Small Outbreak of Common Sense, Nobody Hurt

So, last week the plumber came to look at one of the sources of damp in our cottage, the leaking shower (the other one is basically the rest of Scotland, and there’s not much even a plumber can do about that). He found that fixing it would involve removing and reseating the bath, which in turn would mean a new frame for the bath and the whole thing being retiled. Obviously more than a man and a can of silicone sealant could do in a day. He rang his boss, the boss rang the agent, the boss rang back: go for it. Ah but, said the plumber, wouldn’t it be best to round up a joiner and a tiler first, before ripping everything apart and rendering the bathroom unusable? Good point, says the boss. Because, as anyone who’s ever tried to build an extension knows, getting all the tradesmen you need in one place at one time is something akin to lining up all the planets, only not quite as predictable.

Anyway, as of rather earlier than we expected this morning, we have a plumber and a joiner in conjunction, mirabile dictu. They are making banging noises as we speak. And, showerless, we are off to Huttonian’s where – he confidently expects – all of his tradesmen will be in place and finishing off his extension. As I’m fairly certain there’s only one joiner in the whole of Scotland, I think his confidence may be misplaced…

6 Responses to Small Outbreak of Common Sense, Nobody Hurt

  1. Paul says:

    It is the last day for our roofers today and the scaffolding is due back, to wherever such stuff goes. In a bit of master scheduling, the scaffolding has duly disappeared prior to the roofer arriving so clambering has become the order of the day.

    The Scottish joiner is due back tomorrow to put the proverbial icing on the cake. Or at least that’s what I think the roofer said.

  2. Dom says:

    My bathroom (two bathrooms ago) was done by one man who did all the plumbing, joining and tiling. It took him something like 9 weeks and by the end of it we’d sued the hell out of the rather well known bathroom company who had sold us the bathroom and provided us with our rather slow and constantly absent tradesman. I can only wish you luck.

  3. huttonian says:

    Paul: Just look at Huttonian! Roofers finished, brickies surplus to requirements. Window in and only 3 months behind schedule in a two month job

  4. disgruntled says:

    hehe – this is the point where I’m very glad we rent, and it’s all (mostly) someone else’s problem…

  5. Nick says:

    When you’ve finished with that joiner, can you please export him? I need him here, urgently; there aren’t any in this country..

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