Life as a tradie on The Block can get pretty hectic.
Some days there can be hundreds of tradies on site and, because it is the set of a TV show, add in several cameramen and producers — as well as the contestants — and it can be manic.
Hipages builder Jason Charles, of Charles Bro Building Contractors, said The Block environment was definitely harder than he thought.
“I’ve watched it in the past and I thought each week would be done over two weeks, but it really is just a week and no power tools after 6pm,” Mr Charles said.
And for those thinking the quality of the build may not meet expectations, he said there were people watching over the top of you all the time.
“All your screws and brackets have to be done properly and they have to be inspected, the project managers are all over it,” he said.
Mr Charles said he worked six days a week while being Mitch and Mark’s builder.
“It was six days every week and sometimes I went in on a Sunday morning to help them put beds together and that sort of thing,” he said.
“I would leave home at 5am and have coffee with the boys at 5.45am every morning.”
“The boys were so organised, which made it easy to be in front all the time.
“We made calculated guesses of what the next room would be and we guessed nine out of 14 rooms correctly.”
He said another aspect of being a tradie on The Block meant being mic’d up the entire time and having cameras film you.
“The cameras are hiding, they got stuff I didn’t even realise, my head got on it way too much,” he laughed.
Being a tradie on The Block also gave Mr Charles a front-row seat to the drama unfolding between contestants.
He said the body corporate meeting about giving permission for Tess and Luke and Andy and Deb to have rooftop terraces after they missed the deadline, which aired on Tuesday night, painted El’ise as a “nasty person”, which wasn’t the case at all.
In the meeting she asked for $20,000 from Andy and Deb after they won that money from the last room reveal after playing their bonus point.
“The missing her kids thing was starting to get to her and it came across different on TV to a certain extent,” he said.
“The contestants didn’t agree that she should have asked for the money but they have all made up now.”
He added the drama between Mitch and Mark and Scott Cam had been brewing for four to five weeks.
They thought his comments about their party room and his use of the phrase “people like you” as homophobic.
“They had been thinking about whether he had been targeting them but it all got cleared up and they apologised and felt really bad,” he said.