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  • in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #259468
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      Right new guy turned up today instantly got hopes up as he’s an older chap not an early 20s guy again no offence to hard working younger workers who do a good job.

      Anyway arrived around 8 first thing talked to us about what we expected as his job sheet just said rip out start again, he saw immediately that there were justifiable issues. He started defending those gaps in the plastic panels and I said no ice seen other work they don’t have to be like that and he didn’t argue.

      Where he’s pulled the stuff out I’ve got photos of how crap the work was behind the wall. No isolation valves accessible or otherwise.

      The cold feed runs along the longer wall behind the panels and there’s not a single cleat holding it.

      Where he’s tee’d off he’s bent the pipe by hand and out a kink in it.

      He’s done similar to the cistern feed it’s just a long random gent by hand not fixed to the wall with a series of small kinks.

      He missed great big bits around the window with the expanding foam.

      He left an old piece of rotting wet wood behind the plastic that we’d asked him to remove as its soaked and black no he covered it up.

      I realised that the position of the drain vs shower fittings means I have to stand on the chrome drain which caused me to fall over last night

      This guy seems really nice he hasn’t trashed the other guy but he has said it shouldn’t be like this and he’s done x wrong. The windowsill wasn’t supposed to have a piece of corner trim on it meaning you couldn’t sweep stuff off it.

      He’s trying to get us a doc m back to wall toilet replacement so no awkward cleaning behind loo, he’s also going to see if he can sneak the semi pedestal sink in for us too.

      We shall see but I intend to take whats happened higher how you can do plumbing then bend pipes by hand kinking them eventually no doubt that would’ve blown and no isolation valves….

      I’ll be keeping a very close eye on the build again

      Kinked pipe

      in reply to: Everything Enyaq #259138
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        How did you contact Skoda and did you need any details from the dealer?

        in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #259031
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          Oh it is fully sealed with the floor material making the skirting effectively they did that right at least we’ll aside from the threshold ending before the door lol just in this case the latex underneath isn’t fully level, if you spray the room with water you get puddles

          in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #259023
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            We got the choice of colours etc before hand which was fine just makes you feel an inconvenience you know.

            When I had the driveway done it was the opposite they were great probably because it wasn’t the HA, mind you they turned up 2 weeks after it went down and said were replacing the drains they were shocked when they saw the drive despite the HA giving permission for it they then wanted to dig it all up…..

            I’m just glad the level access doors, ramp and patio aren’t being done by the HA.

            Honestly I could just curl up in bed and cry from all of it. I really hate confrontation like that it makes me so ill, even the wife shouting at the kids sets me off. Think it goes back to my mum going nuts every Sunday when we were growing up she used to lose it over housework on Sundays she never hit us or anything but….. Even now a vacuum cleaner makes my physically react.

            They wanna start again with a different fitter next week. Got to take so to emergency hospital appt tomorrow so as long as that’s OK they can start but if anything is wrong there we’ll have to put it off

            in reply to: Looking at fitting an air source heat pump heat pump #259019
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              Supply and demand for labour I guess. It was the same over chargers

              in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #259015
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                0nce we started talking about the floor pooling the guy kinda caved in and said we’re doing so much let’s start again. So hopefully.

                I had a huge row with the guy about those panel gaps. Funnily enough he had examples on their phone like I said to him all your work? Not surprised the gaps are all the same then.

                Said OK let’s get an independent wet room fitter in to write a report, he didn’t like that.

                Some of the stuff was just so egregious like that 5″ coving next to 4″ etc that they’ve just hot no defence.

                What’s really upset me though is being made to feel I’m unreasonable and he was still telling instead of listening

                in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258917
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                  Evening all time for an update.

                  Had council and housing ass out today. Things started off very frostyy between housing guy and me made me feel really uncomfortable. When it came to panel gap I got endless lectures that they’re all like that, I got a snipe all the ones you fitted you mean. I said OK we’ll get the opinion of an independent professional bathroom fitter then see what they say shall we. I also said I have photos from on here showing that they can look better.

                  The young lad that made this mess clearly needs more training and isn’t fit to be let out alone lol

                  After so many points in me saying the floor isn’t level step off the former area and you get puddles forming that don’t drain away you have to sweep them up. At this point I think he realised they might as well redo the room from scratch and things hot much less confrontational. I decided if throw them a bone saying how happy I was with it other than all this, the concave sink is a joy fills in seconds the mixer tap is lovely too.

                  They were arguing trying to tell us you can’t get a back to wall, close coupled, raised height toilet. We said if we can’t have a hanging wall mounted loo then we want one that goes fully back to the wall so there’s no awkward cleaning places. He’s off to look at the catalogue, I’ve seen dozens of models that are 46cm tall and full back to wall so not sure what he’s bitchin about.

