BBC DIY SOS Veteran's Special - Behind the Scenes Part 2
Posted by Fraser Halkett - October 28, 2015
Wayne Burgess is back with part of 2 his behind-the-scenes experiences volunteering for
Walking With the Wounded as part of BBC's DIY SOS. Read part 1 here.
I hope you have all recovered from part 2 of The BBC Big Build Homes for veterans special. ( Tissue sales went through the roof).
It's fair to say myself and Tony Carol, who came up from South Wales to graft on the big build, we're not the smallest folk on site. So when Nick Knowles in a bit not used in the show asked us how much weight we had lost, Tony replied "about 2 stone", Nick smiles and asks what weight Tony thinks he is now? Tony replies "about 12 stone"
"12 stone?" asks an amazed and quite frankly disbelieving Mr Knowls.
"Yes", replies Tony, " My bathroom scales only go up to 12 stone".
By now the only weight we were all concerned about, was the weight of expectation.
An end date looms, and it's clear that with less than 100 (more like 70) turning up on the first day, and the number of big concerns caused by "big concerns" not keeping their word, and the shear scale of the task, we start to realise we're going to miss the reveal day deadline.
But with the visit of the princes Harry and William (just thought Harry should get top billing for once) and despite an evil chest bug going through the workforce (Spud you gave us all that), a sudden influx of more incredible volunteers arrive on site. The jobs "to do list" is shrinking, the smiles are growing and Brian Windy Walton is making the small bathroom down stairs in 44-46 a no go area for the next millenium.
Another shout goes up as Tony bellows my name.
Billy, head sparks for DIY SOS, is short a drill to core out 4" holes through the outside walls for fans, 2 in each house, and in 4 of 5 houses have flues to go out through the walls too.
Yep out comes my brand new Makita 110v HR2610.
We would be reunited 15 days later having instructed Billy that it likes a saucer of milk, a drop of scotch being optional. This drill was thrashed for two weeks solid by the Sparks, they drilled ALL those 4" holes with it, I knocked out concrete with it (borrowed my own drill back) and it's still going strong, having being used and abused well outside the recommended limits of Makita.
So my second tool hero from Canada Street is the Makita HR2610; like us it did a lot more than anyone expected.
You can imagine there was a lot of joist drilling going on and no contest the Dewalt Extreme flat wood bits were just brilliant.
The Bosch Robust 18v combi drill with its 4Ah Cool Pack batteries drilled almost constantly for the length of the job along with its brother the 18v SDS hammer.
Both these join the ranks of my Canada Street tool heroes.
DeWALT had a massive following on site as did Makita and all were used by the trades heroes. The DeWALT heavy duty combi drill and impact driver twin pack with 4Ah batteries was indestructible and Santa, if you're reading this, it's on my wish list.
My other tool hero is amazing. The Metabo LiHD batteries and the ASE18LTX recip saw.
Rip through floor boards, cut 7" X 3" joists, rip through most things on site no problem.
This thing is a beast and that battery just beggars belief, it ran and ran and ran. Both well out performed every expectation and can be seen glued to my had in the first part of big build. Apart from a plate or cake. Set up honest wink wink.
In the next part of this blog I want to hopefully get over the personal side of the build, the heroes who it was for and more about the real people who despite everything made it happen 3 days over but never have the words better late than never been so apt, as without the combined efforts of us all it couldn't.
Shout outs to:
Boot string stig
Tony Stretch Jinks
Paul Higgs A6Windows
Stevan Frain 006 5/8
Andrew M Wareing
Adam Thomas Phillips
Joaquín Whitehead Sparrow
Andrew M Wareing
Lesley Jane Holt
Mike Batty Smith
Stuart Shawn James
Proud of you all isn't even close.
Big thanks to Wayne for sharing his experiences and the tools that helped him - and the other volunteers - get this fantastic project completed.
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