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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TEMPORARY SHED AND POWER

Before the start of the Construction, after the digging of borewell, the next step is to build a temporary shed for storing construction material and to house a watchman to look after your site and material. A shed is essential to store the cement bags and other building material safely, away from moisture as you can’t keep buying these things in small quantities. 
Having a watchman to take care of the material stored in the shed  gives you a feeling of security and prevents thefts. Moreover, the watchman can help in taking care of other aspects of construction like curing (pouring water on RCC components) etc.




BEST POSITION FOR A TEMPORARY SHED:

Adjacent empty site:  Th ideal place for a temporary shed would be in an adjacent empty site. For this, you must get the neighbour's permission in advance. But in case, permission is refused or if there is no empty adjacent site, then you have to think of other options. 
Corner of a big site: If it is a big site, you can consider putting the shed in a corner of your site away from the construction foundation. For suggestions, you can refer to the Vastu Shastra guidelines described below.
Available space in a small site:  If it is a small site then build the shed in whatever space is available in the setback area. Once the ground floor slab is cast, you can think of shifting the storage stuff into a room in the building.
Materials used for constructing a shed: Since it is temporary, you can consider using soil instead of cement and bricks while constructing the shed so that it can be dismantled easily and the blocks/bricks can be used for the house construction.
Blocks or bricks can be used to construct the shed with mud instead of cement

VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE STORAGE SHED: 

According to Vastu Shastra, it is preferable to follow these guidelines in the construction of the temporary shed, to prevent thefts and help in the smooth flow of the construction work. 

Avoid a Storage Shed in the North-East corner: The Storage shed can be located in any part of the site except in the North or East. 
The Storage Shed should preferably be in the South-West corner as the infra-red heat rays of the Sun, which are projected to the South-West will keep the material stored in the shed free from moisture.
The Storage Shed should be demolished after completion of construction to allow proper movement around the site, proper flow of air and light into the building as otherwise it will be an obstruction.
The Storage shed should preferably be portable as it can be removed from the site after the construction is completed. : It should not be used for further storage/living.
Portable temporary she s are preferable
 TAKING TEMPORARY POWER:

Generally you can get temporary power connection to your site from the concerned authorities. Power is essential for so many construction activities such as pumping water from the borewell/tubewell, cutting tiles, wood, polishing etc. The procedure for getting temporary power varies from place to place. I can only speak about the process in Bangalore.
Refundable Deposit: On giving a written request with details of the required kilowatts and an initial, refundable deposit of about Rs 2500/-, the Karnataka Electric board (KEB) will give your site, temporary power connection.
Payement of power bill: Depending on the kilowatt power that you have taken, the rate per unit of power consumed will vary. You have to pay the bills on time, every 28 days. Usually, the KEB will install a digital meter at your site. The KEB meter reader is supposed to come and note down the readings and give you the bill. But many times this does not happen. So it is safer that you or your contractor note down the previous reading and current reading and go to the local KEB branch. There, they will prepare a bill and you can pay the due. If it is not paid on time, then you will have to pay huge penalty.
Refunding of deposit: When you are disconnecting the temporary power connection, KEB will not refund the deposit, but it will be adjusted against the cost of your permanent meter.

After building the shed and taking temporary power, the next step in House Construction is to dig and construct the Sump. This is because water is required throughout the construction and it has to be stored in a tank. So this is the right time to build the underground tank for storing water. The best position and the materials to be used in building the Sump have been described in  the next post: