The Apprentice Diary: Entry #4​

The Apprentice Diary: Entry #4​

The Apprentice Diary: Entry #4​

"I’ve often heard the term ‘variety is the spice of life’, and it is certainly proving the case on-site."

"I’m now on the far side of the six month marker and during this time I’ve had a wide exposure to how houses are built, altered and added to. I’ve even changed employers and found they have different approaches."

"With all this variety, time certainly has flown by and with never a dull moment, well… maybe the odd couple. To be honest, there haven’t been too many tricky situations either, but when they have arisen, it’s normally because I didn’t have the right tool for the job."

Funny…for some

"Along with all the usual building duties, there have been some other fun things happen, like seeing a 300 mm rat carcass drop down on top of a fellow apprentice or a bag of cement open at the bottom, dropping all its contents over a workmate. I’ve had a few interesting things happen to me too, like blowing up balloons to put in down-pipes to test water tightness of the surrounding deck above, only for the balloon to fall through, leaving me to try and blow a replacement up underwater to stop the downpour, much to the amusement of everyone else."

My next big project

"As mentioned in my last diary entry, my confidence is now growing fast (but not too fast, I still know there is a lot to learn), however I have set myself the inspirational goal of building my own family home within the next 5 years. This will either be a new build or a large renovation. I’ve mentioned it to a few friends, who have said that would be amazing (most are office workers), and I too feel it would give a great sense of satisfaction."

 My next big project

"To that end, building on lots of different sites allows us all to see what works and doesn’t work, whether it be the flow of a house, the orientation, how you can squeeze an extra bedroom in, or simply some cool ideas for garden furniture or landscaping. They all add up to valuable experience and knowledge."

"It’s not until a friend or family member asks for your advice on how to do some building jobs, that you realise you know more than you think. On that note, stay positive that every day is a day to learn. Yes some tasks maybe dull, but they are done for a reason with the end goal of a professional outcome in sight. Plus with every dull job done, you are one step closer to the more fun jobs." 

By Stu Foster, Apprentice.