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Monday, 21 May 2018 Dereel Images for 21 May 2018
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More house construction issues
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

For a while I've noticed that one of the power points in the kitchen was loose:


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As I said, “typical of my favourite electrician, Jim Lannen”. But there's not much of an issue: remove the face plate and screw the frame back tightly into its socket.

Unfortunately, that's not that simple: the frame is broken!


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How did that happen? It could have also been the tiler who replaced the ornamental tiles that he had installed upside-down. Certainly at that time the frame was still intact:


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So it seems that it was screwed back in again with so much tension that it finally broke. For once, Jim is off the hook.


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Weather: too bad for weather
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The weather lately has been particularly unpleasant, almost British: rain. Only 10 mm, but a drizzle that lasted all day long. And for some reason the two halves of my weather station stopped communicating with each other.

Why? Took the internal unit to the door of the verandah, where it's in direct line of sight with the external unit, about 20 m away. No reaction after a couple of minutes. Batteries? Changed them, and how about that, it worked again. Problem solved, especially as I discovered, as so often, that one of the batteries was weaker than the other two.

And then it failed again! Remove batteries, replace them. Worked again. What's wrong with this device? It really looks as if the retry logic isn't as effective as the initial discovery. But why was it failing in the first place? This repeated a couple of times, and the situation gradually became worse, to the point that I gave up. From 18:22 there was no communication at all.

But what caused it? While removing batteries from the internal unit, I discovered that they're not needed when it's connected via USB: it gets the power like that. So the idea with batteries was wrong in the first place. Are the solar-charged batteries in the external unit discharged because of the grey weather? From experience with the predecessor, a set of charged batteries runs for about 6 months, so that seems unlikely. Moisture on the walls? Would that significantly impede the reception? That wouldn't explain why it worked when I went to the verandah. Maybe there's more than one issue in play.

Reception finally came back round 1:30. At least that suggests that it wasn't the batteries.

Sometimes I wonder if it isn't time to stop worrying about perfect availability.


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