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Block-busting DIY tips from The Block’s Benny and Dave

Block-busting DIY tips from The Block’s Benny and Dave

For the seventh consecutive year, Kennards Hire is again the official hire company supplier of Channel Nine’s longest-running reality TV series, The Block

Now in its 16th season, five teams are busily transforming five family homes from five decades in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Brighton.

As returning equipment hire sponsor, Kennards Hire introduced the five highly competitive couples to their new Kennards Hire man-on-the-ground, Ben McTaggart – affectionately known as “Benny from The Block”. And now, along with landscape specialist Dave Franklin, we can reveal the pair’s favourite backyard and frontyard DIY tips:

  1. Timber deck restoration reminders
“When getting started on your restoration you need to first clean down the deck and assess any damage. Make sure all the nails are punched firmly down before firing up the floor sander to even out any chips or marks in the timber. Depending on how much work is needed, an orbital sander is another useful option. Then it’s time to grab your preferred oil or stain and seal everything in to get your deck looking good as new.”

  1. Outdoor ambience
“A sunken area with a fire pit, some cushion seating, candles and a hanging chair are great, simple ways to set the mood in an outdoor space. But the key to creating the perfect ambience in a backyard of any size is outdoor lighting, establishing a beautiful atmosphere that you can enjoy well into the night.”

  1. Home pool excavating
“Pool excavating isn’t just for professionals, and with the right equipment is a fun job for DIYers looking to tackle a larger project. Before getting started you will need a permit, however once sorted use a turf cutter to take up the turf and mark out the area of the pool. Make sure you check for any electrical or gas lines, before hopping on the excavator or bob cat to get digging.”

  1. Equipment needed for a retaining wall
“To understand what you’re dealing with and the right equipment needed, first work out whether it’s going to be a sleeper or masonry wall. You will then need a laser level to establish the height, plus an excavator and compacting plate. But every job is different and it’s best you consult a Kennards Hire team member who can give you the right advice for the job.”

  1. Finishing touches
“If you have any old pots laying about the backyard, you can wash them up and breath in new life with a fresh coat of paint. Finish off by spreading mulch around the garden and planting some natives. It’s a simple way to revitalise your outdoor space.”