Friday, 11 February 2011

Plumber: Parts II - V

Plumber – Part II

Michael the plumber came back from his skiing holiday and finally came to see my hot water boiler. He would email me a price quotation over the weekend, he said.

He didn’t.

I emailed him on Monday. No response. I rang him on Tuesday and he promised to have an email out tonight.

Plumber – Part III

I did not get an email and rang again on Wednesday. Spoke to the plumber’s mother who explained that she was very busy as their accountant was leaving for a holiday in Mauritius… She promised to email the quotation right away.

She did.

Plumber – Part IV

Chasing the plumber was a mistake. The family evidently expects me to personally fund the plumber’s skiing vacation; perhaps even chip in for the accountant's trip to Mauritius. The quotation I was sent allowed for some £900 for a day’s work (not including materials). The notes that came with the quotation added that I would also have to pay for the parking of his car and that he expected half the money upfront. No mention was made of what he expected on his sandwiches or whether I would have to pay for the dry cleaning of his soiled overalls.

I turned him down.

Plumber - Part V

Can anyone recommend a reliable and reasonable plumber (registered to do gas work) in London?


  1. Poor plumbing is one of those music hall Brit weaknesses. A consequence of excess of demand - caused by the oldest urban housing stock in the western world and non existent standards until recently- and inadequate supply - a product of the cultural Brit disdain for essential manual professions. A lot of the Poles, who plugged the gap, have returned home .

  2. אני מציעה שתעדכן את השלט שנמצא בשירותי האורחים..נראה כי 100 פאונד לא יכסו את עלות התיקון

  3. נו, לפחות האינסטלטורים בלונדון דומים לישראלים. כמו כן מזלך שאתה לא בחירום כי אינסטלטור שבא בשעת חירום סופש או לילה יקח הרבה יותר מ900 פאונד. ועל כך יש לומר תודה ולהסתכל על הצד החיובי בחיים

  4. why don't you buy a flat in Switzerland. Our plumber at Saas-Fee is very reliable and you may even find an English skiing plumber there.

  5. And my mother thought that I should become a Doctor...

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