Bodges youโ€™ve seen.

Bodges youโ€™ve seen.

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The Hofff

181 posts

138 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Oh, and outside the 3m high pear tree had snapped it support post a while ago, this resulted in a tree that was almost horizontal. Didnt need fixing though, she just let it grow as is.

I made it vertical again and supported it with a post, all the branches where pointing East like a photo of a tree in a hurricane

It took about 4 years of cutting back and regrowth to make the branches grow into the old fashioned tree shape.



Edited by The Hofff on Tuesday 5th May 14:22

The Hofff

181 posts

138 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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One angled pear tree


MOBB

2,689 posts

94 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Joyrider1 said:
This was one of my particular favourite 'discoveries' in my house:

(condensed house renovation thread here for further bodges found: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Could you tell me what paint you used in the lounge, the dark grey colour. Wife wants to know :-)



BenjiS

1,248 posts

58 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Drawweight said:
One of the sockets in the hall was wired up to the ceiling light with obviously no earth.
Depending on the age of the house, that could have legitimately been a lamp wall socket originally.

Triumph Man

7,335 posts

135 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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sociopath said:
ETA
In our current cottage in North Wales we have a (fairly modern) fused switch. It's active in that it had power and it works but we have no idea what it controls, and turning it on or off doesn't seem to do anything


Edited by sociopath on Monday 4th May 22:45
Similar to that, 5 years ago I had my house pretty much re-plumbed (conventional boiler, gravity fed heating system with immersion tank replaced with big ass combi boiler and pressurised system) and pretty much rewired. In the airing cupboard where the hot water tank used to live there is still a switched spur for the immersion with tell tale light. I pressed it the other day (don't know why) and it lit up...

Triumph Man

7,335 posts

135 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Joyrider1 said:
This was one of my particular favourite 'discoveries' in my house:

(condensed house renovation thread here for further bodges found: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

You'd be suprised how often I see that hehe

FuzzyLogic

1,609 posts

205 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Had a lot of 'standard' stuff in my last place courtesy of the previous owner such as:
- curtain rails screwed directly in to plasterboard
- same with toilet roll holder
- newspaper as carpet underlay
etc etc

but the worst one in that place was the electric shower.. When we looked at the place they had put christmas presents in the shower cubicle (in about september) and said they were hiding them from the kids. After we moved in, whilst using the shower we discovered that the the box housing the electrical part of the shower unit was dripping. On inspection discovered that they had tried to silicon seal the box to stop the leak which was causing the box to fill up with water. The tide mark was about 1cm below the 40Amp power supply eek

but my favourites from the most recent place I moved in to:
- the previous owners had changed the kitchen for a newer one. The washing machine was plumbed in to the same waste as the kitchen sink... except it was plumbed in so that every time you emptied the sink, it went straight in to the washing machine vomit
- bath in main bathroom had been 'freshened up' with some tiling. They tiled the side of the bath and used so much adhesive it took me a very large hammer & about 6 hours to remove about 2 sq meters of tiles to actually get to the bath when I removed the bathroom
- Shower in ensuite always had a bit of a smell & from the missing chrome on the drain it looked like the previous owners were always hiding the smell by pouring bleach down the plug. It turns out that whoever plumbed it in decided it was too much work to fit a trap and just ran a loose waste pipe in to the soil downpipe.

blingybongy

3,020 posts

113 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Robotron-2084 said:
Without my permission, these tenants thought it would be ok to build a conservatory/bedroom, fortunately a neighbour tipped me off.

That's brilliant.
If used as a bedroom the inhabitants would sleep the sleep of the dead.

Robotron-2084

480 posts

16 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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blingybongy said:
That's brilliant.
If used as a bedroom the inhabitants would sleep the sleep of the dead.
One boiler flue just wasn't enough for them, perhaps the mother in-law was going to sleep in there?

Djtemeka

1,372 posts

159 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Why oh why have I just seen this thread now. I had 10k pics of my phone and now have 4k pics.

The 6k that I deleted were before and after shots of jobs I’ve done in the last year fixing crap in properties.

Djtemeka

1,372 posts

159 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Recent timing job 3 months old and leaking. Dude timed over wet walls. This was a contractor

Turn7

20,192 posts

188 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Taita said:
dmsims said:
Not mine:



Bold move!
eekeekeek

SistersofPercy

2,365 posts

133 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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technodup said:
This was found in a friend's house...

Loft conversions are easy aren't they? Basically just an extra staircase?


It's a bit steep...


Leading up to two 'bedrooms' in the attic


The best bit was that this was added by the tenant that had been renting it from my friend...

The 'bedrooms' were as bad as you might expect.
Many years ago husband worked for a housing association. One day he received a phone call, from a guy who lived across the road from a HA property. He was concerned, the roof looked like it was sagging.
Off husband went to investigate, only to find the tenants had also created a lovely upstairs bedroom, mostly by removing all the roof joists. An emergency evacuation was arranged.
The unsatisfying conclusion is he left not long after this, so never did find out if the tenants had to pay to put it right.

dmsims

4,681 posts

234 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Djtemeka said:
Recent timing job
I can't see a strobe light ?

PrinceRupert

10,446 posts

52 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Can anyone tell me what this socket could possibly be for...? (Ceiling height in my hall).

vaud

41,171 posts

122 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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WIFI repeater?

Xmas tree lights (via corner of door)?

Chris Type R

6,367 posts

216 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Old mains powered doorbell ? We have one in our house which I've not got around to removing. Ours has it's own circuit on the consumer unit.

lemansky

1,141 posts

72 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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technodup said:
This was found in a friend's house...

It's a bit steep...
Genuine laugh out loud, just brilliant.

Here's what was left in a friend's utility years ago when the windows/frames were replaced.
Presenting the ACME double one and two-thirds socket. I believe it's still there, kept for comedy value.



Best bodge we've found here was after searching for the source of a water leak in the area of an en-suite for a room on the top floor.

We discovered that the drain pipe for the en-suite shower ran under the floor to the eaves space, directly through a neatly-bored hole in the soffit and straight into the rain gutter outside.

Nimby

2,825 posts

117 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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"Seen" in the sense it was on a recent "Ask This Old House" - how not to use joist hangers:


vaud

41,171 posts

122 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Nimby said:
"Seen" in the sense it was on a recent "Ask This Old House" - how not to use joist hangers:
Flippin eck