Sunday, October 28, 2007
Construction in Palembang
This is the house being constructed diagonally behind ours. The 'Kayu Gelam' scaffolding that you see is used in construction of all buildings large or small. 'Kayu' means wood and 'Gelam' is the name of the tree. I did some quick googling and the Gelam tree is called Melaleuca in English and is part of the myrtle family.
I'm always looking at how things are done here because their ways seems so basic. There is very little machinery used to help laborers. Before the construction on this site, there was actually an older house there. This was demolished by a group of men using large hammers. They just hammered away at it until it was all gone. Labour is cheap here so PEOPLE POWER is the way to go instead of expensive mechanised tools. I guess its just from experience that the men know which walls or support beams to knock down first without causing the whole structure to bury them.