The ABI Project was an overwhelming task and being on their panel is a great achievement.

ABI Bedfordview needed a lot of restoration work to be done. Before getting started on this project, we had to adhere to all safety protocols as prescribed by the Department of Labour. Our One Stop Team was fully outfitted with a range of safety wear and clothing for the project.

An induction was held to properly introduce The One Stop Team to the safety act and a First Aid Representative was trained for any emergencies.

We have done quite a lot of projects for ABI Bedfordview and I would like to share one of them with you.

We were requested to assist ABI Bedfordview with some excavation work at their premises.

We started with the store room and demolished the walls as per their instruction.

Rubble removal bins were ordered on a regular basis to keep the areas clean at all times.

We hired an excavation hammer-ripper system which is used with the mounting on the boom arm, of an excavator / backhoe, of a conventional hydraulically-operated hammer fitted with a “shortened” chisel.

A “ripping-type” device like a chisel tooth mounts to a lever with its pivot point attached to the side of the hammer.

One end of the lever extends to be impacted by under the shortened chisel, while the other end extends inward.

The Jack Hammer

Thus, the tooth end can be placed under embedded boulders and used to hammer (using the transmitted reciprocating action of the hydraulic hammer), and pry or break up the boulders from underneath with the combined hammering and ripping action.

Once this was done and the rubble was removed, the preparation of the floors began.

There are two cement layers to a floor, the slab and the screed.

The slab is a floor made of water, cement, sand and stone, which provides a firm base that is load bearing, which means you can put heavy equipment on it without it cracking. When the slab is dry, it is not very smooth, that is where the screed comes in.

The screed is a thin layer of approximately 25mm of sand, cement and water that goes on top of the slab, the screed is there to make the surface flat and even like you would get in a warehouse.

Being an experienced contractor we “steel troweled” the screed layer to give it a smooth finish. This achieved by pouring a thin layer of plain cement and water over the screed and smoothing it carefully.

This is best done while the cement of the screed layer is still wet so that the two layers bond into one solid layer.

If it is done too late, the layers will not bond and the upper one will be prone to cracking.

The One Stop Team screeding the floor

Once the floor had been completed and the curing period was achieved, the One Stop Team got started with the preparation of the walls.

An absorbent painter’s drop cloth was used to cover the existing slab, as the surface needed to be protected from paint drips and spatters.

The next step was to plaster the walls and allow it to cure for a day of two.

Once the walls had cured, the walls were painted with a White Promodek base coat.

We then allowed the base coat to dry and then painted the surface with a white acrylic paint.