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We're having a new wood burner fitted and today's the day at last. Husband has gone out for the day and I am in charge of making sure the young man (child?) installs it properly - ie to husband's pernickity satisfaction. Mine too I must add - but more his. He does tend to go on. And on.

The responsibility is killing - especially as I don't like to interfere. I'm trying not to hover; I keep having surreptitious glances from afar (round corners, through windows) and wandering through the room casually to make sure he's got the spirit level out and all is square and level. It's not the easiest stove in the easiest room - lots of space and straight lines. No margin for error - can't fudge a big black pipe rising up in very pale room.

So all in all, although I've a long list of things I should be doing I feel at a bit of a loose end and will do until job's finished. Maybe we'll have a picture later on.

Posted at 11th Nov 2008 - 01:03PM   Posted by Mountainear   Spare part... Comments: 12

Milla's Avatar it's all those idiotic things one keeps saying (!Embarassed) too, prefaced with things like, "I know you know what you're doing but ..." and "I don't been to be dim but have you ...."

Posted by: Milla on 11th Nov 2008 at 01:23PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Ah yes I am married to one of those. Does mean that when he does things you get a great job but the downside is that he can quibble about things I wouldn't even notice. And yes, let us have a picture when the boy has done!

Posted by: Elizabethm on 11th Nov 2008 at 01:35PM

Woozle1967's Avatar And then when it's all in and he's gone, you will still be hovering in the room, grinning like a cheshire cat and unable to leave it alone........... Pictures - now there's an excuse to stay by it too.......xWink

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 11th Nov 2008 at 01:46PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Oooh, how exciting, Mountainear! I am the original born-again wood-burner evangelist - I think they're just FAB! You won't look back, and if you're anything remotely like me, you won't go out either, you'll spend the rest of your life huddling round it gazing at the flames, polishing and repolishing the glass and telling everyone who will listen (and a few of those who are trying to run away) how completely marvellous it is, how it has changed your life and how they should get one. Very Happy

(See, I'm having to stop myself going onandonandonaboutit Rolling Eyes)

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 11th Nov 2008 at 02:04PM

Ivy's Avatar The trouble is if you are not worrying and going in from time to time (I find offering a drink like beer or coffee always is like a permit ) they just do what is easiest but not what you have told them to do and they do come up with excuses you can hardly debate. Hope your workmen are of a different kind then the ones I met so far.

Posted by: Ivy on 11th Nov 2008 at 02:20PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Sulking now. Wood burner envy.
A and I are both hopeless. We let people get on with things and then just quietly seethe and fester for years afterwards when they go wrong.
Hope all goes well....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 11th Nov 2008 at 02:32PM

Mines crooked Sad but then i fitted it Mr. Green........Colins a straight line man and boy does it wind him up LOL

Posted by: Bodran on 11th Nov 2008 at 02:35PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Oh must keep an eye on them....I always get the spirit level out when they are not looking!!

I had a row with my husband the day we were due to order a woodburner...I said stupidly, whilst sulking "order it yourself".

Well, I'm now reminded of that incident every night that I light the fire! He did indeed 'order it himself' and we have the weirdest looking woodburner you've ever seen! He probably fell prey to someone trying to sell a previous non-seller (his business sense is not that great...considering his job!).

Anyway, I have to live with it, and we laugh about it these days...but I've learned never to sulk at crucial design moments anymore.....

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 11th Nov 2008 at 02:43PM

Ivy's Avatar Oh that is a lesson hard learned how can you cope with that I could not!

Posted by: Ivy on 11th Nov 2008 at 03:09PM

Pondside's Avatar I'm also married to a 'details' man. It's always easier to send him away when workmen are in the house as he will otherwise hover and make (pretend) jolly conversation, driving the workmen to do a terrible job.
I've just lit our fire to try to drive off some of the cold and damp. For some reason our in-floor heating isn't working and the electrician hasn't yet shown up and is unlikely to do so as today is a holiday.

Posted by: Pondside on 11th Nov 2008 at 04:00PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Looking forward to the pic and full of wood-burner envy

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Nov 2008 at 05:45PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Also looking forward to the picture. But of course you have to hover - woodburners are a major focal point in the room and they have to be right. Our builder put some bizarre wooden box around the insulated pipe at the top because it was silver and the rest of the pipe was black . . . luckily I went into overlurk and managed to stop it in time.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 11th Nov 2008 at 08:19PM

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