Thursday, 17 August 2017

How Can I Set Out A Building Plan On Ground

As you know, before the erection of walls, it is right for a proper plant to be designed. A plan that would ensure the walls are standing at the right points, it is also important that the walls are set out to stand in the right angle as this not only makes the work easy, but also improves the aesthetics of the building. Sometimes you can just imagine a wall with bendings here and there. That would be such a boring sight right?
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A-Z About Project Management

Today On Building Contractor secrets, i would like to talk about Project management. On this post, you will be learning the basic terms as applicable to project management and in another post, i will be solving some problems in project management using either CPM. PERT to help you see where these terms can be applied.

What Is Project Management?
Project management is simply that discipline that involves the initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the work of a team in order to achieve specific organizational goals and meet specific success criteria.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

What Is The Cost Of Molding/Buying 500 Sandcrete Blocks in Nigeria?

How much do I need to make 500 blocks in nigeria


Before anything, I want to say a big thanks to those who always make out time to visit Building Contractor secrets, those that calls and texts to make one inquiry or the other have actually continued to make me understand that I do communicate here. That this blog and the efforts as regards making fresh content is not a waste at all. It is for this reason that I have decided to hit another important aspect of your construction. 
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How Can I Install Solar Energy System In My Home

how can i install solar power in nigeria

Today On Building Contractor secrets i am going to talk about Solar Power, the benefit of installing a solar power system in your home and i will also give you details that could help you contact a very good agent or dealer when you want to install a solar Power System in your home but first. I am will also answer some important questions that may come to mind as you read through this post.
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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Different Types Of Foundation

On this article, i have decided to describe the different types of foundation in construction. This will also help you as a home owner know the exact type of foundation currently on your building, it will also show you the different types of concrete foundation applicable to construction.

What is a foundation?

According to a Post i made sometime ago, i defined a foundation as one of the most important stages in a building construction, it is also the lowest part of your building and the most important element in your substructure.
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Why I Said Over Site Concrete Or German Flooring Is Very Important For All Buildings

importance of german flooring


Today, after visiting a site where the client complained about dampness and swellings on her wall, i decided to create this post. Its supposed to be for professionals only but for the sake of humanity, i have decided to make it  open to anyone out there who might need it to make a difference.

Because i am making this post on the importance of over site concrete during the rainy season, i would like to ask the following questions:

1. Have you ever walked into a building and discover there are moulds or swelling just around the floor area of the building as shown below?
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

A Few Reasons Why You Should Never Rely On Family Source Of Labour If You're A Contractor

Today I decided to create this post in order to share with you a few things I've been going through or went through back in the days when I relied in family members for most of the tasks on my site. Its just a few instances or reasons why you should never rely on family source of labour if you're a contractor.
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

What Type Of Risks Affects The Construction Of Civil Engineering Projects

Today, i will be able to answer some questions that are related to construction management. These also relates to the construction of infrastructures. As you know, one of the most unanswered questions in construction management would be:

What are some types of Risks that affects the construction of Civil Engineering Projects?

The question above is so hard to answer, it has been hard even for those studying Construction management courses Online, but today we will understand these problems and discuss on them so everyone understands it.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Tutorial: How Many WheelBarrows Of Cement, Sand And Granite Are In 1m³ Of Concrete


Today On Building Contractor Secrets i would love to make it easy for those on site thinking about How many wheelbarrows of sand, granite and bags of cement makes up 1 cubic meter (1m³) of Concrete. This is going to be very useful because i am also going to let you know the value of one Head Pan. This is very important because i know that here in Nigeria where i am from, many construction sites cannot afford the cost of renting a Mixer, thus, they make use of manual labor which means laborers will be made to carry head pans or wheel barrows filled with sand in order to achieve the day's task.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

Tutorial: Steps In The Design Of A 2-Way Spanning Slab With BS8110

Let's talk about Slab Design...
How can you design a 2 way spanning slab and be able to know the reinforcement size to be used in your slab as well as the spacing needed when tieing your reinforcements.

So on this post, you'll be able to have a clue on how to design a 2 way spanning slab. You'll know the following:

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Roads: Root Causes Of Roadway Deterioration

Portion of a road pavement showing cracks

Today on building contractor secrets, I'd like to look into the root causes of a roadway deterioration. I'm talking about this because its rainy season once again in my country, Nigeria, a season where we have so many hold ups as a result of bad roads.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Tutorial: How To Convert Units From Feet, Inches To mm or Meter

Convert meters to feet - building contractor secrets



Today on Buildingcontractorsecrets, I'm going to help you understand how to easily convert units from one system to the other. This is very necessary especially as the world is gradually becoming a digital place where a model could be developed in America but later sent to Canada for the final Prototype.
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

10 Advantages Of Using Aluminum Roofing Sheets For Your Roof


Once again on Building Contractor Secrets, I have come to enlist the various advantages of Aluminum Roofing sheets Over all other types of roofing sheets in Use Today. I am making this in order to open your eyes,Yes you clients that always feel Your Building Contractor is out to cheat You when he recommends aluminum roofing sheets instead Of The One You have in mind.

