Live and…

… well, ‘learn’ is a strong word. In almost three years of living with the Rayburn we have finally come to recognise that when it starts to make the dreaded sputtering noise, the end is approaching and at some point it will sicken and die, and nothing but getting the Rayburn man in to service it will do any good. Not only that, but we now have an arrangement with the landlords that we can ring up Rayburn Man directly rather than going through them, to speed up the whole process. So when we first heard the sputtering noise, about three weeks ago, naturally we sprang into action and set about procrastinating like mad. After all, it’s only our principal source of heat, cooking and the only ironing* that is done in our household…

Anyway, the good news is that for the first time since moving up here I have finally managed to ring the Rayburn man BEFORE it has actually gone out. The bad news is that it took me until a few days ago so he’s not coming till Monday and today we returned from a Duns to find it sinking fast, or rather as fast as a Rayburn does anything. It’s still able to boil a kettle but I fear it won’t be for long. There’s a nasty chill in the half of the house the Rayburn heats can only get worse over the weekend. And, with wonderful timing, the Weather Gods have decided tonight would be an excellent time for a snowstorm.

I note that a year ago, I was learning pretty much exactly the same lesson with more or less the same results. Maybe next year we’ll actually spring into action when we hear the first death rattle, instead of just hoping it will go away…

*you fold the clothes up while they’re still a bit damp and stack them on top of it to steam. Brilliant. Even I can manage that.

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11 Responses to Live and…

  1. Flighty says:

    Completely off topic I came across this and thought of you!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12668503

    Have a good weekend! xx

  2. Dom says:

    Hole up in the room with the log burning stove, burn eco logs and await rescue :)

  3. disgruntled says:

    our thoughts exactly

  4. John Gibson says:

    You need to get some extra heating for when the Rayburn goes wrong.
    John

  5. disgruntled says:

    we do, it just costs a fortune to run. As does the Rayburn, I suppose…

  6. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    Every time I order oil and happen to mention it’s low, they always ask if I’ve got a Rayburn/Aga and sound very relieved when I say no. Wonder why. But I love your ironing technique. Wonder if putting them inside a low oven would work. Probably not a good idea.

  7. disgruntled says:

    My understanding is that they’re sensitive to the sludge at the bottom of the tank which gets stirred up if it’s too empty. But then they’re sensitive to everything …

  8. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    Aaah. Right. And that would be why a valve on this boiler got stuffed late last year. Lots of gunge in the bottom of this old metal tank. Thanks! x

  9. disgruntled says:

    see? Live and learn!

  10. [...] some sort of conservation-of-chilliness law in operation, because up till now we thought we’d got the hang of the Rayburn and its needs. But normally it goes 5 or 6 months between services and this time it’s not [...]

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