You may think this picture shows some kind of make-up removal kit or kitchen surface cleaner, but it’s neither.
It’s a gas leak detector.
If only it were that easy.
I called the Old Boiler cowboys out again, as I could smell gas.
“Yup,” he tells me, pointing a big blood pressure type gauge at me, “it’s leaking.”
“Is it the same leak you fixed last time?” I ask, hoping for a quick and cheap solution to the problem.
But, after two floorboards are again untimely ripped from their rightful place, he sucks his teeth and says,
“Nope, that cap’s fine. Must be somewhere else.”
And with that, he looks vaguely in the direction of the kitchen, and its hardwood floor: a feature we hoped would prove attractive to potential buyers.
It wasn’t laid by us, so I have no idea what’s underneath it.
Could be a layer of chip board, could be the original floorboads, could be concrete.
But it seems we’re about to find out.
If only we could just spray that stuff about a bit, and then use the little plunger thingy to identify the exact location of the leak, instead of wrenching up every piece of lovingly laid wooden flooring between the meter, the oven and the boiler.
He’s coming back tomorrow, with more tools.
He may get to meet one of the removal firms who’ve taken to sending out laughable estimates, and who’ve prompted us to list every friend without a dodgy back, a full time job or a cluster of kids.
So far we’ve come up with two…