My changing of a pull switch takes much longer than Bert

It’s been one of those weeks where stuff happens. Firstly the central heating pump failed, and then my bathroom light pull switch cord broke. It broke inside the pull switch, so not a question of simply using a new cord.

We’ve an en suite that I can use, but that’s my dear wife’s domain. Surely a simple diy job for the man of the house. [Photo of the completed job]

First task, as is always the case nowadays, search the internet for replacement pull switch. Available at Screwfix for the princely sum of £3.78. At that price it was obviously made in China.

Next to the items on my Google search was a helpful video by Bert Electrics – see below. He replaced a pull switch in less than 4 minutes. Though that time didn’t include the time for visits the circuit breaker. Even so, a quick job thought I.

Not so for me. The location of the pull switch proved quite troublesome to reach easily. I needed a step ladder in between the size of the two we have, resulting in my having to stretch to reach and access fiddly bits.

Bert took just short of 4 minutes, for me it was well over an hour’s work, not including the stops for cups of tea. Resolved to get myself an electric screwdiver like Bert. I do have a DeWalt drill, which was too big for the task. The overall result was one of satisfaction that I could accomplish a simple diy task.

The snaking trench creeps nearer

Electricity cable trenchI suppose I shouldn’t mind the inconvenience since we’ll be getting a more stable electricity supply.

Although I do get a slightly ominous feeling about the trench as it snakes its way towards our house, which will result in a big hole outside our drive.

Oh, I do have a pleasure to come from the trench, and that’s I’ll be able to look into a hole. I know, I know, it’s a boy’s thing.

A double dose of disruption, one shortish, and one long

Coming back from holiday I noted on local blogs The Chapmans & Surrey Heath Residents, that Deepcut Railway Bridge is closed for inspection and repair. These blogs quote Surrey County Council,

“During a routine inspection of the bridge last week, it was discovered that there are large fractures in two of the brick piers supporting the bridge. As the effect of these fractures on the load carrying capacity of the bridge is unknown at present, the county is applying for an emergency road closure at the bridge to remove a risk to both road and rail users.”

I couldn’t resist visiting the bridge [see my photos, click to expand]. While taking photos, and having a general look round I saw vehicles that had failed to read the road closure notice, arriving at the road closure barriers, and having to turn round.

The current estimate of closure is 18 months. I hope that’s just a precautionary estimate. It seems an awfully long time. I walked over the bridge. Had an odd feeling of doing something dangerous. Obviously silly. I would hope the bridge is not closed to pedestrian of cycle traffic. Must find out.

Electricity cable upgradeMeanwhile, prior to going on holiday, we were informed [click on image to expand] that here in our part of Lightwater we’re to have a major upgrade to our electricity network. This means new cables, and lots of digging up roads and pavements.

We hoped that it would be completed in front of our drive while we were away. No such luck. The good news is that it will, hopefully, bring an end to the regular failures of the electricity cable of which I’ve written many times.

Excitement right outside our front door

Electricity worksThat’s excitement if you’re a person who loves peering into holes in the ground.

It appears that the underground electricity cable in this part of Lightwater is to be replaced. In a couple of months time according the men who marked the location of the electricity cable in our cul-de-sac.

Upside is plenty of holes to peer into, while the downside is some likely disruption.

From the many, many articles in this blog about our faulty electricity distribution cable, the replacement cabling will, thankfully, be of a higher standard.

Aaaargh! Darkness descends

Ugh! A power cut. Double ugh! The fault is immediately in front of our house. Big hole getting bigger, it got to twice the size in the picture.

Two interesting repairmen to talk to. I suppose its a bit of excitement in our cul-de-sac. Certainly brought all the neighbours out for a look into the hole and a general chin-wag.

So, i guess not a disaster.

However, if you’d like to read more about power failures in our part of Lightwater, read HERE.