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one shitty morning
Just as an update to the EEEWWW situation of l'autre jour - the problem turned out to be nowhere near as major as previously thought (!), and the plumbers ignored the original quote & just charged us for what they actually did (!!). I'm still in shock, I can tell you. If you have ever wondered what would happen if you mixed sewage with engine oil, wonder no longer. The whole thing sets into a black-brown mess that is as thick and solid as concrete, but a lot more smelly. Our entire drainage system going all the way back to the connection with the mains sewer was full of this stuff.

It is obvious where the oil has come from - from the garage at the back of the house (yes, the same garage whose presence and "increased fire risk" made it almost impossible for us to get house insurance). The manhole covering our connection to the sewer is at the back of our property in a piece of land where they dump rubbish - in bins - but the manhole cover was broken so some of it leaked through. Apparently everything was "compacted" to such an extent that it must have taken years to build up to the point where it was causing us problems!

So all the yuck has been pumped out, the drain has been flushed out, and we just need to buy a new manhole cover. To further please us, the plumbers went round to the garage and spoke to them about the problem, thus saving us the need to do so! I'm just... really impressed. If you live in south London and need a plumber, call Maintracts Services - they rock!

Tell you what, though, I've entirely changed my mind about retraining as a plumber so I can charge people £110 +VAT per hour instead of the measly £25 an hour I charge for science tuition. Just the contents of our down pipe was enough to put me off - and that was our down pipe! I think the extra £85 per hour is perfectly justified as a tax for dealing with excrement. Hell, even the contents of the U-bend in the kitchen are disgusting enough...

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lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 7th October 2004 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, we had a mix of (cooking) oil, paper towels and pooh at work... yeuch.
alexmc From: alexmc Date: 8th October 2004 08:39 (UTC) (Link)
> retraining as a plumber

I know a few software engineers who have tried retraining as plumbers or electricians.

I have an insurance policy from British Gas. When my bath started leaking from the plug hole waste pipe they sorted it out .... after four visits!
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