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Habitat Renewal, part n in a continuing series [Jan. 22nd, 2010|11:10 am]
Douglas Spencer

John William Gardner [W] writes:
    An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

Some of you have been to my house, and have seen my kitchen sink and tap; some of you have used my kitchen sink and tap.

Well, now there's a new kitchen sink and tap, in gleaming stainless steel, and with a tap that you can actually turn on and off easily. This is very pleasing.

The plan was that the boss-guy (a general builder who also does plumbing) was going to come out and fit the sink and tap, and then advise me on all the other things that needed doing (like re-wiring, and replacing the roof on the conservatory). However, what actually happened is that he sent a plumber-who-only-does-plumbing-and-gas-fitting, and so we didn't get to have that latter conversation. After the weekend I'm going to give the boss-man a call and invite him over so I can point at things and he can suck his teeth and write large numbers on bits of paper for me.

Still. New sink! New tap! Woo-hoo!

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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2010-01-22 11:53 am (UTC)
I'm trying to plan a new kitchen. Every plan I come up with gets stuck around the issue of the sink. I don't know how to move it - or whether that is a good idea, and I don't know what to do with it if I want to change the cupboards around it.

A good plumber would be a good thing to find.
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[User Picture]From: julia_winolj
2010-01-22 02:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, pooh! This means I have no excuse not to help with the washing up now!
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[User Picture]From: pinkdormouse
2010-01-24 09:16 am (UTC)
I envy you your new taps. My tenants have a new kitchen (although I need to replace the fridge in April) and new taps in both bathrooms, while I need to wait for such things until I've paid off various other expenses.
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