Saturday, May 23, 2020

More electricical

Electricical, as pronounced by Eva Gabor in Greenacres.

The external isolating switch for our air con is eighteen years old and the assaults by weather extremes has taken its toll. The old unit was cracked and crumbling on the underside. I was worried about moisture penetration and if it shorted out, we would be without heating unless we stood under our new bathroom heat lamps.

The electricians who fitted the heat lamps did not have the appropriate unit on board and it had to be ordered at the wholesalers. I wouldn't have thought an external 35 amp switch would be a rare beast, but there you go.

The boss electrician who we didn't see when the heat lamps were installed called the next day and said the switch was in and he could come and install it, but being Thursday, it was Mother Day and we weren't home. We arranged for him to attend the next day. I had to be up early, showered and dressed by 8am. Ouch. R stayed in bed. I asked R if maybe the lovely sparky Damien could arrive and I would stay in bed and he could come and give me a cuddle. Witheringly honest, R said, what makes you think the hot straight sparky would interested in an old man like you? Quite true. I was looking forward to seeing him. He is a nice bloke.

Oh my Damien, your voice has risen an octave or two when he spoke on the intercom to come up. I could see on the camera it wasn't Damien. It was woman. I suppose she was about 30 years old. She was pleasant, chatty and professionally fitted the switch in a short time and departed.

That there are female electricians should not be worth remarking upon, but I have.

31 comments:

  1. Well that is a good thing to have taken care of. A Lady? Mmmm. I'm sure there are plenty, but i have never met one myself.

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    1. Maribeth, I did actually know already they employed a female electrician as I had seen her at the building next door.

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  2. Hooray for another job ticked off.
    And you have me thinking. I don't think I have ever seen a female sparky or a female plumber. I am sure that they exist, but they haven't crossed my radar.

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    1. EC, really no reason why they can't be electricians. Whatever 'special attributes' men have would not apply to electrical work.

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  3. By the way, Andrew...the top temperature here yesterday was around 14C or less. Presently it is around 10C, and was much cooler earlier...so warm clothing is required...for me, anyway.

    I prefer to cuddle my two furry mates than dream about electricians...male or female. :)

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    1. And, yesterday...Saturday...it was much cooler again than 14C....It reached a top of around 10C.

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    2. Lee, so I heard about your cold snap. Your furry mates are probably less trouble than any human......perhaps.

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  4. I'm another who has never met a female Electrician. But, what the hell; why not!

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    1. Cro, indeed why not. Pays better than most jobs.

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  5. Sorry to see your tradie fantasies not fulfilled. Sounds like there is a bit of "bait and switch" going on.

    On the other hand, the natural consequence of a competent tradesperson with a good "bedside manner" is business success and hence the despatching of employees.

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    1. Ah Marcellous. You seldom make me laugh but you have this time. Bait and switch, haha.

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  6. Is the grille on that unit very weatherworn or do you need to get out there with a scrubbing brush?

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    1. River, I have removed it and cleaned it in the laundry trough in the past but I am over it. I keep the rest of the unit pretty clean.

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  7. I would not like to be an electrician myself, but the more young women who go into apprenticeships, the more secure their employment and income will be in the future.

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  8. So she didn't excite you half as much.

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    1. Not at all Diane, but she was nice.

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  9. Well fancy that, you were disappointed :) maybe next time you won't be.
    Never comes across a female electrician, never entered my head to tell you the truth.

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    1. Margaret, I wonder how many people conceal their surprise and how many don't when she turns up.

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  10. What! No cuddles in bed then Andrew 😉

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    1. Grace, it's been a long time between cuddles in bed for me. I miss them.

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  11. I once considered training as an HVAC tech but by then my back and knees were too bad for crawling around under houses. I heard that female remodelers are much appreciated, especially by women homeowners, as they are neater and considered more trustworthy (honest). God knows there are so many scam artists in the home repair business. Nice you got your switch. Too bad about Damian not doing it.

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    1. Strayer, there was a time when male tradesmen would leave behind a terrible mess, but even that has changed in recent years.

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  12. I once wrote that one's sexual anatomy is only required for one job, and prostitution is only legal in a tiny part of one US state, so gender is not a valid consideration in hiring. The US has come a long way on this, we still have a long way to go.

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    1. I like what you once wrote Travel. We too have a way to go.

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  13. I love seeing others' to do lists being ticked off. Much better than my own. I had a lady contractor once, did a great job on my kitchen reno in a very large house. They are thin on the ground here tho.

    Many lady fisher bosses now on their big rig trawlers which is heartening.

    PS I use the term "lady" tongue in cheek. I am no lady and no claimed to be :)

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, interesting about the trawlers, and why not. Famous line from a film? I ain't no lady.

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  14. I don't understand anything about electricity !

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    1. Gattina, I am sure you know how it is made.

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  15. I have never met a female electrician. My younger daughter dated a male electrician. Too bad they broke up, as they are very well paid.

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    1. Very well paid here too Gigi, perhaps just under air conditioning mechanics I think.

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