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01
Feb
17

Agenda 21 & 2030 pt2

One of the fascinating things buried in these documents is the de-population. Current population in the UK is around 65,110,000.

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Imagine it being reduced by 64.6%. Imagine the people in all of Scotland and all its Islands, all of Wales, all of Ireland, all of the Isle of Wight, add all in the Isle of man and Lundy and all in England down to a line drawn from Gloucester to Norwich on the East coast and I’d be being generous, the plan is extreme to say the least. Imagine Greece minus 69.4% and Norway at 50%. Oddly there is no figure for Palestine, although I can’t imagine it could reduce much more without disappearing. 

If this isn’t achieved the Earth’s natural resources will run out, luckily making the middle classes poor has reduced consumption all ready but their numbers have been added to the poor. It is hard to imagine how it can be achieved naturally even if every male was neutered tomorrow, all disabled baby’s where killed at birth from now on, and a quick murder of all those with one leg or a squint or Ginger hair. The figure seems madness, only Turkey has a plus, keep it to yourself or everyone will leg it there. They seem to have taken account of the recent deaths in Syria as they are on –1.8%, oddly the document precedes the war.

Here’s an excerpt from the Jesuit oath.

I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity presents, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.

The Jesuits I consider to be the fanatic arm of the Catholics and the Pope, maybe they have some idea and the skills already, on how it’s going to be achieved.

31
Jan
17

Un Agenda 21+2030 are coming your way

Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.     

In 1992 George Bush and another 178 world leaders including John Major signed up for the Un Agenda 21.

The plan is make everything sustainable. In the USA they have a plan to build miles of high speed rail lines, the UK has its HS2 line. The plan is too return a lot of the countryside back to a wild space. If you live in an urban sprawl then under this plan you won’t, you will live in high rise blocks alongside the rail lines. The plan is already in every school and library, it’s a global plan implemented at a grass root level. Our kids are being indoctrinated, you want to be green?, oh yes, then stress it to your mum and dad. Living as we do is unsustainable. In the plan farming and insecticides, fertilisers, rivers and dams have to go, meat eating has to stop. Car driving, religion, living in a house, will all be a thing of the past. The idea of a government as we know it will be taken over by the UN and the army of do-gooder’s under their control. We will be expected to monitor our friends and family and grass them up if they step out of the control levels, such as growing your own food. This is not allowed, your fertilisers with run into the water source, the water source belongs to the world, you aren’t allowed to mess with it.

The word Smart is everywhere, smart meters will allow those in charge to turn off your power if they think your using to much. How can you be using too much? your box is the same size as everyone else’s box. Initially I’m expecting price banding, the minute you get home the price will rise, and it will rise so much you will be afraid to use it. Luckily by 2030 all buildings won’t need any energy for heating. All those who live in the far north, sorry that’s wild land and its unsustainable for you to live there. Vehicles use roads and bridges, these can’t be sustained. Firstly you will be charged by the mile, the cost will rise enough to put you of driving, add in the bridge has gone and the road has been ground into gravel and you will be glad of your hi-rise box next to the rail line. Oil? pollute the water, create dust, no, no, no, this can’t continue for the good of the global community. You will not be allowed to own land or a means of production like a shop or a factory. All these will be centralised and close to the railway line or by the cycle route

The middle classes are doomed along with the educated. The middle classes use more resources than poor people, this is unsustainable and you will all have to be made poor. Schools will/ are dumbing down the masses to aid this. The aim is a global cashless money system. Your taxes will be deducted before you buy your food. If you buy something they don’t like, you will be arrested, nothing can be allowed to mess with the plan. There will be a global religion, currently you can teach Islam but not Christianity, but I’m not expecting Islam to be the last one, I’m expecting the Catholics or the Jews.

Animals unless they are wild are unsustainable, goodbye cows, own a horse, no that’s unsustainable.

