Reduced Power

Our ‘renovations’ seem to be dogged by problems.

Two days after Guy left for his holidays the electricity went off  just as I was about to get up.

This is rather annoying as the bathroom is a ‘pièce noir’ (no windows) and without electricity the pump for the well doesn’t work and neither does the central heating.

Usually it’s a case of pushing up the ‘trip switch’ but this time it refused to stay in position.

While I was switching the water over to mains Bear found a torch and hogged the bathroom. He wouldn’t normally get up early but he had an appointment with the reumatologist for 9.30.

The problem was that the garage door opens by electricity and if you pull it up manually you have to get it up high enough for the car to get out  (I’m not tall enough) and hold it there (not strong enough).

I tried several taxi firms but they were all ‘complet’ – or, in other words, not keen to tackle the road in and out of town due to the roadworks.

“You’ll have to cancel the appointment” groaned Bear.

I re-scheduled his injections for next week and then phoned the electrician who said he’d come as soon as he could but it wouldn’t be till the afternoon.

Meanwhile, we decided to play with the switches on the control panel to try to locate the problem. It means switching them all off and then switching back on until you find  the one that  blows the whole lot.

Eventually we found that the culprit was in the kitchen. It was the circuit with the induction hob and several sockets.

But. at least, we had the power back on everywhere else.

When the elctrician came he checked all over the house, including the attic, and decided that the hob was not to blame.

“There’s something else wrong” he mused” but it won’t be easy to track down. It could take a couple of days work but I’m going to Lyon tomorrow. Won’t be back till early December.”

“Oh well, at least we have some power so we’ll manage,” I thought, “and it’s worth waiting for him as he’s a reliable chap and doesn’t overcharge.”

We brought down a portable electric hob from the attic and, fortunately,  the oven is still working.

But, the following morning, when I went to empty the dishwasher, it hadn’t done anything – and, worse still – the freezer was off. There was a frantic search for extension leads and after what seemed like ages  – and a few arguments – Bear and I plugged it into a socket in the next room before the contents had time to thaw.

Let’s hope no more sockets decide to go out of action but, just in case, I’m trying out cooking on the woodstove.



13 Responses to “Reduced Power”

  1. Z Says:

    What a pain. Thank goodness you have got the woodburner at least. I’d be reluctant to live in any house that relied completely on electricity – and gas or oil central heating still use an electric pump.

  2. sablonneuse Says:

    Yes, Zoe, with the coming price rises in gas and electricity I wish we could use wood for everything.

  3. tillylil Says:

    We really do take electricity for granted until we don’t have any.
    What a pain for you all.

  4. Meredic Says:

    My water has decided to pack up here. Alas I have no man to rely on….
    Thanks for dropping by and your kind comment.
    Nice to see others out there from time to time.

  5. guyana gyal Says:

    Peter Mayle was telling the truth about tradesmen in France 🙂

    My grandparents had a mud-stove. You could keep food warm there for days.

  6. Little old me Says:

    It’s not been your year has it Sandy, it will soon be a new one and hopefully better luck for you.

  7. bretonne Says:

    That’s the only thing I miss about the old (inefficient) chaudiere a bois, simmering stews and soups. This gas (in tank) is a bit fierce, though I have got a diffuser to put on top of the burners. How are the chooks in this weather? I had to chisel frozen crottes off the house-floor this morning, plus boiling a kettle to that the bolt on the door to the run and the latch for the lid.

    • sablonneuse Says:

      CC and I have just re-arranged the shelters for the hens as they have been reluctant to step outside the poulailler since it started snowing. There is now a system of tarpaulins over runs next to their house so they won’t have to walk too far to find a snow-free place. It’s forecast to feel like -16 tonight so I hope our precautions are adequate. At least they can all cuddle up together and share body heat.

  8. guyana gyal Says:

    Yes Sab, they heated it with wood. It had to be outdoors, not in the house. The mud was hard like concrete.

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