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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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Bastard Plumbers
This time the bodger is not me!

Our boiler died just before Christmas last year, A plumber recommended by a local shop came around and said the boiler was beyond repair. i wasn't that surprised as the boiler had been fitted way back in the mists of wavy lines.

The boiler fitter left our flat covered in inches of brick dust from drilling new flue holes through brickwork. The daft twat also ran pipes around both sides of the boiler instead of just in between the space 'twixt the end cupboard and the boiler!!

I was so pissed off with the original plumber that I got a local plumber to move two pipes to the right hand side of the boiler. The guy seemed to know what he was doing, but the new neater plumbing caused the boiler much distress and fault codes started being displayed every half an hour!

It turned out the local plumber had managed to connect the inlet to the outlet and vice-versa!!
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 20:53, 3 replies)
"It turned out the local plumber was a bodger" more like.
Recommendations and referrals are one thing but anyone working on a boiler should be Gas Safe (TM) registered and preferably a member of the CIPHE or Registered Plumber (much the same as member of CIPHE).
As the gas user/responsible person (I presume there's no weird backstory here) YOU have a responsibility/duty of care to ensure,so far as is reasonably practicable, that anyone carrying out work on your gas appliance/installation satisfies the gas regs definition of "competent".
There are reasons why we spend lots of time and money getting qualified and one of them is so the public can check us out before we kills ya!

just saying, like...
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 21:06, closed)
Indeed the local plumber was a bodger
However the original "Gas Safe" plumber was a messy fucker whose soldering is worse than mine and had no idea about keeping pipe runs neat, tidy and out of the way.

BTW it took 3 of us 3 hours to clean up after him and our blinds are still pink with brick dust!

Local bodgy plumber should just retire now before he keels over (not through any action of me, but because is is seriously unfit and wheezing!!)
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 21:19, closed)
there's almost never an excuse for dirty workness. pisses me off.
sometimes you just have to let it go, like at 3am when water's running down the walls. otherwise it's just cunty. my normal place of work is someone's home and i treat it accordingly, rispek and ting.
being qualified (gas safe for example) is not necessarily an indicator of being a quality tradesperson, just evidence that the HSE will acknowledge you are competent in the event of an explosion. being a member of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heat Engineers however is a much clearer sign of craft skills.
I take real pride in my work, I wish a few more did (but i'm glad they don't cos it earns me good money! and there's nothing quite like an incompetent idiot to make you look good!!!).
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 21:33, closed)

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