Gearing Up For Christmas

Well the cat is out of the bag. Christmas is fast approaching and you want your backyard to be looking spick and span and looking fantastic in time for the celebrations. This is not a job to be rushed, however. Proper procedure must be considered.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many restrictions placed on the way an operator must conduct excavation? Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) have tightened up their act considerably and we can tell you why. It’s simple really. Over the years there have been a few cowboys who thought they could turn a quick buck by running a small or heavy machinery business.

Sure it’s true, accidents can happen to good operators but the real truth is that accidents happen when unaware operators climb into the seat of a bobcat, front end loader, or excavator. Inexperience can cater for a few incidents; we all may learn in a controlled environment and pass the test to get our ticket but the real experience starts on the job.

Monotony can be your worst enemy in this industry so it is incredibly important to maintain attention to detail. Horseplay or a casual approach to an “easy” job can mean the difference between going home and going to the hospital – if you’re lucky. If you’re unlucky you get a one-way trip to the morgue.

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) – Looking After Us

We all might rile at some time or another about a “ridiculous” WHS requirement but the fact is that the rules have been put in place to ensure appropriate procedure is adhered to.

The only reason WHS was created at all was because someone had the foresight to make a record of what sort of accident happened when, the extent of injury including death, and how many times it happened. Based on this data, a set of procedures were required to be created to keep us all safe.

Preliminary Inspection a Must

To this end, Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd will always make a thorough investigation of a worksite before conducting any work.

Our skilled operators are able to conduct a thorough due diligence of any job, be it big or small, in an appropriate manner with minimal time. This is because we train our staff carefully and offer updates and refreshers on a regular basis. This is because we value our staff and want to send them home safe and sound every night.

Are You Planning A Garden Makeover?

Are you dreaming of sprucing up the backyard and making it look like a million dollars? We’ve all seen The Block__ _and _Better Homes and Gardens do it in one hour on a Friday night! How hard can it be – right?

They tell you all you need to do is have a plan and work on it. Simple. The solid truth is that those guys have been doing exactly this for years and they make it look simple. The other thing they have going for them is the behind the scenes worker ants powering away at whatever task they are assigned. And we are not talking about the grunt work.

They have someone to do the design, someone to make all the calls to source and order all the plants, rocks, gravel, cement, sand, pavers, sleepers, timber, water fountains and anything else they need and desire.

THEN the stars come in and join the crew to make something trashy into something beautiful and voila! Dream space in the back yard! The other bonus these TV shows have is an ability to outsource the hard yakka. You know – the earthmoving, the hole digging, and the trench making. Oh wait! So do you!

Outsource the Big Stuff

The crew at Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd just love getting dirty whilst helping people make their garden look like a winning entrant in the local garden competition. Our team of specialists are well trained in garden sculpting as well as garden maintenance. We even know a thing or two ourselves about design.

We can help you move some soil, shift and remove your debris, dig that hole for your in ground pool or the posts for that new retaining wall you are dreaming of. If it’s too big a job for a shovel and a wheelbarrow then Dee-Gees Bobcats are your man.

Keeping It Safe

The bonus in hiring experts such as ourselves is that we are well aware of the risks and necessary precautions for each and every situation. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adopt the correct procedure to ensure the safety of not only ourselves but everybody else who may be on site at the time.

Sure, we make it look easy – because we know what we are doing. We not only have the knowledge but also the confidence to cross every T and dot every I.

Big Garden Job? Need More Muscle?

There are many things that DIY landscapers can do themselves.

Building small rock or timber retaining walls, laying paths, building structures and planting plants is all physically intensive work that can only be achieved through your own, or someone else’s, manual labour.

Having our machines available just to move some of these items around a larger or rural yard can be a big help.

What about the bigger jobs you dream about getting done? Perhaps you want a larger rock wall built, or you are planning on installing an in-ground swimming pool.

These jobs are best suited to the professional operator as we are fully trained to operate the heavy machinery required to achieve your goals. Not only that, but our training and on the job experience has fine-tuned us to be aware of and constantly assess our surroundings.

What to Look for in a Good Operator

Every project will have its own little hitches and idiosyncrasies. This is why it can be difficult to give an exact price for labour to be conducted for any project.

What you should be able to expect is that an operator can assess the job and advise what it is that needs to be done, how they are going to do it, and what machine or machines they are going to bring in to achieve this goal.

At Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd we offer a fair and honourable quote for work to be completed at fair and competitive hourly rates.

What Else Should You Ask?

What qualifications or licences do you possess?

It is very important to employ a reliable operator who carries all the appropriate qualifications to operate his machine.

A licence should be able to be identified along with the clarification as to suitable insurance and workplace health and safety procedures.

Do they clean up the site after they have finished the project?

