A 1 Demolition has been in business in Invercargill for over 20 years. We, Ron and Helen Watson bought it in June 2002, after Ron had worked for the previous owner for a few years.
Initially, there were 3 sections, with 2 businesses being run together, but the rented site on Clyde Street was given back to the owners. This left us with 2
sections to run just the one business on.
Mostly it is buying and selling goods, 2nd hand building materials for the home, handyman or local maintenance worker. The most popular items include T & G flooring, Corrugated Iron, Bricks, Kitchen Joinery, Bathroom Vanities or Pedestals, Hand-Basins, Interior Doors and Exterior Doors and Windows (wooden or aluminium)and concrete and decramastic roof tiles. Timber of any kind is always requested. We are always on the lookout for old wooden skirting boards and picture rails, scotia or weatherboards
A lot of time is taken up with cleaning bricks and cutting corrugated iron. There is a cutter for this and it is much quicker than using tin-snips. A compressor with an air-chisel is used to clean the bricks and it can be a long, grubby job to tackle.
Baths are bought for all manner of uses. Kindies buy them for sandpits and water toughs for the kids to use. They have been made into stock water troughs and worm farms and outside baths with heat under them.
Wooden windows are in great demand, but not always available in the correct sizes and the frames deteriorate over time. People seem to be changing previously modernised houses back to the original state and replacing with “the right thing” i.e. windows & doors appropriate to the time the house was built.
We try to work by our motto “WHERE BUILDING AND RENOVATING COSTS LESS”.
If we don’t have it, we put customers in touch with someone who could help them. There is a courtesy trailer available. We make city – wide deliveries and pickups.
The premises are close to the city centre and on a main road for easy access for Invercargillites or “out-of-towners” who may call in to get something.
Open Hours are Monday – Friday 8am - 5pm. Saturday mornings