Day 285 – Mr Fixit

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, or so Mr Loaf told us back in the late 70s.

And with three appliances playing up at home today, I thought I’d give fixing them a go, rather than paying someone else to come and have a look.

Let’s see how I got on (the hint is above really, isn’t it?).

First off, the washing machine. It’s a 13 year old LG front loader (c.f. these guys) for those of you who like to know that kind of thing. But it keeps getting stuck in the rinse cycle. How irritating.

A quick google of the symptoms revealed that it was probably a clogged drain filter that was the problem. And so I found the drain filter, removed it and unclogged it. Unpleasant. But now the washing machine works again. Hashtag winning.

Next up was the IP camera attached to the house security system. It’s a Dahua system for those of you who like to know that kind of thing. And all except one of the cameras were working.

I happen to know that the camera that wasn’t working is the special camera that’s connected to zone 8. Opening the app which is hardwired into the system, I noticed that there were two different IP addresses listed. One for the camera and one for the system. That seemed a bit odd.
I took all my courage into my hands and changed the camera IP address to the same as the system, clicked the APPLY button and… it worked! I can now see that other view of my driveway from wherever I am in the world. Sadly, because of lockdown, where I am in the world is just behind that very same driveway.

I could just look out of the window. But then I could just wash my clothes by hand.

And now there’s just the gas hob to work on. It’s a Defy gas hob for those of you who like to know that kind of thing. There’s an issue with the supply to one of the rings. But the first job was just water and the second one was just pixels. Water and pixels don’t blow houses up. No – you need a decent supply of (in this case) butane for that, together with a lack of experience in dealing with butane-supplying appliances. And house go boom boom.

And so I’m leaving the gas hob job to someone else. Someone that knows what they’re doing and can then be held liable for the damage when the house does go boom boom.

But they’ve just been and sorted out my problem. And the house hasn’t gone boom boom just yet.

I’ve sorted it all out (even though the last 33.3% was simply accomplished by calling someone else in). I’m happy.

Step forward Mr Loaf – the stage is yours.