Keith between a Block and a hard place
THESE DAYS, the hard-man of The Block, Keith Schleiger, is as big a star of reality renovation show as hosts Scott Cam and Shelley Craft.
The carpenter, builder and foreman nicknamed “The Blockinator” is the person charged with preparing the site and overseeing the renovations to make sure they adhere to code.
Inevitably, that can lead to heated run-ins, like his memorable clashes with twins Alisa and Lysandra
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Schleiger has again needed all his skills for The Block Glasshouse.
More than 120 tonnes of steel was needed to reinforce it and the entire building needed to be re-configured to make way for six luxury apartments.
It’s a challenge Schleiger said had his team on the run to stay ahead of the contestants.
“We were up against it from the word go – staying in front of the contestants. We had trouble providing a structure for them to fit out,” he said.
It’s a scenario that left Schleiger wrangling more bodies than ever on site.
“One day I did a head count of the tradies standing in front of me and there were 115,” he said.
Schleiger again has often had to tread the line between dictator and peacemaker.
“I think it has been tougher than ever on the contestants (this year),” he said.
“There were six or seven occasions when contestants had to wait two or three days for us (to complete the structural work). That becomes stressful but they handled it really well. Some contestants can maintain a beautiful facade but you’ve got to realise The Block is 10 or 11 weeks of pure hell. I expect people to crack.” THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE 6.30PM SUNDAY and 7.30PM WEEKNIGHTS, NINE