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UmBongo

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I have today off work today because the Council are upgrading the intercom thingy for the block. They will need access to my flat to replace the receiver.

So I took the opportunity to let a surveyor from a heating company (affilliated with British Gas) come round and inspect the central heating. Two birds with one stone! B|

The surveyor chap remarked how nice and clean my flat was. :Jumping: He said he's been to some right dumps in his job and that the worst ones seem to be the ones with cats. He also said that he visited an identical flat to mine around the corner and it was so cluttered that he had to walk sideways to get through the flat! Apparently the company would not be able towork there as it posed a Health and Safety risk. This ties in with the positive comment made by a painter and decorator who visited at the end of my kitchen and bathroom upgrade in July, describing some of the council properties he work in as  'flea pits!' xD

Even the past two private landlord representatives said I was pretty tidy so I must be doing alright. -_-

The central heating upgrade is going ahead on 9th November. The clean Vokera Linea 28 combi boiler with a broken case will be replaced by a more energy efficient Worcester unit. As I did with the kitchen and bathroom upgrade I'll have to leave the key with the bods and prey they don't nick anything   let them get on with it. Not that I want to be sitting in a freezing cold flat all day anyway!

I did ask if the bathroom radiator could be replaced with a chrome towel radiator but alas no. Even if I was to pay a bit more. This company are closely audited by Norwich City Council and things need to be done in a rigid way. bah! ¬¬

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6 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

I have today off work today because the Council are upgrading the intercom thingy for the block. They will need access to my flat to replace the receiver.

So I took the opportunity to let a surveyor from a heating company (affilliated with British Gas) come round and inspect the central heating. Two birds with one stone! B|

The surveyor chap remarked how nice and clean my flat was. :Jumping: He said he's been to some right dumps in his job and that the worst ones seem to be the ones with cats. He also said that he visited an identical flat to mine around the corner and it was so cluttered that he had to walk sideways to get through the flat! Apparently the company would not be able towork there as it posed a Health and Safety risk. This ties in with the positive comment made by a painter and decorator who visited at the end of my kitchen and bathroom upgrade in July, describing some of the council properties he work in as  'flea pits!' xD

Even the past two private landlord representatives said I was pretty tidy so I must be doing alright. -_-

The central heating upgrade is going ahead on 9th November. The clean Vokera Linea 28 combi boiler with a broken case will be replaced by a more energy efficient Worcester unit. As I did with the kitchen and bathroom upgrade I'll have to leave the key with the bods and prey they don't nick anything   let them get on with it. Not that I want to be sitting in a freezing cold flat all day anyway!

I did ask if the bathroom radiator could be replaced with a chrome towel radiator but alas no. Even if I was to pay a bit more. This company are closely audited by Norwich City Council and things need to be done in a rigid way. bah! ¬¬

Well done!!  Re the bathroom rad, why not get your own and pay a friendly plumber cash in hand to fit it once the official bods have gone?  

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7 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

The surveyor chap remarked how nice and clean my flat was. :Jumping: He said he's been to some right dumps in his job and that the worst ones seem to be the ones with cats. He 

Orac - Confirmed!

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5 minutes ago, One percent said:

Re the bathroom rad, why not get your own and pay a friendly plumber cash in hand to fit it once the official bods have gone?  

Yes, it'll be a job for sometime in the future if I can be bothered. :)

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The psychology of accommodation 'respect' is actually quite interesting.  I'd suggest (without proof) that the more you can assume that you've got some entitlement to a thing, the less likely you are to respect it.  I think this also applies to other aspects of life, like education and healthcare.

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15 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

Yes, it'll be a job for sometime in the future if I can be bothered. :)

See if you can spec the rad with valves positioned at the right width for direct replacement with towel rail of your choice, then a simple unscrew and swap job as far as plumbing concerned.

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I have noticed people increasingly saying that my house is clean too.  When I had the rat catcher out some weeks ago he kept reassuring me that my house was really clean and rats aren't attracted to dirt, and then when on a rant about some of the hovels he has visited recently, even using the word "clampit" which I haven't heard for years.

It is, of course, part of the wider gradual loss of society. People don't keep their own homes in order, being houseproud seems to be dying out.

 

Edit to add: interesting fact, rats are the only rodent that have a specific shitting/pissing area almost like a toilet.

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3 hours ago, spunko said:

I have noticed people increasingly saying that my house is clean too.  When I had the rat catcher out some weeks ago he kept reassuring me that my house was really clean and rats aren't attracted to dirt, and then when on a rant about some of the hovels he has visited recently, even using the word "clampit" which I haven't heard for years.