Often, after a pool hole has been dug, for example, there can be a lot of debris that needs to be removed or distributed to leave a neat clean worksite so the next part of the project can run smoothly.

Are their machines in good repair?

It can be quite frustrating to experience delays in your project due to machinery failure. You don’t need to inspect mechanics’ certificates but you do need to seek assurances of machinery capability and quality.

 

DIY Landscaping – Ways to Save Money

Engaging in do-it-yourself (DIY) work can help you save a lot of money. DIY landscaping is one way of enhancing your home and increasing the value of your property in a cost-effective manner. But while this may be seen as the inexpensive way to transform your garden, the way it is handled can change the overall cost. Here are some helpful tips on making sure you get the open area you want without hurting the budget.

Plan According to Budget

The good thing about landscaping is that there are many ways in which you can cut costs. You just have to be creative about it. Before implementing your plans for your front and backyard, be sure to set a budget for your project. It is possible to create a stunning garden without having to spend too much. Look for alternative materials that can still create the effect you want to see in your landscaped garden.

Costs can be minimised when choosing pavers for the walkways or when choosing the plants around the house. If you are not in a hurry to see the ultimate result of the landscape design, you can pick plants that are still young. They will cost less than the full-grown plants. Instead of sodding, you can space plants such as groundcovers and grass, and let them grow and propagate over time. Sodding gives that instant gratification, but it can be very costly. In a few weeks or months, the spaced plants will provide the full effect that is expected from sodding.

Get Help from Family and Friends

One advantage you can get from DIY landscaping is that you do not have to pay for labour costs. You can do most of the tasks on your own. You can also ask for help from friends and family members who will be happy to lend a hand. The project can then become an excellent bonding activity.

Renting can be the Best Option

When it comes to equipment you will need for the landscaping project, consider renting. Renting equipment per hour is more cost efficient than if you were to buy the equipment. If there are areas that need to be levelled, sloped or excavated for purposes such as pools, you can count on our earthmoving machines at Dee-Gees Bobcats.

Earthmoving work is one part of landscaping where you should be smart. There are factors and danger that could get in the way of your cost planning. Excavating, for instance, can damage the water lines if not done the right way. Trust our excavator operators at Dee-Gees Bobcats to assist you in your earthmoving project.

 

DIY Landscaping

There may be nothing more rewarding than seeing the work of one’s hand. This is one reason people get deeply engaged in DIY projects, especially in the home. The work itself can be a sort of therapeutic exercise for a person because of the concentration required, the trial-and-error, until finally, a project that usually gets done by a professional gets finished through hard work. One good DIY project at home is the landscaping of the residence. This project can be done by anyone as long as there is interest and patience for a project that needs time for full completion.

What to Know

DIY landscaping is perfect for people who find it enjoyable to dig the ground or learn about how plants develop. For people who do not have the patience to take care of plants, this DIY project may not be suitable. For beginners who wish to undertake a DIY landscaping project at home, it will be good to do some research on different types of plants that are endemic or locally suitable. It is also important to learn more about the types of soil where certain plants grow.

Creating a Design

Even if the garden is a DIY project, it is still a good idea to come up with a design just so the garden will have a cohesive look and not appear like the areas are not connected. Define pathways around the yard that will connect the different areas in the garden. Provide sitting areas if there is enough space available.

Landscapes are best when there are different components playing together. There should be a good balance between the softscape (the plant materials) and the hardscape (stones, rocks, wood or sculptures). Many DIY landscapes tend to focus too much on the plants such that the garden gets too boring or too green. Use structures such as a trellis and use interesting urns or sculptures to give contrast to the soft effect of plants. Be creative in using the usual landscape elements and try not to stick to regular or everyday designs.

Hiring the Right Equipment

Before any landscaping project is started, the clutter must first be cleared. In some cases, there is a need to do cuts and fills to the site, or perhaps, there is a need to dig to build an artificial pond or a pool. Such work requirements call for reliable earthmoving equipment hire. Dee-Gees Bobcats can provide the best when it comes to earthmoving work, whether it is a big project or a small one that needs land clearing or excavation. The range of Dee-Gees Bobcats equipment includes mini excavators, tippers, rock breaker and soil levellers. Hiring the right equipment will help complete the DIY project in a more timely manner.

 

Levelling the Lawn Area

The garden area of the house may need some grading or levelling solutions before it can be turned into a pleasant and useful lawn area. The lawn area can be used for social gatherings, especially if there is enough space to accommodate seats or a gazebo. If the area happens to be ruggedly sloping, then some levelling will have to be done for the area to be people friendly. It is also possible that the area is too flat, so to make it interesting, it is best to do a bit of cuts and fills to give the area a bit more character.

