Working in construction, like me I suspect the last thing you want to see when you get home is a cement mixer, brickies, plasterers, plumbers and all the other trades you’ve been working around for the previous 9 hours.
But there is something different about the BBC’s DIY SOS that sets it apart from the usual ‘someone buys a house, does it up, lives in it’ show that is a staple of so many of the channels these days. Nick Knowles and his team (in case you haven’t seen it) arrive at a property where there is genuine need and where the property that they live in is genuinely unsuitable for them. It might be a disabled child who needs specialist lift equipment as they grow, or somebody with a disease that makes them deteriorate and need a lift in the house, or a ramp to the garden.
I’ve seen quite a few of these over the years and there is something amazingly moving and uplifting about the programme when to be honest it could just be a slightly depressing version of the standard make over show. I think it is the camaraderie on site when all the trades pull together for someone in need. Whatever the reason I was surprised and really pleased to get a call from Mark Millar who features in the show.
He needed help. The latest project was a house in Bristol where a young man needed various adaptations to the property to radically improve his quality of life. There was one stumbling block – damp.
Mark hadn’t come across the problem before, patchy damp in upper rooms with no sign of a leak, and even in the floor area which was over a driveway. After a short chat I knew we could help.
A few days later Neil and I were in the van on our way to Bristol from Worthing armed with industrial vacuums, compressors, generator and plenty of bags. We’d been told about the catering so we arrived early and after demolishing a massive free breakfast we set to work extracting millions of damp insulation beads from the house which were bridging the cavity and causing the damp.
It was a strange feeling to see familiar faces from the TV, to be interviewed on camera and see all the back room things that go in to a show like this. By 4pm we were on the road home, feeling a massive sense of achievement and to be honest, good old fashioned pride. What use would all the state of the art equipment be if the rooms were damp and mouldy? We’d had fun, done a good deed and were fed like kings.
If ever you get the call I recommend you grab the chance to help. You’ll be glad you did.
And the bacon sarnies are amazing!
Blog Post provided by Aydin Sigva of Cavitech UK Ltd.