The Block recap: Dan’s still winning friends (29.08.2016)

Jodie Humphries 30 August 2016

Block episode 5 recap

The vault leads to some major dramas for Dan and Carleen.

After getting drilled by the judges for failing to respect the building’s art deco styling, our Blockheads started off their week’s renovations by researching what exactly art deco is. The couples then took the opportunity to have a sneaky peak at each other’s master ensuites.

Interestingly Karlie and Will’s ensuite was the favourite among the contestants, even though it lost out to Julia and Sasha. While all the Blockheads agreed Julia and Sasha had done a fantastic job, Karlie and Will’s style was a bigger hit.

This week the couples chose to renovate the guest bedroom next to their ensuite. This caused a bit of a hiccup for Carleen and Dan, whose guest bedroom is in their vault, and in no state to be renovated. They chose the room next door instead, but still needed to demolish the vault walls before starting.

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Dan and Carleen enrolled the help of the 'nibbler' to help them demolish the vault walls. Source:

Dan had to try to drum up some goodwill from his downstairs neighbour Will, as he needed to install some supports in Will’s apartment so he could use some heavy machinery to demolish his walls. Will was unimpressed, having already had to make concessions for Dan’s plumbers.

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Dan talks Will into putting props on his floor to support the nibbler. Source:

Dan continued his trend of winning friends and influencing people when he pressured Ben, who had agreed to buy the vault door, to move the door out of his apartment. Ben pushed Dan to the edge by joking that Foreman Keith didn’t think the vault door could be moved.

Julia and Sasha decided to switch builders, but this meant a day’s gap without a new builder and Sasha serving as project manager. Meanwhile, Julia continued her run of indecisiveness during a trip to the shops for curtains that saw Sasha have to abandon her to get back to work.

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Julia and Sasha switched their builder

Karlie and Will hit their first roadblock when Foreman Keith refused to pass their battens, saying they weren’t up to code. This sent Karlie into quantity surveyor mode. She researched to prove Keith wrong, but Keith’s word on The Block is final so their protestations went unheard.

Dan’s problems continued to mount after Andy and Ben finally removed the door. The demolition machine he used to take out the vault walls chewed through part of the structural support for one of Sasha and Julia’s double brick walls. He felt the stern rebuke of Foreman Keith as well.

The contestants are quickly learning there’s no such thing as an easy day on The Block.

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