What Are The Advantages Of Aluminum Roofing Sheet

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Real Estate Investment: Where Can I Buy Genuine Plots Of Land In Lagos State Nigeria

buy land in lekki

Today On building contractor secrets, i have come to tell you, yes you a Nigerian living in Europe, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Asia something about investing in real estate in Nigeria and this time, i am going to base this on Lagos State as one of the metropolitan cities in Nigeria where real estate business is sure to flourish. Yes! This would be the most essential Tip You'll need to buy a plot of land In Lagos state, Nigeria without being scammed.

This post is all about investing in real estate, Buying a plot of land in Lekki, Lagos state, Nigeria and i would.
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Who Is A Building Contractor And What Is A Contract


To all my regular readers around the world, research students and fellow contractors, I love you all for your efforts towards making this platform a nice one for all.

I appreciate your calls and emails as they give me more ways to improve on this blog of mine. As always, my aim here on buildingcontractorsecrets is to create an avenue for all persons involved in civil works.
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Tutorial: Fixing Procedures For Fixing Wall Tiles



Today On Building Contractor secrets, i want to talk a little on tiles and if possible, highlight the necessary steps/procedures you must follow in order to properly fix your wall tiles.

As you may know, tiles are usually used as wall finishes for both the internal and external parts of a building, mainly for residential buildings, corporate and sometimes industrial buildings and administrative blocks. 

Tiles are made of earthenware, pressed in steel dies, fired in kiln and glazed during the second firing stage.
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All You Need To Know About Concrete Mix Design


Today On Building Contractor secrets, i will be teaching us Design Of Concrete.

On This Post, You will be learning the importance Or Advantages of Concrete Mix design, You will understand the Requirements of concrete on its Plastic and solid states
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Requirements To Build Your Own Filling Station In Nigeria


I know you've found one or more articles on this blog that actually were or is still useful to you as a contractor or builder and that's the same reason you keep coming for more and i must say thanks for your regular visits and ability to share my posts with your colleagues too.

Today On Building Contractor Secrets, i am going to share with you the necessary guidelines that would help you gain approval to operate a Petroleum Products Filling Station In Nigeria, West Africa.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Advantages Of Engine Vibrated Sandcrete Blocks Over Manually Molded Sandcrete Blocks


I know i once wrote a post on how to get solid blocks for your building construction and i recommended you to mold your own blocks. The truth is that there are more advantages if you actually have a good commercial block maker that uses machines to mold his...
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Costing: What Would It Cost To Build A 2Bedroom Flat In Nigeria


Today on Building Contractor secrets, i am going to write on The Cost Of Building a 2 bedroom apartment/flat in Nigeria. I feel this is going to be very important for you if you are someone living abroad but needs a home built for you back in Nigeria.

Learning about the cost of Building a 2 bedroom flat in Nigeria will also enable you as a contractor, make a quick estimate for your client. This tutorial on the cost of building a 2 bedroom flat/apartment in Nigeria will also help you as a client have an edge over your contractor. You will know the number of blocks needed to completely build your home, the cost of window sliding, the cost of roofing and the number of trips of sand that will be required.
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Best Tips On Choosing The Best Realtor Agent To Sell Your Home



Selling a house, a condo or a parcel of land could be quite easy sometimes, sometimes you just feel like doing this yourself but no matter what, the services of a trained realtor would always be the best for you and your buyer. This is because There are Professional realtor agents who are not only skilled, they're trained and has over the years acquired a lot of experience they can locate the right property for you just at the price that will be just convenient for your pocket and they may even as far as negotiate on your behalf and cut a better deal for you.
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6 Advantages Of Real Estate Investment For Everyone

Real Estate Investment tricks


Sometimes when you hear about real estate and see the guys and ladies involved in real estate, you are often left wondering what the benefits or do i rather say the advantages of Real Estate Business is. At one time i found myself asking "What really are the different advantages of Real Estate Investment especially in the States.

On this article i am going to shed some light on the various advantages of real estate investment. As a matter of fact i will list a total of 6 Advantages Of Real Estate. The reasons why you have to invest in real estate.
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Every Thing You'll Need To Know About The Production Of Sandcrete Blocks In Nigeria.

