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So I got asked to do some work with a TV show, 'Garden Rescue' that were to be filming locally to me. They wanted me to put in 20m2 grey sandstone patio in a day, not a massive area bearing in mind prep work was to be done by someone else and in all likelihood probably not going to be done until at least late morning. I provisionally said ok even though im currently in the middle of a large contract, erring on the side of caution and expressing my concerns about it being done as quick as that, especially properly what with umpteen other people bustling about and inevitable delays and stoppages that could happen though I said I would be willing to to work on to the evening if need be with a couple of lights put up. I was also asked to provide some equipment that I shouldn't really need like a whacker plate (prepare was supposed to be done by someone else I was just to lay the stuff..) also I was asked to do a second general day building raised beds and gabion and whatnot, nothing actually spelled out what I was required to do specifically. 

I turned it down when it came to money. They wanted me to do all this for a day rate that was less than my normal rate anyway plus I did have a laugh when they wanted me to put that patio in for the same.. what with all the potential for stuff going wrong. Unfortunately there is probably somebody out there who thinks it's a stepping stone to the big-time by getting on TV or just really wants to meet Dimmock! I think I'll stick to customers who actually pay properly.

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    It sounds as if you were paying them for the opportunity Neal , It's one of those things some may see it as an opportunity worth sacrificing everything for to add to their portfolio , others for their five minutes of fame and for some right place ,right time and the stars collide . 

    I was recently contacted by the local planning department , very nice guy on the other end of the phone asking if i would be interested in going in after the builders had finished trashing the sites but we quickly established it would be a quantumn leap and unrealistic me being a sole trader who only likes to do a Three day week these days , but nice to have being considered .  If i were a younger man perhaps it would have been the making of me or even the ruin , who know's  (-:

  • 1)  They over promise exposure for your company and massively under deliver.

    2) We have just worked for a client who purchased a bungalow that had been made over by the biggest one of these type of programme. She reports the quality was so appalling (presumably as  it was all so rushed) that they had to re do all of it.  

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