Diepsloot (the Afrikaans word for “deep ditch”) is a township located in the north of Johannesburg. It was initially established in 1995 as a temporary living spot for about 200 families evicted from other Gauteng areas.
Over a very short period of time, Diepsloot saw an incredible increase in size and population, with more than 800,000 residents calling it home today, plus featuring numerous shopping centres and its own police station.
In terms of properties, Diepsloot combines both informal and formal settlements. Residents live in a mixture of fully government-subsidised housing, partially government subsidised houses, brick houses built by landowners, and shacks. About 45% of the population live in properties that they rent from landowners who have subdivided their land.
Carpentry may be a single trade, yet it includes a wide range of skills. Carpenters can be involved in a wealth of construction jobs as diverse as building houses, renovating shopping centres, maintaining tunnels and roads, etc.
In general, a Carpenter follows the same basic steps for all types of carpentry. He or she reads blueprints or detailed instructions and completes the required layout for a project. They make measurements and select appropriate materials (like wood, drywall, fibreglass, plastic, etc.) depending on the requirements of the project. They cut and shape the materials with a variety of hand- and/or power tools and connect the relevant materials via nails, adhesives, etc. Just like other professionals in the industry (such as Architects, Roofers, Tilers, etc.), the Carpenter inspects his work to ensure the project has been completed successfully, and that the end results are visually pleasing, practical, and safe.
Depending on the type of project a Carpenter is working on, their general tasks can include:
1. Determine what kind of Carpenter you want: First of all, remember that although all Carpenters work with wood, most of them specialise in different areas. A Rough Carpenter handles structural jobs involving framework and formwork, while a Finish Carpenter will be busy with moulding and trimmings. For repairing woodwork, you’ll want a Repair Carpenter.
2. Request quotations: Narrow your list of potential professionals down to at least three and ask all of them to submit quotes for your project. Ask for references from past clients, but be sure to do your own search as well.
3. Review your budget: Part of what makes a Carpenter professional is that they can work with costs. When requesting a quote from a Carpenter, they need to be able to break down all the costs involved without going over budget. You want to make sure that everything from the labour to cost of materials is included in the final price. That way, there should be no hidden costs that jump out when it’s time to pay. And always ensure the contract is signed by both parties before any work commences.
4. Enquire about guarantees: Does the carpentry service come with guarantees? What warranties are offered on the materials? These need to be checked before you sign your contract so that, should something go wrong down the line, you will have coverage for the necessary repairs and replacements.