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Andy M

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Been a bit quite for a while, so thought i better show willing.

What is the worst sort of Electrical Work?

i don't mean DIY or Kitchen Fitter, i mean what is your least favourite type of work.

For me it has to be Domestic Occupied Rewires.

i saw an advert in the Yellow Pages the other day and one Sparks advertises as a "Domestic rewire specialist", My mate wanted to phone him to ask him if he needed any help, but you hate rewires i said "i was going to offer him counselling" was his reply
 
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Spudmiester

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Yep, 'lived in' rewires do it for me.

Would rather work on the sewage treatment plants on a hot day !
 

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Yep, 'lived in' rewires do it for me.

Would rather work on the sewage treatment plants on a hot day !
Totally agree house bashing pain inthe a*** especially when house is occupied having to move furniture, lift carpets & floorboards etc, then you have to put it all back down again before teatime so they can sit down for their dinner.

I would rather go 10 rounds with Amir Khan.:eek:
 

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hate chasing. not that i do much of it any more but when i do my share... its just boring!
 
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wayne

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"lived in domestics " i'd rather eat my own warm ****
its the silly ****** saying "do you have to ?" that annoys me
 
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Andy M

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Nice to see that i am not the only one!

Does this annoy anyone else out there?

Decorators (sorry house painters) that splash emulsion on brand new accessories

After blood sweat and tears, chasing out, getting covered in ****, weedling (good word) cables about so they can't be seen and the only bit of our work to be seen and within 24hrs of it being put up, every switch and socket is covered in ******* paint!!! and to top it all the decorator asks if i can "just" take off the sockets so he can paper!!! cause we all like doing things twice but only paid once.

moan over

back to the Golf with a beer i go
 
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rumrunner

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"lived in domestics " i'd rather eat my own warm ****
its the silly ****** saying "do you have to ?" that annoys me
I agree,the only good thing is sometimes you might get a ****,:)

oh and you get to forrage about in the laundry basket ;)
 
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Cirrus

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Ah, one of them types eh Rum???;)
 
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wayne

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actually whats worse is lived in council work
if the ******** arent nicking your tools /materials they're trying to break into your van .
had to install fans in council houses once (********** job on the planet) and the company expected me to cold call on them !!! couldn't get half of them out of bed
never ever again i refer you to my previous post:eek:
 
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Cirrus

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haha I have the same thing now Wayne. I 1st & 2nd fix 2 kitchens a week for council refurbs and then have to fit bathroom & kitchen fans in each of the houses. After that I do wire a seperate bathroom for a disabled adaption and then if I have any spare time left in the week my boss asks me to cold call other houses on a list which require kitchen and bathroom fans. He simply won't accept that the dole bludging sponging crack heads will not get out of bed to answer the door to me. He doesn't understand when they say they want a few days notice before going in and coring holes in breeze block and turning their kitchens and bathrooms black!
 
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Darius-parky

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Council refurb? That is my every day 8-4 job at the moment. Any sympathy is welcomed.
 
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Cirrus

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Yup, that accounts for my 45 hour week sadly:(
 
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harry98

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rewiring occupied council ****holes on a rough estate with scroats left right and centre, it makes me sick.
 
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wayne

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you all have my sympathy
 
Yup, that accounts for my 45 hour week sadly:(
Ditto,I'm supervising 20 council house rewires a week.

I will say one thing,NOTHING shocks me anymore.

Had the Resident Liason officer in a property today,that we are about to go in tomorrow,looking like someone off CSI with her boiler suit on,cleaning a house BEFORE we go in,giving it big licks with the Shake n' Vac :)

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I think its fair to say your not a sparky until you've worked on a council job! i admit ive done it, solid red brick walls, scum running about with sh#tty bums, but to top it all off I got the amazing job of changing smoke detectors and panels in 3 council buildings and the smell from the rooms was gastly, to be fair sh#t smelt like italian perfume! (truly bad!)
 
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Bane

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Being buried alive like Max "King Prawn" Branning in EastEnders.

