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Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:17pm On Feb 05, 2015
We started this house from the foundation level last year and have been documenting the processes we undertook since we started. We have gone far with this building but just as we start to complete all the works, it is better I show how we started the building.

Cost updates to come later. Thanks.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:32pm On Feb 05, 2015
During the foundation of the house. .....

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by idealsico(m): 5:37pm On Feb 05, 2015
Present, sir.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:41pm On Feb 05, 2015
After the DPC, we then started raising the walls......

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:43pm On Feb 05, 2015
idealsico:
Present, sir.

Welcome bro, lets tell another success story here, this 2015 will be filled with multiple success stories for all of us.

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Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:45pm On Feb 05, 2015
Blocks rising with speed.........

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by mufutau55(m): 5:50pm On Feb 05, 2015
If possible, floor plan of the house will be appreciated... but enjoying the class regardless. Thanks.

Hajji M.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:51pm On Feb 05, 2015
Setting up the columns as the block work speeds up

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 5:56pm On Feb 05, 2015
mufutau55:
If possible, floor plan of the house will be appreciated... but enjoying the class regardless. Thanks.

Hajji M.

I will attach the floor plans later tonight, thank you Sir.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 6:14pm On Feb 05, 2015
Lintels, columns. .......

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by Nobody: 6:17pm On Feb 05, 2015
spyder880:
Setting up the columns as the block work speeds up


Oga Spyder, just curious about this:

1) Why so much excess (IMHO) mortar between the joints? Pics 1 and 2

2) Why don't you use steel lintels? Pics 3 and 4

Thanks.

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 6:29pm On Feb 05, 2015
CityNG:


Oga Spyder, just curious about this:

1) Why so much excess (IMHO) mortar between the joints? Pics 1 and 2

2) Why don't you use steel lintels? Pics 3 and 4

Thanks.


For question one, we always use more mortar to make sure of a level plum for the blocks. If you use less cement, there is a possibility that some blocks will be touching others before you get a level. I will like to explore the mixture and composition of foreign mortar. I also noticed this thin mortar in some old colonial buildings here in Nigeria.

For the second question, the issue of metal lintel boards is an ongoing adaptation, I have tried severally to upgrade to the modern methods but the Nigerian mentality is a battle we face here daily. I wish you will come in to this building scene here in Nigeria and together we can try and upgrade the building process. Thanks for your contributions.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 6:38pm On Feb 05, 2015
@ CityNG, see one of my introductions to the building industry, I fabricated and used this in a big site in Enugu here.

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 6:42pm On Feb 05, 2015
Let's put up the first decking. .......

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Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by Nobody: 7:14pm On Feb 05, 2015
spyder880:
@ CityNG, see one of my introductions to the building industry, I fabricated and used this in a big site in Enugu here.

I'm proud of you Bro, and it's uncanny that we think alike.

I was just discussing this with my Bro last week on why we waste so much wood when we can use reusable stuff like metal for pillars.

Your pillars will come out looking so beautiful that it may even be sacrilegious to plaster over them.

Another thing is that you can introduce designs inside the forms which will be cast in concrete.

If cement price wasn't an issue I would truly like to do my outside wall of the house in formed concrete.

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by Nobody: 7:20pm On Feb 05, 2015
spyder880:


For question one, we always use more mortar to make sure of a level plum for the blocks. If you use less cement, there is a possibility that some blocks will be touching others before you get a level. I will like to explore the mixture and composition of foreign mortar. I also noticed this thin mortar in some old colonial buildings here in Nigeria.

For the second question, the issue of metal lintel boards is an ongoing adaptation, I have tried severally to upgrade to the modern methods but the Nigerian mentality is a battle we face here daily. I wish you will come in to this building scene here in Nigeria and together we can try and upgrade the building process. Thanks for your contributions.

I'm dead serious on putting my money where my mouth is for my build. All these seemingly crazy schemes that I'm proposing will be showcased in my build.

The interesting thing is that it will make building houses faster and cheaper in the long run but we have to overcome that initial resistance. It will be easy since I will be both the client and the general contractor. The builder, architect, engineers will simply be sub contractors.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 9:51am On Feb 07, 2015
The first decking is still in progress here.......

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 9:56am On Feb 07, 2015
Getting busy with decking reinforcements. ......

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by Dexmars(m): 10:12am On Feb 08, 2015
Nice!!

Love to see the plan though
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 10:29am On Feb 08, 2015
Dexmars:
Nice!!

Love to see the plan though

I will do something about it this week, thanks.

The decking. .....

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 10:35am On Feb 08, 2015
Even as we were preparing for the decking, we were also making new blocks to be used for the first floor walls. ......

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 10:42am On Feb 08, 2015
And so we raised the walls

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 10:48am On Feb 08, 2015
Well supervised, perfectly cast reinforcements. .....

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 10:54am On Feb 08, 2015
Still making new blocks on the ground while doing the second decking........

Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by nameoh: 5:12pm On Feb 08, 2015
pls spyder
how much will be ideal for labour and supervision cost for all ground floor block works and intels b4 decking for a twin duplex on a standard 60 by 120 land.let say location port harcourt
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 6:07pm On Feb 08, 2015
nameoh:
pls spyder
how much will be ideal for labour and supervision cost for all ground floor block works and intels b4 decking for a twin duplex on a standard 60 by 120 land.let say location port harcourt

Please be specific,

Block works - around N170k average
Lintels carpentry, iron and casting N180k average in PH.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by Nobody: 6:57pm On Feb 08, 2015
spyder880:
Well supervised, perfectly cast reinforcements. .....

Possibly not something major to others but this is one of the things I like about you workers.

They build these forms very straight and most importantly I hardly see bulges and blowouts - I HATE THOSE.

The other thing is how they make very straight brick lines. I would like to see a video of your mason working, I want to see who he does it. It simply can't be following strings alone. I do admit though that having good bricks helps a lot. I've seen some bricks (on other construction) that seemed to have been molded by blind artisans.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by nameoh: 11:32pm On Feb 08, 2015
spyder880:


Please be specific,

Block works - around N170k average
Lintels carpentry, iron and casting N180k average in PH.

hi spyder
thanks, does this labour cost include for columns?
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by Oguledoen: 11:40pm On Feb 08, 2015
spyder880:
Still making new blocks on the ground while doing the second decking........

Oga Spyder , how many blocks ( 9 inchs) did you use for the block work from German floor to decking?
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 7:15am On Feb 09, 2015
CityNG:


Possibly not something major to others but this is one of the things I like about you workers.

They build these forms very straight and most importantly I hardly see bulges and blowouts - I HATE THOSE.

The other thing is how they make very straight brick lines. I would like to see a video of your mason working, I want to see who he does it. It simply can't be following strings alone. I do admit though that having good bricks helps a lot. I've seen some bricks (on other construction) that seemed to have been molded by blind artisans.

Thank you for the commendation, its a really tough task to supervise artisans here. Most bricklayers are too much in a hurry to lay hundreds of blocks and increase their pay that they disregard the quality of work done. I always stay around to correct them or stop any amateur worker from spoiling our overall output. I also have good supervisors who understands my need for top quality work.
We use strings on the side and top line, combined with the spirit level etc. I will post a video of the works another time, thanks.

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Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 7:17am On Feb 09, 2015
nameoh:


hi spyder
thanks, does this labour cost include for columns?

Yes, columns inclusive.
Re: Building A Block Of 8 Flats Of 2 Bedrooms In Enugu. by spyder880(m): 7:17am On Feb 09, 2015
Oguledoen:


Oga Spyder , how many blocks ( 9 inchs) did you use for the block work from German floor to decking?

2800 (average)

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