Saturday, December 30, 2017

A new chore

We kind of panicked when we returned from our European holiday in about June to discover our air con steam off water tray element was buggered. After enquiring about the price of replacing and learning it would be whole new tray, for around $1000 fitted, we sat back to think.

There was not a useful suggestion from any of you, aside from one about using a big car washing sponge to absorb the water and then wring the sponge out. I bought such as sponge but as it was new, it wasn't terribly absorbent. In the winter, I didn't have to remove water very often with the soft plastic water bottle, by squeezing the bottle, putting the opening in the water to suck it up and then emptying it into a bucket.

Once the electric bill arrived, I realised that the element to steam off the water was using a lot of electricity, maybe near $100 for three months, about a dollar a day. At times it would come on if the just the air was humid.

What to do? Then I thought, this squeezable water bottle won't last forever, what will I do then?

In a $2 like shop, R bought a plastic bottle but because it had a large neck, it lost a lot of water in the transition from tray to bucket. Then he suggested a plastic sauce bottle, and that actually works, although it does lose more water than what I am using. At least I have a replacement.

Come summer the air con is producing a lot more water and I wondered, can I go on like this?

My hours at work are long, as is my travelling time. However, I don't have children to look after, a dog to walk, a cat to cuddle, a bird to whistle to or a fish to stare at. While I take responsibility for my own breakfast and lunch, R cooks me an evening meal most nights, and since he has retired, he does the dishes too.

R does the housework, the ironing, although very little of that is mine, the shopping on his own when I am working on Saturday, and takes the recycling down to the rubbish room. I do the washing and drying and folding of clothes, and extra things like maintain range hood and air con filters, etc. along with all things tech and phone. But I am spoilt and we live very self indulgent lives.

So to save the replacement cost of the tray and element of $1000, plus saving perhaps $400 a year on electric bills, I have decided that I have a new job, that is keeping the water level in the tray down. In ten minutes I can extract five litres of water, say a gallon for you foreign folk. That is not much time and it doesn't have to be done every day.

One problem though, I sit on a chair to do it and the bending over the tray from a chair does not do good things for my delicate back. While I have planned this post in my head for a while, it just came to me tonight. One of the exercises suggested by my chiropractor is squatting, holding on to something for support. I have found after a while that I don't need the support by holding on to things, so I will squat to empty the water in the tray to a bucket. I think that will work well. Me and my plastic bottle and mop bucket are very well acquainted.


31 comments:

  1. I am super impressed at your hands free squatting. Which sounds a bit indelicate.

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    1. EC, don't be too impressed. It is still theory.

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  2. There always going to be maintence. We had some work this fall on our gas furance. With out our furance things can get mighty cold...Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I think you need normal heating and back up heating.

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  3. My air conditioner's condensation tray died a year after I moved into my new apartment. I was similarly put off by the cost of a replacement. In winter it fills up with water and drips over the balcony through a drainage hole directly onto the street below. It's not ideal. I have been lucky. The commercial space on the ground floor is not yet rented and the one apartment below mine is empty for most of the year so there haven't been any complaints about dripping water. However, I have been inspired by your post and will now invest in a sauce bottle. I guess a turkey baster would work too!

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    1. Yes Ad Rad, a turkey baster would work very well, and what a surprise that you have one at hand!

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  4. This comment has nothing to do with the post. For weeks now I have been unable to post a comment on your blog without posting a comment on someone else's blog first. Your blog wouldn't recognise me as signed in otherwise. Today I opened the comment section for this post without having any comment in mind and not having already commented on some else's blog and goes what, Murphy's Law, this time your blog recognises me as signed in. Go figure.

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    1. Victor, it is rare that I ever feel impotent, but I do about this matter. We can't sweat the mistakes of code writers at Blogspot.

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  5. er; 'guess what' - not 'goes what'.

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    1. Er, yes, and if I cared enough, I would have noticed.

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  6. This is the type of circumstance were it is essential to have a man in the house. My parents were not sexist, but my brothers were taught skills I was not :(

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    1. Hels, both you and I are of a certain age, products of a time, but the same is still happening.

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  7. An ingenious way to save money. And I'm impressed with the squatting, not an easy position Andrew!

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    1. Sami, the key is to have the feet widely apart.

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  8. You are doing very well with your squatting, that's the way it should be done instead of bending over.
    We have ducted heating or air (reverse cycling) as most of us do. Don't know where our water goes, think it goes into the spouting.

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    1. Margaret, that is a good place for your air con water to go, down to the Tamar and out to sea. I expect I may do a mix of sitting and squatting.

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  9. Wow ! what an explanation ! And I still didn't get it. We only have a heating and nothing else. The only thing we have to watch are the gutter around the house that it is not full of leaves !!

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    1. No Cattina, you won't understand it. Our weather and how we deal with is very different to your country.

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  10. Your mop bucket looks just like mine :)
    I also found squatting much easier on the back than ending over. Unlike you, I would have given in by now and paid the $1000 for a new tray and element.

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    1. River, on special at Coles a few years ago, along with the mop. I expect we would have replaced it if we hadn't found out how much electricity it uses. Maybe new ones are better.

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  11. I'm all about saving money when possible, even if it means burning a few calories to do it Andrew. Hang in there! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, yes, calorie burning. That's not a bad thing at all.

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  12. What about a small hand bilge pump, they're very cheap.

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    1. Perfect Strayer, but I foolishly ask you where in Melbourne can I buy one.

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    2. Down by the wharfs where they probably sell them to small boats.

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  13. The only air conditioning I have here are open windows and doors...in all conditions, mostly...unless the rain blows in during a storm.

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    1. Lee, I readily admit that having air con makes you soft and intolerant of temperature variations. Beaches are much less crowded on hot days as people stay in the cool of their own homes.

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    2. One can't blame them, Andrew...remaining in the coolness of their homes.

      It's too damn hot out there in the sun.

      As little energy as possible is expended around here on hot days, that I can assure you - with no guilt whatsoever! lol

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    3. Yes, well at least in theory with our air conditioning we can be energetic at home....but aren't really.

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  14. Thank you Andrew, now all the commenters will realize why I have been trying to steal R for years.
    By the way, hopefully, the last disaster for the year, our family grave did not escape the fire in cheltenham, grave is okay but singed flowers do look a mess.

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    1. Jah Teh, at the moment you can't have him. Next blue, and I will hand him over to you for a trial. Pleased to hear nothing too serious at the family grave. I must see where the fire actually was.

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