Seized stopcocks, warped doors, and dripping taps

posted Feb 14, 2011, 1:07 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Feb 14, 2011, 1:35 PM ]
Thursday, 8 February 2007
February is already a quarter gone!
Before you know it, it will be Easter.
Focusing on all the small jobs, as I do, very often, in fact more often than not, it leads to bigger jobs. I cannot recount the number of times that I've gone to a house to do one tiny job (today for instance, it was change a couple of light bulbs), while doing that one small job, a number of other "quickies" came to the client's mind, and before you know it a long list was put together. This sort of scenario happens again and again and again. Very often the client, who is by this stage delighted that all the little jobs have been done so quickly, says can you do this, that, or the other, and then the talk turns to hanging all the doors in the house, building a deck, re-jigging the kitchen, or... well the list goes on and on. When asked if I can do something my answer is almost always YES! Although I can do most things, I now choose to limit myself to the small stuff and introduce them to other good trades people. Because if I don't do the job, I know a man who can.

Plumbing has been high on the agenda this week. I've done four seized stopcocks, one leaking toilet cistern ball valve, two changes of monobloc kitchen taps,and fixed two washing machine connections.
These tiny jobs have, this week, led to Norman painting several rooms in two houses, a couple of additional plastering jobs for Graham, and the replacement of a leaking immersion heater cylinder by Jeff. I've replaced a couple of doors, rebuilt a garden gate, and been asked to build a custom rabbit hutch and run! Boring this work is not!

Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

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