The not so reliable British Tradesman . . . .


I agreed a price with a local joiner to replace a couple of timbers on the outside of my house about 6 weeks ago. He paid for and delivered the two pieces of wood which I primed and undercoated and said he would start two weeks later.  I put some scaffolding up for him and provided a ladder.  Three weeks went by and I phoned him and left a message – He never got back to me.  I phoned him again on a Friday and he apologised and said he would be round in the morning – Saturday (it was a day’s work).  He never showed up.  He never rang me, he didn’t call round.  I phoned him on the Monday and left a message. . . “What happened, where were you?”- he never got back to me….

I agreed a price for a local metal-working man to make two frames up to go in my trailer.  Every time I phoned him the answer was “I will do those this week or next”  This went on for several weeks and so I became more persistent. . . “I’ve made them now” he said “I just have to paint them with a primer so they don’t rust”.  Two more weeks went by and I said “do you want the job and if so, when will they be ready?” – “next Tuesday” . . . he said . . . I said “are you sure – I have waited long enough”, “yes” he said (he had obviously forgotten he had told me he had made them).

I called round to collect them on the Tuesday.  When I arrived he said . . . “Oh you have come for those frames – haven’t you – I’ll get them ready for next Wednesday”  . . . . . . . . .

Asked a guy in the Spring if he could make some wooden biddles for me (short ladders with hooks that go into the thatch).  Every time I saw him he said he would soon get onto them.  Then the school summer holidays came and he said he was busy getting things ready for the start of the school term in September and couldn’t start till the schools went back.  To date he has still not made them . . . . . . . .