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December 18th, 2012
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Local tradesmen
Pretty impressed by local tradesmen.

The MiL is having a new gas fire fitted - the old one had controls that were very hard for her to work, being set back underneath at an angle with no good view of the pilot light, and it never seemed to warm the room all that much and it wasn't specially attractive either.

Gas man came on Friday to just look behind the existing fire to check the hole would suit the new one, and found rather a lot of twigs in the fireplace and flue.
Minor panic.

Sweep contacted, could come Wednesday but on hearing it was old lady with no fire came Monday (next weekday) and, for almost no money really, spent a good 2 hours clearing 2 full binbags of twigs out of the flue.

Gas man had called a plasterer he knew who, hearing it was old lady with no fire, came off the job he was on to remodel the hole for the new fire so it'd be dry enough to fit by Friday, and he didn't just put a bit in to make the fit, he properly removed various bits of old plaster and brick and stonework and built it back up then did a nice skim out to the area of the mantle. For not all that much money.

So we should get the new fire in on schedule despite needing to call in two other trades on a near emergency basis.
Don't think we could have managed this in Stockport or central Manc, where I used to live. And it's all a tiny bit cheaper out here too.

Phone numbers of these good guys on request, if you're local and need them.

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From:g8bur
Date:December 18th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Well done, those tradesfolk.

Would it be worth getting one of them to put some sort of cowl on the chimney to stop our feathered friends from dropping twigs down it?
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 18th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Sweep can do it, but didn't have ladders with him at the time. Has made a note in his book but says call him (a) before nest-building time (b) when the weather's dry enough to go scrambling on roofs; but also said if we see anybody working on roofs in the street, ask them if they'd like to do it.
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From:g8bur
Date:December 18th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
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I'd have thought a known-good local tradesman would be best, rather than someone possibly unknown locally, and who might be a rather worse risk.

At least the blockage wasn't like the one which happened to a chap living near a pub; his chimney was filled with bits of sandwiches and other food, taken from the pub's outdoor tables by birds.
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From:k425
Date:December 19th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I can almost guarantee that, if they are working locally, they're known locally. The whole place is related, I think.
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From:g8bur
Date:December 19th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Fair enough; it's just that we get a lot of very dubious folk around here knocking on people's doors and offering to mend their roofs, guttering etc. (which usually don't need mending), and other similar tricksters of various trades.
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From:shereenb
Date:December 18th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
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That is good service. We had a succession of poor local builder types the last year or two, before finding a guy who does what he says he will and does it well. They're a rare breed.
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From:femsc
Date:December 18th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Well done those tradesmen!
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:December 18th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I hope I find anyone half as good for the work I need after Christmas.
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:December 19th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
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Saving the MIL's life, potentially: pretty good Xmas gift, I'd say!
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:December 19th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
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