Information, in the USA Agenda 21 is already at work in the planning departments, your house could get burnt by a forest fire, that can’t be sustained, planning permission to rebuild will be refused, hence the armed police at the planning meeting, they know you won’t like it. Tv and the press will be heavily controlled,

Population reduction by war, disease, sterilisation and an option to kill in the first four years of life if there is something wrong with the child. We can’t afford to be looking after disabled people. Prince Phillip from the UK said he he could be re-incarnated he would like to come back as a virus and wipe out the population. The USA holds the patent on the Ebola virus and it’s variants, it was manufactured as a class A bio-weapon, one drop in the air can kill 500,000.

 

22
Nov
15

SAY HELLO TO your new robot

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I first became aware of the Spread sheet and it’s use in Construction projects in the Thatcher glory years, when Company’s where floating on the Stock Market, daily.  Everyone was becoming a shareholder, bar myself and I still haven’t joined in, today.

I was on a Refurbishment job, in Wincanton, Somerset. My company had recently floated, a vast proportion of staff, had bought in. New Business managers had been taken on. The job had been priced and everything had been assigned a little coloured box within an Excel document. It was going to be done for that price in that amount of time. One price i remember well, was the price payable to fit a door.

A deal had been struck with Travis Perkins, i presume so prices could be fixed,, and volume buying could be worth a discount. Our discount at the time was better than a senior member of Travis Perkins was. All materials for the refit of the door could be obtained there.

My Carpenter and his team came from Yeovil, not too far away. The price for a door fitment, complete with frame, lock, hinges, door handle  and Architraves was £15. I had phoned the person responsible for the price, who had rustled some paper around, “ah yes, the door, i presume he has power tools, he continued,  the door, three hinges, routed, three screws, three minutes, door lock, routed”. He went on and on. “it comes out just over 45 minutes, i have been generous and paid for the hour”. I was enlightened, and dismayed. I informed him the house was old and the door didn’t fit. The frame was easy to alter, the door not so. The price didn’t alter.

The document above is part of another Refurbishment project.  It involves External Wall Insulation and render and as such it should involve the weather. Seeing as the weather is an unknown element there is no space for it on the sheet. The price payable for the system install was the lowest i had expected.

Houses where expected to start and finish on a set day. Partly running through the winter months, i’d mentioned the weather, holding a printed out Excel sheet for the first time in my life. Next Wednesday we would be starting Number 34, but they give a storm coming in. I voiced my opinion, not possible, and was duly stitched up and sacked. My first warning regarding the lengths managers will go too, to protect the spread sheet, even if it’s wildly wrong.

Last week Peter Hansford the Government Minister for Construction issued his recommendations, we/ I await any response. Part of the document mentions training and pay. I have asked for the price to be set by the supplier of the system, like buying a VW car. Sto Track and Rail system costs £? per metre to install to this standard, Alsecco Adhesive free system costs,  £… per metre, to install to a standard. Make them responsible for the training also. You can still add in the price for labour on your sheet, the figure can be obtained from them over the phone or by mail, easy peasy, it will come in an un-editable box.

 

list2All the ECO, Warmer Homes, Green Deal projects have all been guilty of this practice, hence the lowest price ever paid, and the lowest quality, and deviation from the specification, displayed on every street in the country. Hence my arrival on the list, partly shown here. Looking at the list a lot have had correspondence from myself regarding the spread sheet  and it’s operation. Real life excerpts off the shop floor, some in the list like BRE.co.uk went out and had a look, so alarmed where they and others, is why this report is out.

The suppliers need to step up their game, it’s their product on show, after all. Training needs to be in depth, where ever it’s practiced, none of this half a day and home, or NVQ’s on the doorstep. A proper visible achievement, visible by eye. Noted STO.co.uk didn’t have anything to do with any of the subsidised EWI, SWI installs over the last ten years.  They where protecting their quality standards.

Where are we at the moment?, every boss i have had since Wincanton has been looking in the boxes, shaving a bit here and there, none stop.  I’ve been fuming about it since that day. To achieve the required quality, we need to be Robotic in our attempts, the weather needs to be ignored, illness and public holidays. More often than not, it’s un-achievable, set by someone with no  idea of the job involved or just plain greedy/ tight. As we are not going to be saying hello to a Robot just yet, I’m hoping Peter’s report has some effect. I’m rubbing my chin trying to imagine, what..