Cement blocks


Sandcrete manufacture could be for Solid blocks, hollow blocks. It could also be Called cement block manufacture.

On this post, I'm going to explain the concept of cement block manufacture and I hope you're going to learn a lot from it.

Sandcrete Blocks are usually made with cement and Sharp sand. In Nigeria, the most popular cement makers include Dangote, Elephant, Unicem and the rest of them
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Tutorial: Tips To Choosing The Right Condos When Buying A Home

Have you ever lived in a condominium unit? If like me you grew up in a house with a garden then chances are you have no idea what factors and features to consider when looking at condos for sale. Not being aware of key aspects that could affect your quality of life as well as the unit's resale value could leave you with a condo you can't live in or sell.
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Tutorial: How To Find Foreclose Homes For Sale In The United States

If you're new to the real estate world and searching the listings, you may have seen advertisements for foreclosed homes for sale. A foreclosed home is a property sold to pay off a debt because the borrower has failed to do so. The borrower's failure to make sufficient and timely payments required by his mortgage contract, the lending party seizes and sells the house in a hurry, in order to pay off the loan. Since lenders are eager to make back the money, foreclosed homes usually sell at reduced prices.
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Causes Of Flood In Nigerian Streets. Richard's Opinion

My Opinion On flooded streets...

Yes, its going to be rainy season soon. A time in Nigeria when almost every citizen has to walk about with umbrella, a time where people suddenly begin to locate their rubber sandals or slippers.

But I've decided to take a good look at the root causes of these floods especially in some developing areas of the country.
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Benefits Of Molding Your Own Block

Hello once again...

Today on Building contractor secrets blog, I would be talking on the various benefits you'll enjoy if you're patient enough to mold your own block for your building project. This is a very important topic for most contractors and builders out there because I know the strength of a building depends largely on the strength of the blocks used in its construction among other things

What Are The Benefits Of Molding your Own Block?

The benefits are quite numerous.

1. You're 100% sure the blocks are of the required strength.

2. You get to save over #14,000 (Fourteen Thousand Naira For Ever 500 Blocks) this would be lost or paid to block industries who may not even supply you blocks that are strong enough for the project.

3. Molding your own blocks gives you control over the kind of material (Block). The reverse is the case if you had to buy from some commercial moulders or retailers.

Aside from the benefits above, when you mold your own blocks, you also help to bring job to the moulders, you're allowed to decide what happens to your block and when you'll get to use them.

You must also ensure that you're present onsite while the moulding is ongoing in order to ensure the moulder follows all instructions.

How Many Blocks Do I get From A Bag Of Cement?

In Nigeria, the standard is 20 blocks for 9 Inch Block
For 6 inches, you can mold up to 25 per bag of cement.

For 5 inches, you can mold as far as 35 or 40. Just don't go beyond 40 if you really need a strong block.

Please ensure your moulder compacts the mix in the mould.

How Do I Save By Moulding My Own Blocks?

Like I said on the paragraphs above, you actually get to save a lot if you mold your own blocks. This is because for every 500 blocks you buy, you lose  fourteen Thousand Naira ( that's over $40) so always ensure you'll make out time to mold your own blocks.

On my next post, I'll show you all that is involved in making your own block and prove to you that you'll save more by molding your own blocks rather than buying.

Now you have seen the benefits of Molding your own blocks for a project. Please kindly share with others too.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Best Insurance For Your Home Construction

Building a new home requires attention to detail, but while you choose your cabinet knobs and counter tops, don't forget to make sure your property is properly insured from foundation to rafters.

If you're having a home built for you, you may be assuming your builder has all the insurance coverage you need. Under some circumstances, you're correct, but before you check off that mental box and move on, you should confirm your contractor's insurance policy.

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These 4 Suggestions Will Help You Find The best Mortgage Rates AnyWhere In The World

Are You looking for the best ways to find the best mortgage rates within your country or in the united states of america?
Here are the 4 most effective tips you'll need in order to find just the right mortgage rates  anywhere in the world.

Tip #1: Compare Rates

When you find the home of your dreams, chances are your real-estate agent will direct you to certain preferred lenders that he or she has worked with before. Take that recommendation with a grain of salt. Remember, your agent’s primary concern might be to close your deal quickly, but securing a mortgage is a complicated process, particularly if you’re a first-time buyer. Speed isn’t everything, and you need to look around for the best deal.
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Review: All You Need To Know About myamericainsurance.com

For everyone living in the US, the legal age at which one is qualified to drive a car is 18. This is the legal age to drive in Florida and all around the United States. At this stage, the law demands an insurance policy in order to be able to drive on the road. This is expected of you as a person intending to drive and if you are found driving without a proper insurance, you will be made to face the law.

