Is This Cost Effective? Video of Block Decking Stirs Massive Reactions Among Nigerians Online

Is This Cost Effective? Video of Block Decking Stirs Massive Reactions Among Nigerians Online

  • A video showing labourers carrying out what is known as block decking has got many people asking questions
  • To assure people that it is safe and economical, a man shared another clip showing further progress on the project
  • People were divided between a group that believed the planks used are not strong enough and those who praised the innovativeness

A video showing some labourers working on the decking of a house, using an unconventional method, has stirred massive reactions on social media.

Many who saw them laying small blocks on planks before loading them up with concrete were scared the building would later cave in.

Block decking ideas in Nigeria/labourers work on site.
Many people argued about the safety of the block decking. Photo source: TikTok/@engrnurudeenatilo
Source: UGC

Block decking vs concrete decking

There were, however, some people who believed that it is a stronger form and a more effective way of decking. This group of people argued that it is better than concrete decking.

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The person who posted it said it is indeed strong and safe as he shared part two of the video.

Why block decking is cost saving

A block expert, Waliu, who spoke with revealed that the attempt to go for block decking over thorough concrete could be cost saving. In his words:

"Before going ahead with this type, it is important you discuss with your engineer first to know what is better suited for your project."

He added that the block decking reinforced with iron could be stronger. Apart from saving sand and cement, the size of iron used in such kind of decking is minimal thereby again reducing building cost.

Watch the first below:

Here is the second part: compiled some of the reactions below:

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Coolest_Internet said:

"No reinforcement, just increased the weight of deck... VERY VERY DANGEROUS!"

Azeez Adeshina661 said:

"exactly in Europe but not type of this rubbish wood haaaaa they need to arrest this engineer i swear."

bingocalous said:

"I see this block as a special block and I envisage the iron tod/reinforcement will entered the block holes..."

user E cube said:

"The wight will be too much if pour concreat cement."

afeez.aleem said:

"How is it cost effective when they are still going to use concrete and looking at this it can only be done on a raft foundation."

Man imports house from China

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a man, Zackary South, has shown people the alternative route they can take to own a home without having to lay blocks and use cement.

In a video that has gone viral on TikTok, Zackary revealed he imported a container home from China and it took the order three months to arrive.

When the container got to his place, it turned out to be a 2-bedroom house with a kitchen and bathroom after installation.


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