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    giving up booze

    so,get through approx. 4 bottles of red wine, and 5/6 pints of real every week,..............i have crohns disease,....seen my consultant today,....and i have to cut back to 1 bottle a week,.....gonna miss my wine/real ale,.........anybody any tips/advice/,..anybody teetotal,.....also have to...
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    1968 wages

    local history site reporting ,.......during renovations to a ex council house ,......builder has found wages 15.00 quid a week, ...... and 2.00 quid a week bonus,......written by 2 plasterers,....on some plasterboard,.........also yanks fighting in vietnam,.........how times have changed
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    crohns disease

    diagnosed with crohns 6 years ago aged 53,.....6 operations,.....endoscopy/mr scan,.....inject myself every friday with methotextrate ,......very powerful drug....no cure for crohns,....blood samples every 2 weeks at doctors,.....worn out/fatigue/extreme tiredness....semi retired now, just doing...
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    andyg opinions

    personally it is definate wind up job ,and it is a complete success,...every response on this forum is another feather in the cap for andyg, as he sits back with a glass of wine laughing at us,....well done andyg,....arguably the best wind up ever on this forum,........personally i think he is...
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    owls/sheff wed

    owls how are you,...carlisle play sheff wed fa cup let me know if you are coming through all the best hector
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    found some money/karma

    so last week i was returning some books to the library ,and in front of me on the desk was a wallet full of cash and credit cards etc, i handed it in,.....it was reclaimed within 15 minutes no thank you letter/bottle of malt whiskey nothing,.....30 minutes later i witnessed and was involved in...
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    football bets 2016/2017

    well i have a few bets on the following teams in a series of trebles/accumulators,........burnley to be relegated 6/5,... sheff wed to be promoted 9/2,... sheff utd to win league one 6/1,....morecambe to be relegated 100/30,.......tranmere to win national league 7/1,..... hibs to win...
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    unknowingly being secretly filmed

    in all seriousness for an 8 day period i have been skimming a house,.....customer has done all joinery/plasterboarding/bricklaying etc etc,.....a good job , all materials supplied ,no carpets down ,a good job that you can get stuck into,.......but when he came to pay me after 8 days ,he told me...
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    neighbours and family jobs

    so , 9 weeks ago a neighbour knocked on my door and asked me to do a small skimming job , at very short notice, so me being me I did it went out of my way etc because he was a neighbour, now 9 weeks further on I have just being paid,...... approx. 10 years ago I did some work for a relation who...
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    arrest update, be careful

    so, back in January I posted a thread titled got arrested today, this is what happened next,..... 2 weeks ago I finally heard from the police and I was charged with common assault,.... in court this morning 10.00am, got a fine of 185.00 including court costs of 75.00, pleaded guilty, the court...
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    haunted house

    so , got a nice job to do in new year a very old house and I will have the place to myself as they are going to America, so customer showing me round etc then she says oh I had better tell you if you hear a door slam or feel somebody go by me ignore her its jean,... so says I whos jean , a...
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    new years resoloutions

    well in no particular order heres mine,.... make some money this year, retire soon as possible, be nicer to customers but difficult as the older I get I get more cynical/realistic/and tell customers what I think,a new van is needed, must remember not to talk to firemen,teachers,engineers through...
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    cant find my glasses

    so , approx. 3 weeks ago after to many pints of real ale , I put my reading glasses down somewhere in the house along with my wallet which has got 55.00 quid in, and can I find them,,,,,, no I can not, I have looked everywhere no idea at all no recollection at all, I have looked in places round...
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    shoulder problems

    been working with a joiner today who is going into hexham hospital next week for operation on his shoulder, he has been told at best he will be unable to work for 3 months, and worst scenario 12 months, so be careful out there everybody, and the worst thing is he is right handed but its the left...
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    late payers but a freind

    so, we all have our horror stories of not being paid off builders/customers etc, but at time of writing I have now being waiting for 8 weeks for 200.00 quid, problem is I know the lad well in fact we both started on the same day at john laings in 1976, this is not the first time I have had to...
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    early retirement

    so, been skimming out a bungalow, asked the customer what he did for a living , he said he was retired, he is 48 years old, and just to rub it in he has been retired since he was 41, nearly fell off me scaffold totally gutted I was but genuinely pleased for him, had a good business selling...
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    remember your first wage packet

