Getting Work Done in the Tropics

Man, it's frustrating to get work done in the tropics. We had called the plumber. There were minor things to be done. One of the things to be done was to replace the filter in the reverse osmosis system. The plumber promised to come the next day. Three days later he shows up after constant harassing. He said that his grandmother died. He replaced the reverse osmosis filters. Two of the other tasks included stopping a minor leak, and putting in a stopper in another bathtub. For the other tasks, they had to return the next day.

After he replaced the filter, I tried to get some filtered water. The tap has a lower flow than a 96 year old man with an enlarged prostate and advanced kidney disease and urinary tract infection. It just kind of dribbles out. This was after the plumber had fixed it. It worked better before he came.
The plumber told me that the licensing process was quite rigorous in the Bahamas. It took him a three whole months to get his licence. In Canada, you have to apprentice for three to five years.

I got my camera out, and decided to document other workmanship fixes in the tropics.


Here a roof was patched on a fishing boat:




This boat was recently painted to hide the rust. The paint was cleverly disguised as rust to hide the rust:


This is the "after" picture of a home renovation. It was featured on the renovation show of the Bahamas "Homeboy on Homes":

All of the tradesmen are rich in the tropics. What happens is that you call one to fix something, and they break something else. This necessitates calling another. It takes years to get off the merry-go-round. A tradesman who actually fixes things wouldn't last. He would be swimming with the fishes, because he would ruin their little service-call Ponzi scheme. Do I sound frustrated?

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