                  So thats it they look like they’ll be starting again next week….

                  in reply to: Joss I need a new laptop #258893
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                    To be honest if you buy a new laptop download the windows media creation tool you’ll need an 8gb or bigger flash drive and blow the install away that comes with it do a fresh install it’s so stupidly easy now.

                    Download any missing drivers from manufacturers website that way you guarantee no garbage.

                    As for laptops buy a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad even used they’re brilliant, cheapish and have rocksolid bullet proof build quality that you just won’t get from an Acer.

                    You can get a Lenovo T480 i5 8250u, 2TB ssd, 32GB ram, Windows 11 pro for about £380 refurbished.

                    I always used Lenovo at work and buy them for myself used might look industrial and not pretty but stuff like hinges last forever as long as you avoid the cheaper consumer stuff.

                    To be honest you’re probably better off doing a fresh windows install, having a tech or yourself clean the crotch gooch out of the laptop cooling system and possibly putting more RSM in it.

                    Don’t buy an Apple unless you’re already tied to the ecosystem the laptops despite popular opinion are terrible designs, often awful build quality inside and break very easily. Apple often use every excuse to weedle out of warranty claims like shouting water damage, refusing recall work until you turn up with a printout proving there’s a recall. They’re anti competitive and you can’t upgrade anything on modern Macbooks.

                    in reply to: Looking at fitting an air source heat pump heat pump #258889
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                      We have a 1930s 3 bed semi at the coast. It’s been repointed and insulated etc and couple of years ago our oil heating was replaced with ASHP to start with we were angry and hated it especially when it slurped through over £200 extra in one month. After the settings were corrected and I turned off the immersion heater that was set to come on every day, thanks installer we got the hang of it and it keeps the house at a constant 19C to save money

                      We are on Agile and have it shut off between 4 and 7 when electricity is peak and our avg is about 16p/kwh each month.

                      I’d not go back to anything else, love ASHP now, love the fact radiators don’t get stupid hot, put kittens love the fa t they can use the curtains as bedding and sleep on the radiator without overheating too.

                      We have a 400 litre tank for hot water and the ASHP on its own heats that to 55C or so.

                      We also have solar panels now but they went in during December so don’t know how that’ll affect things yet. All thanks to our housing association really, they’re really aggravating in so many ways but they did a decent job on these 2

                      in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258677
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                        Evening

                        I left a snag list on the door but had to postpone it as had to take my youngest to a last minute dentist appointment.

                        We’ve rescheduled for Tuesday at 1pm she’s coming along with the guy in charge at the HA

                        She has seen various pictures I’ve sent her and she agrees panels should’ve gone all the way to the door along with the other issues. I typed the list up bullet point style in Word and it came to 3.5 A4 sides.

                        Every time I go in there I see more. Like the waste pipe comes through the wall for the toilet and it’s all open hasn’t been sealed up so cold air gets in and condensation forms on the wall and toilet cistern,no sealant between toilet and floor.

                        We’ll see what’s said on Tuesday but the only way to fix those gaps between the panels is to pull them off the wall doing that will either warp or break them on top of that there’s the dodgy coving, bad plastering and the cut at the top of the panels where it meets the coving is so wavey I get sea sick looking at it ? all in all it’s going to cost someone a lot of money. Maybe that’s why they quoted so much they knew it’s taken 2 attempts ??

                        in reply to: Motability Scheme Vehicle numbers #258566
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                          Well that sucks

                          in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258400
                          Rich44
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                            The grant was organised by the council who then pay the HA to adapt. I think they do it this way as the HA has to maintain it so let them fit it kinda thing.

                            The HA used their own staff to do the job.

                            Hopefully council is coming out today

                            in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258226
                            Rich44
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                              Urgh drives you nuts doesn’t it?

                              When we moved in found the house had a ring main upstairs with spurs off dropping down thru the floor to the downstairs. This meant each room downstairs had one double socket, except the living room which had one double and one single.

                              Imagine the amount of equipment we use in 2020 I mean phone chargers alone could take up those sockets. I pleaded with the HA to sort it but they insisted this was fine.

                              So went out bought all the bits Inc 100m of 2.5mm and proceeded to put 13A fused spurs in. None of their spurs were done very well. Behind the TV I put 3 double sockets side by side running off a 13A fuse looks pretty nice even if you can’t really see it normally.

                              Did the same in dining room and bedrooms, did nice job and lifted floorboards so no surface mount. Took me weeks to do a bit at a time but worth it.

                              Drives me nuts when these workers just don’t give a monkeys bodge it up and skip off. Why is it so hard to just do a decent job, have a bit of pride in your work and remember it’s someone’s home

                              in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258161
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                                Oh I thought I was gonna get that bidet seat as there was a box with that on it so I got super excited but then realised it was just a box that’d been used to put some handles and shower curtain etc in, gutted.

