"Oh it's not our fault love, we're not responsible for the retaining walls that have been dug out here, we're just doing the plumbing work."
"Well, it doesn't look too stable leaning over that way."
"Yeah, well, maybe we can get the grader over there and prop it up a bit."
"Yes, but that doesn't help, because there's no dirt around the fence posts which are just floating in the wind."
"Well, maybe I'll just push it back then tie a rope around one of the posts and secure it to your tree so it doesn't fall any further....oh, you got any rope?"
Yep, that's the way the conversation went with one of the "plumbers" working on the site behind Number 3 yesterday.
As you can imagine, I wasn't favourably impressed
A new house is to be built behind Number 3 and they've dug retaining walls along our common boundary, which means there's no soil left to hold the fence posts up. It also means my block of land is now a little higher above sea level than my neighbour's.
So I went inside, and called the local council's building department and was given the name and number of the surveyor for the job and told to give him a call.
Long story short...After numerous calls back and fro to council and surveyors I realised that no-one appears to be accountable anymore.
I finally called the company responsible for building the house and expressed my safety concerns as well as the fact that I didn't want to lose my clothes line. I was told they'd get in touch with the person responsible and get back to me.
She did....and told me the person responsible would check out the job and see what could be done.
Haven't heard anything else as yet
It certainly was an interesting day at Number 3. Frustrating but interesting.
Anyway, the internal painting's finished and it looks really good and I measured up for the blinds and curtains that I have to replace. I also gave the bathroom a good scrub and it's looking a lot brighter and shinier than it was before I took to it with the Jiff, Domestos and the scrubbing brush. Amazing what a bit of bleach and elbow grease can do. Pity the previous tenant didn't think of that. There really is nothing more gross than cleaning debris from basin and bath plugholes and finding stuff the person responsible for the muck left there, should've cleaned before she left. Eeeww.
Glad I had extra heavy duty rubber gloves with me..