The aim of Auto Insurance is not protection alone, it is a program that helps protect other car users on the roads. The truth is that having even a cheap auto insurance keeps you out of trouble in cases of auto accident. Before driving in West Palm Beach, individuals are required to have even the cheapest of auto insurance. This is such a serious law that it is better to stay off the road if you intend not to get any.
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The 12 Fundamental Laws Of Engineering You Must Know

On This Post Today, i would be talking about the 12 most simplest engineering laws all engineers must or should obey.

These laws are so simple and direct and wouldn't need a degree to be obeyed.

If You're An Engineering Student or an engineer reading this blog, below is a list of 12 Fundamental Laws Of Engineering you must know and obey in order to continue enjoying your profession without headaches...
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A List Of Top 10 Civil Engineering Universities In The World

Having read and seen all engineers could do, having seen the pride and joy of a fulfilled engineer also, i think there is need to create a list of the top civil engineering schools in the world today.

This is important as it would help those in need of a reputable institution where they could study civil engineering...
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Monday, 8 May 2017

How Many Blocks Are There In 1 Square Meter (1m²)

For most builders and contractor or clients, the most challenging problem is being able to know how many block there are in 1square meter.

So If i were to charge a client per square meter in bricklaying, how many blocks actually make a square meter or 1m²?
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

3 Effective Ways to Make or Buy A Solid Block For Your Building Projects

If you're a Nigerian living in Nigeria or outside the boundaries of Nigeria but would love to have a building project done for you, then I'm certainly going to put it to you that one of the most important questions you'll want to ask is
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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Welded Connections



Today on building contractor secrets, I'll be discussing on the advantages as well as the disadvantages of choosing a welded joint for your metal works.

This is very important for Clients whose aim is to build structures where steel is the primary material like petrol stations (Filling Station)...
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

4 Procedures That Ensures A Foundation Concrete Is Laid Appropriately

Because of a lot of demand coming from my readers on things to do before laying foundation concrete, I would like to shed light on 4 things you must before laying a foundation Concrete...

This is important at all times especially during the dry hot season and when the ground surface is not so smooth. It ensures or reduces wastage of concrete and improves the quality of the job done.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Tutorial: How To Determine The Amount Of Paint Required To Paint Your Room


Once again on Building contractor secrets we are dedicated to exposing you to the best practices in building construction and how to quantify materials needed to complete your home as at the time you need it. We do this in order to help you avoid been cheated by Craftsmen and contractors especially the unregistered engineers out there.

Today, we will be looking at How many Buckets Of Paint would be required for your home and to make this easy, i will be taking my time to explain this as easy as possible...
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Top 10 Construction Companies in USA

bechtel group inc, san francisco

Looking for a good construction company in the United states of America? On this post, i am going to make it easy for you as an individual, Organization to be able to get to know about the 10 Globally Recognized Construction companies in the United States Of America.

The truth is that there are miriads of construction companies in the entire US, but i am going to list the 10 very best construction companies.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

13 Most Commonly Used Building Materials In Nigeria

So you want to build a home in Nigeria but do not actually have an idea on the kind of building materials that is commonly used in Nigeria?

Now you also would like to know the list of 12 most common building materials used in the construction of Homes in Nigeria.

Well, the Most common building material you'll find in Nigeria are:

1. Timber, Planks (Necessary for Earth support, Shoring, Slabs, Lintel and scaffolding)

2. Sandcrete Blocks (could be 125mm, 150mm, 225mm)

3. Reinforcement Rods (8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 24mm, etc)

4. Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) (Depending on the nature of the job and the pocket of the Client or Owner) this could be made by Dangote or Elephant or Unicem (the 3 most popular cement manufacturers in Nigeria.

5. Granite ( Necessary for Lintel works and Over site Concrete)

6. Boulders (for Filling stations and some German concretes)

7. Gravel ( for works where less strength is required)

8. Bamboo (Used as shoring materials or supports for form works during the construction of slabs.

9. Aluminium Roofing sheets (long and short span)

10. Zinc ( used for most small structures, residential buildings, etc.

11. Water ( All Construction Activities need water, Concreting, Brick laying, German flooring, P.O.P, painting, etc.

12. Paints for finishing.

13. Tiles (could be ceramic, Terrazzo, Etc)

14. Sharp Sand (needed for everything about the building except Roofing in most cases. Could also be used for filling depending on the specification of the Engineer)

15. Laterite (for filling and backfilling)

16. Mix-Mud ( almost like the sharp sand, but has smaller particles than the sharp sand. Used for plastering or Rendering)

So these are the 13 most common building materials you'll come across if you're going to have a home built for you in Nigeria.

