Saturday 22 October 2011

Things are getting hot around here ... at last!

I had booked a two-hour time slot for the gas boiler engineer to come this morning (8.00am to 10.00am) ... and he arrived at 8.10am having telephoned us at 8.00am to check that he had the correct address and to say that he was on his way.

He identified the problem in under five minutes (apparently the expansion tank had lost pressure and need to be re-pressurised using something that looked like a pump for inflating bicycle tyres or footballs). After re-pressurising the tank he then changed a pressure valve ‘just in case’ … and by 9.00am the boiler was going full blast and the house was warming up a treat!

All of this is very reassuring, as the last time we had a boiler malfunction we were without heating or hot water for four or five days because the engineer did not have necessary parts in his van. I had therefore planned my day around the fact that I would probably have to wait until 10.00 am or later for the gas boiler engineer to arrive, and that when he did he would not be able to fix the problem.

I now have some spare time that I had not bargained upon having and I now hope to use it to do some more work on my Heroscape™ hex terrain tiles.

Things are beginning to look better already!


  1. Good news. I sometimes wonder what life in winter was like before houses let alone central heating.

  2. Ross Mac,

    From what I can remember ... VERY COLD!

    My parents did not install central heating in their house until I was in my twenties, and I can remember as a teenager sharing an unheated bedroom with my brother and finding that ice had formed on the inside of the windows during some cold winter nights.

    Sometimes problems with things like central heating boilers remind us how lucky we are these days.

    All the best,


  3. Ice on the inside of the windows was a feature of my childhood too. How did we survive?

  4. Tim Gow,

    It made us what we are today.

    I don't quite know what that is ... but it certainly made us lovers of central heating!

    All the best,



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