After narrowly escaping going up in flames thanks to the previous owners bad wiring we have learned of yet another example of his workmanship this evening.
It concerns the fireplace which has never been efficient although it looks quite attractive. Friends of ours showed us a wood stove that they were having installed because they were convinced it would be much more economical and straightforward to run.
Bear immediately decided that we should enquire about the possibility of having one in our living room so yesterday we went to ask at a local shop.
The helpful lady took down the details, gave us a brochure and said the boss would be in touch to come and have a look. At 10 to 6 this evening he phoned to ask if it would be OK to arrive in five minutes!
He looked at the fireplace, tut tutted a few times and then smiled.
“I’ve been here before, to deliver this fireplace but it’s been installed wrongly. It wasn’t me who put it in.” he hastily added.
It seems we are not getting much heat because it’s all going up the chimney instead of into the room.
We had noticed that you can stand right in front of the fre and not feel hot and the various vents in the walls don’t produce any warm air at all.
However, the (probably) good news is that it should cost less than a new wood stove to put it right while the (definitely) bad news is that it means making a hole in the wall and a big mess.
He’s promised to give us an estimate but he didn’t say how long that might take.
So far the previous owner’s catalogue of errors has cost us rather dearly:
- The spotlights upstairs which could have caused a major fire.
- The conservatory which flooded every time it rained because he hadn’t sorted out the drainage. (Pascal claimed it would be an afternoon’s work but his son managed to take the best part of a week to dig out a ditch and put a drain in – at 10 euros an hour!)
- The chimney for the gas boiler which wasn’t the right material. (That cost over 2000 euros to replace!)
- The leaky chimney which had to be condemned. (We therefore lost a place to support the TV aerial which is now in the attic.)
No wonder the notaire stressed “You realise you are buying the house ‘as seen’ “, when we signed the papers.