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I had a plumber use the excuse that his boiler specialist had gone missing, and his van been found locally by police. He then e-mailed me back later that day to say his body had been recovered. Nothing at all on the local news about a missing man or a body being recovered.

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Wow was I impressed

I was a site manager for 7 years, the amount of subcontractors brand new vans that "broke down" was phenomenal - probably 1 a week on average I reckon. Either vans are the worlds most unreliable form of transport or there were a few Porkie pies flying around...

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Seeing as most of them use Vivaro's id probably be inclined to believe that one Rich.

ste said...

We've had no heating since August (when we first turned it on to test it). I've had 4 plumbers around over that interveeing paeriod and they've essentially messed me about, misdiagnosed the problem and tried to rip me off. Guy 4 is here today alledgedly installing a boiler yet so far, despite arriving at 8AM and turning the power and water off is still waiting for the actual boiler to be delivered...

I don't know if they cover down to where you live, but I can highly recommend AC Wilgar in Orpington. I've used them for a couple of jobs and they have unfailingly showed up on time, done what was asked, tidied after themselves, left everything functioning and given good advice when asked. Communications are really good too, with text messages about being on the way, details about the plumber and van, etc.

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Mito Man said...

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...

I think you're confusing tradesmen with someone who plugs a fridge in. The reason why they probably couldn't do it is the usual reason- they'll have done a bit of classroom training when they got the job and then got sent out into the big wide world to slap a bit of push fit pipe in, as opposed to a proper time served tradesman- adaptability and skill comes with experience not training

Did I mention that I got treated to a lengthy rant about how you can't find decent apprentices because they don't want to any work because it's too hard? As he was packing up from the job he was quitting because it was too hard.

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See, now that is just going that extra mile 8)

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NotoriousREV said...

Did I mention that I got treated to a lengthy rant about how you can't find decent apprentices because they don't want to any work because it's too hard? As he was packing up from the job he was quitting because it was too hard.

You should have cut him short. Then he would have fitted in the space.

mik said...

NotoriousREV said...

Did I mention that I got treated to a lengthy rant about how you can't find decent apprentices because they don't want to any work because it's too hard? As he was packing up from the job he was quitting because it was too hard.

You should have cut him short. Then he would have fitted in the space.

That's like our students complaining they want to learn and develop and not just be treated as cheap labour. Never did me any harm.

Oh. Wait.

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So plumber finished everything on Tuesday. He'd put all of the junk, pipework, old boiler and flue in a trailer on the drive and left it in frontg of my garage. Mrs Ste mentioned he said he's be back Tuesday evening to take it away. Thursday lunchtime now and i want to open the garage and get the Caterham out. He's not answering his phone.

Luckily the X5 made short work of dragging the trailer off the drive and down the road despite it having a wheelclamp on it. :D

ste said...

So plumber finished everything on Tuesday. He'd put all of the junk, pipework, old boiler and flue in a trailer on the drive and left it in frontg of my garage. Mrs Ste mentioned he said he's be back Tuesday evening to take it away. Thursday lunchtime now and i want to open the garage and get the Caterham out. He's not answering his phone.

Luckily the X5 made short work of dragging the trailer off the drive and down the road despite it having a wheelclamp on it. :D

:lol:

When we had our boiler done, the plumbers left the scrap outside the front door for his mate to pick up. One of my neighbours is a (sh1t) builder and he popped round to see what was happening with it. He kindly offered to take the copper :lol: I told you him he could take it all or not at all, the cheeky twat.

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Ah yes, the old "I've not finished yet because I need <xyz> but you need to pay me in full now and I'll come back when <xyz> arrives" ruse. My wife always falls for that one :roll:

We're still waiting for the gardener to come back and de-weed the drive. <xyz> = some magic weed killer that's apparently very hard to get hold of...

NotoriousREV said...

ste said...

So plumber finished everything on Tuesday. He'd put all of the junk, pipework, old boiler and flue in a trailer on the drive and left it in frontg of my garage. Mrs Ste mentioned he said he's be back Tuesday evening to take it away. Thursday lunchtime now and i want to open the garage and get the Caterham out. He's not answering his phone.

Luckily the X5 made short work of dragging the trailer off the drive and down the road despite it having a wheelclamp on it. :D

:lol:

When we had our boiler done, the plumbers left the scrap outside the front door for his mate to pick up. One of my neighbours is a (sh1t) builder and he popped round to see what was happening with it. He kindly offered to take the copper :lol: I told you him he could take it all or not at all, the cheeky twat.

These stories remind me of our last house. A neighbour parked their car in front of our house instead of theirs - about 10cm from the edge of the gate though, so we had to adjust our normal entry/exit to avoid hitting it.

No big issue on day1, but after it hadn't moved in a week I popped round to advise we had folks round the next day and I expected them to be able to park outside our house.

Got the bloke who advised his sister (who shared the house) had gone to India for a month on holiday. He wasn't able to offer any explanation as to why she might have considered it reasonable to leave her car outside our place for said duration?

I told him I hoped he had the keys as he had 10mins to move it before I used mrs mik's Disco to drag it in front of their place.

It was gone within 8 mins, as I was getting the tow-rope out of the garage. 8) Which kinda dissapointed as I was so fired up at this point I was quite looking forward to executing my promise.... :?

Ah the old 'I own the road outside of my house' argument ;)

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_Who_ said...

Ah the old 'I own the road outside of my house' argument ;)

The builder in my above story is the same guy that had a go at me for parking one of my cars outside my own house.

We originally fell out because when we first moved into our house a neighbour popped round to introduce herself and during the conversation I talked about the number of bodge jobs we'd found in our first week. Turned out he'd done all the bodge jobs and the neighbour was his mum. Oops.

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