Jan 212009

Is there such a thing as a ministry geek? If so, I think I’m turning into one.

Standing at the washhand basin this morning I was thinking about our new boiler. It’s a combi type so our hot water tank has gone. I now have to wait for the water to heat up but with the positive side being that it just keeps going and the pressure is great.

Now (and here’s the geek bit), it sprang to mind that there might be a sermon in this. The hot water tank gave instant gratification. The hot water’s always on tap – until you use too much and then you’ve nothing. The combi boiler, on the other hand, might be a bit slow to get going but once it starts it just keeps going and with far more power than the old system. But then it struck me that there was nothing wrong with the old way – it was simply different. So long as you kept topping up the heat. You might need to be patient to get results again, but they’d eventually come.

So, am I in danger of becoming (being) a ministry geek and can you take a plumbing analogy too far?

Still, there’s got to be at least a children’s talk in that, surely?

Jan 202009

Not as in feeling cool but rather actually feeling cold. No heating and the doors are all open since we’ve got the plumbers in replacing the central heating boiler. That also means having to replace both showers since one is a pumped power-shower (not allowed with a combi boiler) and the other is a low-pressure thermostatic mixer (won’t like mains pressure). Add to that thermostatic valves on all the radiators, removal of the hot water tank and all the tankage in the loft, plus an extra radiator in the bedroom, and new gas pipework from the meter to the boiler. I may turn into an icicle before it’s all finished.

Getting the heating replaced in the middle of winter is probably not the most sensible planning but it took us so long to get hold of the plumbers that what should have been a late autumn project got very delayed. We could, I suppose, have found someone else, but this firm comes hightly recommended by people we know. Which, I suppose, explains why they are so busy. Just goes to show that doing the work well and keeping customers happy counts for a lot.

Will give them a plug if we get the same service.