Bang!, Jug Time

I awoke this morning not looking forward to the busy day that was waiting for me at work. Imagine how I felt when upon pushing the button to start the electric shower I was greeted with a Bang rather than the cascade of hot water. I was less than impressed at the lack of water, especially as I was already behind schedule. I grabbed the measuring jug from the kitchen and scooped water out of the sink and dumped it over my head whilst standing in the bath. I reached work less than ready to start the day.

Researching showers it became apparent that I might just be lucky on replacement options. So after stocking up on advice from my colleagues I ventured to a DIY store to part with some money. Trying to fit a shower in a small bathroom at the end of the hard day can hardly be called fun. I was driven on by the desire for a shower to ease my aches and pains. Two hours of drilling, cutting, wiring, sealing, compressing later I had a box on the wall with water and power going in and a hose coming out. The moment of truth, I flipped the breaker, it  stayed on. I pulled the isolation switch cord, it lit and so did the power indicator on the box. I turned the box to cold, cold water began to spring forth from the shower head. Turning the box to hot, a few seconds wait, warm water began to emerge. Success, my first plumbing job and it has worked. No leaks, no power tripping or electrocution.

It may have been a long day but just the knowledge that a hot shower awaits me in the morning means I can relax and have a restful nights sleep.

Fan Repair

Since moving into my house I have been suffering the noisy bathroom extractor fan. It has been on the to do list of DIY jobs but never seemed to reach the top. Yesterday however the sound of the fan changed slightly during spin down and I decided it was time to investigate. What you should do is turn off the mains power to make it safe before you start opening it up. I had the washing machine on at the time and not knowing which circuit it was on decided to take my chances. Upon removing the cover and getting covered in what can only be assumed to be 20 years worth of bathroom dust I noticed the problem. The centrifugal fan had far too much movement on its motor mount or rather the motor itself was loose on its mountings. Removing the fan from the ceiling and peering in through the non-return flaps I found the motor mounting screws. A good few turns to each screw indicated how loose the motor had shaken over time. Reassembling and activating I was greeted by less low frequency vibration/rumble and more of a quieter humming fan. It's not as quiet as a new fan unit would be but its much much better than it has been. I have probably saved myself about £40-50 on not having to buy a new fan just yet. Not getting an electric shock whilst repairing it I class as an added bonus.