Bodges youโ€™ve seen.

Bodges youโ€™ve seen.

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PugwasHDJ80

7,319 posts

188 months

Saturday 12th June
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Don't have photos of the bodges when we moved in, highltings were:

Stop Tap- located in the middle of the dining room floor UNDER the carpet....

1980s Consumer unit walled in behind the kitchen cabinets

1/2 the windows and doors in the extension with precisely no lintels of any sort

Vulcanised rubber wiring connecting to the modern circuits- one set alight when using the hoover- on enquiry from previous owner "oh we made sure we didn't use those"

Open 6m deep well in the garden, which we had no idea about and had been covered over with honeysuckle.....

Drawweight

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1,731 posts

83 months

Saturday 12th June
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Here’s a confession to a bodge I did myself that went wrong.

Lived in an old flat where the render had come away down one side of one of the sash and case windows leaving quite a big gap.

Clever me thought I’d just put some expanding foam into it and trim it off flush.

‘This is using a lot of foam?’

Fine till I went to open the window and found the weight box was full of expanded foam.

On some other website that bodge may appear.


Flibble

5,736 posts

148 months

Saturday 12th June
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PugwasHDJ80 said:
Stop Tap- located in the middle of the dining room floor UNDER the carpet....
Ours is plastered into a wall in the kitchen. And leaking.
On my list to sort that out.

PDP76

2,099 posts

117 months

Saturday 12th June
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House built in 1875 that I currently live in.

List of bodge.

1. Continually painting over damp in the lounge rather than have it seen to.
Result - damp course injected and plaster to a height of 6ft taken off the walls and redone.

2. Plumbing !! Lots of plumbing jobs bodged and now rectified by my son - a plumber !

3. By far the worst !! A awful brick built fireplace in the house. Removed for a decent log burner install to find that when they built the awful brick fireplace they had removed the support for the chimney so it was now just dangling. Further inspection of the chimney saw that it was coming away from the house and another support in the loft for the chimney was missing too.
About 5k later inc log burnerinstall a safe usable chimney ! ( surveyor missed this one)

Think that’s it for bodges for now !!

Planning to have the kitchen knocked through into the conservatory have an open kitchen - the downstairs toilet turned into a utility and spare bedroom turned into an upstairs bathroom so I’m sure more bodge will appear

Oh another one ! Copious use of silicone sealer and not even neatly done in my en-suite. Looked awful !!
Taken out and redone by myself - neatly !

Edited by PDP76 on Saturday 12th June 08:50

Celtic Dragon

2,760 posts

202 months

Saturday 12th June
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Flibble said:
PugwasHDJ80 said:
Stop Tap- located in the middle of the dining room floor UNDER the carpet....
Ours is plastered into a wall in the kitchen. And leaking.
On my list to sort that out.
I still haven’t found mine yet! Found the one by the meter but that’s it.

scottyp123

2,627 posts

23 months

Saturday 12th June
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I meant to add as well to the house with chrome and rubber cables it also has a loft conversion that the previous owner had done himself without any sort of building regs, one of the present owners kids sleeps up there.

He hasn't used any sort of steel up there, instead he has fastened 3x2's onto the side of the original ceiling spars and put a chipboard floor on top of that, You would think the obvious way if you are going down that route would be to cross batten it with the 3x2's but I think he has done it that way to keep the head height.

When I was taking the non fire rated halogen downlights out of the bathroom you could see where he had hacked a chunk out of a ceiling spar to get the light to fit in, the spar was nicely charred black where the hot lamp was fitted up against it. No smoke alarms, no escape windows, no fire doors and a steep staircase coming down from the loft. How do they sleep at night.

DocJock

7,246 posts

207 months

Saturday 12th June
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They sleep fine because they don't recognise the utter stupidity of what they are doing.

Teddy Lop

5,486 posts

34 months

Saturday 12th June
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DocJock said:
They sleep fine because they don't recognise the utter stupidity of what they are doing.
Ignorance is bliss.

One of the worst things I ever saw, one of those blood runs cold briefly jobbys, was a client of mine had just bought a house that had 3 fuse boards in a row, the scumbag who fitted no3 pulled the earth feeding no 2 and stuck it in no 3, meaning the boards were linked together but not actually earthed, including all the chrome sockets in the kitchen fitted to stainless steel splashbacks and worktops etc etc etc, mixture of old rubber cabling and all-sorts. Whole lot could have easily gone live and a sat there waiting for a victim.


scottyp123

2,627 posts

23 months

Saturday 12th June
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The customer is well aware of the loft problems, the builders doing the extension re-roofed the property a few weeks ago and the client asked the builder if he could get it through building regs, he had a quick look and said no chance and proceeded to list all that was wrong with it to them.

bimsb6

7,492 posts

188 months

Saturday 12th June
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Vanden Saab

8,861 posts

41 months

Saturday 12th June
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Retiling the bathroom for a customer meant taking the toilet cistern out.


Now where does that overflow pipe go...




Oh...


