When Amber Cutajar and Daniel Fawcett purchased their first home – a top-floor apartment in a four-storey block in the Sydney suburb of Monterey – they immediately began planning some DIY renovations.
As newcomers to the world of home improvements, they started small, re-doing the flooring and replacing the bathroom. However, their conservative plan quickly grew, blossoming in to a full-blown home makeover.
“We have completely changed the flooring to timber tiles throughout, as well as new carpet in the bedrooms and tiles on the balcony. We’ve also done a complete bathroom renovation, added LED down-lights throughout, painted, set-up a home media hub, and rewired the apartment to allow us full connectivity throughout,” said homeowner, Amber.
Due to the scope of the project, the couple was soon faced with a dilemma: how to dispose of the rapidly-growing pile of old building materials quickly and efficiently, without causing undue mess in the common area of the block or disrupting their neighbours.
“We had approximately three cubic metres of rubbish – all the carpet, balcony tiles, bathroom tiles from the walls and floor, as well as the heap of concrete underneath that we discovered we had to remove also!” said Amber.
The couple called on a friend in the waste management business who recommended Australia's largest equipment hire company, Coates Hire. After a brief phone consultation with the Coates Hire crew, it was agreed that a rubbish chute with a top hopper and window bracket was the perfect solution.
Coates Hire Area Product Specialist – Lift & Shift, Propping, Brouke McLachlan, who was assigned to the job, inspected the site and measured the space for the garbage chute.
“Rubbish chutes are designed to get building material down in a safe and controlled manner,” explained Brouke.
“In this case, an 880mm-wide window bracket was used. The rubbish chutes themselves hang from the actual window bracket. The top hopper is placed on the top chute – this is to stop any debris from going over the side or top.”
Coates Hire offers a range of rubbish chutes, all of which are designed for safety with lockable covers and anti-spill barriers, and are securable to the floor. Made from high density polyethylene, they are extra strong and very versatile with the capability to be mounted on a number of applications, including worksites and high rise constructions.
The Coates Hire rubbish chute systems are also available with additional brackets: a scaffold bracket, to be hung from a steel scaffold; and a slab bracket, designed to be dyna-bolted into concrete.
The chute system in question also proved cost-effective for the duo, saving them from having to hire additional labour to remove the garbage and clean the carpets in the common area of the stairwell.
When Brouke and the Coates Hire installation team arrived to set-up the system however, they realised that some of the work Amber and Daniel had done to the place had caused an unforeseen problem for the installation.
“When I did the initial site inspection, the balcony looked to be the right location to install the rubbish chutes because it was ‘double brick’ and looked solid. It was also wide enough to accommodate the window bracket and for the customer to take his rubble from inside the unit out onto the balcony,” said Brouke.
“However, two days later when we came out to install the system, we saw that the customer had chipped away the existing tiles and some concrete from the balcony, making our double brick wall not as stable as it was originally.”
According to Amber, the problem was quickly resolved, and the team got on with installing the garbage chutes without fuss.
“We had a bit of trouble initially as we realised that the balcony was no longer stable enough to hold the weight of the chute. We quickly put our thinking caps on and decided to hang the chute out the bedroom window, around the other side of the building, where it was much safer,” Amber said.
Brouke says once they found a more stable place to install the chutes, the job went off without a hitch. Challenges like this are all in a day’s work, he said.
“It can happen, from time to time. I’m a big believer of making an appointment with the client. Firstly, to understand what works are taking place, and to view the area. I then take photos so when the job goes ahead I can show the installation team what’s required, and work out what additional gear they may need, just in case. I also always have a Plan B up my sleeve as an alternative,” he said.
For Brouke, the most important thing is that Amber and Daniel are happy with his service and the product installed.
“Knowing that the client got the job done safely and in only one day is the best part of the job for me. They’re happy, which means I’m happy,” Brouke said.
Amber said the speed with which the Coates Hire team supplied the product, and its ease-of-use, mean she will definitely recommend the hire company to her friends.
“We had it installed, used it and dismantled it all within about 30 hours,” she said.
“This was our first renovation project, and it definitely won’t be our last!”