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Wickes, exchanging money for torture

There are many big jobs to do in the renovation of our house in Easington Colliery, most of which we are getting professionals in to do, but that does not mean that there are not a million small jobs to do.
There is a small amount of repointing needed on the front exterior of the house and it also needs waterproofing, and the plaster work inside the house needs a coat of PVA.
Then there are a few holes that need filling, and various other bits and bobs that need doing.
For all of these small jobs I needed a few supplies, so I headed to the Wickes store in Stockton On Tees (PORTRACK LANE, STOCKTON ON TEES, CLEVELAND, TS18 2RB).
Wickes D.I.Y. supples
I had never visited that branch of Wickes before, so I was forever asking the staff where to find the items I needed. Luckily the staff were professional and very helpful and I soon found all of the stuff I needed.
I came away with the instruments of my torture, but at least shopping for them was not torture, well, not until I had to pay for them.
There is nowt I find more painful than parting with money. 😉

House Rewiring – Easington Colliery

The house we recently purchased in Easington Colliery needed a complete rewire, so a few days after moving-in we had several electricians round to give us quotes on the work required.

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All of the quotes were roughy the same. We decided to go with Go2 Electrical Services Ltd (Peterlee, Tel: 01915872154 www.go2electrical.co.uk).
We’d checked their credentials, they are Napit registered.

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We chose Go2 Electrical Services for two reasons.
Firstly, they had been recommended by a guy at Global Flooring in Easington Colliery, and usually a verbal recommendation works out well, and secondly they could start the rewire sooner than the other electricians we’d received quotes from.

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The electricians from Go2 Electrical Services, John and Dave, arrived on a Tuesday morning, and got straight to it, they did not mess about. It was work non-stop from 9.30am to 6pm, with only a short break for lunch.
First off they cut the chases, and the house filled with dust.

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The ground floor of the house has concrete floors, which meant the chases for the sockets are very long.
The wires run under the upstairs floor and right down the length of the ground floor walls. Not a pretty sight.

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Before work commenced the living room walls didn’t look particularly bad, well, apart from the fact that each wall had a different patterned wallpaper, and we do not like wallpaper of any sort. But once the electricians got to work, the walls of the living room soon resembled open wounds.

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So, not long after John and Dave started to rewire the house it quickly changed its appearance.

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As the hours slipped by the dust settled in ever increasing thickness, on every surface.

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Luckily we did not have much in the way of furniture or possessions, so a couple of old sheets were all that we needed to cover our meagre chattels.

John and Dave arrived early every day, only stopped briefly for lunch, and stayed until each stage of the rewire was done every evening.
They’re definitely good grafters.

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At the end of every working day, John and Dave spent time clearing away any rubbish, and sweeping up the evidence of their presence.
We told them not to bother, as quite frankly the house was a building site, and resembled a derelict squat, but ever the professionals they insisted on leaving it as neat and tidy as they possibly could.

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It wasn’t just the rewiring, we also needed an electric shower fitted.
Dave had arranged for a bloke to do the job, and Thursday saw the plumber arrive to fit the new electric shower.
The house was going from destruction to construction.

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John and Dave kept up the pace, and we could see the end in sight.
It also saw Dave climbing into the loft to run wires, and returning covered head-to-toe in soot.
A very dirty job but someone had to do it.
Rather him than me. 😉

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Friday was a much cleaner day, and a quieter day.
The fire alarms and heat sensor were installed, sockets and light switches started appearing on the walls, and most importantly the shower was wired-in and usable. 🙂

John and Dave had organised a plasterer for us.
Over the weekend the plasterer came to fill in the chases, tidy the wall sockets, and any little holes.

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On Saturday, the plasterer did the bonding, and then he came again on Sunday for a skim of finishing plaster.
It was nice to see the walls returning to some sense of normal, no more gaping gashes.

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On Monday morning the electricians, John and Dave returned to do the second fix.
Before they started their work, they had a look at the plasterers work. They agreed with us that it wasn’t as good as it could be. A quick phone-call was made to get the plasterer back to make good.

John and Dave then commenced the second fix, connecting the plug sockets, and testing the circuits. And that was it, their job was complete.

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The plasterer returned on Monday evening to re-skim the areas that required it.
This time he did a much better job.

Phase one of the house renovation was over.
In just a five days the house had gone from almost no electricity to fully connected. It was emerging in to the 21st century.
There was just one single electric wall socket in the entire upstairs of the house. One socket which probably didn’t even work, although we never tied to use it because it was so old it was Bakelite.
Now there are plenty of double wall sockets in all of the rooms, and new light fittings, and light switches, and smoke alarms, and a heat detector.
Everything we need for modern day living.

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It had been a busy, dusty, tiring few days, but we now had the house back to ourselves.
It was good to have the rewiring completed, but we’d actually enjoyed having the electricians here.
John and Dave are not only professional, good workers, but we also had some good chats about the things we have in common – mainly beer. Haha!
We have yet to use the homegrown garlic that John kindly brought us from his allotment.

We recommend Go2 Electrical Services for any electric work.

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Video of the rewiring in progress

Video of the rewiring after it was finished