Something could go wrong if the sloping open area is levelled without much thought into how it should be treated. Here are some helpful tips on how to properly level or grade the lawn area.

Devise a Clear Plan

Before any excavation is done in the area, it is best for the homeowner to think of a clear plan as to how the lawn should look. There may be a need to build a retaining wall to keep the higher level soil from eroding. If the area is very steep, several retaining walls would be ideal. Building these structures require strong foundation so that they do not give in to water pressure during strong rain.

DIY Levelling

Before any retaining walls or structures are built on the area, it must first be excavated where needed. Some levelling projects will simply need a few hours of digging and clearing of rocks or gravel to make way for the grass.

To move soil and rocks from one area to another, use a shovel and a wheelbarrow to carry the debris. After moving soil, rocks and debris to cut and fill the garden area, use a rake with a steel head to level the ground efficiently. To make the grading work easier, it would be good to sprinkle the soil with water first. Moist soil will be easier to level and will loosen any dried up and compacted soil and rocks.

Hire the Right Earthmoving Machine

In some cases, it is best to get the help of a reliable bobcat hire. Dee-Gees Bobcats has a complete array of earthmoving equipment that will surely be suited for any levelling project. Dee-Gees Bobcats can rent out mini excavators, tippers and soil leveller. The plant hire company also rents out rock breakers and attachments for the Bobcat equipment to make it appropriate for a particular project.

 

Owner-Builders Reap Financial Rewards in DIY Projects

When it comes to job satisfaction, there is nothing quite like the rush
people get when they complete a do-it-yourself (DIY) project and stand back to
survey the finished product. At that moment, all the frustrations, insecurities
and concerns about how it would look melt away. The project actually looks like
the plans, it is structurally sound and functional, and best of all are the
accolades of family and friends.

It doesn’t matter if the project is a child’s swing or cubby house, a back
patio, furniture or a major renovation. Size is not the issue. The rewards are
in the feelings of accomplishment and self-worth that are so important to human
beings. It is little wonder, then, that the DIY craze has moved beyond simple
projects to major renovations and complete houses, and created the
owner-builder.

Cost Savings and Flexibility Big Motivators

There are major financial rewards to be had depending on how much or how
little of the project is DIY. Some sources quote savings of up to 40% of the
cost. An owner-builder can opt to complete the entire project from start to
finish, or do part of the work and contract the remainder out to the relevant
tradespeople.

For example, an owner-builder may decide to do all the carpentry, but
contract out the heavy work. DIY earthmoving is not something most
people would do when they could hire the equipment and a licensed operator from
a company like JAD Earthmoving. Having the site professionally prepared gets the
whole project off to a good start.

Control and Flexibility Key Drivers

Owner-builders enjoy the amount of control they have over every aspect of
their project. With a little bit of research they can pick up bargains on items
like tiles, fittings, cabinets, bench tops and good quality second hand
appliances. They like the flexibility of being able to make changes without
creating the major scheduling and supply hassles they would have with a building
company. Choosing the tradespeople they want and working to their own schedule
are also attractive options for owner-builders.

Of course, owner-builders take upon themselves the responsibility for the
success of the project, and permits are required once the cost exceeds a certain
amount. Adequate insurance is essential and if a qualified builder is hired to
do the practical work, the owner-builders may also get the structural
guarantees.

A large owner-builder project is not to be entered into lightly, and most
people going down that road leave the heavy work to a professional earthmoving
company like JAD Earthmoving. There is a lot of organisation and responsibility
attached to being an owner-builder, but the rewards are worth it.

 

Trenching and Excavation

Trenching is an important aspect of many construction projects, mainly pipe laying projects for civil works, mining services, telecommunication projects and other related projects. The success of a trenching project is influenced by many factors, but the main one is the type of trenching method that will be adopted. Proper study and evaluation are required first and foremost before a suitable trenching method is used.

Methods of Trenching

Trenching can be done using one or a combination of different methods. Project managers, engineers and designers look at the cost, the type of infrastructure to be built and the government regulations in deciding which methods to use. Trenches can be done using the open cut system, where the trench is sloped to an angle.

Trenching can also be done using speed shoring, which uses beams to support the trench walls. Trenching projects can be done by building trench boxes where the workers can safely work in the trench. Other methods involve drilling H-pile with lagging shoring, interlocking steel piles and modular shoring. Not one method is superior to another. You need to evaluate them carefully to understand the pros and cons before deciding which technique to use.

Things to Consider When Excavating

Excavating for trenches is enormously complicated. There are many things to consider when designing trenches so as to ensure that they will operate as expected and that there will be no safety issues or structural issues afterwards.

