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Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by Happy in Cyprus » Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:46 am

Wife reported recently that the extractor fan in the bathroom she uses had stopped working. It made a humming noise when switched on, but that was it. I concluded that the fan had died completely, so I bought a new one from Leroy Merlin and set about replacing new for old. Imagine my surprise when I dismantled the old fan to find what looked like a mud-dauber wasp's nest lodged in between the fan blades. Even after I removed the nest the fan refused to work, so I was pleased I made the decision to replace the fan completely. But when I removed the fan I found another nest in the brickwork. The nests may be made of mud, but the strength was approaching that of Polyfilla. There were many wasp corpses within the nest, as you can see in the images below.

Anyway, new fan satisfactorily installed and everything working OK...but what a surprise that was!


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Re: Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by JimX » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:03 am

I had a similar problem with our fitted gas fire that should have been fan assisted, having called out the gas fire fitters they found a mouse dead in the fan unit jamming the fan, I felt sorry for the mouse, but it was me who paid for the fitters.
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Re: Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by LouiseCastricum » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:44 am

Pff Lloyd, indeed, what a surprise that was.
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Post by mike strand2 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:11 am

JimX wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:03 am
I had a similar problem with our fitted gas fire that should have been fan assisted, having called out the gas fire fitters they found a mouse dead in the fan unit jamming the fan, I felt sorry for the mouse, but it was me who paid for the fitters.
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Post by JimX » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:12 am

:lol:
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Post by PW in Polemi » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:08 am

Many years ago, my late husband decided to see if he could repair the electrics on the washing machine, as certain programmes no longer worked. He removed the top cover to expose a mouse, electrocuted across the circuit board. Once the mouse was removed, the machine worked properly again.
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Those who do not like cats, must have been mice in a former life! :lol:

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Re: Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by daveg » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:36 am

On the same topic....lost electricity to the Villa, eventually found a crisped lizard fried across two of the phases in the Meter box......SMOKING...!

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Re: Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by Devil » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:02 pm

Had a similar thing in 1952; a baked chameleon on the 5 kV tank circuit of a powerful transmitter. The transmitter didn't fail immediately until the anode of the output valve overheated and the glass melted and was sucked in by the vacuum. I didn't see it happen but I discovered the results including the charred reptile.

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Post by kansas » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:03 pm

We have a non-return flap fitted on the outside wall at the end of the pipe from the extractor. We covered the inside of this with steel mesh to prevent insects from getting in and it's worked a treat. OH has just removed the extractor before fitting a new one and there's no sign of creepy crawlies.

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Re: Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by mike strand2 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:38 pm

kansas wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:03 pm
We have a non-return flap fitted on the outside wall at the end of the pipe from the extractor. We covered the inside of this with steel mesh to prevent insects from getting in and it's worked a treat. OH has just removed the extractor before fitting a new one and there's no sign of creepy crawlies.
The insect screen could cause the fan to overheat & not work as designed, so be careful.

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Re: Why things sometimes don't work...

Post by kansas » Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:47 pm

Thanks for the tip Mike, but the wire mesh is part of the non return flap on the outside wall and at least 5 metres away from the fan. No problem in 15 years but can see your point. We've just decided we want a quieter extractor.

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