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    Talking I heard Pamela Gay on the BBC - It's about plumbing

    On the BBC Radio 4 program IPM

    It referred to here


    I could not believe it was our Pamela, and she was not talking about astronomy

    Does Pamela still come on here?

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    Ask Mrs. Gay and her husband to check the ThermoCouple on her water heater.

    The flame licks the end of the thermocouple which heats the tip.
    This converts into a miniscule amount of electricity which is read by a sensor at the thermostat.
    If the thermocouple is acting up or it isn't far enough into the flame to get properly heated- Then the sensor reads a drop in that minute voltage and it Cuts Off the Gas to the pilot light thinking that the flame went out.
    This is to prevent gas leaks.
    Which of course, in a case like this... Turns off the flame as well. No gas to it, see...
    When you go to relight the pilot- you must turn the gas back onto it. So it's tough to tell that the thermocoupling had turned the gas off to the pilot light.


    ETA: Ok, I just noticed that several people commented on it on the page- Oops

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    Hi Sticks,

    Yup, I still come on :-) I just don't always have time to write as much as I'd like ;-)

    What did you think of our silliness with plumbing?

    Cheers,
    Pamela

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaGay View Post
    Hi Sticks,

    Yup, I still come on :-) I just don't always have time to write as much as I'd like ;-)

    What did you think of our silliness with plumbing?

    Cheers,
    Pamela
    Re-plumbing, where I live everything is electric as ever since a certain tragedy in the 1960's / 1970's the seldom allow gas in a tower block.

    Re the set up, it did remind me of the old Trojan room coffee machine at Cambridge University, which was the first such set up, in 1994.

    (Does anyone know what happened to that?)

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    I'm kind of confused. Electric plumbing? I've heard a reference to that before, but I can't wrap my mind around it.

    Other than the hot water tank and (well) water pumps (both of which I do have), what, exactly needs to be powered? I thought plumbing was entirely mechanical? Or is hot water what you mean by electric vs gas?
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
    - Neil deGrasse Tyson, answering loaded question in ten words or less
    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    Sorry what I meant is that all water is heated by electricity, and plumbers need to know how to service electric boilers as well as gas heatedboilers. One guy at church is a plumber and for his job he has to be an electrician as well.

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    Ah. Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification, Sticks.
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
    - Neil deGrasse Tyson, answering loaded question in ten words or less
    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    From time to time I remove any oxidation from the thermocouple tip with some ScotchbriteŽ.

    tbm

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    So how is it going with the pilot light?

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