On the shop floor, speaking to an ex boss (ex Green Deal and Eco warrior), only last week. “You can’t do it for £24.50 a metre” he says. He knows that, as I and others have been telling himself and others, since Wincanton. Along the way I’ve had a boss who reckoned he could get EWI/SWI done for nothing, his rendition of the Art of Plastering would have flummoxed any game of Charades. He wasn’t responsible for the Initial figure during Green Deal and ECO etc, the Government department DECC or Suite’s as I call them, where. Now we are left with that price. It was odd how his tone suggested it was a recent event, on the trowel it’s been a ten year slog at least. He had been alarmed at my suggestion of him loosing control of wages. I tried comforting him, “it’s just a box”. I can only try and imagine what the other boss would have thought about my ideas. It didn’t go down well. But it would be a box DECC and others couldn’t alter. He also dumbed down the skills needed. He actually said “it’s not Plastering” I begged  to differ. All in all, not a good chat, estimations of people dented.

Now they are having trouble getting people to do it for the amount they have left in the box. Most fully trained operatives have left the Industry, long ago. I thought this would be the outcome in Wincanton all those years ago after the phone call, luckily an influx of cheap labour has helped bosses shave the box ever tighter, but now they are training up, they want more money. For those who are already trained, this isn’t enough money and hasn’t been for sometime, I Brian (note the Capital) “The Individual” say so.

One other suggestion i have put forwards is bringing back the Clerk of Works on Retrofit projects. Put an end to the in house assessments. The cost of this can go in a box. I will let you know if any of these measures come in too play.

28
Jun
15

Workmanship

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Three pictures from a roof in Bristol. The resident had lived there for 20 years. When they moved in they had a new roof put on, and the insides where totally ripped out and re designed. The first smell i had on entering the house was drains, followed by damp.

On entering the rear garden i noticed the rear of the Georgian property had been pebble dashed, on the far corner it had let go completely, one tap and the whole corner section would have fallen off. The area under picture one was also in a bad state all the way down. The resident had picked EWI mainly to cover it all up. I warned her the EWI would be trapping any damp in the wall, ventilation through the summer was imperative, i hope she was listening.

Originlly the 4” white trim in picture three wouldn’t have been there, it has just been installed as a top cover for the External wall insulation under the Green Deal. The occupant mentioned a wet patch on the floor outside her back door, that hadn’t been there before, so i climbed the scaffold for a look.

Picture one with the damp tile explains the damp patch. The tiles don’t overlap the guttering, (bad roof setup on install) there is also no felt until picture three, where you can see it’s perished. I could have taken a better shot of it but was wondering how the area on picture three was going to be made weather proof by the EWI installers, as their remit ends at the back of the 4” trim with a mastic joint. I looked at the junction between the top and bottom trim, what hope is there that that will do the job, none in my mind.

On picture one with the wet tile, the water was going behind the guttering and running over our trim and down onto the floor below, an improvement on the original setup, where it ran down the wall.

Back inside the house to show her photo one and two, she took me into the kitchen where big damp patches where evident at both ends of the room, one relates to picture one and the other to picture three. Stood there for a minute and the smell  of drains took over, part of the EWI remit is to extend all pipes by 100mm on the outside. On opening her sink cupboard i could see a push fit sink trap system, with all the joints twisted. Push fit connections rely on the pipes being straight, no side stresses or it will leak.

IMG_1962 Imagine if you can how you would connect the white pipe to the original grey exit pipe in the wall without stressing joints. Add in the fact the grey pipe is running uphill out of the wall, which means the system is holding more water than it should, thereby increasing the likelihood of leaks and its 50mm out in two directions. An impossible task. The smell of drains was so bad i wondered how wet the floor was under the unit. On studying the fittings dried on food particles told me it had been leaking for ages. In what was an immaculate house, shoddy workmanship had ruined her brand new kitchen walls and possibly the floor,and possibly upstairs was the same in the bathroom and bedroom. With picture three in mind, i’m unsure if the problem will be totally solved anytime soon without the help of a roofer. A Romanian fake EWI installer won’t be good enough. I say fake as in picture three is not to specification, that 100mm upright bead should be on the trim by centimetres at least. Aluminium expands and shrinks with the weather, in full sun by an alarming amount. It can split a mastic joint in a morning.

