Four 1 (single) pole circuit breakers fitted in a meter box. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was sitting having my evening meal on Sunday and had almost finished when i received a phone call from a lady living a half-mile away and for whom I had worked twice previously. She told me that she had lost power to her lighting circuits and cooker but that all her power outlets were still working. I didn’t think it sounded like an emergency as she did have some power but I decided to drive there anyway. As is usually the case in many homes she had to empty out the space to enable me to get at the distribution board. I don’t know why people do that but it is often the case that they do. As I was removing the front cover in order to check all the connections the lights suddenly came on. Obviously there was a loose connection of some sort and I discovered that it was the connection between the main switch live conductor and the bus-bar it supplies. That meant all the circuit breakers connected to the bus-bar would be without a supply. I tightened the terminal screw and all was fine. I went back on Monday morning to find out why her fridge wasn’t working and discovered it was switched off!
I had no other work scheduled for the day and indeed for the week at that point so I donned a pair of overalls and did some repair work on the bedroom ceiling and then I patched up the walls where I had channelled in the power cables to the outlets I had installed a week or so ago. E did a little painting. Progress is slow but rolling along in the right direction at least. In a couple of days time we hope to get the ceiling painted and some of the walls as well as nailing down all loose floorboards, though one or two will be screwed down where access to cabling might be required some time in the future in order to make lifting them easy.
This week I have my van serviced and an MOT test done, in fact today, Thursday, so I won’t be doing electrical jobs for anyone but maybe I will be working at home instead.
Finally things are beginning to move along at last. We have still to learn what is happening about our roof leak but at least someone has been along to check it out and we are assuming work will start on the repair soon. E’s nephew dropped by on Friday and deposited some bags of sand for use in mixing mortar which means he or a friend will be rebuilding the garden wall which E and I demolished late last year. I hasten to add that the wall was already in need of attention and it had to be demolished anyway. The whole wall on that side of the garden is probably around 16 or 17 metres in length but only a small section needs rebuilding………..
This is the picture I took last October just before we removed a few more courses. It has been that long since the wall wanted rebuilding but we had to wait for E’s nephew to be available if we were to get the work done at a lower price and the weather as everyone knows hasn’t been that great has it? On Monday we had the spare bedroom emptied ready for its refurbishment. I decided to call a specialist fitted furniture installation company to come by to assess our requirements and give a quote. I think fitted furniture is the better option having given it some thought. Now that the room is empty it is amazing how large it looks yet the small lounge directly beneath it although exactly the same size doesn’t look that large at all. I suppose empty rooms will always look larger for that reason. The lounge is actually 5 x 5 metres square and 4 metres in height as is the bedroom above. In the old picture below the lounge has three windows and the bedroom above has two. The third window to the left is in the en-suite bathroom to the largest bedroom in the house to the left out of sight.
Electrical work still keeps coming in and is keeping me busy this week but I will have to make a start on the electrical alterations and additions I want to make in the bedroom. I am undecided yet as to whether to employ a decorator for the room or not as I know a couple of good guys who do that sort of work, it all depends on how I feel. The next task or rather the first thing we need to do is to remove the carpet and roll back the underlay. The underlay is in excellent condition and will remain but the carpet certainly has to go. Now I am back in my element as they say with plenty to do.
I went to bed early on Thursday evening, something I have been doing a lot lately. I was a little tired anyway, partly because of the gardening I had done in the morning, partly because I went out for a walk in the heat of the day and partly because after all I am getting on in years! I was feeling the effects of that work when I arose, my muscles still ached a bit. I had a purpose in retiring early as Friday is one of our waste collection days and I also wanted to water the garden before the day got too warm. I don’t like to leave the wheelie bin and small plastic bin out all night for a couple of reasons, one is that others have placed their unsorted waste in our bin during the night, another is if it is the plastic and cardboard waste bin it is so light in weight even when full it can be blown about in the wind. This Friday it was that bin to be emptied though there was little or no wind at all. The green waste is taken on Mondays. So after placing out the bins I began watering the garden and then I noticed that the light fitting on the patio wall facing the lawn was broken. The lens cover was lying on the floor and the fixing screw holes had separated from the lens. It couldn’t be repaired. We had trouble with this particular light unit a few months ago when we discovered water had leaked inside. At the time I made a temporary repair and I suppose I must have overtightened the lens fixing screws which subsequently fractured the lens because of the heat of the sun. You can see the light just to the right of the bench in the picture. This was the bench I had been sitting on the day before when I decided to get up and trim the lawn edging. This picture was taken not long after we had the coloured flagstones laid a couple of years ago. After Thursday’s work it looks the same now. When I had finished watering the garden I went indoors and had my breakfast. It was still only six-fifteen! My electrical supplier opens up for business at seven-thirty and I went there just after that time and bought a replacement light and some other items for my van stock. On returning home at eight o’clock I immediately set about changing the light and had it done by nine. One thing I noticed was the new lens cover didn’t seat properly when I fitted it and I had to use some sealant to effect a watertight seal. I suppose I could have taken the unit back but it had been drilled and fitted to the wall and had been sealed with silicon. I suppose we can expect things like this occasionally with mass-produced equipment costing very little to buy. There are six of these lights in our garden and this one was the only one with a problem. I might go mad and change them all for a different type one day but for the time being they will remain.