Monday, 13 March 2017
A Boat full of gas???
I've said all along that I don't like gas... it's dangerous and volatile stuff - hence my reluctance to do the connections myself!
As originally planned, we had a bubble tester in the gas locker - I'm glad we did because when I tested it last night... it bubbled!😠.
Having HAD the gas on for 24 hours and cooking a rather good (even if I do say so myself) Sunday lunch - I was a bit worried the bilges would now be full of gas. With that in mind, I obviously turned it off at the bottle and removed the floor sections that we'd taken up last weekend to remove ballast - with the door and windows open and the floor up, I'm reasonably confident that gas will have blown away... at least I hope so.
This morning, I sent the chap a text message to say we had a leak and what I'd done to trouble shoot it's location (turning off the individual isolation taps). I asked if he'd like me to nip up everything "up stream" of them or would he prefer to call back sometime to take a look - Given I've not booked the BSS man yet, there wasn't really any panic. He replied immediately saying NOT to touch it and he'd call over as soon as he could.
You could have knocked me down with a feather when he phoned about half 3 to see if he could come over...and to his credit he arrived about 5 and quickly found the tiniest leak - apparently so small it wouldn't have shown on the drop tester thingy (or whatever it's called - I think it's a manometer?)... it would certainly have been within the acceptable tolerance in a house. He, (like me) however agreed NO leak is acceptable on a boat.
Anyway - he quickly traced it to the little "t" junction from the main pipe to the appliances and it's now sorted. I'm very pleased about that.
AS for cooking in a Thetford Prima Midi oven - THAT will take a bit of getting used to. To start with it only comes with 1 shelf (I have now ordered another one)... the bottom of it is basically cold - I know this because on Saturday night we tried a quick oven pizza and chips and after 40 mins on the bottom, the chips were only just defrosted!
When it came to the chicken on Sunday - it'd been in for nearly an hour before taking it's cardigan off!
Patience was key though and in the end, it all turned out ok - INCLUDING Yorkshire puddings... NOT bad for the first effort in a rubbish oven.
In other news, my trip to the hospital on Friday went ok - the facet joint injections (6 in all) were bearable but as yet not much has happened... I can go back in a few months for some more apparently - yippee.
Meanwhile, I take as much gabapentin and oxycodone as I feel I need to... hmmf,
Until next time...