I'm sure many [if not all] of you are gagging to know what happened after my little escapade last Saturday with the power tripping?
I put a lot of thought into the subject over Sunday and decided that the most likely culprits were either the timer switch on the immersion heater or the immersion itself. I came to this conclusion on the basis that the power tripped during the period when the immersion was switched on. I'm not just a pretty face, you know?
I was going to test it on Monday but decided to postpone until Tuesday for various reasons.
I knew this test was going to need some precautions, and I thought it would be prudent to have a few ambulances and fire tenders on standby, and as both the ambulance service and the fire brigade in these parts require twenty four hour notice of a call-out, and seeing as they don't work on Sunday, I couldn't contact them until Monday.
So all the preparations were in place by Tuesday lunchtime. Shannon Air Traffic Control were kindly diverting all air traffic away from South Wicklow. The ambulances and fire tenders were stationed at the one mile cordon. The village itself had been evacuated And the Electricity Supply Board were standing by in three of the local substations in case of a massive power surge. You can't be too careful.
At the appointed time of half one, the sirens sounded and a deathly hush fell over the area.
I presses the switch that powered the immersion heater.
Well, actually something did happen – the water in the immersion started to heat up.
It was all a bit of an anti-climax really. By four, most people had gone home and the London to Shannon flight path had reopened.
But while the whole village was celebrating the return of my full power, I wasn't.
I was annoyed because I still hadn't discovered what tripped the switches in the first place.