Years ago there wouldn’t have been any white trim, we would have extended the roof to cover the EWI and some. A dumbing down of the EWI trade to enable bus loads of untrained low paid foreigners to help the big company’s rinse as much money out of the system as possible before it gets closed, means house holders are not getting a good deal. The Green Deal is a bum deal for so many.

21
Mar
15

Bobbly or Smooth

Nearly four months into the year and my son finally gets a whole house to install EWI on. For the previous months he has been following the untrained Romanians around, bodging the final outcome, in the quest for his boss to get paid. As far as i know only one manager who owns an house on site has refused to pay, and hasn’t paid. I’m thinking my son’s boss has given in, not wanting to lose the contract.

The lady of this house, has kept them in tea and biscuits, she’s has even offered the use of the house toilet, they have walked over a mile instead to use the public ones, or they hold it in until they get back to the office later. It is a common company policy if your an external worker, saves a little on the CRB check.

My lad has recently had a word with his boss about the private houses, Romanians, the clients and most of all the stream manager. Why pick on him? he along with the Romanians and sometimes the private clients have no EWI knowledge at all.

It is he’s decision on the scaffold, where it goes. It must be far enough off the wall to allow the thickness of what you are putting on plus a hand with a trowel, for those in the know this can be +/- 130mm just for the hand and trowel.

Some of the faults will be bumps or badly finished areas, and the scaffold being to close is a common reason. It should be a common measurement once you know the insulation and fixing method.

Another fault will be bridging of the DPC, for those with little knowledge of the science involved with what they are doing. How can you get over that on a snagging session?

So he starts his first house, scaffold is too close to the wall, every window has a flue underneath it (how this has passed any regulations is beyond me), the up and over section has no protection underneath for the workers to walk on without breaking roof tiles. They have to steal a plank off the scaffold and nail blocks to it to get over this problem, as a crawling board.

The initial battle on fitting of the base track was the client wanted his plinth hidden. If a Romanian had been there it wouldn’t have been a problem. The stream manager had said it would be ok, the client stressed it over and over again. My son tells them in an apologetic manner that when the shit hits the fan you will be able to sit back and say, at least ours was done correctly.

The next battle is gas flues, my son is a plasterer, but gas regulations are imprinted in his head, not so with stream manager, Romanians or even the receptionist back at the office, and if money is involved then the boss will bend any regulations. He’s paying, do it, is a common line.

My son and his mate battle on through all this, they wait to finish all gas flue areas for weeks, if the house had 20 Romanians waiting to get started, then it would have been ready, not so for a UK gang of two.

The sun comes out just in time to counter the cold nights ready for the final coat. On completion of the front elevation, the lady of the house comes out, and after a quick look, asks what the difference is between the smooth and the bobbly finishes.

Apparently the stream manager had told her, there was a choice.

My son and his mate laughed, my son explained, there isn’t a smooth finish on the job. That would involve a paint finish, this job is 1.5mm texture, everywhere. The only difference is by application, if you do it properly it looks like this, smooth to touch, no odd bumps or divot’s or shadows, but textured. The alternative involves maybe six Romanian workers, some may have the correct tools but it’s unlikely. Their method isn’t in any book, throw it on the wall and stand there doing circles, that’s what it looked like when they first saw it being done from over the hedge, so that’s how they do it. You at least must be well paid she enquires, it’s a very energetic job with fine skills needed. No they both return, our wages are gone on rent, fuel and Council tax, week one. We are skint for three weeks.

She is shocked, why do you bother coming in, she asks. Needs must they reply, this was our trade long before the foreign teams arrived. These odd houses are a good benchmark for them to compare against in the future. They will be able to send trainee stream managers around and what ever countries slaves we are using, she roars with laughter, you haven’t had a good word for any of it from the beginning. How would you or your husband like it if someone had been allowed to do the same job as you, accepting less money, and not having to follow any rules. Rules that if i ignored would get me sacked and i wouldn’t have been able to get a job anywhere else, afterwards. Stick all that in the key time of your life for earnings potential, add in a collapse of the building trade which has lasted ten years or more, and here we are, Bobbly or Smooth?

