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All sorts of answers. Plasterer broke his fingers. The builder told me he had dislocated his shoulder and then told me he had walked into a low doorframe and had to have physio (the most unluckiest building firm ever). That he had had difficulty with his overdraft but that had been restored. I told him eventually to stop fobbing me off and commit to a date. He came back as said " I haven't fobbed you off, I've been straight with you. I have been to the suppliers today to sort materials etc. I guarantee we will be back on our job on Thursday (this was Tuesday 4th February) and we will crack on. I replied good, please don't let me down. He came for one day, removed the copper immersion tank. Heard again from him on 10.02.14 saying to update you, we will be back on yours on Wednesday (12th Feb) and plasterer will be there Thursday (13th Feb) and I will be putting installations in Thursday 20th Feb. I was polite and said I was looking forward to the work starting again but no show at all. No answer to my text messages asking for a date. I haven't bombarded him, I send one every two weeks to try and secure a commitment but no luck. I am scared he has just taken my money and is conning me.
At the builders instigation the work start date was agreed for 2nd December and to run for 3 weeks. So it should have been completed by the end of December. However, for one of those weeks no work took place and so I just thought in the run up to Christmas his staff were taking leave etc. so was not too concerned until the work did not resume in January when I had been requested to transfer £4K for the goods to get them started after New Year. Since which time they have only attended for one day (12th February) other than that I have not been able to get them to commit to a date and to date they are now 7 weeks behind the agreed schedule.