A hotel rip-off
Jordy writes: I'm completely and utterly in shock today after i witnessed quite possibly the worst installation in history, it was literally beyond comprehension... My blood boiled when i seen this.
I got a call from a distressed hotel owner last night, he had contracted two fellows to put in a head end, aerial system, dish and cable 9 rooms... Wee buns to the experienced and honourable amongst us. There was no tv signals whatsoever, bar had no satellite...
I went down this morning, pulled a plate off no cables... Went onto the roof, i find a chimney with a RAVEN SKY DISH BRACKET drilled INTO THE CHIMNEY BASE LEAD with an 18 element Televes infinitio with no reflector, wrong pol for a start but that was the least of it's problems half way up a 6ft, no cables anywhere, no satellite dish no quatro... Some cable was found on the ground at the side of the hotel, i don't believe it was ever put near the aerial. Into the loft spaces i find bunches of 80/100 meter rolls of black rg6 everywhere terminated and plugged into a 25 year old dist amp that the spiders called home, then i find a shoe box with cables in it and 8x 3 way splitters, 4 connected with f's and the rest left lying taped up... I'd had enough then the hotel pointed out they were in the airing cupboards a lot more splitters taped and doing nothing... I was concerned for electrical safety as some of the black cables i still haven't figured out what their use is yet were along side leccy cables and the clip nails were through the cables... There was a grid and an Antiference amp used to feed one set for the owner up there so i'm told when i asked were it was, I was told "They've taken that away with them, they're going to convert that to digital, they said they would have it back good as new" I swear to f8ck that was only half of it then the bombshell he'd payed up front and had a invoice for 6 thousand pounds...
The invoice went like this:-
Televes circular digital aerial - 150 (9.50 trade) God knows what circular is...
High powered amps - 1400 (There were none)
A distributor system with signal boosters - 800 quid.
High powered satellite dish 450
Cables and wall plates that had no patresses, unscreened and probably bought at B&Q. 130 quid for 9.
Extra parts??? and labour???. 2170???
5100 plus 15%vat (765) 5895
I can't this get into my head, i and i'm quite sure there are many others who take pride in their work i know i do... What after explaining and sitting down with the hotel owner who's of the impression that all of us are scum and numpties, the police were called shortly after and it's now a matter for them... I truly hate posting stuff like this but it's only way people are going to learn and use reputable people with track records and are not afraid to conduct work and receive payment after the job is complete.
IF ANYONE HAS A PERSON DEMANDING MONEY UP FRONT GET RID OF THEM... I DON'T CARE HOW BAD THE RECESSION IS, BECAUSE IT'S THE BUSINESSES WITH HONOUR AND INTEGRITY THAT WILL SURVIVE... REMEMBER THAT WHEN GETTING ANY TYPE OF WORK DONE TO YOU PROPERTY.