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Don't get me started on the ridiculous lies they all seem to tell:

- I need more grout (3 times a day from the tiler)
- I need to take my mate's wife somewhere because he's in prison and I'm borrowing his van
- I've crashed my van and need a couple of days to find a new one
- I've been in a diabetic coma for 7 weeks

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As a plumber it's this sort of stuff that boils my pi$$. So many can't diagnose problems now because they do daft 6 week courses and come out with the same qualifications I worked 4 years as an apprentice for.

We are a reliable company, we work hard for the reputation we have and there's so many chancers now it seems all tradesmen get tarred with the same brush- to the extent people seem surprised when we clean up after ourselves on top of doing the job

The hardest part is finding someone good at any trade, then just ask them for their contacts, seems to have worked so far.

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NotoriousREV said...

Don't get me started on the ridiculous lies they all seem to tell:

- I need more grout (3 times a day from the tiler)
- I need to take my mate's wife somewhere because he's in prison and I'm borrowing his van
- I've crashed my van and need a couple of days to find a new one
- I've been in a diabetic coma for 7 weeks

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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Got home from a night on the lash in london to a lovely toasty house. We now have a new boiler, lovely hot rads and they even fixed a wiring issue with the immersion that had randomly been blowing the RCD for the past 5 years.

Swervin_Mervin said...

Need a roofer now though and everytime I look them up and cross check histories with Companies House, so many look really dodgy.

One thing I do have is a good roofer, but I suspect much too far away from you.

He actually came around to buy some Mk2 Golf bits off me, I commented that I liked his van, a ridiculously tidy black VW Caddy and he said he had it for his job and that he was a roofer. 10 minutes later he's on my roof replacing tiles. He came back and has rebuilt both chimneys, helped me fir a stainless flue in one for my woodburner and fixed some storm damage at another time. I now meet him almost every week for a pint and he's become a good mate - but he is a great roofer. He's scheduled to come back and build the roof for my extension next year.

The In-laws moved to a rather decent flat overlooking Eastbourne Harbour a while ago.

As the place had been empty for some time the water system was found to be faulty. They were given a contact of "Jack the plumber" who came to look at the boiler, drained it, refilled it and then promptly said it was an electrical fault.

All well-and-good but as the FiL is Old Skool, he paid Jack £250 cash up front plus a £20 "tip" for, basically, naff-all. Jack must have been dancing with glee as he gave the FiL his mate's no. who was an electrician...

The OH was not impressed and wanted Jack's number but this was not forthcoming.

Updated December 6, 2017 at 11:06 AM

ste said...

He's scheduled to come back and build the roof for my extension next year.

You're finally going ahead? Excellent.

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ste said...

Got home from a night on the lash in london to a lovely toasty house. We now have a new boiler, lovely hot rads and they even fixed a wiring issue with the immersion that had randomly been blowing the RCD for the past 5 years.

Swervin_Mervin said...

Need a roofer now though and everytime I look them up and cross check histories with Companies House, so many look really dodgy.

One thing I do have is a good roofer, but I suspect much too far away from you.

He actually came around to buy some Mk2 Golf bits off me, I commented that I liked his van, a ridiculously tidy black VW Caddy and he said he had it for his job and that he was a roofer. 10 minutes later he's on my roof replacing tiles. He came back and has rebuilt both chimneys, helped me fir a stainless flue in one for my woodburner and fixed some storm damage at another time. I now meet him almost every week for a pint and he's become a good mate - but he is a great roofer. He's scheduled to come back and build the roof for my extension next year.

If you could just send him a couple of hundred miles north that would be perfect, ta.


I saw a van with domestic appliance specialist on it which just reminded me of something. I think trade jobs in the U.K. are far too specialised and in most cases it's in order to cover up a lack of knowledge. 2 years ago I ordered a fridge/freezer with water/ice maker from Currys and got their installation/disposal service. The specialist installers came to see what they were dealing with, pulled out the old fridge which was also connected to the water but it was a different fitting to the Samsung one, and the new fridge was about 5mm higher than the old one. The third problem was that I needed a crane to get the new fridge freezer into my flat as it didn't fit into the lift or doorways. So I needed a plumber, a carpenter and a crane, according to these specialists :roll:

Told them to leave, got a refund, went to Peter Jones, ordered the same thing, for the same price, the Polish fitters they had contracted the job to removed the doors from the fridge/freezer to put it in the lift, did the same with the old one to get it out, looked in their pile of bits to find the required plumbing adaptor, and removed the trim from the cabinet and cut it down to size with a saw. All in all it took 30 minutes and I didn't require 4 different trades to do one job...

