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AIBU or is this normal? Scaffolders at 0710 on a Saturday morning.

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Inselaffe Sat 07-Jun-14 07:51:14

Last week we found out we can successfully claim on the NHBC for shoddy building which has resulted in damage to a ceiling (damp). The letter said that we must allow the contractors access during their "normal working hours" in the midweek.

Woken up at 0710 by the scaffolding going up. DP admits he had a voicemail a couple of days ago to 'discuss when to start' but he's been exceptionally busy at work and forgot to call them back.

We went out and asked them (nicely!) who they were and said we didn't realise they were coming but they just shrugged.

It's very, very noisy and obviously isn't over in the space of 5 mins so I am in no doubt that most of our neighbours have woken up as well. I now have to apologise, including to a very close friend who is 8 months pregnant and was telling me yesterday how she keeps getting woken up by outside noises blush A minor point is that I'm completely exhausted, this was meant to be my lie-in and now I'm up for the day and probably won't enjoy it... I'm so tired everything hurts (bad week at work) sad

So... is this normal for scaffolders? They've come all the way from Leeds and we live in the very NE so they must have got up at an insane hour. If it was 0710 in the week I'd think it was normal but I've never heard/experienced (apart from complaints in AIBU!) about builders starting this early at the weekend in a residential area?

Inselaffe Sat 07-Jun-14 07:53:07

Should add, once I get some sleep I will be very grateful everything is moving fast - cant fault the builders' association for that, they have been brill.

CQ Sat 07-Jun-14 08:01:17

Scaffolders, like roofers and plasterers seem to be a law unto themselves. They come at all hours of the day and night, never communicate with anyone, leave all manner of crap behind them.

This is based on my extensive research of one loft conversion grin

The upside is scaffolders are very very quick usually so hopefully you might get back to sleep.

Bunbaker Sat 07-Jun-14 08:02:38

Maybe they are this early because of today's terrible weather forecast?

SilverShadows Sat 07-Jun-14 08:06:34

My brother is a scaffolder and he has to be "on site" (at the job address) for 7am, inc Saturdays. I would say it was normal for scaffolding, but if you've had no previous experience I can see why it would be a shock.

Lilaclily Sat 07-Jun-14 08:08:16

I'd blame your dp
Why didn't he give you the number so you could have rang?

DocDaneeka Sat 07-Jun-14 08:09:14

Ime scaffolders start early
But usually finish quickly too.

PseudoBadger Sat 07-Jun-14 08:11:21

Noisy work should start from 8am

JonesRipley Sat 07-Jun-14 08:16:27

I agree that scaffolders are a lively band of roister-roisters who seem to do what they want; often in a noisy and dangerous manner

JonesRipley Sat 07-Jun-14 08:17:07


AwkwardSquad Sat 07-Jun-14 08:18:57

It's not ideal, but like Bunbaker said, the weather forecast is for downpours today, from about 12 in the NE, so maybe that's why they're cracking on.

Re neighbours - it's not as if you're planning on doing this regularly, and you will no doubt be equally forbearing when they get work done on their houses at some future point!

Inselaffe Sat 07-Jun-14 08:21:39

Thanks silver and everyone. I guess it is not unusual.

Have just listened to DP's voicemail. They called at 6pm on Thursday to say they would put the scaffolding up yesterday unless he called back. Yesterday would have been fine. Sounds like they are gone now but I need to get up anyway .

afterthought Sat 07-Jun-14 08:22:57

We're having building work - the scaffolders are always early as they need to be done before the builders can start. At least it's just a one off and won't happen every day you are getting the work done.

Inselaffe Sat 07-Jun-14 08:23:48

Thanks Awkward - I have sent a text to those I know apologising whilst it was going on. I forgot about the forecast tbh as it is so sunny outside!

Inselaffe Sat 07-Jun-14 08:58:29

They trampled on my roses and broke them

dingalong Sat 07-Jun-14 09:42:27

I think builders (& scaffolders) are in a secret war with nature. Ours seemed to go out if their way to kill as much vegetation as possible.

wonkylegs Sat 07-Jun-14 10:01:44

Scaffolders are one of the worst building trades, they do tend to be a law unto themselves and are as a group the one I've had to tell off (for dangerous practices, unacceptable behaviour & not turning up) the most in my construction career (not all are bad but many many are)
I think they are even worse on domestic jobs as we recently had some installed at our house where they obviously thought I was 'just a housewife' rather than a seasoned professional. They never turned up on time, rarely on the days they were supposed to, caused unacceptable damage and their behaviour was atrocious. They have kinda shot themselves in the foot though as I will never again use them on one of my projects, we have deducted damages from their payment & I've passed on their reputation to others.

Freckletoes Sat 07-Jun-14 10:04:25

Yes, scaffolders always seems to work early IMO (we have had a lot put up and down over time). And weather probably contributed. But the fact your Dh didn't reply has probably not helped-the repairs are being co-ordinated by a third party so people will just want to get on and get it done I would think. Have you ever had any building work done before? Unfortunately workmen are usually just focused on getting the job done so your garden, the mess and the noise don't really ever come into it as far as they are concerned.....

crispyporkbelly Sat 07-Jun-14 10:09:39

Illegal before 8am

aftereight Sat 07-Jun-14 10:11:09

Normal IME. And lots of swearing involved.

spence82 Sat 07-Jun-14 10:14:53

If the scaffolding is being put up near a main street they will start early to get it put up before people start walking around.

JonesRipley Sat 07-Jun-14 13:12:48

Once i nearly got hit by a big hunk of metal they were throwing down as they dismantled the scaffolding. The flowers in the flower bed stood no chance until I remonstrated with them

Sallyingforth Sat 07-Jun-14 13:38:02

My experience with scaffolders has been bad as well. They seem to have no respect for people or property. They trampled over one garden to get to another, pissed and spat in the street, and were generally rude and offensive to everyone in the area.

DollyWosits Sat 07-Jun-14 13:44:44

My scaffolders were lovely, they were very quick and were polite.
7 on a Saturday is usually ok.

AwkwardSquad Sat 07-Jun-14 13:46:57

Damaging your roses is more than a bit off, Inselaffe. We had scaffolding put up recently and they were fine. Turned up when expected, worked fast, nothing damaged.

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