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Other What's ruining your life right now?

Discussion in 'General' started by TheMusician, 28 Oct 2009.

  1. Spraduke

    Spraduke Lurker

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    That English tradesman are ****ing terrible. They all cut corners, all blame the previous guy or say the next guy can sort that and act surprised when you hold them to basic (i.e. not DIY) standards. Don't get me started on the ability to follow standards, guidelines, UK regulations or just even common ****ing sense!

    Fed up of the lot of them.
     
  2. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Come to Germany! Over here they are extremely rude on top of all the good stuff you already listed.
     
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  3. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Was having this convo with my brother (CIG carp) on Saturday. It's the blame game. Chippy blames plumber, etc etc.
     
  4. Spraduke

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    Apparently our builder cant use a level, our chippy needs a new tape measure, the electrician doesn't know what a parallel or perpendicular line is, the plumber can't hang a radiator straight on a solid wall, the plasterer is allergic to screws (why use more when the plasterboard can just rattle on the studs), the glazers didn't realise glass is fragile and the roofers didn't realise that water is a fluid that can flow under plastic if it puddles.

    Nothing that is dangerous exactly (except the water running down the cavities and tripping the electrics) but my god not one of them has done the job 'right'. My personal highlight (apart from the indoor water features) was spending a whole night stapling up 'vapour membrane' to the ceiling (as per our drawings to building control) for the plasterer to come in the next day and cut it back by about 6 inches from all the walls! By the time I realised, the damage was done and the plasterboard was half up so I figured just cover it up before building control notices (which bloody pains me).
     
  5. Weekly_Estimate

    Weekly_Estimate Gives credit where its due

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    Had someone try to defraud us out of £10000 using a stollen card, the customer kept promising to provide a picture of him holding the card in question, he didn’t, we refunded all the funds back to the original card following Stripes advice, in return, we still have to foot the £202.75 Stripe fee’s.

    Fantastic!
     
  6. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Rotary Cat.

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    But apart from all that, tradesmen in the Warrington area are alright?
     
  7. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    Hiring plumbers, electricians, builders, roofers etc is a skill... get better at it :o:
     
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  8. perplekks45

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    Another problem that is easier to solve if you can throw war chests of money at it, I guess.
     
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  9. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    Quite the contrary - I've found patience to be the key component.
    I.e. talk to local tradespeople until I get a warm fuzzy feeling about one, and wait (and wait, and wait) until they're available.

    The guy that refinished a floor for us only charged £180 for two full days work, inc materials (like wtf?), the catch was a 4 month leadtime.

    EDIT: Or how could I forget the rip-off merchant that had very good availability to start £6-8000 of remedial work on an "unsafe" wood stove and chimney (after showing us pictures of burned down houses), versus the guy that came three weeks later, inspected everything and said it was all done proper, was likely only used once or twice and didn't even need a clean.
     
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  10. Spraduke

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    Oh I know, but its still a bloody lottery when you use someone for the first time. Most were recommended in some shape or form and whilst none have been cowboys none of them have done a professional job either.

    Buckets of cash or living without a kitchen for another 6 months would probably have solved all the issues!

    Now the bathroom fitter we used in our last house - he was a legend and could tile straighter than a CNC machine! (not onto bathrooms in this house yet though)
     
  11. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    Yeah, little bit tongue in cheek with that. The anxiety of hiring someone for the first time is very, very real. I've ended up doing so much myself because of it. But some stuff I'm just not up for.

    We spent the first 4 months in this house unable to plug anything much in. To use the internet at the same time as the tumble dryer we needed an extension halfway across the house, had to manage microwave use to when clothes weren't drying and couldn't really plug any other electronics in. Good times. That was arguably a job that couldn't really wait, but we were assured that it was safe (I mean that's the whole point of the RCD tripping after all), and had a really good warm fuzzy feeling about the one electrician so made the choice to tough it out.

    Six months without a kitchen might be... fun? Right?
     
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  12. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 [DELETE] means [DELETE]

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  14. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    I mean haven't things like brand ambassadors etc been things for years, this feels like a relatively natural progression to be fair. Not saying I'm a fan but if people are willing to pay people to do it, why wouldn't people do it?
     
  15. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    You would not believe - or maybe you would - the number of press releases I get saying a company has appointed a brand ambassador. And it's always someone completely unrelated - we're not talking a footballer being appointed brand ambassador for FIFA 2022 or something, here. It's footballers being selected as brand ambassadors for DRAM manufacturers, or rappers repping for joystick makers.

    Hell, I had a release a year or two ago where some box-builder had given a footballer, who earned something like £60m a year, a free top-end gaming PC, gaming chair, and (gaming, presumably) desk in exchange for him posing for a photo where he looked bored as hell receiving it. That was it, he was never mentioned again.

    Unsurprisingly, I declined to cover the "story."
     
  16. Goatee

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    CANCEL CULTURE!!!!!!!!!! :D
     
  17. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    Haha exactly!
     
  18. MLyons

    MLyons 70% Dev, 30% Doge. DevDoge Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    wasn't that Agüero
     
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  20. Byron C

    Byron C Official Necromancer

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    I mean... that's kinda what "influencers" are. 'Twas ever thus: instead of try-hards on crappy third-rate TV shows, game shows, or "reality TV" shows, we now have "social media influencers".
     

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