So, after weeks of more grey hairs and begging phones calls, several months after I initially did everything necessary to facilitate it, one month on from the absolute final date when it would be done … the trench to connect me to the electricity mains is finally being dug. Of course, all that wasn’t quite stressful and upsetting enough, so as I was leaving to drive back home yesterday, the builder asked who was pulling the cables through, because it really needed to be done before he covered the conduits (i.e. today). Now, why he couldn’t tell me this in the several months we were discussing this $%$%ing trench is beyond me? Why wait until it’s pretty much impossible to sort out? How can I possibly find someone with no notice? Anyway, I sent a message to my electrician, begging him to help me out. Last night he sent me a message saying he’d discussed it with my builder and they’d both agreed that it wasn’t either of their responsibilities but instead the electricity company should do it, as the main cut-off switch is inside my property. This is where they decided the cut-off should go, so again - why the hell didn’t they tell me any of this until now? So now I don’t know what is going to happen - my builder has said he’ll call EDF. I’ll go there this afternoon, expecting the worst (what’s the betting that if the trench needs digging up again, it’ll be me who has to pay?)
In more positive news, the downstairs, living room, and top floor have all been plastered (I couldn’t face doing much more myself). And the tiles (for most of the house) are coming on Saturday (or at least, that’s the plan up to now).
No news from the latest plumber I found - hopefully I’ll be getting a quote very soon, and hopefully it won’t make me faint. No news from the lawyers dealing with the plumber who went bankrupt, losing me a small fortune and leaving me with a house without running water, toilets or showers (and if I had all this stress getting a trench dug, just imagine how much stress I’ve had trying to chase up on lawyers and ex-plumbers who don’t want to be found).
Don’t build a house in France folks! You have to deal with French “workers” if you do! And no one, absolutely no one, deserves that.