hunt the valve

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After bleeding the bedroom radiator the heating system lost pressure.    The boiler safety system switched it, and all my hot water, off.      

January.   No Heating.   No Hot Water.

In a moment of stinky-armpit panic I resorted to the boiler ‘user manual’ looking for ways to top up the heating system pressure by adding water from the mains.   I know this because I’m a sharp cookie,   or so I thought…

Which valve do I use? The red, yellow or one of the blue valves?
After an hour of reading puzzling diagrams and mystifying text I
– gave up
– washed in cold water
– called the plumber
– relayed my tale

Wendy: I’ve read the user manual, almost all of it.

Plumber: (raucous laughter) that’s no use! There are half a dozen copper pipes under the boiler, some thick, some thin, between two of the pipes is a silver pipe, turn the valve on this one to add water to the system, you’ll hear the water flowing. Watch the pressure dial until it reaches 1.5 then turn off the valve.

I pulled-away the wooden surround beneath the boiler and low and behold, a silver pipe with a valve. Fixed in less than a minute with no plumbers call-out charge and the added bonus of now knowing several of my land-lady’s, and neighbours’, wine-induced DIY emergency plumber call-out stories.

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