Contractor accused of repair scam

A contractor is accused of trying to swindle money out of the Housing Department by ordering his men to drill more than a thousand holes in the walls of a public housing estate so he could get costly repair contracts.

Thursday, 20 May, 2010, 12:00am

Air-con fire warning

Capacitors in four models of Carrier window-type air-conditioners - 51G9, 51G7, 51V7 and 51T7 - were subject to easy corrosion if placed closed to sea or exposed to salty water without regular maintenance, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) warned yesterday. The corrosion, in rare circumstances, could potentially lead to a fire hazard.

5 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


The recent spate of pieces of concrete falling from buildings in Hong Kong highlights a problem that is going to become increasingly serious as Hong Kong's building stock ages.

Many of the problems are caused by concrete spalling away from steel reinforcements as it expands within the concrete due to the effects of corrosion.

14 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Paint job the height of quality

Forty-six women with a head for heights were recruited from Nepal by the ASTEL-Peiniger joint venture to paint the Tsing Ma Bridge.

They worked at heights of more than 200 metres to apply seven coats of protective paint to the suspension cables, approach spans and tower saddles.

22 May 1997 - 12:00am

Cracks found in corridor

ABOUT $2.5 million will be spent on the Island Eastern Corridor after cracks and other damage was found on the concrete supports.

Protective material will be added to the structures between Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay where the supports, partially built on the sea bed, have been deteriorating since 1991.

10 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Building study

A STUDY of corrosion and deterioration of 25,000 buildings completed between 1959 and 1980 is expected to start in the middle of next year.

25 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Buildings safety review

THE Government is to launch a $40 million study on building safety.

In a submission to legislators for funding approval, the Buildings Department proposed to employ consultants to study all 14,500 buildings constructed between 1959 and 1980.

The two-year survey would focus on steel corrosion and material deterioration.

24 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Urgent pier survey to begin this year

CONSULTANTS will start work by the end of the year on a survey of Hong Kong's crumbling piers and jetties.

The urgent review, which could lead to millions of dollars in repairs, was prompted by a study earlier this year covering a sample of 16 piers. Many were in a poor state, with broken concrete and exposed and corroded steelwork.

19 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Corrosion battle to cost billions

HONG KONG'S marine environment is playing havoc with the territory's concrete infrastructure, leaving the Government facing a repair bill of billions of dollars.

18 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Anti-rust first aid plan from Unitor

UNITOR is promoting anti-rust products as a ''first aid'' measure for controlling rust onboard ships.

The company has introduced two rust-stabilising primers for areas onboard ship that can be reached by conventional painting and two corrosion inhibiting aerosol sprays for other areas that cannot.

14 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Computer answer to painting problems

INTERNATIONAL (Courtaulds Coatings) has developed a computerised painting management systems - International Seacontrol - to meet ship operators' demands.

3 Feb 1993 - 12:00am