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Diggers and Dreamers Plant Hire

Plant Hire

There is something fundamental a kind of primeval urge for us to have a go a driving diggers, earth movers and dumpers. I have met many a person who has invented or inflated a small project that they can do by hiring a digger or dumper from a plant hire company.

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Plant hire Portugal

Many people assume that it will be as easy to hire tools and equipment here in Portugal however unless you live in Lisbon or Porto it is very difficult to find anyone who will let you have a digger or dumper without a driver.

This is actually no bad thing. Accidents with even the smaller versions of earth moving equipment are often fatal.

This You-tube video is typical of people who have no training or experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT0PjLGYPRc

If you hire a digger and driver for example the length of hire will be less because the driver knows what he is doing so you save money and the work will be neater and safer for those working nearby and in fact better all round.

Castelo Construction don’t hire diggers and dumpers but we know a lot of people who do so if you need earth or stones moving contact us on info@casteloconstruction.com

One final point. If you are digging a hole for example to make a cesspit or a swimming pool you already know that there will be a lot of waste soil or stone (spoil as it’s called in the trade) On many occasions when a pool has been dug the owners think that they will just rearrange the spoil around the garden.

What happens if what you dig out of the hole is not nice top soil but rock. Do you have a place to put 60 tonnes of rock and if not are you ready to pay for it to be transported away.

About Castelo Construction Lda

Castelo Construction Lda are builders in Central Portugal. We have 12 years’ experience of working with and delighting clients in Portugal. Tel 00351 927168247 or kelvin@casteloconstruction.com If you need an English speaking builder for renovation or new build work we will provide free estimates, fixed prices and carry out your work to a very high standard. Many of our clients are not in the country full time so rely on our regular photographic updates and written reports. They are always surprised when they make inspection visits. New Construction and Refurbishment of Portuguese Property It’s exciting for both our team and of course our clients to mark out on the earth the site of a new home. We will have been with them during the design process and have spoken to the architect many times so we will be comfortable with what we are about to do. For many clients, this stage is a little daunting as it’s hard to see without experience just where the house is going to be in relation to other things on the property. Once the foundations are dug out the house normally looks smaller than they thought, As the pillars and foundation wall start to go you get a much better idea of scale. You can see with your mind’s eye the location of the kitchen, bedrooms and so on. Once the walls are up and the first floor is in place the rooms start to looks smaller again (something to do with the light absorbing properties of the bricks) once the walls are plastered the rooms look a lot larger and it starts to feel more like the home our clients imagined building. As the build progresses we are involved with many specialist subcontractors and it is our job the get them on site at the right time so that the trades do not overlap and time is not wasted. Once the roof is on and tiled it is traditional in this area to have a dinner on site. Everyone who is involved in the build is invited to share a suckling pig dinner with local bread, oranges and of course wine. This is a great way for the clients to enjoy some local hospitality and meet the craftsmen who are building their new home. We also invite the near neighbors so that they get a chance to see what’s going on (when the house is at a very basic stage) and it gives our clients a relaxed opportunity to make their acquaintance. As we always accompany our clients to choose, kitchens, tiles, bathroom fittings or whatever they want. We can help with translation and of course negotiation! As the house is coming to completion we always have them professionally cleaned so that when we hand over the keys it feels more like a home than a building site. 2 months after the house is finished we are back to check for any small faults that may need attention and of course we are available to help and advise should that be needed. Central Portugal builders