I'm a bit fed up now of paying people to do building work just because
I feel I don't have the skills. I seem to almost always (especially
here in London), end up paying over the odds, with less than
acceptable results. Also, with the shortages of skilled tradesmen,
they are often a law unto themselves, and can be quite pushy. I know
this doesn't apply to them all, but in my experience, it is more often
Now I know the electrics is covered by "Part P", and that one has to
inform the local council's build regs. But apart from that, is there a
similar thing for plumbing?
The other thing is actually learning the skills. On paper, none of it
seems too hard in theory. However, I of course realise there are many
many details, such as run lengths, pip sizes, so on and so forth.
With all that in mind, do you think it would be practical to learn
this from a good book and/or website? Or are we talking years of full-
time courses and practical experience?
Would the required equipment be prohibitive for a one-off job?
As an aside, this is not purely a cost saving measure - more a sort of
take-control-life-style decision. So if things take a bit long, and
the cost saving is not much, I'm still interested in trying it out. I
would also hope it would pay off in the long run, for all those jobs
that are too small to call in a professional.
It might be worth mentioning that I'm generally quite a methodical
person, have an A-level in physics, and a degree in computing and
electronics. (Not that I think that's anything special, just I guess
it might help)
- posted 12 years ago