Re yesterday’s House of the Exploding Boiler, someone has sent in the story of the recent replacement of their electric hot water tank, which was also leaking rust, being a vertical unit installed horizontally. Apparently they submitted a quote for €380 inc IVA from a local electrician to the estate agent who acts on behalf of the owner, and were mildly surprised when the agent said she’d found someone with a cheaper fixed price. This comedy of errors followed:
|item||# plumbers||# hours||plumber-hours|
|boss comes to inspect old fitting||1||0.5||0.5|
|two poppy-lovers (appearances!) bring new boiler for fitting, only to discover that it doesn’t fit in cabinet||2||0.5||1|
|return and fit smaller boiler||2||2||4|
|return to turn back on cold water supply to the boiler||2||0.5||1|
My friend asks, none of this seemed to alarm them or their boss, so at 6.5 * €40 = €260 with the boiler on top how on earth do they quote cheaper than €380 and survive?
If their quote was < €380, then I guess they belong to Spain’s not actually so terribly unemployed and received €40pp cash in hand. Another not incompatible possibility is that the quote may have been substantially more than €380, but that unlike the decent local electrician these guys observe normal industry practice and pay kickbacks to estate administrators, and the hell with the owner.
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