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January 3, 2018

Plumber or Heating Engineer

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:42 pm

Plumber or Heating Engineer? – When you have some plumbing work that needs doing in your home you might at times be a bit confused as to who you should call in to look at the job. Especially when the work involves gas appliances or your central heating system. Generally speaking when you need work doing on your central heating system (in particular your gas boiler) you will need to call on the services of a heating engineer, but more importantly one who is Gas Safe Registered. If you have not used such a tradesman in recent years you might get a bit confused as these specialist tradesmen used to be called Corgi Registered but this was changed to Gas Safe in 2009. That is not to say you cannot call in a regular plumber for this type of work since many who simply call themselves plumbers have still gained Gas Safe registration, because if they do not do this them they are no longer qualified to work on gas systems or appliances. The main checks that you need to make before making a decision on who to employ is that they are Gas Safe Registered and that they have the necessary public liability insurance.

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July 3, 2017

You Might Need a Plumber

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:57 am

You Might Need a Plumber – While there are quite a few plumbing related tasks that you can do yourself around the house, there will inevitable come a time when you need to call in a qualified plumber, especially if the job has anything to do with gas in which case you will not only need a plumber but also a Gas Safe registered one, who has all the necessary qualifications to work with gas and give certifications that the work has been done correctly. Among the jobs that you might try for yourself (assuming that you are pretty useful with your hands), are changing tap washers to stop those pesky dripping taps that have been driving you mad for months, bleeding a radiator when your heating system is just not doing its job, and clearing a blocked drain or toilet, which you might need to buy some simple tools to complete. If there is anything wrong with your gas boiler, your gas heater or your gas oven, call in a Gas Safe plumber or heating engineer. For quite a lot of small plumbing jobs like replacing a wash basin or toilet, you could try the services of a handyman who will be cheaper than a plumber, though if you want confidence that the job is done properly, maybe calling in a plumber would be best and to hell with the cost.

December 31, 2014

We Had to Call a Plumber

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 11:00 am

We are currently back in the UK for Christmas and the New Year, and are staying with our daughter. Unfortunately on Christmas Eve we found water everywhere in the kitchen, due to the washing machine waste pipe overflowing (not surprised with the amount of use it gets). Now have you ever tried to get a plumber to come out on Christmas Eve? Hopefully not because it isn’t a pleasant experience, with women panicking all around you shouting “Steve DO SOMETHING”. Well I managed to call in a favour (I guess I know owe one again) and a mate came an sorted it out. Moral of the tale – don’t do any washing on Christmas Eve.

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