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  1. 2 hours ago, Sons FC said:

    What?!!! We had three gutters cleaned out, end guard replaced and fixed. Took about one and a half hours - £40.

    Where on earth did they get £2,000 to £5,000 from? Was there more (a lot more) work needed?

    I need 3 downpipes replacing, end guard fixings sealed as they are leaking water and just general cleaning whilst someone is up there with a  ladder.  Nothing much more than what a normal autumn/winter would acuminate. I get the feeling that business has been tight the last year and people are charging an arm and a leg .

    Really want to report it to checkatrader as it seem some traders are doubling prices but you would think that some traders/self-employed would have furlonged? 

  2. Been asking around for a gutter person to come clean and repair some of our gutters. I normally use Checkatrader to get a decent tradesman. But the last 3 traders who have come out and checked our gutter has quoted me between £2000 - £5000 to clean and repair a downpipe and fix an end fixing to a gutter. :D  Was like you got to be kidding right. I know people may have been out of work due to Covid but to have the cheek to charge me around £2000 + to clean gutters and fix some leaky pipes is astonishing.


    Also does anyone know any good products to reduce the amount of leaves getting to stuck in gutters? The stuff on the market like Hedgehog brush, leave guards, some people have said its not worth using as eventually leaves and debris will still end up  in the gutter?

  3. 1 hour ago, mrw072 said:

    I think what they're saying is that they want people classed as vulnerable to have had their first dose before things are significantly opened up.  And they'll monitor the situation in case anything needs to change.  One thing i'd be interested to know - i'm sure the info will be out there, but I don't really read too much in the media - surrounds the 2 doses of the vaccine.  I'm guessing here but i'd imagine the 1st dose will give you the immunity and the 2nd dose will be a booster shot to strengthen that?  If that's the case maybe they're banking on the first jab to provide a significant amount of protection to people, so that things can be opened before a number of people need the 2nd dose?

    Its a half ass job and just  the bare minimum to get the country to open again.  Either you do a job proper,  get everyone vaccinated, 2nd dose for the vulnerable etc or not open up at all.  No point patching up the issue and hoping for the best, giving false hopes to people. 

    Just do the job properly so we don't end up in square one again where we have to close the country down to sort the mess out.

  4. 3 minutes ago, Coulthard's Jaw said:

    At the start of his statement it sounded to me like SAGE have told him that whenever he starts unlocking, cases will go up and we will just accept it. Is all going to be about the hospitalisation and death numbers.

     Surely  school kids and teacher are no way near being vaccinated yet so opening them up WILL increase hospitalisation and death numbers either directly or indirectly because they would be mixing and spreading it.

    Its not just about hospital numbers and deaths. Long Covid is also an issue that will increase hospital numbers.

    Its all a bit backwards again, letting those who are not vaccinated free to roam around.

    Rather we get everyone vaccinated and then open up, lease there is a some sort of protection



  5. 17 hours ago, arenaross said:



    Everyone I know seem to be getting the Oxford vaccine and at 4 months apart.  While the numbers of infections are  getting lower, mainly because of lockdown. I hold judgment until the big release.

    The only thing I don't like is the talk of coming out of lockdown at a time when half the country has not been vaccinated. We all know what its like when someone smells freedom, suddenly everyone is entitled to it.  We really need to get it right this time around especially with the help of a vaccine rather waste another half year of lockdown just to find out that the vaccine we had and the gap we have been giving it makes not much of a difference.

  6. Been told I have to take all of my 18 days annual leave this month or risk losing them and there's me thinking I had it all worked out by saving them to use at the last minute because by then we will be back to normal. :D 

    So now I have to use them during lockdown....*sign* Roll on the marathons of TV series.

  7. On 18/01/2021 at 18:44, Muzzza said:

    I thought he’d been quiet today... 😱

    I got mates rates on it from a guy I know but it should have been 175 for a 3 day weekend hire.  It’s good fun for sure, glad I did it but would have been far easier to get someone in haha

    Finished the last bits off today, next up the base going down and clearing the huge mountain of clay we’ve now got on the right hand side.


    Keep posting these pics love seeing people do DIY. You need to check out oakwood garden rooms on youtube.

  8. I thought schools were suppose to be closed?  Saw a lot of school kids walking to school today like it's was a normal day?

    Also I drove to the petrol station forthrfirst time in months and was stuck in traffic like it was rush hour?  This was at 330?

  9. 5 hours ago, Mr_Whippy said:



    Those are disgusting numbers, but no surprise given the Governments willingness to let people mix during Christmas and expanding the spread of the new variant. However we have been averaging around 50-60k the last few weeks? Is this not weird to anyone?




  10. Shambles on the following:-

    3rd lockdown at the last minute. (Called it November this will happen).

    Track and trace not working

    Continiuing flip flopping of advise.

    Announcing things at 8pm

    and I will say the delivery of vaccine/mix and matching of vaccinations will be the next shambles to arise from this. No doubt we will end up vaccinating people again because we missed the window to it propery the first time around.  China has 3 billion people and have no way ordered as mainly vaccinations as we have.  Absolute **** show. Great start to the year.


  11. 21 minutes ago, Paul Bacon said:

    It works for many in our office. Come Friday lunch time 90% have gone home as they take their flexi they have accrued. Some will happily work longer hours over 4 days to get the whole of Friday off

    Yea but they had to work longer hours during the week to accumulate that so they would have spent the hours anyway.  Probably not explaining it properly but I rather someone pay me for the extra time rarther being given time to use.  You could accumulate hours and days throughout the year and you'll have to spend your annual leave anyway but having the extra time is useless unless you have some money to spend the time on to enjoy it.  You can't get that in a public sector job.  The pension doesn't really offset it either.  Technically the extra time during the week is overtime and the flexi is a cheap way for the government not to pay you. 

  12. 35 minutes ago, Rafalution said:

    I was quite... well not shocked, but still surprised when you said your pay was shy of £20k the other day. i do what could be argured is a similar job to yours in the university sector and get paid significantly more while retaining most of the perks of the public sector (a still fairly decent pension(though rapidly deteriorating), plenty of time off). its not a bad sector to be in if you want to do something that isnt just making money for someone else. 

    i also got a bonus last year (2020) for working on a project that was already within my pay grade, that was equal to about £300 i think, just because it was quite a lot of work and things got a bit hectic. 

    The pension only becomes decent when you start earning a decent amount ie when you become a higher grade.  The average public sector wage is lower than most occupations of the same level and so the pension rate doesn't compensate for it. The perks that the public sector has is the flexibility but that flexibility is time being claimed back rather time in money which most private sectors offer.

    I kind of see why some people are so military about stopping their work dead on 7.24 because anything after that it just time they have to use but they would just use that time anyway so it's not really much of a perk. 

  13. Just seen on TV crowds of people celebrating New Years on the streets of China and here I am sat at home posting on here.  Done nothing all day beside go for the odd walk to keep my sanity. 

    Neighbors seems to be having some sort of get together. 

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