In praise of PigletJohn

(85 Posts)
Giraffeski Sat 29-Mar-14 16:45:13

I would just like to say,

I am in awe of your amazing general knowledge and would just like to say thank you for all the amazing advice you give on these boards.
I always think, PigletJohn will know the answer to this. And lo and behold, you always do!

So, thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

EthelDorothySusan Sat 29-Mar-14 16:52:32

He is fab.

read this

PigletJohn Sat 29-Mar-14 17:18:17

hee hee!

Optimist1 Sat 29-Mar-14 17:31:13

He is to household maintenance what Cogito and AF are to emotional stuff!

somersethouse Sat 29-Mar-14 17:32:43

He helped me fix my dishwasher once, he is indeed, invaluable!

noviceoftheday Sat 29-Mar-14 17:41:54

Ohhhh. I never realised he was a "he"blush. PJ is fab.

MargotLovedTom Sat 29-Mar-14 17:42:16

This is a bit random but I always picture PigletJohn looking like Chris from Eggheads!

Unmask yourself PigletJohn grin.

ViviDeBeauvoir Sat 29-Mar-14 17:45:17

Another distant admirer.
Never have domestic appliance threads been so interesting! smile

Caoilainn Sat 29-Mar-14 17:47:30

I praised him on the other thread and since then he has helped me sort out my decking grin

ASmidgeofMidge Sat 29-Mar-14 17:47:53

He is the household maintenance oracle

Every once in a while there is an All Hail PigletJohn Thread so I am happy to see another grin

Always well deserved. I'm more of a lurker than a poster on DIY/Property, but have learned SO much.

Wonder if we could ever get him to come to a meet up grin

MNHQ should do a web chat with him grin grin

youmeandus Sat 29-Mar-14 18:27:28

another admirer!

ConcreteElephant Sat 29-Mar-14 18:35:35

I am very easily swayed by PigletJohn's opinions - underfloor heating, cavity wall insulation, hard-wired thermostats.... He could be a 90 year old genteel lady who's never been near a tool box in her life but I'm convinced and store up all the imparted knowledge for when I might need it in the future. He has recently surprised me by branching out into Russia/Ukraine/Crimea. Not just a pretty DIY/Property face ;)

cowsarescary Sat 29-Mar-14 18:40:58

He is infallible on macerator toilets.

OuterFromOutersville Sat 29-Mar-14 18:41:37

grin I'm always surprised when I see PigletJohn on non-DIY threads too.

So, does anyone know what PigletJohn actually does? I thought he ran several businesses, then today he mentioned his work shirts being super-white. Although, I suppose these things aren't mutually exclusive, hmm.

OuterFromOutersville Sat 29-Mar-14 18:42:49

cows, now you've got me imagining a MasterMind specialist subject of macerate toilets grin.

OuterFromOutersville Sat 29-Mar-14 18:43:13


TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sat 29-Mar-14 18:44:21

"He is infallible on macerator toilets."

Alter the tense and you've got one hell of an epitaph there... grin

PigletJohn Sat 29-Mar-14 19:01:20

I thought everybody knew I run a therapeutic massage service in Hull?

Mrscupcake23 Sat 29-Mar-14 19:04:35

Ha ha piglet john you get even better.

helzapoppin2 Sat 29-Mar-14 19:54:14

Adding my praise, PJ!

Quinteszilla Sat 29-Mar-14 19:56:40

He is truly both Omniscient and Yoniscient. wink

Hobbes8 Sat 29-Mar-14 19:59:01

Another thanks from me. He gave me ever so helpful radiator advice, which led me to google some stuff, which led me to find more advice he'd given on an old thread! I was hugely pregnant at the time and was super happy to get my heating on before I popped.

Giraffeski Sat 29-Mar-14 20:33:35

Can you pop over and sort our heating out though PJ, the wall thermostat is indecipherable and we have lived in our house now for two years without being able to fathom it.
Am on the verge of asking the plumber to rip it out and replace it with one of those clock thingies with bots that you click in and out.

MilestoneMum Sat 29-Mar-14 20:45:53

I have lurked him long time!

But I fear I have incurred his wrath as DH has recently had our boiler put in the loft...wink

MrsJamin Sat 29-Mar-14 21:12:39

I love pigletjohn too! So great to have someone so knowledgeable on mn.

Giraffeski btw have you thought about bypassing the thermostat and get a tado system? I love mine.

Giraffeski Sat 29-Mar-14 21:13:34

At the moment I am thinking more about smashing it in with a hammer.

He is so kind to take the time to answer all the DIY questions, all free of charge. I really appreciate it.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sat 29-Mar-14 21:26:48

"At the moment I am thinking more about smashing it in with a hammer."

