Monday, 17 December 2012
ATS Plumbing Supplies
So I come downstairs as usual and as I head into the kitchen I am greeted with a flood. Panic ensues as I look up and see water dripping through the ceiling. My plans for the day are ruined as I immediately have to identify where the water is coming from and work out how I am going to fix it. Now to say I am not good at DIY is an understatement. If the truth be known I rarely attempt DIY tasks as they nearly always end up as disasters, but nevertheless, the situation was desperate and desperate times call for desperate measures, so the water is turned off and out comes the dreaded DIY book and toolbox. I soon trace the leak to a pipe which force feeds the toilet cistern with water. With mole grips in one hand and wrench in the other I soon have the top half of the pipe disconnected, but the bottom will not budge. It seemed the only way of removing it was to saw through the copper pipe which disappeared into the floor, so out comes the hacksaw and off it comes.
Still in a state of panic I leave reason behind and head straight to B&Q where I have seen similar looking pipes in the past. Uncharacteristically I seek help from an assistant, after a lots of sighs and deep breaths he declares it is an ’unusual design’ and they stock no such item. Not to be thwarted I withdraw Windows smartphone from my pocket and using the local search feature I type into the search box 'plumbing supplies' the first result is ATS Plumbing which according to the phone is only 0.7 miles away. So I programme the postcode into the sat nav and off I head. Minutes later I have stopped outside 158 Hyde Road in Denton which just so happens to be the address of ATS Plumbing. What I found amazing was the fact that I have driven past this place literately thousands of times without ever noticing that it was a plumber supply shop.
So I walk into the shop to be greeted by a gentleman who must be the twin brother of Karl Pilkington from the Ricky Gervais show - really, the way he looks and his mannerisms and everything about him are just like the animated figure from the Gervais show. I place the leaking pipe on the counter and ask if he knows what it is and if so does he stock them. Without even picking it up he says "that's a 15mm push fit flexi pipe, we have them in stock and they cost £3.79". I tell him yes I will have one and he places it on the counter. I see that one end has a thread which screws onto the cistern but the other end is just round with no obvious connection to the remains of the copper pipe sticking out of the floor. I ask him how it works and he says you just push it on to the pipe and it seals itself. This sounds too good and too easy to be true, but the man correctly identified what I needed so I take his word for it and off I trot ready to face disappointment following another botched DIY attempt. After fitting the pipe as he suggested I turned on the water waiting for the inevitable leak to start squirting but no, nothing, no leaks or further drama and a very rare occasion of a DIY job which actually worked and all for the bargain price of £3,79.
If you ever find yourself in need of plumbing parts ATS plumbing of Denton is definitely worth a visit.