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Started by SorrellA on Apr 25, 2019 8:58:45 AM
Lost at the Bottom of the World

Post your whimsy here

Rendered - 17 May 2019 12:43:52 (#1901 of 2009)

A lot of old boilers need a regular service.

HelenDamnation - 17 May 2019 12:45:16 (#1902 of 2009)

And, sadly, they so rarely get it.

Rendered - 17 May 2019 12:47:24 (#1903 of 2009)

<does Benny Hill chase>

Cordelia - 17 May 2019 12:48:10 (#1904 of 2009)

It’s a Biasi. Apparently it’s cheap shit and I should have been charged about £500, not £1,200. And the fitting is a total bodge job, which I was beginning to realise anyway.

Standard builder behaviour apparently - install whatever you have floating about.

It’s pointless going after the builder to recover any costs now, but if I get BG to supply and install a new one it’ll a) be guaranteed for 7 years and b) I can chuck a chunk of it onto interest free credit.

Ricolas - 17 May 2019 12:52:43 (#1905 of 2009)

A good boiler, properly installed, and regularly serviced: a major takeaway lesson from living in many houses over the years.

nemo75 - 17 May 2019 12:52:43 (#1906 of 2009)

Worcester Bosch


Catspyjamas17 - 17 May 2019 12:56:44 (#1907 of 2009)

Shit boiler news, Cords. Hope you get a good one this time.

We have one inveterate show-off who is has always been about the drama, song and dance, as soon as she could dance/walk, pretty much, and another one who has had a good go at all that but decided it wasn't for her. But is, in my (obviously totally unbiased) mum's opinion, something of a natural comic and would make a fine comedian/comic actress one day, so I hope she does manage to find a creative outlet and gain confidence. She's only ten, plenty of time for that.

Ricolas - 17 May 2019 12:57:11 (#1908 of 2009)

Pebble has to be prevented from invading any stage she sees. I don't know if you would call her extrovert, perhaps, but an introvert she is not.

There has been interest from an agent; I am severely conflicted about this. One one side, a couple of adverts etc might help pay for the extra curricular education for a good while, and a chance to maybe have a shot at one of the West End musicals*. On the flip side: show-business.

* I know the mother of the original drummer in the West End prod of School of Rock. A hell of an undertaking for all concerned. And the pay was laughable. But a hell of an experience apparently!

Catspyjamas17 - 17 May 2019 13:02:49 (#1909 of 2009)

This will be a total hex but we've never had to have a new boiler yet. We have been in this house >12 years so it will be a thing at some point.

IKWYM, Rico. The drama school J goes to has an agency as we could sign her up to that for professional work, and sometimes I am tempted, given we just went through six months of rehearsals for an amateur (though pretty good standard) production, she could do that and get paid (something), and it might be more fun and relevant than going to wash up in a pub on a Saturday night. But then she is starting GCSE studies next year and perhaps the timing isn't great, and she might get paid more washing up in a pub on a Saturday night.

Ricolas - 17 May 2019 13:10:06 (#1910 of 2009)

West End musicals are £35 a night for child actors in lead roles. The School of Rock kids got double as they played their instruments too. That is pretty poor pay. Agent will take their cut too.

Adverts can be very lucrative though from what I understand. Huge hassle though, as they run very very last minute.

Bodgit - 17 May 2019 13:10:53 (#1911 of 2009)

Sounds like you should considers L and A's school for secondary, Ric. They're pretty good on the performing arts stuff, (not that either of mine take advantage of it, preferring to do spendy private dance classes over the freeby school ones. Brats.) I know in L's year there's an ex-Matilda and a couple of others who've had west end roles, so they must be pretty supportive of that kind of thing.

LippyPongstocking - 17 May 2019 13:13:04 (#1912 of 2009)

Adverts can be very lucrative though from what I understand.

Yes, a chum of mine does adverts now and again. They usually net him around two to three thousand pounds for a bog standard one, which ain't bad for barely half a day's work, but it can be considerably more dosh for something particularly high-profile.

HouseOfLametta - 17 May 2019 13:17:22 (#1913 of 2009)

I do lots of adverts. You may know me as 'Before'.

SorrellA - 17 May 2019 13:17:58 (#1914 of 2009)

Worth checking a reputable local installer for boilers as they can come out a lot cheaper than BG even with its 'discounts'. We have a Worcester Bosch after years of a crappy Ideal, and it's great.

helbel - 17 May 2019 13:29:27 (#1915 of 2009)

Worcester Bosch is your best option according to Which? magazine.

Mine developed a fault within three years, they sent someone out to repair it and it's been fine so far since. Repair all under guarantee.

Ricolas - 17 May 2019 13:30:15 (#1916 of 2009)

Sounds like you should considers L and A's school for secondary, Ric.

I must pick your brains about that at some point, as well and J&H next door.

AppleCatcher - 17 May 2019 13:42:15 (#1917 of 2009)

I no longer have to suffer boiler anxiety (as the local predilection is for electrically heated water tanks) but I can still contribute to the subject at hand (try to stop me). The boiler I had installed in our London flat was a top of the range Vaillant (the installer was slightly non plussed at my selecting somethign meant for a 3-storey house for our ground floor flat. On the other hand we always had lovely lovely high pressure hot water) and had it religiously serviced every year - if only for the pleasure of hearing the plumber's whistle of appreciation at the gold plated heat exchanger.It never gave us any issue.

LippyPongstocking - 17 May 2019 13:42:32 (#1918 of 2009)

All this talk of old boilers keeps making me think of that miserable dollop, Ann Widdecombe.


AppleCatcher - 17 May 2019 13:43:56 (#1919 of 2009)

More plumbing news as they happen.

In non plumbing news news, I received my French electoral card without actually having applied to be listed on the electoral roll. It's rather mysterious.

So I will be able to express my political opinion in a week's time, in a constituency where I do not expect to make much of a difference.

Catspyjamas17 - 17 May 2019 14:00:36 (#1920 of 2009)

had it religiously serviced every year

I'll ask the vicar if he can do it.

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