Reading these have made me smile at a horrid time for us as our beloved friend Buster T Dog went to sleep this weekend. So although your problem with the awful pipe did not make me smile Pinchie, the other of botched jobs did, because it's amazing how utterly crap some people are at stuff..and how amazing you all get on with it and make it pretty.
We bought our house 8 years ago, it's a victorian detached in a Yorkshire town. Loved the house - as said before the whole garden which wraps itself around the house is complely covered in concrete and tarmac.
but that was no the worst of it. When we came to view ( 3 times) the main bedroom had some horrid built in wardrobes , but you can just rip them out we thought, carpet was new so we thought it could stay while we fixed things up and hardboard shelves, panelling whatever everywhere - we are still just on the bedroom.
I got the keys, and although I was dying to go to my new house I had to wait a few more days as my husband works away from home every week And we wanted to go in for the first time together, with Buster T Dog. We eventually got there at 11pm on his birthday after he travelled from Exenter after work.
went to our new bedroom to find the new carpet had been fitted around the bloody bed and there was a king size hole in it with a mangy stickiy stinky bright pink shag pile in it. lol
when we went down to the big sitting room which was all newly decorated, ...well it wasn't behind the furniture that had been there previously. The lazy sods had not even moved a telly cabinet to paint or wall paper around.
makes me chuckle now but every room we have done has taken 6 months or so to sort out 'Mr DIY's' errors.
Luckily my old man is a cabinetmaker with lots of other skills so he has restored this old house with the respect it deserves.
Me? I garden over concrete. The more flowers the better - there is always room for more .