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Right ... Just been nudged to set this up by Paul.M and sounds a good idea following recent threads I've done in the Arms..

Rules....No Offensive material... edit if required before posting as this is the public arena.
Anything to do with the trade or in and around it ...H&S pic's welcome.

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I've posted this a few times and this is at a mates house following a kitchen refirb several yrs ago. :eek:mg_smile:

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Plumbers, don't you just love 'em.
We have a rental flat, with another above. Tenant told us that there was water dripping from kitchen ceiling - so I go upstairs and inform the owner, he says he'll call out his plumber. His plumber says there's no leak he can find.
Water still dripping from our ceiling, so go and see chap upstairs who lets me have a look - a few seconds later I've found the leak (from the cold water connection to the WC ballcock). OK, it wasn't an obvious leak, as in visibly dripping, as the water was running down the pipe and disappearing into the boxed off bit hiding all the pipes. So leave him to call his useless plumber out again to fix it. But, the delays have meant that our kitchen ceiling is now sagging.
Roll forward a bit, chap upstairs rings me (while I'm on holiday elsewhere in the country) asking if I know where his stop tap is - which as it happens I did from when I'd been looking into the previous leak. No idea if I could blame his plumber, but the chap was watching TV when he heard a bang and water was gushing out from under his kitchen units. Turned out one of the flexibles to the taps had failed - no idea if it was pipe failure or not connected properly. So that's the end of half of our kitchen ceiling which we pull down so it doesn't fall down when it feels like it.

So when the tenant moves out (moving onwards and upwards) we get the kitchen ceiling replaced, as well as applying multiple coats of paint to cover the water marks in other rooms.

Roll forward a couple of months, water dripping from ceiling again. Chap upstairs gets his plumber out - who can't find a leak. Plumber asks me if he can make a hole in our bathroom ceiling (where the bulk of the water is coming through this time) and I agree a small hole "say, an inch or so" for him to put a camera through.
So, what do I find when the tenant tells me the water hasn't stopped ? He's left the fan dangling on it's cable, partially dismantled the ducting, and cut a hole about a foot square in the ceiling and left it. The **** told me that the water wasn't coming from upstairs, it was coming in through the fan ducting - despite the fan ducting being dry, and the concrete blocks ABOVE it being wet. Yes, a plumber who believes in water flowing uphill on it's own.
Upstairs to see the neighbour again - we do actually get on alright. For some unrelated reason he has the bath panel off, and with a torch and mirror I can see up the box and see a pipe going drip ... drip ... drip.
So that's the new kitchen ceiling with water marks, a gaping hole in the bathroom ceiling, and water marks across the living room ceiling.

I sometimes get asked if I know a tradesman for something or other. As I tend to do most work myself I don't really know what any of the locals are like - apart from the handful of plumbers I wouldn't trust to change a tap washer without supervision.
When a spark does a plumbers job.
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Called by customer to help a flat was being part rewired after a flood - the chap doing it hasn’t come back - spent half a day trying to figure out ring main cables and sort out rerun cables - anyway found 3 crimped joints new onto old cable this is one of them …… had several joints like this…

By time I had finished rewriting there were no joined cables

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Lucky escape! found this in a ceiling void, nice VIR-PVC joint with crumbling insulation

Live conductor within a whisker of the bathroom towel rail pipework
was at a property the other week it still had led sheathed VRI cable for lights was surprised I got 20meg on IR testing, and no earth leakage - though VRI cable starting to deteriorate where it bends into connections at the switches.

5 years ago they changed all light fittings to class 2 and backboxes to plastic - but getting closer to rewire
Maybe last another 80 years 🤣🤣
 
Called by customer to help a flat was being part rewired after a flood - the chap doing it hasn’t come back - spent half a day trying to figure out ring main cables and sort out rerun cables - anyway found 3 crimped joints new onto old cable this is one of them …… had several joints like this…

By time I had finished rewriting there were no joined cables

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Tell me that Crimp joint wasn't the finished 'signed off' job...
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Tell me that Crimp joint wasn't the finished 'signed off' job...
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Hi nope ‘half job’was still to be finished when I arrived 3 rooms still had old cables and original sockets. However, this was a finished joint as it was covered in insulating tape and tucked away under floor board - spotted when trying to trace ends of the ring main and figure out what had been done.

U will be pleased to know I ripped out all all the old cables (and scary joints) and replaced with new ones only took us a couple of hours once sussed out.

Also what was also disturbing - at the consumer unit the ends of the wires were still connected into the breaker (switched off but no lock off) - should’ve been disconnected - which i immediately did for testing and safety..
 
Was here a week ago, didn't take cover off box last time. New outdoor socket requested.
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Last time I found the other end of the circuit:
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It was still live, so I turned off the breaker marked "Shed", it went dead, and I arranged to come back.

A week later I return, and am told that the freezer stopped working after my last visit.
What I failed to spot was it also goes through the wall, and back in, into a lone double socket. Genius circuit design, sticking the freezer on with the shed on a shared RCD.....

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Called by customer to help a flat was being part rewired after a flood - the chap doing it hasn’t come back - spent half a day trying to figure out ring main cables and sort out rerun cables - anyway found 3 crimped joints new onto old cable this is one of them …… had several joints like this…

By time I had finished rewriting there were no joined cables

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Screwdriver looks a bit well worn!
 

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