08
Dec
14

Action

The British Board of Agrement http://www.bbacerts.co.uk/ have decided my complaint against Sers needs action, immediately, nip it in the bud was their words. I wish them well but wish i’d contacted them a year ago. Sers where told to leave Plymouth not long ago, British Gas is continuing with the project for Plymouth City Homes. I would imagine BRS (render company) are still there lashing it on. As winter descends it will be interesting to see how many days are lost due to the weather. I can imagine there was a big fat 0 in Sers box for days lost. Millions of pounds of public money has been spent on inferior work, greed has been the driving factor by bosses and system providers. The providers have ignored it as they know it will generate more work if it falls off, and more profit. The installing company’s are of the same mind. At the other end of the scale the workers are struggling to survive.

For those who are trained and are left overs from the days when we did it correctly, there’s no excitement in going over other peoples work, especially when the boss will say “there’s no money in the pot for a re-coat” hence the rubbish price he will offer.

22
Oct
14

Quality checks on external wall insulation

IMG_0813 That’s a finished wall, i kid you not. We’ll start with the boarding in behind. Was it checked during installation, rubbed down flat? probably not. Should it have needed it? no, as the original smooth block wall was flat. The mesh coat, checked? probably not. If it had been you would have pulled the bump to the left of the door, surely. On closer inspection it really is a nightmare wall, it’s been applied by somebody who had no idea what they where doing. This pavement shot doesn’t do it justice. Where’s the site manager? what’s the client going to say?

On my last project i was told that my job as Site Manager involved sitting in my office doing paperwork. The site would run itself as everyone would know what they where doing. Would there be a Site Foreman? no!

The National Insulation Association have quality high on their list of things to tackle, apparently.

First thing is remove the NVQ in insulation building practices which was handed out to any Tom Dick and Harry.

There’s a chance the boarding above was flat, it’s possible for the mesh coat to look like that for any untrained applicator and a flat trowel. A simple tooth trowel is a must for a newbie. There’s another check, do they have the tools to do the job? no? then send them away.

Close up inspection shows they have tried to disguise bumps by applying more material, a classic never done it before mistake. In the past time served English crews have spent months remeshing and over coating whole streets, after the main office let a foreign crew loose without checking on them. It was only after they had been paid that they noticed the backs of the houses where unfinished. Then they noticed the mesh coat was screwed on top and bottom and skimmed over, hence all the boards and pins where on show. Laughable.

Why do bosses employ them, has to be money and the lack of staff, i know most English crews have been forced out by falling prices, spread sheets, and the quality others are allowed to get away with. It gets a bit much when your line manager says “is that a blemish on your wall” when all around you are mountains of snags that you can see off your hopup, or the system representative walking by on a site visit asks if that’s a 200mm  L joint around the window, no it’s a 180mm says the applicator but i didn’t want to waste the board and anyway i’m the only one on site doing any L joints, go down there and have a look, take some photo’s as the rep pops up his ipad and takes a shot of the 180mm board. “Oh i couldn’t go down there and take photo’s i’d be shot back the office if they saw that”.

Dual standards and blatant cover ups are rife, boarding below DPC, and boarding so far off the wall it’s more akin to rain screen cladding. Boarding held on with mastic or caulk, four handfulls of  the proper adhesive and no perimeter bead, mesh screwed on, gas flues covered over, air vents blocked, doors meshed over, yes doors meshed over.

I haven’t forgotten the little old lady, “excuse me i haven’t been able to receive any mail all week” “all week, how’s that”, “there’s stuff across my door”, “what, the blue protection film”?, “no the stuff with the holes in”. I had to go and look, yes they had meshed across the door, not having a knife they had carried on past, some time later somebody had come along and butter coated over it, while you where sat in your office doing paperwork, knowing everybody knows what they are doing.

Recently a local company sent two English workers and 35 Romanian workers on a company’s Health and Safety course, no one is allowed on their sites without completing it. The two English men passed and not one of the 35 Romanians did. I’d love a job with the NIA.




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