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So I start a new job tomorrow and my first job is first fixing a load of new builds, the thing is, os that I've never worked on new builds before, so what should I expect, I.e, are boxes going to need chasing in? Am I going to have to drill through the joists for cable routes etc, I know every site is different, but what's the norm? Are there any tools that are a must have? I'm trying to gauge as much info as possible before starting
 
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most new builds I come across are either all stud walls so dry lining boxes, metal boxes on the walls and then dry lined over the front, you cut out after or sometimes dryliners will do it. If you have metal stud work then you set the metal work to the right centered height so when fixing the back box the bottom is 450mm etc.
a lot of new builds are modular prefab designs and a bit like an ice cream sandwich, two layers of wood with insulation between. drylined inside with a cladding of stone or wood outside.
will likely see a lot of engineered joists and beams with knockouts, so dont go drilling random holes to run cables as it can weaken them. even drilling in the zones cane be a non starter on these, you should use the knockouts.
 
Take your time on the first one to get your routes all sorted and get a feel for where to drill holes etc

Then the second and subsequent units will be much easier
 
Done a lot of 1st fixing on sites,I always do the hardest bits first.
Like fixing/flushing boxes in,drilling joists if required,wiring,sheathing & finally tidying up.
It sounds simple & easy,it’s not,but it’s all in a days sork ,good luck.
 

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Check the plans for locations of radiators and double check which way doors swing..
Get yourself a good cable spool made up and pull as many cables through the main route at once instead of 1 at a time
 

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Other trades getting in ya way!!!........
 

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Ask the joiner to keep his 1st nog by the door above 1200
i used to get the wood butchers to fit noggins sideways 3/4" recessed at switch height. then ideal mounting for K/O box.
 

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Tried that before but they got the depths all wrong, especially when there is a box to go on the other side of the nog
Get them to fit 4x1 and fit 35mm boxes
It’s just what we do on our new build sites, get the joiners to turn them for the light switch positions
 

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Tried that before but they got the depths all wrong, especially when there is a box to go on the other side of the nog
what would you expect? 2 boxes would mean a wood butcher using both brain cells when 1 is permanently clock watching.
 
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