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Topic Summary: Is it me or are blokes useless
Created On: 12 July 2013 08:23 AM
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 12 July 2013 08:23 AM
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SherlockOhms

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Almost every one of my customers of late are wives of useless husbands!

The wives do the calling. They talk through the job. They argue on the price and they ask the techy questions. Meanwhile, hubby stands there looking like a rabbit in the headlights and generally being crap.

Where did it all go wrong?

S.
 12 July 2013 09:22 AM
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daveparry1

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I agree Sherlock, i've thought the same for a long time, in fact my other half is always winding me up saying "why is it only ever the women that phone up and ask for you"!

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 12 July 2013 09:30 AM
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Angram

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I blame television.

"She who must be obeyed" etc etc.
 12 July 2013 02:24 PM
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mikejumper

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Originally posted by: SherlockOhms
Almost every one of my customers of late are wives of useless husbands!

The wives do the calling. They talk through the job. They argue on the price and they ask the techy questions. Meanwhile, hubby stands there looking like a rabbit in the headlights and generally being crap.

So familiar.
More decisive too.
 12 July 2013 02:54 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Ah but isn't this situation rather like the cops thinking everyone else is a criminal as that's who the deal with all day? If hubby was technically competent they'd probably do their own electrics and you'd not have been called in?
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 12 July 2013 03:26 PM
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rougediablo

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Originally posted by: AJJewsbury
If hubby was technically competent they'd probably do their own electrics and you'd not have been called in?
- Andy.


Hope you're not trying to ecourage non compliance with Part P Andy
 12 July 2013 03:53 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Hope you're not trying to ecourage non compliance with Part P Andy

Certainly not! (not after it cost me £200-odd +VAT on top of the normal BCO notification charge! )
- Andy.
 12 July 2013 09:34 PM
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keylevel

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The other tack, and one that I've used, is act dumb, ask her to do the talking, and then decide if they're trustworthy,

Worked a dream when we needed some external doors replacing / modifying. I said the script would run:

1) Really silly price;
2) Can I use your phone to talk to the boss? ;
3) We can reduce it to a silly price if you sign today;
4) Two hours later...

It did.
 13 July 2013 11:10 AM
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Zs

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ah, but quite a few of my clients come from hubby not wanting to admit his deficiencies to another man....get Zs in. Zs makes a point of saying things like 'you're actually quite well informed Mr Bloggs ( but the sections on connector block are separate from each other, you'd not have known that just by looking at it.....etc.)'. Next time they call me.

However, Yesterday morning in the wholesaler stood a fella, holding a piece of 1.5mm 3 core SWA and a 20s external gland. he was demonstrating to the guy on the counter that the gland was much too big and the cable slipped freely through the gland. He had the armour and outer insulation cut right back about 8 inches from the end. I took a few moments to show him how to terminate a bit of armoured, explained what the armour does,showed him where the banjo must go and so on. Forgive me, but I didn't remind him to put the sheath on first. Ha. Suggested he get an electrician.

Sad, but on his way out he called an inappropriate comment about being taught by a woman and what was the world coming to. He got immediate short shrift, in my defence, from the other lads who were there.

I feel one of my 50p's coming on....I bet you 50p he goes in on Monday and asks for my number. I shall look forward to that.

No, blokes are not useless. I think you've learned not to interfere with domestic admin and organising. Today I shall mostly be in my potting shed....?

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 13 July 2013 11:45 AM
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dg66

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In my experience 'she who knows best' is convinced she does,so we let them get on with it regardless of the consequences. If the Gaffer sorts things out and it goes pear shaped we cant be blamed.
Happy wife, happy life.

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 13 July 2013 03:03 PM
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davezawadi

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Apologies to Zs, but women in general expect to have it all nowadays.
Children, house, job, money, decision making, you name it they demand to do it!
The happiest blokes seem to be the ones where the wife stays at home and does the conventional family things, and those women seem happier too. Now I wonder why that is?
My wife wanted the job so I said I'd stay home and look after the house. She doesn't like that, and ran off because I didn't earn enough and she had to keep me!
Where's the moral in that?

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 15 July 2013 07:01 PM
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dg66

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Well if you do all your jobs at the speed you mentioned for the house rewire its no wonder she ran off

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 16 July 2013 12:00 PM
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amandalewin

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Originally posted by: SherlockOhms

Almost every one of my customers of late are wives of useless husbands!



The wives do the calling. They talk through the job. They argue on the price and they ask the techy questions. Meanwhile, hubby stands there looking like a rabbit in the headlights and generally being crap.



Where did it all go wrong?



S.


My partner and the majority of my male friends work in computing as programmers or support staff or whatever. They can build computers from scratch, set up fancy networks, code exciting software, but when it comes to a bit of DIY they don't know where to start and certainly don't know how much it should cost etc.

I think for our age group (late 20's, early 30's) there are a lot of people who don't have a clue how to do the simplest kind of diy job. I'm not sure exactly why but its the truth!

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 16 July 2013 01:34 PM
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Originally posted by: dg66

Well if you do all your jobs at the speed you mentioned for the house rewire its no wonder she ran off


That's a nice bit of cross fertilization.

I once knew a chap who did bank jobs, which basically mean't he was away at night and weekends - that was the end of his marriage.

I find that the woman of the house knows precisely how to get the best deal so I leave the girls to do their job and I swan off somewhere to get on with mine.

Legh

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 16 July 2013 03:29 PM
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SherlockOhms

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Hmmm, tricky customers these women things....

A recent fem was quite vocal about the quote I gave her.
A few weeks later she called to green light the job.

She looked on with interest/amusement as I toiled all day running cables in lofts and teenagers bedrooms etc.

At the end I asked if she still felt the job was expensive?

Her response was to question the 62 plate van outside!

I had no reply.

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 16 July 2013 09:01 PM
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Grumpy

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Ha Sherlock you have a new van! My rate's just gone up when you next try to fob off some hideous job on me.
(take note Goldenboy lol)
 16 July 2013 10:00 PM
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Zs

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1962? A good year that.

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 16 July 2013 10:51 PM
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Legh

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Originally posted by: Zs

1962? A good year that.

Zs


A year earlier and you would have bagged a 'corker' in Bordeaux .

That would be Van Rouge not van Peugeot -lol

Legh

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 16 July 2013 11:17 PM
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Originally posted by: dg66

Well if you do all your jobs at the speed you mentioned for the house rewire its no wonder she ran off




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 17 July 2013 06:46 AM
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MrP

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Originally posted by: dg66

Well if you do all your jobs at the speed you mentioned for the house rewire its no wonder she ran off


That may not necessarily be a bad thing

MrP women you can't shoot them and you can't shoot them
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