Cowboys at work?

Sometimes it’s quite interesting watching the world go by from one’s lounge, or in this instance, repair men carrying out maintenance.

A van pulled up outside the house opposite and three guys got out.
Next thing we see is the top of a ladder being placed against their conservatory guttering and our interest is piqued.
A head appeared followed by a body, then feet came up to the next but highest rung as he surveyed whatever they had been called in to do.
He went down and another angled ladder was seen hovering in close proximity to the first, waving around like a demented flag overdosed on starch.

The roof of this conservatory consists of several angled glass panels radiating from under a long strut attached to said roof and bracketed to the wall of the building.
The angled ladder was then placed along one of the roof panels and a second man edged his way along it to the apex.
Don’t worry, there was no accident of him falling through the roof or breaking any glass, but what followed did not seem that professional and I doubt the problem was actually fixed.

From the viewpoint of a comfy settee, three of us watched as the second man went back up the angled ladder armed with a mastic gun and sealant. Without wiping any of the muck, moss or mould away, he squeezed his sealant awkwardly, unevenly and one handedly along the far side, then did the same on the near side, going back to give both another squirt for good measure. Then using his finger, he rubbed it along his ‘beads’, and that was it, job jobbed.

Ladders and guys retreated back to the van and we guess a payment of around £100 (£40 for the gaffer, £20 each for the others and a £20 call out fee) was made.
We think they had a leak and called in these guys to fix it.
We think they will still have said leak as there is a large gap UNDER the apex strut and with the driving rain we’ve had these past few days, the water was probably being blown up under that and seeping down on the inside. We’ve seen it happen elsewhere and it is not uncommon with conservatories of that particular design.

Time and the weather will tell if they were successful.
Makes us glad of two things:
1: We haven’t got a conservatory and
2: We have a good jobbing roofer (who is also our plumber and gas man).

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Cowboys at work?

  1. Oh we have the jobbing roofer currently being a jobber road surfacing expert on the only two roads into the village.

    • We have them too………. our neighbour had her drive done and three weeks later ‘the father’ knocked on her door and said she needed a protective top layer for a further £280. She told him where to go and cntacted the guy who had done the drive who said she didn’t need another layer and the guy was certainly not his dad!

  2. jenanita01 says:

    We love to watch any workmen who happen to appear in our neck of the woods!
    Always an interesting, and often hilarious experience!

  3. Liz says:

    I agree with your observations. They certainly sound like cowboys and that consevatory won’t be fixed long term.

  4. fransiweinstein says:

    It’s a shame really how shoddy most work is today.

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