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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 15 12:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

i have seen some truly dreadful things a few classics include :

being called to a chap's house to discover a bloke in a suit and wellies removing a chimney from the fireplace up.
lots of scaff boards and acrows and strict instructions to call a structural engineer as i left forever,i didnt want to do it.

a 3 story gable end on a downward slope sitting on 3 m of clay with a couple of little streams coming out of it after somebody decided to make a nice driveway to park their car.
more scaff tube than i have ever put in a 7 m long triangle braced to the foundations of his house to stop the thing collapsing.the structural engineer examined it from a safe distance and recommended 25 tons of concrete and a lot of rebar. i left them to it at that point.

more leaks than wales including many causing serious rot issues.they are a nice earner.
drains that end under the lawn or basement.

horrible electrics ranging from potentially deadly to "i know it looks a charred mess but the walls are still solid and yes we can fix it so long as the loss adjuster thinks it is better to fix it than put what is left in a skip and build a new house"

horrible gas ranging from potentially deadly by fume or explosion

etc etc etc

imho even if you dont have the skills or tools for the job it is easy to find out how it should be done and make sure that it is done properly

sean
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 15 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I didn't see it but a plumber who I trust told me he'd gone to do some work at someone's house and found a gas fire mounted on the inside of the kitchen door which had been connected to the gas using a rubber tube so that they could swing the dor open and use it as a patio heater as well as for warming the kitchen.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 15 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1977
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 15 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
I didn't see it but a plumber who I trust told me he'd gone to do some work at someone's house and found a gas fire mounted on the inside of the kitchen door which had been connected to the gas using a rubber tube so that they could swing the dor open and use it as a patio heater as well as for warming the kitchen.


win win

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 15 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tis now dried out enough to have been put back together with only a little cursing cos the carpet gripper managed to do it's legendary mini iron maiden thing yet again

with a bit of adjustment at the far end i managed to have 75% of enough pipe into each fitting and by actually doing the compression joints to hand tight plus a quarter turn all seems solid and waterproof.the saggy pipe is wedged between wall and bath stand with a bit of wood.

not ideal but an improvement from washing the kitchen floor.

at least it is only bathroom/kitchen/plumbing and some electrics as the structural stuff like the knock through and loft conversion was done by real builders

remedial on structural is a job i only ever want to do for money.

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