[access-uk] Re: Accessible household appliances

Hi Marie

Thanks for yours and everyone elses help and suggestions on this one.
I'll just get a sighted friend to keep an eye on it now and then, and
ask the next service engineer to show me how to do this myself if
possible.  Shame though that there isn't an audible indicator around for
this job kind of like a spirit level, that would be useful!


Jackie Cairns
 Braille Specialist
 Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 Sight and Sound Technology Ltd
 Welton House North Wing
 Summerhouse Road
 Moulton Park
 Northampton
 NN3 6WD
 Telephone: 01604 798024
 Fax: 01604 798090   
 Web: www.sightandsound.co.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Marie Baisez
Sent: 20 June 2009 18:54
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Accessible household appliances

I have the same problem, what I do is open the valves to let water in
and count about 10 seconds and shut them again. I do this every 10 weeks
or so, a bit more often in Summer when water evaporates more quickly and
when it's very cold in Winter and the boiler is in heavy use.
I've been advised to do this by the technician who comes each year to
service the appliance.
Hope this helps a little.
Cheers now,
Marie
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Godfrey-McKay" <richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 4:09 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Accessible household appliances


>I have this problem too - although my wife can see the gauge.
> I don't think there's an easy answer - apart from calling on a 
>neighbour  or  something.  The only consolation is that it doesn't seem

>to happen very  often.  Can you avoid unexpected problems by checking 
>the pressure from  time  to time?  I presume that the pressure moves 
>gradually, and eventually gets  to a stage where the thing shuts down.
>
> Richard
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of brian williams
> Sent: 20 June 2009 14:18
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Accessible household appliances
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> isn't the landlord covered by the DDA?
> Brian and Teresa
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 2:13 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Accessible household appliances
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>> Following a recent thread on the Cobolt combination oven, I am 
>> prompted to raise a question about the accessibility of comby
boilers.
>>
>> I have just moved into a spanking new flat which I rent.  All the 
>> kitchen appliances are built-in.  So far, I have not needed to mark 
>> either the washing-machine/dryer or the cooker.  I can remember how 
>> many clicks to turn the dial for various programs on the machine, and

>> count the number of presses for timing a drying session.  On the 
>> cooker, the hob is gas, but the oven is electric.  However, I've also

>> sussed it out, and use it confidently.  Indeed, the only talking 
>> appliance I have in my kitchen is the Cobolt microwave which I've had
for a while.
>>
>> My only concern, however, is not being able to access the boiler.  
>> This is a Glowworm digital comby affair.  I've had someone set the 
>> time on it for me, and have the thermostat in the hall set to control

>> the temperature.  But my concern is that I won't know if the water 
>> pressure goes too low, where warning signs then flash up on the 
>> screen.  I had been in my flat a few days when the water suddenly 
>> went cold, and I had to call out a plumber, much to the disgust of 
>> the landlord.  The plumber said that it is easy to open the valve on 
>> the boiler to top up the pressure, but of course it is if you can 
>> see!! I can tell you he and I didn't see eye to eye over that one 
>> (smile).  Telling me to do something that's simple if you have sight
isn't helpful or funny in my book!!
>>
>> Does anyone know of a device or method that indicates when the 
>> pressure is going low?  My energy supplier isn't British Gas, and 
>> bear in mind that this is a private rent, so my landlord isn't going 
>> to be receptive to lots of adaptions.  Fortunately, I don't need 
>> alterations to anything in the main, and I manage quite independently

>> on my own with my own methods and memory.  But the boiler does worry 
>> me as I have absolutely no control over the screen, controls or 
>> timer.  Apparently, from what I've been told, you only know when the 
>> pressure is going low if a warning message or code flashes up on the 
>> digital screen, you can't anticipate it until the message appears.
>>
>> Any suggestions or thoughts appreciated please.
>>
>> Jackie Cairns
>> Braille Specialist
>> Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sight and Sound Technology 
>> Ltd Welton House North Wing Summerhouse Road Moulton Park Northampton
>> NN3 6WD
>> Telephone: 01604 798024
>> Fax: 01604 798090
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