*Shudders*
 
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wayne

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when i first started working i did engineering .once we had to change the bearings inside a large tank that was used to mince fish that was used to feed minks:eek:then there was the ammonia farm ,
installed wiring in a carcass incinerator before also ,that said council work is worse
 
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Plasterers. Bastards to a man. How many times have you had your sockets and switch boxes plastered completely over leaving you to find out where they are so you can cut them out again? I had one a few years ago where the whole place was cement rendered. Luckily, I'd drawn a plan where everything was located. And another thing while I'm in full rant mode. You measure up and install your cables for down lighting so that you can cut the holes later and fish the cables out, and what do you find when you get back to the job? The plasterer has pulled all your cables through the ceiling as a `favour` and they're all over the place with no chance of lining them up properly. Grrrr!
 
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Andy M

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And why are Plasterers treated like God??

"you must get in and First Fix today because the Plasterers are Coming tomorrow"

I agree about the boxes being plastered in, My Mate used to leave the cables hanging out to avoid this and then the Plasterer cut all the cables short and cut off his Markings!! you can't win!!

My beef with them is that the bonding coat also seems to be shy of the box and the finish coat overlaps the box, so when you try to "clean up" around the box, one gentle tap and a great big lump comes out and who gets the blame???

The Other Thing is Why are they Paid More than Us?? Most of Them can't read or write!
 
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Cirrus

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On the subject - kitchen fitters who decide that they don't wanna make a cut to accommodate a trunking drop so rip the trunking off the wall and then fit the work top and units around your cables leavinf them unprotected and on view for all to see and with no way to get a bit of trunking back over them. ----ers on price trying to make their lives easier - sod the poor sparks!

And why is it that we are mean to be at the top of the trade tree but we get the least money?:confused:
 
agree with you both, Andy M, and cirrus. One time in a hotel we was working on, we was getting blame for not finishing the work quick enough, when theres no bleeding ceiling to 2nd fix the lights, or 2nd fix sockets because the plasterer hasnt finished. Oh n its still our fault because we havnt connected the underfloor heating for the titlers, because the bloody joiner boxed the whole section in where the spurs were.
 
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Andy M

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Comrades, It is about time we started a revolution!!!
 
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clinger

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OK go easy as I think this is my first post....I have a great respect for those council tenants generally referred to as scum. I can think of no better job than to start work at 8am digging a trench outside their house to a depth of 600mm, laying a new swa cable to just outside their door, connecting one end to a small hand-held genny with capacitor and the other to a small noise generating device such as a several of pounds of TNT and using it as a doorbell. Even that probably would not wake them......and relax!!!!!!!! Now plasterers.......
 
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Cirrus

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I got locked out of a tenants house last weekend cos she refused to let me back in after I 'invalidated her NEFF cooker guarantee by wiring it up to a 45A DP cooker switch' claiming the switch couldn't possibly turn the supply off. Her husband found her medication shortly after and once the council big cheeses had been to visit things calmed down :D:D

Go figure!
 
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Andy M

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i have read with interest about council house tennants. never worked in one but did do some NVQ assessment in a couple when at Uxbridge. Out of interest how many of you guys used to be one?

I was

Gone up in the world now though, currently working in Lady Hamiltons Gaff!! I'm afraid that occupied rewires are just as bad where ever you are. As a man once said to me when i was on Changing Rooms "same S**T,different toilet!!
 
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rumrunner

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Hi ,
|Yeah i used to live on a council estate ,i dont know about now ,but then just about everyone had jobs and all got up early to go to them ,i resented the term scum ,but as it was the guys first post ,i decided to let it ride. but i can assure everyone in those days worked hard and if anyone went into a house to do some work ,im sure the ladys looked after them ,

i did council house rewires once when work was slack for about 6 months ,most folk were quite old and i used to like sitting having tea ,watching telly ,even gave some old lady a joint one afternoon ,there was another side to the coin ,furnature

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mattyfooty

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Plasterers..... I was on a large site a few years ago now and one of them plasterers cut cables (so short could not terminate) "saying they are to long " let it ride a couple of times then he did it again.. took my hammer to the nice clean polished wall he did the day before. Lets say he was not happy boy.. we had abit of a dust up then he was ok,
By the way my brother is a plasterer and he earns about 15k more than me a year, just for wacking a bit of slop on the wall... But it is hard graft i will give him that.
 
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Cirrus

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Never been a council tenant. Tried but they turned me away saying I earn too much. Got sick of paying a £1300 per month mortgage and it riles me to think that behind my house are tenants who have beautiful views over the Gatcombes, a nice estate and only pay £77 a week for a house bigger than mine! Makes me angry as I obviously never worked out how to play the bloody system!
 
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