I am far from PJ's level of expertise, but I'm going to suck my teeth and say, "that'll cost ya."


poshme Sat 29-Mar-14 21:29:35

Yes! I love PJ too.
Such Sensible advice. Sensible.
Well thought. Careful
And yet, amusing. Web chat would be great. - a special plumbing/ heating/ DIY questions web chat.

poshme Sat 29-Mar-14 21:30:22

And piglet- do you have kids? Do you also read all the patenting stuff?

GoodnessIsThatTheTime Sat 29-Mar-14 21:32:25

I thought he was a she.... I'd assumed "he" but corrected on one thread. Am I wrong again!

He has been SO right about damp and tumble dryers etc. I've often passed on that advice. Also useful re electric heating.

I'll join the fan club, and echo the curiosity about his day job... Sureyor? owner of building company?

LookHowTheyShineForYou Sat 29-Mar-14 21:35:27

He is a plumber if I remember correctly.

hugoagogo Sat 29-Mar-14 21:37:42

He is wonderful.

But can he answer me this: Can I park in the Deep carpark and just go into Hull for the day or will I be in big trouble?

Lozislovely Sat 29-Mar-14 21:40:29

I luffs Pj grin every woman needs him in their life - but is there enough of him to go round??? wink

HeartShapedStone Sat 29-Mar-14 21:41:01

How many plumbers choose to hand out free (exceptionally useful) advice in their free time though? I have no idea what his motivation is but agree he is amazing! grin

He fixed my dishwasher as well and I've found other useful info on many other threads that he's chosen to comment on.

Thank you so much Piglet thanks

figgypuddings Sat 29-Mar-14 21:46:07

thanks PigletJohn.

You have saved many of us a fortune with your brilliant advice.

HanSolo Sat 29-Mar-14 22:13:21

He is so very helpful, and unfailingly polite. PigletJohn, you are an asset to MN. smile

magimedi Sat 29-Mar-14 22:36:12

I thought everybody knew I run a therapeutic massage service in Hull?

And he has a wonderful sense of humor.

[flowers} PJ for making me snort with laughter!

shoom Sat 29-Mar-14 22:38:03

Me too

malalam Sat 29-Mar-14 22:39:44

I would like to know the story behind PigletJohn's nickname.

thornrose Sat 29-Mar-14 22:44:08

I remember getting defensive and snippy when I first read one of his comments about drying washing indoors. He was right of course and responded in a polite but firm way grin

WetAugust Sun 30-Mar-14 00:13:32

Because of PigletJohn I have a bathroom that is completely free of condensation - regardless of how long DS spends in the shower because I have the massive extractor fan in my loft, that PigletJohn recommeded.

PigletJohn, you are a MN treasure!


lessonsintightropes Sun 30-Mar-14 00:30:39

All hail PigletJohn cake, wine, flowers.

I came across your advice when my sis and I both worked out we were posting on Property/DIY and recognised each others posts! She mentioned to watch out for your advice particularly around plumbing and I've never seen a duff piece of advice. You've saved a lot of us a lot of time, hassle and money. Thank you!

PigletJohn is my most favourite person on MN. He has saved me a fortune, and his recent recommendation for BAL powder tile adhesive was just the best wine

truelymadlysleepy Mon 31-Mar-14 08:20:27

Me too PJ, I hang on your every word thanks

Kleptronic Mon 31-Mar-14 08:24:18

Thanks PigletJohn.

LineRunner Mon 31-Mar-14 08:29:57

And you were right about replacing the valve in the toilet cistern, PJ, as you are right about everything. grin

Abra1d Mon 31-Mar-14 08:31:04

PigletJohn is my MN crush.

DrankSangriaInThePark Mon 31-Mar-14 08:37:38

Sorted out my blocked tubes a fortnight ago.

Thanks from me too!

In often find myself saying "you need to put a callout for Piglet John" on smelly washer/mould/drain threads.

stuckindamiddle Mon 31-Mar-14 09:12:54

PJ is amazing!

EarSlaps Mon 31-Mar-14 09:25:43

He is indeed fantastic. Often if I google a household problem then a MN thread with PJ giving fab advice comes up.

I imagine him to be mid-late fifties yet still with a full head of hair. I'm sure I remember him saying once he was just an enthusiastic amateur but I might be misremembering.

I really need to look at our washing machine drain now I think of it- maintenance washes in my washing machine only keep the stink away for a couple of days and he says that's usually the drain pipe. Can I just pour sink unblocker down it?

hollyisalovelyname Mon 31-Mar-14 09:29:55

I thought Piglet John was a woman with incredible knowledge. He put me right. smile

GoodnessIsThatTheTime Mon 31-Mar-14 09:42:11

Ooh we've got a stinky washing machine too....

comicsansisevil Mon 31-Mar-14 09:47:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ThePearShapedToad Tue 01-Apr-14 12:28:31

PigletJohn is the person who taught me how to crisply find, and clean, the filters on my dishwasher. Had it for a year before I realised I was actually meant to clean them. Almost threw up when I did it the first time after a year's worth of congealed fat on them

Bless you PJ. My filters are always clean now thanks

ThePearShapedToad Tue 01-Apr-14 12:29:07

Ha. Crisply= actually
Though I suppose they were crispy after a year...

doglover Wed 02-Apr-14 18:04:49

He is my hero smile

hollyisalovelyname Wed 02-Apr-14 18:09:42

How do you clean the filters on your dishwasher?

