We all now know that 'Bill the Builder' (Bill Foster etc.) is a crook, and his dishonesty has been well documented on these forums. However, I thought I would share this piece of his ineptitude with you.
I'm slowly getting everything he did on my house redone and am discovering things like tiles laid on 1cm of sand, plasterboard put up with rusty nails, guttering installed incorrectly, floor tiles stuck upside down (and i mean shiny side down!) and so on, but this takes the biscuit. I was looking at the room he converted from an 'indoor shed' to a living room and thought that one of the wooden struts (non-load supporting) he had used looked a bit odd. On closer inspection I discovered that it was not wood at all but a piece of polystyrene he had cut to look like wood and painted white!
I have to put my hands up and say I was a fool in supporting him, but please warn others and if you know anyone who has had work done by him please get a professional to check it over carefully.
If you are employing an english builder i strongly suggest that you check the pictures at http://billthebuilder.blogspot.com
and make sure you are not dealing with Bill. And if you're an estate agent please do the same and warn your clients. They'll thank you for it.