DrDeAtH

3,369 posts

199 months

Sunday 13th June
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No pics, but went to look at a 'my new boiler wont run' ... condense line ran vertically upwards from the boiler, DIY install....

hucumber

1,750 posts

64 months

Sunday 13th June
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scottyp123 said:
I meant to add as well to the house with chrome and rubber cables it also has a loft conversion that the previous owner had done himself without any sort of building regs, one of the present owners kids sleeps up there.

He hasn't used any sort of steel up there, instead he has fastened 3x2's onto the side of the original ceiling spars and put a chipboard floor on top of that, You would think the obvious way if you are going down that route would be to cross batten it with the 3x2's but I think he has done it that way to keep the head height.

When I was taking the non fire rated halogen downlights out of the bathroom you could see where he had hacked a chunk out of a ceiling spar to get the light to fit in, the spar was nicely charred black where the hot lamp was fitted up against it. No smoke alarms, no escape windows, no fire doors and a steep staircase coming down from the loft. How do they sleep at night.
You should report them to the authorities. If there is a fire it will be an absolute death trap for firefighters by the sound of it

littlebasher

3,266 posts

138 months

Sunday 13th June
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When ripping out some wall lights on my daughters house, I found that they were wired into the back of a mains socket with doorbell wire.

Chris Type R

6,367 posts

216 months

Monday 14th June
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No pics, but we recently had our driveway redone. Breaking up the concrete resulted in a gas leak.

Upon inspection by Cadent it was discovered we have a larger than expected diameter pipe for our supply. This had been T'd off of, then a 8-10" threaded pipe attached to this, and then another 8-10" threaded pipe attached to this - which was then capped. Effectively a periscope covered by an inspection cover. Breaking up the driveway concrete must have unscrewed this pipe or dislodged what little seal was there. Any old PTFE equivalent would likely have degraded.

The Cadent guys couldn't explain the purpose of this pipe - possibly at some point it was for venting trapped air - who knows. They simply removed it all and capped off the T, back filled - resulting in one fewer cover on the drive.

All of this is not particularly noteworthy - other than for the fact that this was probably all installed following the death of a child (and near deaths of the family) in the house Dec 30th 1967.


AstonZagato

10,445 posts

177 months

Wednesday 16th June
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From the "Pictures that make your teeth itch" thread
stemll said:
In the cottage I am renting for the week....

105.4

1,164 posts

38 months

Wednesday 16th June
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If anyone remembers Kenny Everett’s character ‘DIY Reg’, then that’s my landlord.

Why carefully cut out a hole in a plasterboard wall to run a waste pipe when you can kick out a rough hole-shaped section instead? Then carefully fill that hole with expanding foam eek



There were a few light fitting that weren’t working. They weren’t working because the bulbs had blown, (I know this because I checked them). Upon mentioning this to the landlord prior to moving in, (purely to see what ‘fix’ he’d come up with), the results were surprising….



Yes, that’s right. He removed the light fitting, cut the power cable flush with the ceiling and covered it with a wall socket blanking plate yikes

This ‘fix’ has been carried out in several rooms, some of which now don’t even have any lights in them besides plug-in lamps.

Why carefully mask-off a light switch when you can do your cutting-in with a roller instead?



All of them are like the above banghead


It would seem that silicone sealant is on rations……



That’s directly behind the kitchen sink. Nothing wrong with that apparently rolleyes

This isn’t some crappy bedsit. This is a recently renovated five bedroom ex farm building.

There’s a lot more bodges than what I’ve listed here. I’ve just run out of time to list them all.

Teddy Lop

5,486 posts

34 months

Wednesday 16th June
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AstonZagato said:
From the "Pictures that make your teeth itch" thread
stemll said:
In the cottage I am renting for the week....

My Mrs hates it when I start snagging holiday let's we're staying inlaugh. Can't help it though.

Her: wow this is nice

Me: ? Have you seen the tiling over there? And what were they thinking with this end panel?

Herrolleyes

Om

598 posts

45 months

Wednesday 16th June
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We were having our kitchen redone, part of which involved removal of the ceiling, when we got a knock from the builder saying 'you should come and look at this, your budget is going to have increase to include a new steel support' (an 8 metre span):





Previous owner was a builder (to be fair it had been up there for 30years, and most of the planks were nailed together, but...).

blueg33

26,853 posts

191 months

Wednesday 16th June
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Teddy Lop said:
AstonZagato said:
From the "Pictures that make your teeth itch" thread
stemll said:
In the cottage I am renting for the week....

My Mrs hates it when I start snagging holiday let's we're staying inlaugh. Can't help it though.

Her: wow this is nice

Me: ? Have you seen the tiling over there? And what were they thinking with this end panel?

Herrolleyes
We are currently refurbishing the place we bought for a holiday let. Previous owners have done things like, New tiling over old, which means I can't replace the crap shower valve without ripping out the bathroom they did last year. Cut all the earths for ceiling lights right back into the ceiling, plumbed hot and cold the wrong way round so mixer taps dont work, cut of the switch wire to bathroom fans, so they dont come on with the light, had kitchen extract straight into the roof space etc

I am sorting all of this, but it pisses me off daily. We want the place to be as good as possible for our guests.