The guy who did such a good job on our new kitchen worktops, recommended a friend of his for another job we wanted to do.  Our radiator system in this flat isn’t all that new, although it works fine.  However, it doesn’t have thermostatic valves … so when we want to warm up the living room – the coldest room in the house in winter –  we have had to put the heating on throughout the flat.  Which we don’t want.

We met Marc and he said ‘half a day’s work.  I’ll need to do a drain down and a flush out and I’ll add an inhibitor which will stop corrosion.’  His quote was good.  Very good!

He arrived at midday when he said he would.  He brought his daughter who is his apprentice at present.  He immediately set to work and now all necessary radiators have valves, the system is flushed out, it wasn’t too dirty at all which is GOOD news because it means the system isn’t beginning to break down … he added the inhibitor, explaining everything to his daughter and getting her to help. He didn’t stop although I made him a coupla cups of tea.

All done and dusted by 4pm.  He checked there were no leaks, bled all the radiators, turned the system on to check everything was working … and off they went with a cheery wave.

Why aren’t all workmen like this???

(image from xavierautoclinic.com )

27 thoughts on “A GOOD WORKMAN

  1. Now isn’t that just brilliant, such a shame he’s in the minority! I haven’t had a good workman like that in a long while. Great that you’re all sorted for winter, you should save a fortune now.xxx


    1. That’s the idea :yes: Next step is to lag the underside of the lounge floor 8| but that will have to wait for at least a month as we have non-stop visitors now!!


  2. There was a time when your wish would evoke a comment like “You don’t want much do you”. It was and still can be an awful lottery as to whether jobs are done apropriately. These days though, tradespeople who value their skill certification do tend tothink about their reputations, which is mo bad thing.

    It’s good it all worked out for you; there’s nothing to beat a recommendation from a trusted person. It’s worthwhile getting the system checked out, also having the thermostats does make a difference. Enjoy! 🙂


      1. Interesting, isn’t it, how in the face of instant communication and globalisation and huge companies, we seem to be returning to our ‘small town’ values.


      2. Hmm. Raises the question as to whether it’s ‘easier’ to maintain a good ethos only in smaller communities, because there is more accountability 🙄


      3. Accountability is the nub of the question. You know that in cities communities centre on either a social club, specific activities, or, an immediate neighbourhood, like the street you live in. Word of mouth recommendations do occur, notwithstanding, differences in expectations and standards that would not be accounted for and may cause a mis-match. Can a recommendation be trusted as much in a larger network as the one you will obtain in a smaller unit of population; this is one of the imponderables.

        The trades associations and the requirement for bona fide tradespeople to be registered with them has grown out of a general concern about protecting the public by stating competencies that tradespeople are expected to work to, not to mention the continuing updating of their trade. The tradespeople, needless to say, have the fall back position of a supporting organisation. That’s the theory anyway.

        These thoughts may, in part, go some way to considering and answering your question.


      4. Our neighbours upstairs are retired tradespeople and it’s interesting discussing this topic with them. Belonging to some of the so-called trade associations are, in our neighbour’s opinion, not worth the paper they are written on. Which brings us back to word of mouth.


      5. Did your neighbours join the associations? Thse days registration is a prerequisite for certain skills. I do feel it is a shame that the C & G ‘s are often bypassed for some of the newer titles of certification. Word of mouth can generate restrictive practices on its downside. There are pros and cons with all things.


      6. Ah – I didn’t mean professional organisations which some trades are required to register with. I was thinking more of associations which offer lists of tradespeople who can be trusted – like Checkatrade. Neighbour says that this sort of thing is meaningless.


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