    in july 1976 I received my first ever wage packet from john laing,i was 16 years old and just starting a 3 year apprenticeship, it was 18.00 quid, of which I gave my mam 8.00 quid, so leaving me with 10.00 quid for the week but of course in those days I could buy 4, yes 4 pints for a quid, can...
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    ever put your foot in it

    so this week been skimming out 3 bedrooms , customer has a 11 year old son ,a 14 month baby , and another due in august, so I said to her one day where is your dad today, my dad she says, yes I says where is he, that's not my dad that's my partner, she is 29, and he is 56,....... well I never...
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    no wonder coarsers get criticised

    started 2 ceilings today 1 ceiling approx. 12x12, and other ceiling doing on Wednesday approx. 15x14, all boarded no carpets down,no furniture , plaster all supplied a nice straight forward job, happen to look in one living room and there must have been 30 multi and 6 bonding there, thought...
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    sheffield united

    any views comments on chances of Sheffield united getting promoted this year, backed them in a treble with Leicester and luton to get promoted, honestly thought bet was down but they have come through on a great run now and almost at the play offs, personally I think with the support they...
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    unusual tips

    over the years as mentioned on a previous thread I have been give tips, 10.00/20.00 quid, a bible, cat food ,can of beer, binoculars, bottles of whisky/wine, etc etc but this week I was working for somebody who gave me 14 tins fray bentos steak and kidney pies, had one, but not for me so gave...
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    engineers the worst

    over the years have worked for all kinds of people , but the ones who I find are the worst know it all / I would do it this way etc, are engineers followed by teachers , priced a job a few weeks ago for an engineer allowed for 5 bags of bonding put price in, he rang me back the next night...
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    just knew it

    started skimming a big ceiling today,but had a bad bad feeling ,sure enough 30 minutes into it got an eyeful of plaster,sitting here now eye watering,sore,red,well you know the story, :RpS_crying:
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    sixth sense

    went to price a job yesterday unfourtanetly as soon as i met the bloke and he started talking i knew i was wasting my time, in this job you do develop a sixth sense about people ,are they going to pay/getting 10 other quotes/already got somebody but just want to check they are not being ripped...
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    1st jobs of the new year

    so far this year had no work on at all nothing, lo and behold today on a sunday of all days the phone rang 3 times ,got all 3 jobs with approx 3 weeks work in total, now i know its not a lot but its a start and tomorrow i am marching off towards my van and off to work,honestly i could burst...
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    work 2013

    well has anybody got any definate work on to start in new year, pricing/estimates is it as busy as in previous years, at time of writing not a thing to start next year, not pricing anything either, but as we all know it just takes one phone call and it could change, problem is though i...
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    rich farmer

    day 1, doing a job for a farmer reskimming couple of rooms bits of patching etc, day 3 almost done everything going okay farmer tells me he is worth 3 million pounds, i think good for you all the best no animosity, day 4 he pays me all is well in the world, day 5 go back to finsh off, farmers...
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    shrek to get a hat trick

    no your eyes dont decieve you i think shrek will get a hat trick and england to win 4 0, this england team are playing well closing opposition down quickly, gerrard probably having his best run of games, oxladechamberlain on the subs bench, no injury worries for once everything seems to be...
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    ever found anything

    had to pull a ceiling down today and amongst all the laths/rubbish etc was a fag packet with a picture of a sailor on the front and inside 4 cigarettes, got me thinking whats the story here you would not throw away 4 cigarettes today , never mind all those years ago,has the apprentice lost them...
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    labourer gone awol

    working with another spread last tuesday his labourer who has only been with him a month asked both of us if we wanted something from the chip shop we said yes gave him our order and some money and off he went, one hour later still waiting ,2 hours still nothing ,good job we had fetched our...
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    england

    well today i have backed england to win the euros at 12/1 and rory mcilroy in a seperate bet to win the us open this weekend at 16/1, personally i think england will win this tournament, shrek to come back hopefully and score some goals.:RpS_biggrin:
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    why redkapp did not get job

    i think over these few weeks portsmouth football club will cease to exist,finished,bankrupt the first of many to go , the fa know about this and this is the main reason why redknapp did not get england job ,between him and peter storrie the one time chief executive they ruined this fine club, to...
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    longest day

    so got down to lancaster,turns out it was a chinese take away honestly the kitchen was dirty/disgusting,everything i touched was sticky, greasey , and fat everywhere,scaffold in bedroom was 4 six foot batons resting on 2 trestles , no plaster, joiner said he was going to pick some up and he...
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    long day ahead

