other things I have learned

cold snap rules

If your boiler packs in don’t panic, silly. Simply read the instructions you filed in a safe place and establish that the condensate (!) outlet is frozen and needs remedied. You do this by pouring lots of kettles of hot water over that pipe thing on the front of the house. The weird farting noise and alarming cracking of ice are just a distraction. Of course, it should have been insulated, see, it says so in the instructions, but, no, I’m not going to insist that the man who installed it gets out of his bed and comes and sorts it out at 10pm on a Friday three years later. In any case, look, it’s mended now.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Well done that girl – needs must, when the devil drives….or necessity is the mother of invention…or any of those daft sayings. But don't you get a great sense of satisfaction when you've fixed it?!! Mxx

  2. says

    I am very impressed! Same happened to me except i did not have such info in my instruction manual – and in the end it took a friend who is “man who knows these things” to sort. he did so in seconds – after i'd spent two frustrating hours with the neighbour trying to release radiator pressure, relight pilot (you can't with new fangled boilers) etc… x

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