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Jobbo said...

ste said...

He's scheduled to come back and build the roof for my extension next year.

You're finally going ahead? Excellent.

It's been ongoing really. Being a tight Nothern bastard I was never going to pay someone to turn up and do it all for me. I therefore had a load of depenancies that I've been working through. eg remove 14 trees in western corner of plot, flatten land, buy cement mixer, lay concrete pads for sheds to move stuff out of the garage, lay pad for oil tank to move it to new location. Run new oil pipes under garden to new boiler position - you get the idea.

We also had a tree fall on the back of the house and flatten that and then unbelievably last year had another one fall on the front of the house and damage the roof again, so sorting that has put a dent in proceedings.

But yes, the plan is to do the actualy construction work next year - can't wait.

Updated December 6, 2017 at 1:50 PM

NotoriousREV said...

Why do tradespeople get away with being so flaky and generally shite?

I decided that to fit my new CCTV system, I wanted someone to do it properly (i.e. I looked at the job and decided it looked hard), so I got a few recommendations and found a guy who seemed happy to do it.

He came and took a look, gave us a price and we agreed a date to come and do the work (today).

After 10 minutes, he comes and says "sorry, I can't do it, I can't fit in the crawl space. Bye".

FFS. We don't seem to be able to find good people ever, even when we get recommendations. I hope my new front door fitting goes better in a couple of weeks.

Is this to give you advance warning of the in laws arriving?

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...which obviously means Mrs Ste has started looking at new places to move to when we finish this and sell it. :roll:

ste said...

...which obviously means Mrs Ste has started looking at new places to move to when we finish this and sell it. :roll:

:lol: Is she young enough to think moving is an enjoyable thing? I used to love it but realised before reaching 40 that it's a nightmare. Just changing your address etc is so bloody irritating.

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I wouldn't say we've ever considered moving to be an enjoyable thing and as you get older and accumulate more sh*t it gets harder.

I like where we are, but I wouldn't rule out at least one more move, I'm 'only' 41.

I'm sure we'll move at some point, but I simply repeat, "Never moving house again" at intervals so I get on with things on this house :D

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RJW said...

NotoriousREV said...

Why do tradespeople get away with being so flaky and generally shite?

I decided that to fit my new CCTV system, I wanted someone to do it properly (i.e. I looked at the job and decided it looked hard), so I got a few recommendations and found a guy who seemed happy to do it.

He came and took a look, gave us a price and we agreed a date to come and do the work (today).

After 10 minutes, he comes and says "sorry, I can't do it, I can't fit in the crawl space. Bye".

FFS. We don't seem to be able to find good people ever, even when we get recommendations. I hope my new front door fitting goes better in a couple of weeks.

Is this to give you advance warning of the in laws arriving?

Luckily we only ever go to them. No, this is to catch dodgy Scousers.

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Jobbo said...

I'm sure we'll move at some point, but I simply repeat, "Never moving house again" at intervals so I get on with things on this house :D

Aboslute fvcking nightmare. I'm never ever moving again. Hate the whole fvcking thing from start to finish. I hate the viewing part, The offering part, The selling house part, the solicitor dealings, the changing addresses - and associated "Admin" fees.

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scotta said...

Jobbo said...

I'm sure we'll move at some point, but I simply repeat, "Never moving house again" at intervals so I get on with things on this house :D

Aboslute fvcking nightmare. I'm never ever moving again. Hate the whole fvcking thing from start to finish. I hate the viewing part, The offering part, The selling house part, the solicitor dealings, the changing addresses - and associated "Admin" fees.

The fees are a big part of my desire to stay put for a while. In fact, we bought this house knowing it needed loads of work and knowing we could extend it quite a lot. That decision was taken in a large part because it effectively meant we could skip what would have become a necessary move if we didn't have that ability to enlarge the place and therefore avoid the £50k+ in fees to move.

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NotoriousREV said...

Don't get me started on the ridiculous lies they all seem to tell:

- I need more grout (3 times a day from the tiler)
- I need to take my mate's wife somewhere because he's in prison and I'm borrowing his van
- I've crashed my van and need a couple of days to find a new one
- I've been in a diabetic coma for 7 weeks

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

That is actually a true excuse used, although I think it might have been genuine but it was my plumbers explanation for why the tiler ended up doing the entire bathroom on his own (including hooking up the hot and cold pipes the wrong way round).

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