NO BLOCK BE­TWEEN FRIENDS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Dan Reilly has a new BFF and it is The Block: Triple Threat fore­man Keith Sch­leiger.

That is a big turn­around from the days when Reilly, 31, and part­ner Dani Wales were con­tes­tants on sea­son five of The Block and the fol­low­ing year’s The Block: All Stars.

Reilly and Sch­leiger locked horns dur­ing those two se­ries but now all is for­given.

Reilly, a car­pen­ter and now cer­ti­fied builder, is Sch­leiger’s as­sis­tant on The Block: Triple Threat and the pair are get­ting on like a house on fire.

Reilly’s of­fi­cial ti­tle is ‘‘fore­boy’’ which ba­si­cally means he has helped Sch­leiger get the for­mer 1970s apart­ment block in Mel­bourne’s ritzy South Yarra ready for its TV ren­o­va­tion.

Like Sch­leiger, Reilly will have to talk tough to con­tes­tants who flout build­ing reg­u­la­tions.

“On The Block: All Stars I got a builder who caused a bit of fric­tion be­tween Keith and I and we had a few dust-ups,” Reilly says. “It got ver­bal at times.

‘‘We nearly went toe to toe at one stage.

‘‘Later, we went for a beer at the lo­cal pub and said ‘What the heck were we do­ing?’.

“It wasn’t un­til I started do­ing this job that I re­alised how hard his role is.

‘‘It is not a fun thing com­ing into a near-com­plete room and telling some­one that it has been done wrong and they’ve got to rip it up and redo it.”

Last year’s The Block: Glasshouse nearly de­stroyed Sch­leiger. The 1980s for­mer of­fice block in Prahran needed a whop­ping 120 tonne of steel re­in­force­ment be­fore ren­o­va­tions could start.

Reilly will ease some of that pres­sure but Sch­leiger won­ders if his charge will be a softie.

“Dan’s been through it all be­fore and (be­cause of that) I sus­pect he will be a bit softer on the con­tes­tants that I am,” he says.

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