|Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2004 - 12:19 pm: |
I need to get some quotes for work to my house and I have a recollection that somebody on here recently said something about a government approved list - think it was Hilltop General - where can I find the list?
|Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2004 - 02:00 pm: |
I know this isn't the answer you were looking for, but I've been very impressed by some builders working on an extension in Westwood Park.
They have been in early every day, incl weekends, and progress looks excellent. Nicely designed extension too. It's opposite 94-96, Westwood Park.
|Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2004 - 04:28 pm: |
I know the extension you are on about Les, and without wishing to pull the rug from underneath you, the quality of the work is not all that, especially the brickwork.
It's the architects that design, builders build. I admit they have made good progress, but I would not have them do anything for me.
|Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2004 - 04:37 pm: |
OK point taken - I guess I was getting excited about having builders that actually turned up!
You're right the architect (spit! I am an engineer and therefore have pathological problem with them) did a good job. FOR ONCE! (couldn't help self).
|Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2004 - 08:25 pm: |
Got to agree with you there Les, I think they have got the plans spot on, very sympathetic to the style of the house.
Apologies if the tone of my reply came across slighly a abrupt. My Dad is a builder who specialises in brickwork, and having spent time working with him as a lad I have a loathing for bad brickwork, especially when it is facework such as the front of that extension. It's a shame when someone spends alot of money, yet the whole effect is ruined by low standards of finishing. I'm sure you appreciate that being an Engineer.
If I was viewing that house after when extn was done, the first thing I would think is "this has been done on the cheap". That may not be the case, but it gives that impression, which counts at the end of the day.
By the way, if you want to see a real class bit of brickwork, take a peek further along w/wood park towards Canonbie - DIY brick front wall that has been built ontop of the original...classic.
Going back to Boscos message, what are you looking to get done B? I know some good tradesmen who are reliable and trustworthy.
|Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2004 - 10:12 pm: |
Jaffar - hahahaaa I know exactly the wall you are talking about! I guess the one with 'not quite horizontal' courses! I would imagine its taken quite a bit of value off the house.
Mind you my bricklaying is rubbish. I built one in the garden thinking I didn't need a stringline. Wrong!
|Posted on Saturday, 14 August, 2004 - 11:57 am: |
Thought you'd know the one I meant Les ;-)
|Posted on Monday, 16 August, 2004 - 09:55 am: |
Jaffar - nothing structural as yet but a couple of things need doing and I'm having to prioritise due to financial constraints.
I'd prefer to discuss off-board if that's okay - my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted on Thursday, 19 August, 2004 - 02:52 pm: |
Read the thread with interest and would be interested in hearing of some recommended builders - as I am having a total nightmare getting recommendations for kitchen and bathroom extension I am planning. Many thanks
|Posted on Monday, 01 November, 2004 - 05:39 pm: |
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW PEOPLE'S OPINIONS ON CHARGES MADE BY LOCAL TRADESMEN.
IN PARTICULAR WHAT WOULD BE THE AVERAGE TOTAL FOR REPLACING AN OLD CHUBB LOCK WITH NEW IN FH AREA. I ASK JUST TO TRY AND COMPARE WITH ONE ESTIMATE I'VE ALREADY RECEIVED.
HOPE SOMEONE HAS SOME COMPARATIVE PRICES.
|Posted on Monday, 01 November, 2004 - 07:35 pm: |
If you are simply looking to replace a Chubb mortice lock with another one of the same size and type, then it's a job that anyone with a screwdriver can do themselves after buying the lock for around £20-£40.
|Posted on Monday, 08 November, 2004 - 01:43 pm: |
When I had to do this, I was advised to simply replace the "mechanism" as oppossed to the whole lock itself.
Simply remove the lock and take it into a locksmith, they will replace the mechanism for you, enabling you to simply refit it into the door.
I'm sure it was less than £20.
|Posted on Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 - 06:14 pm: |
I paid something like £60-80 to have a barrel lock replaced. I did try to remove it myself at first but didn't realise you need to turn the key in the lock and jiggle it about abit to get the barel out. I just tried thumping it with a hammer. First through you need to remove the screw that holdsthe barrel in place. it is located on the opening edge of the door frame. Easy when you know how! expensive when you don't.
|Posted on Thursday, 18 November, 2004 - 04:49 pm: |
Brain Surgeon - that barrel you're referring to is either a Euro or an oval type, which costs around a tenner and can be changed in about a minute...I'm not sure it's what Virginie wants though.