    early start tomorrow morning ,heading down to lancaster approx 180 mile round trip ,travelling in one transit van with a plumber and a joiner and a very old transit van,got 3 ceilings to skim ,joiner has assured me everything is all set up,plaster there,ceilings all boarded ,nice cushy number...
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    i thought it was artex

    went to plaster a ceiling yesterday covered with big ugly spikes of artex, gave the ceiling a coat of pva then because it was very spikey plastered full ceiling with a coat of bonding, then as i normally do on jobs like this i then go round ceiling splashing water and trowel ceiling in nice and...
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    good luck

    good luck to all you budding plasterers out there hope you all get fixed up with a job, i get telephone calls and letters from wannabe plasterers quite often and always reply,or offer advice where best place to go, my advice is always be polite,dont come across as arogant because you never stop...
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    dont get out much

    really honestly enjoy this forum, picked up some good advice tips etc, its good to read other plasterers comments about the recession,lack of work etc, in a way we all have the same concerns,bad payers/customers just different parts of the country, but some of the stories and suttle tactfull...
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    magic insurance policy

    i am totally convinced that people have no ideas about the reality of being self employed,been working for a woman this week and i was explaining to her that if i have no work on, or on holiday, or if i am ill, i have no income no money no benefits nothing,she looked puzzled and then said those...
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    paid in advance

    very very occasionly i get paid off a client before i have even started the job, this has happened just 4 times in 18 years working for myself, but yesterday i turned up to start a job and the woman gives me a cheuque for 600.00 quid, before i have even got my tools out of the van, i actually...
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    good times have gone

    my accountant tells me that he has approx 400 clients on his books ,covering all professions florist,mechanic,building trades, shops etc etc.he is always busy because whether people have a good year or a bad year accounts still need to be done. but one thing he has noticed more and more this...
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    20.00 cheuque

    over the years there have been jobs when i have expected a cheque and have been paid cash,and jobs when i have expected cash and been paid a cheque, 2 weeks ago a neighbour wanted a small i mean small patching job done, so me being me good neighbour and everything did it,i only charged him 20.00...
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    i can hear a banjo

    started work today on a house high in the cumbrian fells near a place called shap, if any body knows this area it is bleak dark and miserable and seems to rain all the time,the house was miles from anywhere apart from a farm of sorts nearby ,it is like being on the set of deliverance,dodgy sheep...
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    van written off

    stopped at a junction last week waiting for gap in traffic so i could pull out unfourtanetly the delivery driver behind was not following the script ,did not stop and smashed straight in to me at 8.05 am. got out the van gave him a good verbal assault and phoned the police,police came took...
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    quote tales

    customer phoned and said that he had fallen out with his builder and could i come out and quote for the plastering work i said yes,and travelled out from carlisle for approx 8 miles,i did not ask why they had fallen out as it was nothing to do with me,showed me round ,made notes etc, rang him...
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    dead dog

    been on a job today the client went out leaving me and the plumber with a very very noisy yappy and at times nasty dog, so i was upstairs and for approx 30 minutes this dog was giving the plumber some serious grief downstairs, barking and yapping, then suddenly quiet, in fact to quiet, the...
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    could not make it up

    did a job last september, mixing the very last bucket of plaster ,loud bang newmixer needed, got 500.00 payment for job went straight round to machine mart i new mixer please, cost 180.00, still reeling from this got home phone bill sitting there paid that also cost 90.00,went to wickes next...
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    this forum does work

    see previous thread another week, after reading the various comments, advice, feeling a lot better, still no work on but more positive and not feeling sorry for myself, nice to know there are people out there who are also or have been in the same position ,it got to the stage i thought i...
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    another week

    i just know this is going to be yet another bad week, fed up of watching day time television,i look out the window and i see another plasterer driving by working,and i think why is he working and not me, have i upset the population of carlisle, are my prices to high ,charge 120.00 per day, what...
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    phone is working

    so far since january 2 i have had 2 days work, last few days have actually picked the phone up to see if it is working,this morning i heard a strange noise sounded familiar but could not place it , PHONE RINGING, at last hopefully it will start picking up. 17 years and this is the...
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    plastering on hard pva

    for years i have always gave walls 2 coats of pva, then plastered when second coat was tacky, but this last year igive the walls 2 coats of pva the day before,then skim straight on to it when set and hard , had no problems whatsoever, 100 per cent success, just use wickes own pva,approx 8 quid...
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