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Question Anyone work in construction

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by kuro, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. kuro

    kuro Busy Member

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    I work in architectural cast stone in the construction industry. We've seen a big drop in orders over the last couple of months to the point that im now concerned for my job. We reckon its down to the weather over January and February and things will pick up now its calmed down a bit.

    Anyone else in construction seeing the same thing?
     
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    I provide IT support for a number of the larger home builders and they are all quiet. Some sites are half complete and on hold as nobody is buying. The one was saying that they are hoping the council's or housing trusts will buy the majority or they can't afford to finish the projects. I'm not surprised though as banks want 30k deposit and a 140k mortgage to buy a 2-3 bedroom shoebox in the arse of the universe.
     
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    Grumps is a builder and FLAT OUT we are a 3 man crew mainly stone work . listed buildings barn conversions , What is cast stone ? not sure we get it up North :rolleyes:
     
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    Some big sites have scaled down till they dry out, quad mire's that if it gets trod into fresh concrete, is a bitch to get out.
     
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    Am a builder up here, for the the last four years it has been feast or famine. Before that mad busy all the time. Started a big stone house in June 13. Since then phone has hardly rung, coming to the end of the build now and the phone has been ringing for the last 2 weeks.....THANK .!!! First two months of the year are never much good. Chin up bud, the work will come. atb Lee.
     
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    Its good for the smaller firms as nobody can afford to move house so they just upgrade and extend what they have.
    A lot of the local tradesmen around here have never been so busy.
     
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    Cast stone or reconstituted stone is semi dry cast aggregate, cement put into moulds to form stuff like cills, lintels, or the fancy stuff like grand entrance porticos, ornate arches etc. The finished product looks and behaves like natural stone but costs significantly less. There are quite a few companies around the uk that do it including a few up north.
     
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    Ive chased a few house builders on some of the large mansions we kit out and they are saying we have got the contracts so its just a waiting game. I heard one site in cornwall was like a quagmire so its got to be the weather thats holding things up. Before xmas we were stacked out!
     
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    i work on roofs/exteriors and after the bad winter its picking up fast,went to buy copings [cast stone] at the weekend and the price has nearly doubled since nov
     

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