It is, of course, part of the wider gradual loss of society. People don't keep their own homes in order, being houseproud seems to be dying out.

 

Edit to add: interesting fact, rats are the only rodent that have a specific shitting/pissing area almost like a toilet.

Rabbits do the same, if you keep them indoors

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6 hours ago, One percent said:

Well done!!  Re the bathroom rad, why not get your own and pay a friendly plumber cash in hand to fit it once the official bods have gone?  

Or just buy the radiator and leave it in the box in the bathroom with a £20 note stuck to it when they come to fit the system... I bet they'd do it :)

8 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Rabbits do the same, if you keep them indoors

Can you come and tell ours that? Piss yes, always in their cage, generally in the corners where we have potties. But they will leave poop on the rugs.

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2 minutes ago, Cosmic Apple said:

Or just buy the radiator and leave it in the box in the bathroom with a £20 note stuck to it when they come to fit the system... I bet they'd do it :)

Can you come and tell ours that? Piss yes, always in their cage, generally in the corners where we have potties. But they will leave poop on the rugs.

The natural environment of a rabbit is not a rug.:Old:

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Not sure there has been much change if my dad's anecdotes of yesteryear are anything to by. I remember my dad telling me years ago how lucky we were to live in a house as nice and clean as we did as a significant % of the houses he visited as an insurance salesman (pre-internet) were absolute s**tholes. Filthy and messy. You don't know what is behind a closed door, even in some of the most respectable estates. I am not ultra clean and tidy day-to-day but if anyone is coming to my place (friend, tradesmen or whoever) I make sure you can see your reflection in the taps and the place is immaculate - it is called self-respect isn't it? I'd be mortified to let someone in if the place was a craphole.

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7 hours ago, UmBongo said:

I did ask if the bathroom radiator could be replaced with a chrome towel radiator

Plus most towel rails fail to give out enough heat viz a normal rad, especially the chrome rails.  He was looking after you bless him!

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2 minutes ago, Harley said:

Plus most towel rails fail to give out enough heat viz a normal rad, especially the chrome rails.  He was looking after you bless him!

Oh well, if that's the case then fair enough. I'll leave it be.

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23 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

Oh well, if that's the case then fair enough. I'll leave it be.

Don't give up son!  You could find out the BTU of your current one (see Screwfix catalogue) and see if there's a rail that is similar.  Probably bigger and not chrome. 

https://www.screwfix.com/c/heating-plumbing/central-heating-radiators/cat830988

If it's the standard stuff it'll probably be one of three types (depending on the number of panels) and then it's just the size. Note the BTU (British Thermal Units) rating, and then then look for a comparable rail which is likely to be bigger (and black, white or anthracite):

https://www.screwfix.com/c/heating-plumbing/towel-radiators/cat830996ller

My plumber said the same to me (recommended adding a separate rail) but I'm putting in a bigger, black one with similar BTUs (plus I'm insulating the bathroom) and will swap back if it fails.

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, spunko said:

Edit to add: interesting fact, rats are the only rodent that have a specific shitting/pissing area almost like a toilet.

Not in my experience. I once had the job of clearing a loft of a rat infestation. After removing all the insulation, there was rat shit absolutely everywhere that I had to hoover up. Not a job I'll forget.

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Just now, NTB said:

Not in my experience. I once had the job of clearing a loft of a rat infestation. After removing all the insulation, there was rat shit absolutely everywhere that I had to hoover up. Not a job I'll forget.

That reminds me of my eldest daughters first year at uni. One of the blokes she shared with came back pissed and threw up everywhere. They all then decided that it was somehow a good idea to hoover it up. :Sick1:o.O

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23 minutes ago, NTB said:

Not in my experience. I once had the job of clearing a loft of a rat infestation. After removing all the insulation, there was rat shit absolutely everywhere that I had to hoover up. Not a job I'll forget.

Are you sure it wasn't mice?

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4 minutes ago, spunko said:

Are you sure it wasn't mice?

Quite sure. I had to remove the (occupied) nest. Plus I've had pet rats and I know the difference between mice and rat shit.

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32 minutes ago, NTB said:

Not in my experience. I once had the job of clearing a loft of a rat infestation. After removing all the insulation, there was rat shit absolutely everywhere that I had to hoover up. Not a job I'll forget.

The last rat I encountered on site (dead, dessicated and skin bleached white) fell on my head as I removed the loft hatch. 

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32 minutes ago, One percent said:

That reminds me of my eldest daughters first year at uni. One of the blokes she shared with came back pissed and threw up everywhere. They all then decided that it was somehow a good idea to hoover it up. :Sick1:o.O

So much for Blair’s policy of 50% of school leavers going to university....

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