Thursday, 10 February 2011

Spring, springs and CCTV

OOHHHHH what a couple of days.
Daffodils, crocus and pink Ice plant flowering, birds singing their heads off and it's pouring with rain!

I celebrated with the self service check out supervisor at B&Q yesterday as after 2 years since their installation I managed to check and pay for my purchases, including pensioner discount, all on my own.
At home I found I had been charged for some mysterious item to do with saving the planet. I phoned them up explaining that the amount was too small to justify the round trip petrol cost but that their machine had done me! The most apologetic lady there said she would check the details and post me a credit note. I thought that would be fine.
SHE PHONED back to tell me she could see on the CCTV that I actually did have that item and thus she could not send a refund ..... I found it under the car seat where it had rolled. Just a small pot of paint that has few chemicals in it and is thus classified, and abbreviated on the B&Q till receipt, as "Ecosense".
Ever wanted the ground to open?

Our central heating and hot water has been behaving strangely so I investigated and found that the 2 way spring return valve was not working properly. Replacement £87 at Screwfix but only £36 on Ebay!
The Ebay purchase arrived at lunch time yesterday ... just a simple replacement job so I got stuck in.

Well we all went to bed about 0100hrs feeling very cold and tired as various springs had gone ping and the electrical terminals could not be accessed without demolishing part of a wall and pulling all the cables through to the loft space. I connected it back up but some of the cables had magically swapped randomly to the wrong positions and nothing worked. The airing cupboard had to be demolished and I still had such a problem connecting the motor unit that I jambed it.
Sleep is a wonderful thing! The system has been drained the unit replaced and the wiring almost returned to neatness. It all seems to be working.
Fingers crossed.

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