Monday, 11 January 2010

Water off, lights on.

Our water got too fat - probably due to insufficient exercise - and burst our pipes. Fortunately, I had anticipated and turned off at the mains, but we still had a bit of a puddle. Minimal problems compared to the others suffered in this weather, of course. I did have to explain to our downstream neighbour where his flooding was coming from, but he was very understanding and weighed in with buckets and some pithy advice. Although the main supply is sound, we need a temporary repair for the auxiliary pipes that are not on the other side of a valve, so off to the plumbing supplies store next door : "Guess what I am going to ask for?" - "Err... go on then?" - "OK, well, I need some pipe repair tape." - "The sort that you wrap around the outside?" - "Yup, that's it." - "Oh, well that's all sold out." Told you so...

Good news - electricity supply re-connected - just needed main fuses replacing. I have been pursuing this for weeks, and eventually, after roaring in frustration at the imbecilic automated response menus on Scottish Power's telephone system, got through to someone on the complaints line who could actually help; she said today or tomorrow, and I was pleasantly astounded when a very nice chap called at 2000 hrs to say he would be round in 1/2 hour. Ten minutes furtling with fuses, and we have power again - see, wasn't that easy?

Toilet building tomorrow...

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