1 which allthough a couple of miles away I used to hear it when the wind was in the wrong direction. Here we also have masked men to remove asbestos, it was used a lot in schools years ago before they knew the damage it could cause to the lungs

Bev C said...

Hello Maria,

Atleast the asbestos is gone, such a product wouldn't make it onto the market today.
Have a lovely weekend.
Bev.

Dorothy said...

Ooohh how exciting. I wonder if Brad will be coming back and whether we'll have progress reports? I loved it last time. Hope you're staying well away from that asbestos Maria. xox

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Hi Maria. There is lots of building going on around New Farm, but it's not new houses or units - the trend is to take the old wooden cottages and develop them. The house next to my unit was about to fall down or be gobbled up by white ants and they have virtually re-built the place. The only original wall still left standing is the one on our boundary. And it is literally on our boundary. My DIL reckons that if they ripped that wall down they would never get permission to re-build in the same place, they would have to move back a metre or two (giving them an extremely narrow house). But it will look nice when it's finished.

Susan said...

I think you are right - there is nothing you can do to stop all the development and new town houses probably look better than the old run down homes..have you raided the gardens??