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The Final Touches [Mar. 9th, 2011|12:34 pm]
Tony Grist
Peter and Mohammed came round to have a site meeting about the little tidying up jobs that need to be done before the work on the house is signed off and Mohammed gets paid. Most of them are uncontroversial. And let me say before I start to niggle that over-all we're very pleased with the work.  One thing we're not pleased with is the flooring- or not so much the flooring itself as the beading round the edge of the flooring. Dougie- who got landed with finishing it off after Tom took sick-  really had no idea how to mitre a joint. Mohammed waxed very sorrowful over this and hummed and hawed and mentioned that the contract had cost him £5,000 out of his own pocket because his lads had had to work round us and our furniture- none of which had any bearing on the matter in hand. It's a silly thing to stick on-because we're looking at 15 minutes work- but perhaps he was sticking because he was conscious of having no-one on his pay roll he can trust do any better. But the thing with Mohammed is to plant a flag in the sand, absorb all his sorrowful mutterings- even sympathise with them-  and not give an inch. 

There's a light fitting in the attic that got broken when the men were putting the hatch in. I made to open the hatch to show Mohammed the damage and found that the flimsy little plastic hasp on it was broken. Oh dear! How sad. One more thing for the list. 
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[User Picture]From: humphreycobbler
2011-03-09 01:13 pm (UTC)
Your first five words gave me a bit of a start. That's what I get for reading weird Russian novels and teaching classes in World Religion.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-09 01:41 pm (UTC)
:D Ah yes- not that Mohammed and not that Peter....
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2011-03-09 04:00 pm (UTC)
Your first five words gave me a bit of a start. That's what I get for reading weird Russian novels and teaching classes in World Religion.

That would be a great start of a story, though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-09 10:17 pm (UTC)
One that would have to be handled with great delicacy...
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2011-03-09 02:10 pm (UTC)
£5000. What rubbish. A sob story, take it with a sackful of salt.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-09 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yes. I do.

And if it's true it's his own fault for putting in such a low bid...
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-03-10 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yet they all cry over their low bids, in my experience. I once worked for eleven months specifically tasked with proving that around $17 million in extra work was not a part of our original bid.

You are handling it well and good luck.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2011-03-09 03:04 pm (UTC)
Last minute haggling is mandatory in home renovations.
I rather doubt he's out 5000 quid but a sorrowful face is also a requirement to be a contractor. He's just playing his role well.
:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-09 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm actually rather fond of him...
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-03-09 07:06 pm (UTC)
Glad you are getting near to the finish of all the works. Looking forward to seeing them and you.
Tuesday is the day that the police museum is open - looks very good to Ian. And to me. The other workers museum also looks good.
love Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-09 08:05 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Looking forward to your visit!
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