My journey to a debt free life

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  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    foxgloves said:
    So sorry to hear this, @Onebrokelady. It's just absolutely the worst time of year to have this kind of problem. Could anyone lend you a decent dehumidifier to help with the condensation problem just until the boiler problem is sorted? They can take a surprisingly large amount of moisture out of the air. It's infuriating being let down by workmen when you so desperately need the job doing. I really hope you get a lucky break with this soon & that you start to feel better soon too.
    F x
    Hi Foxgloves. I've got a dehumidifier and have been using it but it's a bit localised so I have to move it around the house,it copes with a normal amount of condensation but this is excessive. I think it's the combination of using halogen heaters and it being freezing cold everywhere that is causing the problem.
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    That's terrible OBL. :( Sending hugs... I wish we were local and you could come round here.

    I see dehumidifiers are also available for hire, would that be an option? I bought a very small one a few years ago and it makes a big difference to the air quality upstairs, but I don't think it would be effective in more than one room.

    It's really tough about the sickness monitoring especially as you've tried so hard to keep going in and this isn't your main condition. Does it make any difference if you are sent home? You can't stay with a stomach bug, I know.
    Awww thanks Cherry , I keep looking in peoples windows and they all look so warm 😀 like I said to Foxgloves I have got a dehumidifier but it's only a 12 litre model which is fine for normal circumstances but this is too much for it to cope with, I normally only use it upstairs to keep damp at bay and it does a brilliant job but it can't cope with a whole house. I will bring it downstairs tomorrow and see how it goes .

    The sickness thing is just really bad timing, it doesn't make any difference if you are sent home the only things that is exempt is Covid 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    Morning OBL
    So sorry to hear your struggles with getting a new boiler.  Would BG be an option?  I got a mailshot from them about getting a new boiler although i do have the service plan with them so i'm already a customer.  My parents (in their 70s/80s) have been without heating since before Xmas as BG is waiting for a part before they can get their boiler repaired.  I hope you feel a bit better today
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    I used to be with BG and had a service plan with them but they let me down really badly the last time my boiler packed up and I ended up paying for someone else to come and fix it anyway, I'm not with them anymore and they are too expensive 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    What an absolutely dire start to the year. What a nightmare you’re having with the boiler. I know tradesmen are very difficult to get hold of at the minute, especially heating engineers. Is it worth looking into a bigger company like BG or Boxt? I went with BG service plan for my boiler, the bloke who fitted it wanted me to stay with him but he’s really difficult to get hold of and at least I know BG would come out straightaway. 

    Good idea about hiring a dehumidifier as you could get a good industrial one that would dry out your house and your washing at the same time. 

    Sorry to hear you’re not well too, annoying about the sickness monitoring when it’s something genuine. 

    I really hope you can get something sorted out soon 🙏🤞
    Don't bank on BG coming out straight away, last time I had a service plan with them they let me down and I ended up having to pay someone else to fix the boiler even though I was paying them for the plan 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    That’s so horrible, you’d think there would be measures in place to stop people being without heating and hot water for so long. Do you have plug in heaters? I know they aren’t cheap to run, but it would make a big difference in the short term.
    I've got two halogen heaters but they only heat the immediate area, I'm hoping they aren't too expensive to run or I'm going to end up with a massive electric bill too 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    Delurking to comment on the boiler situation, I would highly recommend Boxt.

    We woke up in the early hours of a Sunday morning last summer to the sound of all the water leaking from the bottom of the boiler. Went on Boxt website at 815 and by 8am the next day the boiler had been delivered and the engineers had arrived. All fitted by 2pm.

    The prices are very clear on the website and there were no hidden extras, the after care service was also excellent (no I don't work for them 😉).

    Hope you don't mind me commenting but just wanted to let you know that there are other options if you're struggling to get the boiler situation resolved 😊
    I certainly don't mind you commenting at all 😊thanks for the info I will look into them if the person who is coming this week turns out to be a waste of time 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
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    milann said:
    I’m sorry to hear about the boiler shenanigans. It’s no fun being cold…..especially so for you as it affects your condition so much. It must be a nightmare with wet washing…..not sure if it’s an option, but do you have a laundrette where you could get the washing dry….just to stop the dampness in the house…..which could cause damage to both the house and your health.
    There is a launderette a bus ride away so I could go there with bedding and towels, most of our clothes aren't suitable to be tumble dried so that's why I didn't replace mine. I haven't needed it until now and nearly caved and bought one yesterday 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • OnebrokeladyOnebrokelady Forumite
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    Hi everyone and thanks for all the useful advice. I'm sitting here with my heater on and candles lit and it does look cosy in the living room,I will just ignore the rest of the house which feels like a giant fridge 🥶🥶🥶

    I went on my works social page last night and asked for heating company recommendations. One of my workmates gave me the name of someone who she knows so I found them on FB and sent them a message not expecting to hear from them until Monday but two minutes later they messaged me back asking for details and photos of the job so they could give me an online quote, twenty minutes later I had rough price ( subject to survey ) and they said they could come on Tuesday morning at 8.30 to have a look and that they had availability to do the job the same week. Fingers crossed they will turn out to be as good as she says and I will have a new boiler one day this week, I'm hoping they will be able to fit me in on Wednesday because I'm off then, otherwise I will have to wait until Friday and hope they can do it then. Please keep all your fingers and toes crossed that this gets sorted this week 🤞🤞🤞🤞

    I emailed the company that didn't phone me back and told them I didn't want them to do the job as they had not got back to me when they said they would,The boss of the company was ccd into the email too and low and behold I got a phone call first thing this morning saying they could come and do it on Monday ( I told him yesterday that I'm at work on Monday and he should remember because he joked that at least I would be warm at work 😡) I actually missed the call because I was still in bed and my phone was turned off so he left a message saying he forgot to call me back . Ive just ignored it and they can shove their boiler where the sun don't shine. I will still have to pay them for sorting the leak but they haven't invoiced me yet.... I bet they don't forget to do that 😡

    I woke up late today and still feel sick, I'm hoping tomorrow will be better. I'm ok so long as I don't eat much, I had a jacket potato with cheese for tea and felt awful after I ate it, I'm going to stick to toast again tomorrow, I was going to have some soup today but just looking at it made me feel ill 🤢

    I did get my bedding washed today and I have pegged it out overnight so it's out first thing in the morning it was a bit windy today so it might dry .

    I did take B for a walk through the fields at lunch time because I needed some fresh air. I've had a quick clean and tidy round today and then spent the rest of the day either reading my book which I finished or watching YouTube videos 
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = £17,630 Paid To Date = £4,864.23 Owed = £12,765.77
    Emergency Fund = £500 Xmas savings = £0
    House Fund = £0
  • CherryfudgeCherryfudge Forumite
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    Hope you feel better tomorrow.

    The boiler recommendation through work sounds hopeful!
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    Hoping the boiler gets sorted this week xx
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    Starting afresh.

    You can do anything if you put your mind to it. x
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