                                I might ask about it on Thursday tho it’s only £900. Can’t believe how easy it is to do wall hanging toilets frame in the wall 12cm deep, put plastic panel over and hang loo on bolts so dunno why that was impossible too

                                in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258158
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                                  This is the sink I specced it’s lush

                                   

                                  in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258157
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                                    Yeah theyve put non slip wetroom floor in but they screwed up the latex as there’s high spots and low spots.

                                    If I spill water in front of the sink from washing it just pools, spill enough and some of it will run to the drain.

                                    Infront of the loo it’s up and down, run your hand over it you can feel it.

                                    To be honest I just feel I want to tell them to rip it all out and chuff off.

                                    When they pulled the uPVC away from around the window turned out there was nothing there between the window frame and the wall all around. When pointing was redone they fitted metal lintel and nothing around that, put my hand up there and was so cold water was pouring off it.

                                    They claim they’ve spray foamed it all now and there’s some green foam around but dunno if they put enough in. That’s explain why it was always cold in there. I could literally put my hand in the gap and touch both sides of the cavity walls at least there was insulation in there further down.

                                    So even the window fitters and pointing guys screwed up too.

                                    Id love to ask these people now you’ve finished would you be happy with that work in your own home? If not don’t do it in mine. We intend to stay here for the rest of our lives (touchwood)

                                    in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258149
                                    Rich44
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                                      Nice looking room that struth

                                      We’ll see what occurs Thursday when the council lady comes out to look. Ultimately I’m going to replace the shower with a tower/panel shower at some point now the rooms done and pipes are in the standard places.

                                      Feel a lot better for getting some feedback from others, thanks I don’t feel like I might be being unreasonable now

                                      in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258134
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                                        Yeah I’ve already made the LA aware she’s coming out Thursday to look.

                                        I know it’s crazy what they’ve done. You can’t see it in the pics but the edge of the plastic along the coving is so far off straight it beggars belief. I could’ve cut it straighter than that.

                                        There’s no sealant along the lower edge where the shower is so over time no doubt that’ll wick up behind the plastic.

                                        I have no idea why they didn’t just pull all the coving and panel up to the ceiling.

                                        Thanks for the replies I didn’t want to just think it’s me being fussy or over picky but it’s the one chance I’ll get to have a nice shower room so want it to be nice to last the next decade or so.

                                        We asked for nothing to be on the floor to make cleaning easier and got a normal floor mounted loo and sink with pedestal. The HA tried changing the plans twice and caught them both times. They had bought a “normal” rounded sink and I specifically said I want a doc m Concave sink so I cannot at it right up against it and I checked the boxes and caught them out.

                                        Just can’t believe they quoted just under 12k for this mess. I had a private quote for pocket door, floating toilet and wall no pedestal sink for ten grand but council wouldn’t go for it.

                                        Thanks for the comments it’s really supportive and helpful. I just feel like I wanna burst into tears all the time we’ve been waiting over a year for this and now this shambles 🙁

                                        in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258127
                                        Rich44
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                                          They removed it because we asked them to change it. It was a seven foot tall rad said it had to be so big because air source heat pump but it never heated the room as rest of house would get warm and switch heating off and bathroom wouldn’t heat up reliably. Other than the bathroom the ASHP is brilliant now we’re used to it.

                                          Fan heater is just for popping on for 5 mins to heat room up before a shower then turn it off. Yeah it’ll cost more to heat the room all the time but ideally being just heat the room when needed.

                                          £12,000 for that btw from the council grant. I have no clue why they’ve left that bit of wall unclad, haven’t treated the ceiling, why they didn’t pull all the coving out and plastic line to the ceiling etc.

                                          They’re in for a shock because I’m not signing it off in this state

                                          This is after yes plastered that hit of coving now too 9 days so far….

                                          in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258119
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                                            in reply to: Disabled facilities grant and new wetroom via HA #258118
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                                              in reply to: Everything Enyaq #258113
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                                                Well that’s a lot better than me with BP they messed about for nearly 5 months had to throw granny charger out the kitchen window all that time.

                                                Much better once got local company to fit Hypervolt at Motability’s expense

                                                in reply to: Everything Enyaq #257889
                                                Rich44
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                                                  Why?

                                                  Either believe them or don’t. We know the model exists it’s all over the European website I posted the price. It’s not beyond probable for them to make European spec as a UK car.

                                                  in reply to: Everything Enyaq #257690
                                                  Rich44
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                                                    I posted it with price off Skoda Europe’s website yesterday took all of 1 minute to find

                                                    in reply to: Everything Enyaq #257584
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                                                      In Europe they still do an 85 Sportline (no plus) as shown below

                                                      Enyaq 85 Sportline

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