7 Aug 2022

And Then, Over To Ripper...

   Here’s the last comment from the good Ripper regards the post featuring problems with homes called new builds. I had to pause awhile thinking how best to explain  common sense and critical thinking to any younger readers but gave up after a sleepless night
   Anyhoo, happy, cool, overcast high summer Sunday and over to Ripper and who knew fixing a staircase banister had become so complicated and regulation reliant these days, eh? Got me thinking wot paperwork, that I’m not aware of, should be completer prior to changing a light bulb. Or do you just call an amp-tramp to do it for you these daze?
   Shocking indeed, but not to me. Your video makes my problems with the renovation pale into insignificance, but the reason I don't find it shocking or surprising is that I've been on a steep learning curve since this began, I've consulted many tradesmen, looked in on DIY forums, watched YouTube self help videos, and I've come across all these things along the way. I count my blessings that I'm an engineer by trade, so capable of common sense and critical thinking.
   Before taking on any particular task I've consulted building regs to make sure I'm getting it right, and learned a lot in the process - for example, you might consider screwing a new stair handrail to the wall to be a simple task - and it is, except that there are regulations. The rail has to be between 34 and 38 inches up from the nose of each step, and return to the wall at both ends. The rail must be one continuous run on each wall. A staircase is defined as having 3 steps or more and any staircase over 1m wide has to have a rail. Bet you didn't know that - and none of the tradesmen who work on these new builds will either.
   Like any trade, my own included, there will always be the bodgers who lied their way into a job for money. Their antics can be really entertaining and there's a series on YouTube called 'On The Tools - Not MY Job'. These are videos from the tradesmen themselves and I've passed many an hour rolling with laughter watching this. So to give you a 10min laugh rather than just a smile, here's an example (caution, many naughty words).

   Its also handy, if you do ever employ tradesmen, to know who you are talking to. Although this video is also meant to be humorous, it is also true to life, if any of those who I spoke to before deciding to tackle the job myself are anything to go by. There were a couple of the chancer type who's work I had to rectify after, but this is not necessarily a bad thing - I got the main job, that I didn't have the skills for done and the cost was cheap. The rectification is nothing really. Just don't let these guys anywhere near a critical job.

I see Nourishing Obscurity featured music out o’ Africa yesterday so no further excuse required as a way to end with this bit o’ movement to music again. As before, don’t try this at home unless there’s a proficient first aider and a chiropodist close by, okay?

Quote;  John Gotti.

"If you think your boss is stupid, remember; you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter."

6 Aug 2022

And Then, Murder She Wrote...

   Saw this in the comments at Going Postal and thought I’d put the link up here in case you missed it  as it’s so very cleaver and says so much about where we be and where we be going ‘news’ wise vs the experimental chemi cocktail adverse reactions.
   There’s also a comment below the video that includes a ‘news’ clipping regards a student who died suddenly and his family stated he’d died of excitement upon learning he’d passed his exams. As you do...
   One criticism? The speed verses my old eyes ability to read at speed. Play, pause, play, pause pleased my eyes and head a tad better so if you’re of an age, have your cursor hovering over the video pause icon and click as text from the ‘news’ appears.
So here’s the link. It’s a beauty.
   I’ve also noticed recently that aircraft – and there have been many flying over where wot we live today – contrails have become way, way bigger than I remember them in the recent past. This leads the conspiracy nutter wot resides in a dark corner of my swede to wonder wot ‘they’ might be dumping on us lot down here.
Addendumadodad;  Just after posting I took a look at Going Postal and the first thing I ran into was this. Talk about a spooky coincidence eh?

Quote;  Sol Luckman.

“conspiracy theorist: (n.) Marginalized thinker with a better than average chance of being right on the money.”

5 Aug 2022

And Then A Lesson...

   ...for Ripper in way of thanks for his comments to the last post; well worth a read.
   I could be a tad late to the build with this video but here we go.
   The lesson wot’s in the video below illustrates how much better use his money could’ve been put to by buying a new build rather than the renovating he’s presently involved with. Yeah, right. Well worth a look especially if you’re considering a new build purchase. Ah shacks ma heed.
   If you do watch, you may want to mute the sound soon after the start or else the word ‘shocking’ will firmly take hold of your whole head for hours to come. And let me tell you, that’s a shocking experience that left me shocked. Shocked I tells ya.
   How the hell do things like that get past inspectors and surveyors? Is having a property surveyed by a third party before a lender will lend money for a property purchase a thing of the past?
   Anyhoo, as with almost every damn thing in this loony toons world we find ourselves in, you decide if that video is fact or faked...

Quote;  David Allan Coe,

“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”