I've also been thinking lately of things that need doing around this place and how things seem to be going wrong and stopping us getting ahead. You will remember our ducted airconditioner died and we had to part with a couple of thousand dollars (plus insurance payout) to have a new unit installed. It is running so beautifully now and so quiet we forget it is on.
Now to our solar HWS. Some of you may remember that because of the faulty flow of the hot water, how I flooded our kitchen and part of the hallway just two years ago necessitating an insurance claim. I probably posted all about it way back on my blog in April/May or June 2014 if you are interested. Cupboards needed replacing plus new vinyl and new carpet. I had left the kitchen and forgotten I'd turned the water on over the sink as it had virtually stopped flowing. It was stupid of me but these things happen in the best of organised families.
Last week it began to get really bad and even the shower wasn't flowing as well as it had been. I had for many months asked Phil to do something about the HWS but as long as we were getting hot water I feel he didn't really see it as a problem. It all came to a head last weekend when I found the water flow would cease altogether on the 3 taps. Phil decided to have a shower on Sunday and I had to laugh (not in front of him of course) when he found himself stranded in the shower recess with no water flowing. Then the hot water came through so he added cold but the hot stopped again and he was having a cold shower. He turned the cold off and nearly scalded himself as the hot suddenly came back on!!!! Me? I managed to have a very good wash thank you.
Needless to say Phil was on the 'phone to our HWS expert on Monday morning. This time Phil spoke to the boss who said "I've got some reconditioned valves. Will cost you $300. I'll ring you back as I'm up on a roof right now". They were in contact again on Tuesday morning. The chap came at 3pm that day and within 10 minutes a new valve was fitted and we are hunky dory again. He is so trusting (he only takes cash) that he told Phil to ring him when he has the cash and he'll come around and collect it. I call that good service don't you? I am so glad it was he that came and not the other chap who I feel just wanted the business of selling and installing a new HWS. I'll stick with the solar which has an electric booster if needed on cloudy days. Not mains pressure but sufficient for our simple needs.
I now have my 2 sets of new windows (in the back verandah and my work room), a reliable airconditioner and a HWS that should keep working for several years. Now, if nothing else goes wrong, perhaps we can think of having some tiling done in the back garden so I don't always feel I might break my neck when I go out there, plus a few other bibs and bobs to make the place a little more user friendly (me being the user in question).
You can see how positive I am being by looking ahead and not looking back. I am sure that dear 91 y.o. had something to do with my present state of mind. (Once again thanks EC).