Now here is a scary sight:
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The builders eventually allowed me to ‘muck in’ a bit after I was previous told: “No disrespect, Liezl, but this isn’t really women’s work.” I begged them to let me get my hands dirty. There is only so much painting, ordering, spec’ing, phoning and sourcing a girl can do.
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I really have some lovely builders on site: Tom (my friends Hayley and Carly’s dad), Andrew (Project Manager) and Allan (retired plumber). But they are a bit ‘dad-like’: protective. They treat me like I am fragile! Eventually Andrew gave in and let me help. I heard Tom say to him: “you’re not giving her the Bosch?”, and Andrew reply: “she’ll be alright…” And alright I was! This Bosch drill with ‘thingemebob’ attachment (they did tell me its real name, but I have forgotten again) weighs a ton, but at least I got a good workout!
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They let me loose in the bathroom at first to just take down the tiles with this gadget. It makes the job that much quicker than trying to do it manually. Unfortunately the plaster was old and manky, so it had to come off too. That was round two.
By the time I finished I was so dirty! The plaster comes off in sheets and just falls on your head. My hair didn’t feel real: it felt more like doll’s hair – synthetic. Every time I blew my nose, all kinds of dirt came out (it quite fascinated me!).
In the meantime, the real mean and builders were working in the kitchen and en-suite. Below you can see the en-suite shower room taking shape
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This is Andrew: his signature trait is his upbeat personality, attention to detail, ability to make excellent suggestions and of course his mop of hair.


Below are Tom and Alan. Tom is quiet, reserved, skilled and loves the Dubliners. His eyes light up when he talks about them. He is Irish, although he sounds like a Manc these days. He won’t stop until something is perfect. Alan is a retired plumber with a very good sense of humour. He loves Allo Allo (see later post).

You can see them in action here: steel support has gone in, and being boarded up, getting ready for plastering.

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