It never rains but it pours

Last week all was progressing well. The lounge was done, the garden closed down for winter, the alarm and inverter fitted to the ‘van and we’d also managed to socialize with some of our friends. We did still have quite a bit of packing to do for our trip, but that could probably be done in just a few days of concerted effort. However, despite the central heating working “fine” over the last week (first time that we’d put it on since the spring) on Friday (15th) it stopped working. It is an oil-fired combi-boiler that we have and the hot water part of it was still working fine.

To cut a long story short I eventually diagnosed three problems with it. The first, which was the cause of the central heating malfunction, stemmed from an issue with the wireless thermostat. The second and third issues were small “weeping” leaks from a pipe joint and from the automatic air vent on top of the boiler compartment.

The pipe joint leak was sorted by me replacing the fibre o-ring, but the other two problems required some new parts.

Waiting for these and then me sorting the issues will delay our departure date! Therefore, we’ve had to set a new departure date of Monday 25 October … one week after our initial provisional date.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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