Re: Beware the gutter man
Posted by Stuart on October 15, 2021, 9:40 am, in reply to "Re: Beware the gutter man"
Hi Dave, |
>been in touch with five plumbers and none have turned up asked a sixth yesterday and he said he would ring..its not a tap washer it's quite substantial work I need doing.
Afaict, plumbers (electricians, etc.) don't like coming to a domestic job that another's left half-done, I'd say understandable when most householders won't want to pay the second pro. to start the job over, but will expect the second pro. to guarantee the whole job ...
Few months ago, a local builder we've used before and is highly thought-of did some work on the bil's new house. One thing fitted was a new bog-in-a-box; when we came to test, the flush wouldn't get rid of ... err ... solids ... As the house was to be rented, this needed sorting asap, the builder was busy on his next job and recommended another local plumber; I contacted this plumber, explained the problem, his reply was, "Get the bloke who fitted it to fix it!". Ok, could've been tongue-in-cheek, as the first guy wouldn't have recommended either someone he didn't know or someone who was crap, and good plumbers (electricians, etc.) are always busy. Otoh ...
The plumber that started your job and then buggered-off, do his business cards and/or adverts. show membership of any trade associations? If so, can you get any of them to lean on him to finish your job? And/or have you tried Citizen's Advice to get Devon Trading Standards to lean on him to finish your job? Even if there wasn't an explicit written contract between you and the first plumber, aiu consumer law, in starting the work for you, there's an implicit contract between you and the plumber, that he hasn't fulfilled; if he won't fulfil, there are basic penalties, such as returning any money you paid him. Then, worst-case, you'd at least have the money to pay another plumber to start the job over? Although, I agree, pita.