Safety and environmental concerns may be the top consideration when planning and designing trenches. Although these considerations are not directly focused on construction, they can be a hindrance to the success of a project if they are not considered in the first place. Excavators must adhere to safety and environmental standards, such as what earthmoving specialist Dee Gees Bobcats is doing.

Cost is another big factor in determining how the trenching project will go. Selecting the right trenching method for a particular area will help keep the project cost to a minimum.

The physical conditions of the area should also be evaluated thoroughly. This will involve a complete study of the soil type and groundwater as well as the presence of any man-made structures underground. The method to use in trenching will be heavily influenced by the soil type and the presence of groundwater. For very hard and rocky areas, equally strong earthmoving equipment will be required.

Work and cost efficiency will be improved if the project manager manages to find a reliable contractor and plant hire. Dee Gees Bobcats can provide for all excavation and trenching solutions with its wide range of earthmoving machines. For more information on the company’s services, visit its website at http://deegeesbobcats.com.au.

 

 

Digging for Your New Home’s Drainage

People like to save as much as they can in anything, including in home construction. There are, however, some important portions of the house where construction budget is minimised. The drainage system is among those that deserve much attention.

Many things could go wrong if you sacrifice quality for budget. In digging for the drainage lines, it is very possible to hit an existing drainage line, causing much disturbance and added costs to you. To properly set up the drainage system in your home for construction, it is best to hire the help of a drainage specialist and a professional earthmoving company for a more efficient manner of excavating for the drain system.

Proper Planning is Key

As in all other construction projects, planning is highly important to eliminate or greatly minimise any mistakes during construction. Proper planning involves conducting a thorough survey of the property. Before starting the construction, the contractor must first know of any existing piping systems or underground cables within the area. Accidentally ripping those off could mean a stoppage in the construction, with all efforts moved to fixing what has been broken or damaged.

Surveying the type of soil is also important in the laying out of the drainage system. Soil porosity plays a big role in drainage. Rocky soil types would be good for foundation work, but not for general drainage, so it will affect how you will be building your drainage system.

Your property may be lying on a sloping area, which can be a good for drainage purposes. On flat areas, a grading plan will have to be executed to ensure proper drainage of water from inside the house and the garden.

Earthmoving

When it comes to excavation for drainage, it is highly recommended that it be left to a professional earthmoving company to handle. A reliable professional service will be able to handle all types of earthmoving work that is required.

A professional earthmoving service is important, especially if you are dealing with a challenging soil type. Rocky areas will require heavy earthmoving equipment that will be able to break and carry heavy rock materials, if necessary. Soft ground may appear easy to dig, but this too could be challenging to some degree. The hired earthmoving service will able to use different attachments to excavators to deal with different types of soil.

Drainage work requires careful planning and skilled workmanship. There are troubles and unnecessary costs that can be avoided if the right professional service is acquired for drainage installation. Find out more efficient excavation service at http://deegeesbobcats.com.au/.

 

Digging your Own Pool

Christmas is fun for the whole family but it can become a little difficult to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones. In the end, the “socks and smellies” route is probably the safest but, after a while, these types of gifts all blend into one. Do you remember what you were given last Christmas?

Break the cycle of mundane Christmas gifts and give your family a gift that they will never forget. Give them something that they can enjoy year after year for a long time to come – a swimming pool.

The DIY Route

Building your own pool is surely not that difficult – just dig a hole in the ground, slap on some cement and your pool is complete, right? Wrong! The only type of pool you should install on your own is the type that you can inflate.

DIY is not the way to go here at all. Get Dee Gees Bobcats in to do the heavy lifting for you.

Clearing the Way

For starters, the area that you need to excavate is going to have to be cleared. This could involve moving heavy rocks and trees and means some serious work.

Then, of course, there is the digging itself – ever notice how big a pool actually is? You will, if you have to dig the hole for it. Think of all the Saturday afternoons of back-breaking work and then decide whether or not you want a professional to help.

Get Help from a Professional

Professional earthmoving experts will bring in their own machines and will have the ground cleared and the hole dug in no time flat.

They will also be able to give you advice on what to watch out for when digging – do you know where your water, sewage and gas lines are? Did you even consider these items when deciding where to place your pool?

They will also look at the placement of your pool in relation to the external walls of your home and fences – are you putting the pool too close to the house or walls? Doing so could damage the integrity of these structures.

When it comes to the digging itself, you want Dee Gees Bobcats on your team. Each machine is accompanied by a highly trained and experienced operator. They are trained to deal with many different situations and soil types – digging through clay, for example, is very different from digging through shale and, therefore, different procedures need to be employed.

A professional will also do a job that will hold up to the test of time and will give advice on possible problem areas in the soil itself. For instance, the pool may need to be reinforced more in certain areas, due to different soil types.

For more information on excavations, visit http://deegeesbobcats.com.au/.