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We are having a garden path and a tiny patio area built by two wonderful builders, the same two who erected the garden fencing a few weeks ago. The path will continue along the length of a flower border. This is how far they had got earlier today.

A skip was required for the amount of soil they had to remove, along with the ancient paving slabs from a very old path.

The small skip had been expertly positioned on our driveway on Tuesday and was due for collection today.

The builders had a cement mixer on the drive, far enough away from the skip … turns out the “Incompetent and inadequate driver” (builders words, not mine) of the skip was just that … look at this!

Then the demolition began …

Many photos were taken for evidence, the builder immediately contacted the skip company and a man from the company has been round to sort out the erection of a new brick wall for us asap!

I just can’t tell you how angry I am over all this disruption and hope to have the wall built very soon.

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Well that’s terrible! So glad you were able to get it sorted. Still a bloody inconvenience!!

8 Apr, 2021

 

I couldn't bring myself to speak with the driver for fear of swearing a lot!!

8 Apr, 2021

 

Words fail me,Shirley....was he wearing his glasses??...I can imagine how angry you are feeling....how long do you think it will be for the wall to be replaced?

8 Apr, 2021

 

I’m not sure why I clicked ‘like’ Shirley - I guess mainly to support you and agree with your thoughts.
What an absolute idiot! How on earth did he manage to knock your wall down??? It’s not a ‘high’ wall is it! Nowadays, people just don’t take pride in their work/jobs...can’t seem to do the job properly. I do hope this gets rectified very soon and you’re not waiting for ages.
I have to admit when I saw the wall down I was very shocked!
Hope you’re ok, although that’s a silly thing for me to say..of course you’re not.

8 Apr, 2021

 

Julia, we are hoping the bricklayer turns up soon! Obviously the skip company will be paying for the work. The wall was built in 2010 when the front garden had a make-over.

Kate, the skip was set down by a lovely little Spanish guy on Tuesday, our builders are Polish and, you've guessed, this driver was British. At one point, when I was taking photos, he actually muttered "Accidents happen"! That's when I chose to walk away and leave him with the Polish guys. My husband was out at the time, just for 15 minutes and couldn't believe what he saw upon his return.

8 Apr, 2021

 

Oh Shirley, that is bound to send your stress levels soaring.
As for 'accidents happen', he is meant to have a proficiency in driving this vehicle. Perhaps he hasn't an HGV licence.
At least the company are going to sort it for you. But it is just the sheer inconvenience.

8 Apr, 2021

 

Unbelievable Shirley. My heart goes out to you ... you could really do without such unnecessary stress. Some of these drivers just don’t seem to care. Such a pain, just when you were feeling happy with your builders!

8 Apr, 2021

 

That's annoying, but at least the company are prepared to rectify the damage.

8 Apr, 2021

 

Thank goodness the builders were still there, he may just have driven off!
We all know accidents happen, but a complete wall!!
Glad the Company saw sense and didn't try to wriggle out of responsibility.

8 Apr, 2021

 

He hadn't even attached the chains to lift the skip ... damage all done by his crass reversing. The builder immediately got on to the skip firm with Whatsapp (that means nothing to me!) and had a conversation whilst showing the damage done. Thank goodness they can use technology, ha ha!

My daughter has made me smile though by pointing out that, had the wall collapsed inwards on to the shrubs there would have been news reports of a mad woman screaming at a lorry driver!!!

8 Apr, 2021

 

What a mess, the incompetence of the chap!

8 Apr, 2021

 

That was a terrible thing to happen! Technology can be very useful - when it works as it is supposed to! If not it can be a right nightmare! In your case it has worked in your favour as you should have that wall rebuild in no time!
The driver really should have paid more attention to what he was doing.

8 Apr, 2021

 

What a shock - not surprised you w angry. Its hard to see how he manged to knock the wall onto the pavement rather than the border - (and all in one piece too!) Hope it's all cleared and rebuilt in short order.

8 Apr, 2021

 

The driver had actually been told by one of the builders to come in from the other direction but claimed he didn't hear that! I heard the shouts, looked out the window and the driver had got out and was rocking the coping stone atop the end pillar ... to see how steady the wall was ... what???

He then drove the lorry forward, taking the pillar and wall with him, hence it fell on the pavement. At the end of the day, nobody was injured and it's just a garden wall, not the house! Good job I'm a "Glass half full" person ... :o))

9 Apr, 2021

 

That is terrible news Shirley and it was so careless.

I am so sorry that it happened and I hope it will be resolved quickly and soon will look as good as new again.
x

9 Apr, 2021

 

Oh my goodness Shirley so sorry to see this, thank goodness the builders were there to witness it all and obviously that no-one was hurt...Your daughter is right, you would have been devastated if your shrubs had been damaged, I don't think I would have walked away, I reckon the air would have turned blue and I definitely think I'd have added new words to my vocabulary, hope it is sorted asap...

10 Apr, 2021

 

I couldn't believe the photos of your demolished wall. I 'm so glad the Poles were there to take photos, they are very reliable people. I hope it will all be back as before quite soon. Deep breaths, tea & chocolate cake called for :-))

10 Apr, 2021

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