Old Boiler

old boiler

We finally got around to calling a Corgi man to service the boiler, in an effort to tempt hot water all the way up to the radiators on the top floor – obviously only from November when all right-thinking people are allowed to turn on their central heating.

Mr Corgi’s first task – to check for leaks.

Mr Corgi’s first discovery – a leak.

So now we have the same old unserviced boiler which can’t be bothered to send water to the extremities of the house, with the added delights of no gas supply and therefore no hot water. He said it was dangerous and proceeded to cap the meter.

Now we have the prospect of his return with reinforcements to take up the kitchen floor and seek out the leak.

All I can see are pound signs and cross lodgers.

Perhaps our little leak accounts for the crew of gas men patrolling up and down our road last week, hammering at the pavement and poking spikey prongs of metal down the holes between the paving stones.

They said they’d had reports of a smell of gas.

“Really?” we said, “we haven’t smelt anything.”

No, because we’re living with it and are probably half dead by now.

Mike’s trying to use “the leak” as an excuse for falling asleep on the settee every night by 9pm. He seems to forget that all his brothers, some of his sisters and his mother all do the same thing, without the aid of natural gas.

So I fully expect his Rip Van Winkle performance to continue even after our entire house has been taken apart in an attempt to locate and stem the flood of gas.

And the moral of this story is – don’t get your boiler serviced, just put on an extra jumper and fingerless gloves.
It’s cheaper in the long run.

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8 Responses to Old Boiler

  1. Mya says:

    Eek! Hope they can get it sorted without too much financial pain – just think about how lovely and warm it will be afterwards – if you’re allowed to switch it on.

    Mya x

  2. Omega Mum says:

    Get a carbon monoxide detector. I know you don’t want to contemplate spending any more money but I think they’re essential. This is also a note to me…..We haven’t got one either.

  3. lady macleod says:

    Poor dear what a mess. I do like Mike’s making the best of a bad situation. Good luck with that. Shall I line up some nice Berber blankets for you?

  4. G Blair says:

    quote Eek! Hope they can get it sorted without too much financial pain”

    not as much of a financial pain as a gas explosion ?

    quote “Get a carbon monoxide detector.”"

    these, whilst good will not detect a “natural gas”

    quote “And the moral of this story is – don’t get your boiler serviced, just put on an extra jumper and fingerless gloves.
    It’s cheaper in the long run.”

    yes that takes care of the heating but what heats your hot water ? the boiler ?
    G Blair
    Association of Registered Gas Installers
    http://www.argi-online.org.uk

  5. Andrew says:

    “And the moral of this story is – don’t get your boiler serviced, just put on an extra jumper and fingerless gloves.
    It’s cheaper in the long run.”

    that is poor advise, servicing insures the safe and efficient use of your boiler. i am sure that you will be the first to blame the corgi man for not checking your gas for leaks when it all goes belly up and a major gas incident occurs. remember it is our necks that is on the line.

    A Shenava

    also a member of
    Association of Registered Gas Installers

  6. Beta Mum says:

    BM – … but no defence.

    mya – all sorted now. They found the leak near the meter, after lifting just one small floorboard. Phew.

    OM – now there is no gas leak, Mike will surely use carbon monozide as an excuse unless I get a detector. But we have had the chimney swept and the boiler serviced.

    Lady – blankets would make my stepmother happy. She always brings her own as we only have duvets and she doesn’t like them.

    G Blair and Andrew – welcome. My advice wasn’t really advice, it was tongue in cheek, and we are now safe and sound. Our Corgi chaps made the same point as you, about their legal responsibility to safeguard their clients and neighbouring houses. I’m just thankful we didn’t have to re-floor the kitchen.

  7. G Blair says:

    Glad to know everything is all sorted now and you can keep warm, safe and alive :)

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