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plastering lesson 2: don’t trust plasterers February 1, 2008

Filed under: toilet, bathroom — dom @ 12:54 am

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We’d already had the kitchen plastered. Badly. Eventually resolved, but it took an age. You’d think we’d have taken something from that. Well, we did: ‘use another plasterer’. Turns out the lesson should have been: ‘learn to plaster yourself’.

We got a couple of quotes for plastering the bathroom and toilet (which, by this point, look like something that could be politely described as ‘decrapidated’). They had a little price war between them such that the prices ended up the same (down to a third of the original quote. This should always raise suspicions). We went with the folk who could fit into the schedule better. A friendly painter/decorator had done the quote, and he seemed confident it could be done in 2 days. Ideal.

2 days after his grumpy plasterer workmate had started, and it was clear he wasn’t going to finish anytime soon. Apparently this was our fault for having bad walls. And not telling him about it. He ended up working over the weekend, and a bit more on top of that, with a bit of added rudeness to a visitor and trying to get other business down our road. He just about finished in time for the tiling/bathroom fitting the next week. Only he didn’t actually make the walls flat - clearly that wasn’t an explicit specification. Again, our fault, apparently.

A quick word from our friendly builder (who, it should be remembered, is a whopping, solid, rugby playing gentleman), this was fixed. Suffice to say none of the plasterers involved thus far in our house fun are getting further work from us. The builder’s college in Leeds may yet, however.

 
 

rip it up January 19, 2008

Filed under: bathroom — dom @ 1:11 pm

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We were quoted as 300 pounds a day for removing tiles. So guess what I spent two days doing?

The bathroom had tiles on every wall. The toilet had tiles on every wall. Twice. Bits of sharp pink ceramic are still etched in my arms.

Ripping out the shower cubicle, while satisfying, was damn hard work. A six and a half foot stud wall has a strange desire to stay where it is, and would rather not go downstairs into the skip, thank you very much.

 
 

needing a bath January 9, 2008

Filed under: bathroom — dom @ 12:54 am

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We were driven to a desolate warehouse, just outside North Allerton, by our friendly builder. We met a smartly dressed man who told us that at any one time he had over a million pounds worth of toilets in said warehouse. An odd conversation starter, it must be said.

Ambling into one of the industrial units we were surprised to see a neatly laid out showroom. Within twenty minutes we’d chosen some interesting fittings, including a free standing basin that made our builder wince (”are you sure you don’t want a pedestal? Just asking!”).

Still, turns out warehouses just outside North Allerton are a lot more straightforward, and cheaper, than ‘regular’ bathroom shops. We had been lured into a Bath Store the weekend before. While the people were very nice, and the stuff the sold pretty solid, the pricing reminded me a little of those Amazon sellers who ’sell’ items for 99p. Plus £50 delivery. While you could get a nice bath for £200, it wouldn’t have a plug. Or taps. Or waste pipes. Once you added those into it, you were around £500. Bugger that. I prefer the gestalt bath selling approach any day.