I have recently moved to the Wiltshire village of Great Bedwyn after 30 years in Reading, Berkshire. I still have close links with Reading including a large customer base and I travel there several times a week. I 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.
In addition to this site I also publish a number of other sites (not all about Gledhill boilers in particular) and a series of short videos.
My YouTube channel is here:
Copyright Michael Bryant 2020
Site first created 31st December 2006
Last updated 2nd February 2020
Gas Safe Register 197499, CIPHE registration number 56207