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Old 10-01-2009, 03:05 AM   #1
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Crawling under a house: what safety precautions?

I'm a foreigner so excuse the dumbass question.

I need to crawl under a house to investigate the plumbing. Its a brick veneer house on concrete stumps about 600mm high.

What are the precautions you take? I know one danger is redbacks (seen 2 in the garden over the last year).

The house is in Northern Suburbs of Melbourne, so that excludes the tropical nasties.

What are the other dangers? (and don't say dropbears......or if you do, tell me the precautions needed to protect against the rare species of sub-floorboard dropbears)

Is thick overalls enough? Or do most things try to run away from you? What do the guys who do this for a living do?
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:12 AM   #2
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Thick overalls, wear work gloves and a hat and you should be right. If you're really concerned about what's under there then get a dust mask. Don't forget yer torch.

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:14 AM   #3
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AND tie a string to where you go in so you can folow it back out if the torch goes out .

Overalls and gloves pretty well covers it,the dropbears are scared of men in overalls
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:17 AM   #4
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Many houses will have been sprayed underneath for termite & insect control. Overalls, gloves and a dustmask will give you the protection you need. Also If its an older house there may be asbestos fragments/dust present. Use a decent light and keep your eyes open for nasties and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:24 AM   #5
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Mate. I am an electrician in Victoria and I can tell you that the redbacks will not bother you, The tiger snakes hopefully wont bother you, Huntsmans are scary but harmless, Brown snakes don,t often live under houses but there is a very scary THING under most Victorian houses that you can not see but once you encounter it you will never want to go down under again.v
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:26 AM   #6
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Thumb Cardboard liner for overalls

Put a big peice of card board down your overalls,stops punctures.
You can also, use cardboard to slide on.
I worked for a housing removalist after the Sydney olympics.
The bulgarian weightlifters house had heaps of needles underneath.
Most of the others just had bongs and heaps of used frangers.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:35 AM   #7
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I lock the dog in the shed so it doesn't slobber all over your face, overalls if you have them, I would just so I didn't fill my undies with dirt or take skin off on old builders rubble, and a torch.

You could go gloves if you are worried about spiders or splinters from the joists, which is probably a bigger chance than a spider bite.

Glasses/goggles can be a good idea if you are making dust or flicking dirt around as it is hard to get your eye clean with dirty fingers. A plastic helmet on backwards will stop you leaving hair samples on the joists too, but probably overkill.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:39 AM   #8
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Mate. I am an electrician in Victoria and I can tell you that the redbacks will not bother you, The tiger snakes hopefully wont bother you, Huntsmans are scary but harmless, Brown snakes don,t often live under houses but there is a very scary THING under most Victorian houses that you can not see but once you encounter it you will never want to go down under again.v
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:12 AM   #9
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Problem Solved.........

Call me a prick, but when I had to run an erthanet cable from one end of the house to the other, I just sent the 10yo young bloke under to do it.......
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:21 AM   #10
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Metal cable conduit, worn insulation, take one of these with you, http://www.voltstick.co.uk/
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:22 AM   #11
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haha i tied a length to the the dog and threw the ball clear through. dog ran the entire length dragging the rope. mate on other side stops dog unties rope :) simple
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:22 AM   #12
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Call me a prick, but when I had to run an erthanet cable from one end of the house to the other, I just sent the 10yo young bloke under to do it.......
You aren't a prick, you are a bloody genius.
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:27 AM   #13
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Mate. I am an electrician in Victoria and I can tell you that the redbacks will not bother you, The tiger snakes hopefully wont bother you, Huntsmans are scary but harmless, Brown snakes don,t often live under houses but there is a very scary THING under most Victorian houses that you can not see but once you encounter it you will never want to go down under again.v
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:47 AM   #14
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:52 AM   #15
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Metal cable conduit, worn insulation, take one of these with you, http://www.voltstick.co.uk/
How old is the place? If it is old enough and does have old wiring in steel conduit then you do need to be very cautious of it as it can become live and put you at risk of an electric shock. Otherwise like everyone else has said some good protective clothing, gloves and a dust mask are a good idea. Builders often tend to leave a lot of rubbish under houses so rusty nails, broken glass, broken concrete etc. embedded in the dirt are some of the most common hazards. Spiders usually tend to inhabit the areas closest to the walls so keep an eye out and kill them as you go.
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