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Earning and saving money
This is just a typical set of profiles. Profiles are erected on the construction sites, in order to give the building workers, the right size and the position of the various elements of whatever is being built, one can extend this to even give the levels required and other things.
This is a typical small house floor plan, of course this is only one simple floor plan, but there are several plans even to build a house, starting from a foundation plan and specifications.
Earning and saving money
Dear readers, these days in this blog we seem to be jumping from one thing to another, we place ads for renting accommodations and building them and other things as well. So, I have asked myself this question, everything we do we need money; therefore, whatever you do in life you need money, perhaps the most important thing to learn in life is how to earn money and how to save money; you see for instance, if you don’t want to pay rent you have to buy your own place, that is the only way open to you; for this reason, let us talk about earning and saving money
I believe that not everybody is able to work out how to do that, so they might need just a bit of help to understand how the others do it. In my case it was easy to learn, because I and many other people like myself, because there was uncertainty of not having a permanent job in the building industry, one soon learn that whatever money you earn from your job you have to save some, otherwise you could have problems soon or later; so, this disadvantage that we had in this job pushed most of us building workers to become good at saving money, because we wanted to feel safe and independent.
Now let me just talk about money, since I have mentioned it just now. In Australia because the economy is based on capitalism the more money you are able to earn and save the better off you are, of course this is also true to most other part of the world, but in Australia seems to be more so, because it is a new country, and people rely more on what they are able to earn than in anywhere else in the world. This is because there are not many existing reach families that live on the earnings of the properties that have been passed down from generation to generations, so almost everybody here has made their own way up if they have any money. Therefore, in Australia is mostly up to yourself if you want to get better you have to try harder and also work harder, you see most people here are self-made so most of the people have earned their own way. Once you know that, this question comes to your mind and you ask yourself, if other people can do it, I am sure that I can do it too?
By knowing what we have just said above, one can understand that in Australia, not only you have to try to earn money, but it is very important that you save it too, and at the same time you have to try to improve your working position, so that you can be more independent and not rely completely on others; this would help if it happens that you lose your temporary job and also by saving money you can start one day to buy your own house, or open you own business, which are the most important things that people should do, if they want to live a good life. I know now that most of you are saying that these are hard things to do, but you see, they can be done because I have done it myself.
Anyhow I believe that I have said enough about this money business for the time being, so let me go back to tell you about what I did with this job in the building industry and became a tradesman, and also how I ended up buying our house. But first let me tell you how and what we did and my progress in this building job, so that one can compare what was available then and what opportunities are available now, while I was working with this Italian small builder.
Working for this builder
Working and learning with this small Italian builder
Dear readers, in these writing while I am telling you the story about myself working in the Australian building industry, I am also going to try to give you details of how building things were done in dose days; therefore, if you are one of those people that have in mind to do your own building renovations one day, you can somehow guess what you can find, in those building that we built then, because you already know how we built them.
Now let me go back to when I started work with this Italian builder, who was a bricklayer and concreter, we were working on houses and because there was not enough bricklaying work on these houses, as they were mostly built with timber, we were building only the foundations, the concrete stumps and some brickwork as the base of the house. Of course we did also some jobs under the existing houses and this has given me an opportunity to learn many things about those old houses in Brisbane.
Just for comparison sake, so that you can see the difference between those times and today, let me describe to you what we did to prepare a new base for a new timber house, which would be setting on concrete stumps and some brick walls.
First of all, we went to set up the site, if it was not already set up from the builder or carpenter that would build the timber house. This setting up required that we should fix some timber frame to the ground with pegs and according to the measurement in the plan, then mark them accurately, so that we had the right measurement to go by, in order to start digging the foundations for the stumps and brick walls and also for building the whole house.
Then we had to dig the foundations and this was mostly my job as I was the labour and I was pretty good at digging when I was young and strong, this may seem hard to believe but even digging one has to be an expert to do a good job, as the shape and depth of the foundations is important to do a job properly. Just to show you what I mean to dig a hole for a new concrete stump, 20x20 centimetres as most stumps were supposed to be; the hole for this stump should be in exactly the right place, it should be sixty centimetres deep in natural ground and at the bottom should have a circumference with a diameter of at least 40 centimetres or more. These were the average specifications then, unless it was stated otherwise. I know this because I have dug several hundreds of them if not thousands.
All the tools that I needed to do this job were a pick a post hole shovel and a crowbar, it usually would take me a couple of days to dig the entire house holes, which could usually be between twenty and thirty holes. You see I was able to dig a hole in less than half an hour, but it was hard work. Sometimes when there was some brickwork to do we had also to dig these foundations by hand; the foundations were usually dug according to specification, which usually would be 60-centimetre-deep in the natural ground, this means that if the grounds had been filled up that filling should not be counted as depth, of course this was the same as the holes we dug for the concrete stumps.
Anyhow, before I finish writing this article I want to say that those houses that we were helping to build in the sixties with this builder contractor that I was working for were average affordable house that the average family could afford to buy, and therefore they were sold easily.
Now, I believe that I have said enough in this post and although there could be a lot more that could be said, that part we are going to tell you in our next post, which is going to be about how we made those concrete stumps on site and other stuff, while we were working on these affordable houses.
See you soon.
Earning and saving money
Earning and saving money
IS TO BE CONTINUED;
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