I am based in Reading in Berkshire and have been in the building industry most of my life. My early career was in mechanical and electrical engineering but I soon tired of wearing a suit to work and spending all day in an office so I abandoned that and went to work at Windsor Marina repairing and maintaining boats. I still have a keen interest in boats and vintage diesel engines.
I gravitated to plumbing work and joined what is now the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating engineering (CIPHE) in around 1984 (I can’t remember exactly!). I ran my own plumbing business for many years then started a luxury bathroom shop in around 1995 which I ran for a few years. There, we had teams of installers fitting the bathrooms but I learned an old lesson a second time over, finding I missed being out and about doing the actual work. I sold the bathrooms business and went out fitting bathrooms by myself but eventually reverted to plumbing and heating, and registering with CORGI (Now Gas Safe Register) in 2002. I’ve been specialising in boilers ever since, and specialising in boiler fault tracing and repair only, since about 2005. These days I tend to specialise in older or more unusual boilers, especially those boilers other technicians say cannot be fixed. Customers often find me by googling the name of their boiler when they’ve been told they must have a new one, and find the things I’ve written about repairing their supposedly unrepairable boiler.
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Copyright Michael Bryant 2019
Site first published 2nd January 2007
Last updated 8th August 2019
Gas Safe Register 197499, CIPHE registration number 56207