On my next post, I'll be talking about how you can buy a solid sandcrete block for your building construction.
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Where Can I Buy Genuine Piece Of Land In Warri, Nigeria

Hello once again. I know you may have found the contents in the blog very useful cos as I can see, you keep coming back for more. That's a good thing, I'm glad to have a reader like you.

Today in Building Contractor Secrets, I want to talk about where you can buy a genuine plot or parcel of Land in Nigeria.
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Friday, 7 April 2017

The Importance Of a Construction Foundation For All structures

construction foundation

I know you're ready to build your home, you've gathered all the money required to start off the project and now you'll like to know where to begin isn't it? You also know that the most appropriate way to begin a construction is to excavate site of all topsoil in order to make way for the foundation. But along the line, what is actually the meaning of a foundation? How would you define a foundation?
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

What is Earth Work In Civil Engineering

what is excavation

For most construction sites, there is need for earth movement especially at the onstage of the establishing the site. This is most obtainable for Building construction sites, Road Construction sites, Etc.

Now Lets understand the meaning of Earth Work
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Latest Construction Skills For Every University Graduate

The young man you're seeing is a craftsman.
Today he made over #10,000 just fixing keys to doors in one of the sites I'm managing.

The other day, I met a graduate whom I paid #8,000 for some odd jobs.

And that's how they make their money.

On another site, I have Mr Pedro who has been contracted to handle all tiling jobs for the entire building.
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Updated Method In Calculating the Number Of Roofing Sheets Needed For Your Building


As a client, it is only right that you have some idea on the quantity of materials that would be required for the completion of your building or structure. It is based on this that i have built this blog and today, i am going to make it easy for you to calculate the number of roofing sheets required for your building project.

So How do you calculate the number of Aluminum roofing sheets, Long span roofing sheets required for your building?
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

How to Calculate The Number Of Blocks Required For 2-Bedroom Apartment Using the Area Method


building contractor secrets

Here today, i would be teaching us how to Calculate or Estimate the Number of Blocks required for your 2-bedroom bungalow using the area method.

The area Method is usually easy and less stressful compared to other methods
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Tiling: What Types And Sizes Of Tiles Do We Have In Nigeria

tiles in nigeria

The use of floor tiles has gradually taken over the former tradition of cement floors or concrete floors used way back in 1990s, Now it would be very important to understand the materials used in making floor tiles as this would help you understand the best one to use

Floor tiles are made from a collection of materials which ranges from clay, stone, quartz, terrazzo and metals. Each of these materials possesses their own unique strength and this makes it easy to know the best area of application.
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Tutorial: How To Calculate The Number Of Tiles Required For a Room PART II


In Respect to your questions on how some parameters were obtained on the Tutorial Post On 

For a start, i am going to make you understand that 400 x 400 simply means (400mm x 400mm), now this was converted to meters by dividing the 400 by 1000. 
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tutorial: How To Calculate the Number Of Tiles Required to Tile Your Apartment


With much love in my heart for all my readers, i would like to talk about one important element of the home which is tile and today, i will be taking us through the process of calculating how many Cartons of Tiles i would need for my room, apartment or home.
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Friday, 18 November 2016

The Secrets Of Asbestos Roofing Sheets You Must Know


Today on contractor secrets, i will be discussing on the reasons why asbestos has been banned as a roofing material in most advanced countries.

Asbestos according to history was derived Greek word ἄσβεστος meaning "unquenchable", it is a form of minerals and hydrous silicate of magnesium and is currently used as one of the most patronized roofing material in Nigeria. The use of asbestos as a roofing material has since been banned in other countries due to the fact that it has been linked to the source of most diseases.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Investments: How to Invest In Hostels Around Higher Institutions In The Country

It’s a few months after my graduation from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro and as a potential NYSC Member, I had to go for my clearance so I could be posted in a few weeks to come. On my way to the campus, I decided to talk a lil stroll across the street and then came to a point that had been a mini forest in the past.

The plot had been cleared with a gigantic mansion built on it. A hostel. Hostel business is one of the most profitable investments ever made by the smart persons in the Nigerian society. This is because you could make a lot of money on a yearly basis from hostels since new students are admitted yearly.
The truth is that hostels are the most rewarding businesses especially when they’re located around the campus. This is because a hostel located close or near the campus will often be priced more than that built miles away from the campus.
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