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
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
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.