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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.

 

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