ThePearShapedToad Thu 03-Apr-14 08:10:05

Hot water and an old toothbrush works on mine, just a case of doing them every month

Quite enjoyable now that I don't have a year's worth of scrambled egg stuck in them!

SpacegirlRevisited Thu 03-Apr-14 10:09:25

I imagine Piglet John in a shirt and tie with a nicely pressed navy cotton drill boiler suit/overall over the top and a pencil behind one ear.

Bet he never does that teeth sucking in thing when pricing a job either.

Fabulous person.

MrsMarigold Thu 03-Apr-14 10:16:53

He helped me with my house alarm - so lovely. smile

puggle01 Thu 03-Apr-14 10:23:30

Good recommendation on a willow hedge here for me -ta!

dontstopmenow Sat 05-Apr-14 16:50:26

I have lurked on many a thread where PigletJohn gives advice - its always fantastic and helps me lots and lots - great appreciation here!

Rummikub Sat 05-Apr-14 16:56:27

shock there are filters in the dishwasher! and you're supposed to clean them??

PigletJohn Sat 05-Apr-14 16:59:06


NaturalBaby Sat 05-Apr-14 17:04:24

<considers relocating to Hull>

ErrolTheDragon Sat 05-Apr-14 17:05:04

'RTFM' - sound advice indeed! grin
Esp on dishwasher filters as exactly how you get them out depends on the type.

Rummikub Sat 05-Apr-14 18:23:48

[Grin] oh ok then.

I do the filter on my washing machine. It's v obvious being at the front.

Rummikub Sat 05-Apr-14 18:24:12


hollyisalovelyname Sat 05-Apr-14 19:07:26

Is Ms./ Mrs. Piglet John a Mumsnetter too.

PigletJohn Sat 05-Apr-14 19:17:08

No, she thinks it eats up time.

Cuddlecouch Sun 06-Apr-14 08:51:36

He worked out our heating and water system when we moved house just from me describing the colour of the water tank. He is amazing. Love you PJ.

BoffinMum Sun 06-Apr-14 21:36:54

PJ, please can you share your opinions on ground heat pump and air pump technology? Are they cost effective to install and what problems do people often encounter?

PigletJohn Sun 06-Apr-14 22:11:27

don't know

seems very expensive and I am suspicious of payback.

InsertUsernameHere Sun 06-Apr-14 22:34:06

We looked at ground source heat pumps and our architect agreed with PJ. He reckoned they weren't really that green and only worth it if you have a free source of electric and live in a passiv house.

thornrose Tue 08-Apr-14 21:24:32

Oh dear I have a plumbing problem I'm hoping someone (ie PigletJohn) can help me with.

I have had a blocked toilet. I called out plumbers yesterday who spent 3 hours sorting it out finally using high pressure water jet.

They had major problems which they tried to explain to me but I didn't understand! It appears the toilet has been fitted badly (I'm ground floor of a Victorian conversion) They finally gave me a receipt saying that there are out of line joints and they cannot guarantee drains as they don't discharge into the manhole for the toilet.

My toilet is now blocked again, well, the waste is disappearing but the water level is too high.

I don't know what to do next, its already cost me £150 and I cant really afford anymore right now sad

PigletJohn Tue 08-Apr-14 22:25:43

You need to post in Property & DIY, not Fanmail.

Ask around friends and neighbours for a trusted and experienced local plumber or small builder. Don't use yellow pages or internet advertising "recommendation" websites. Don't call a non-geographic phone number. Look for an established local business address that you can look at and is not an accomodation address. Check the postcode online to see how many companies use it.

A local firm will have seen hundreds of properties just like yours.

thornrose Tue 08-Apr-14 22:38:13

Thanks, sorry, just really desperate for advice and have no-one to help in RL.

ContentedSidewinder Thu 10-Apr-14 09:30:14

I agree local people know local stuff. I always go off recommendations.

I also love PigletJohn and his sage advice.

legoqueen Sat 12-Apr-14 14:10:34

PigletJohn is legendary...

I always read his posts. He is fab. How can someone be so knowledgable? He is wonderful. Mrs Pigletjohn is lucky.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 25-May-14 20:40:04

Mrs PigletJohn probably thinks you are all welcome to him at times wink

cricketpitch Mon 26-May-14 21:14:33

Fluffy love that post. Spot on. Made me smile. smile. That is, of course, life!!

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