Keith be­tween a Block and a hard place

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - ByColinVick­ery

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

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