Seconds away from smoke damage or worse

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  1. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    Today has been very wet and windy so a good day to spend in Vanessa I thought. Went to the market and bought 3 rolls of LED lighting to replace the flickering lighting tubes. Alan is here visiting and shows me how to connect the wires up. Very easy it was until the one above the cooker wouldn't light up but I knew the connection was good and the power was there before I disconnected the tube. Next came another funster lesson...How to work a multimeter. Good wee productive and learning day I thought as I resolved the issue with the LED above cooker. We are just about ready to leave the MH and are almost out when I decide I have a quick wee job for Alan to do. Seconds later Alan "smells" then sees smoke belching out from around the cooker. I panicked, thought it was my dodgy wiring but it was quickly established I must have accidentally been leaning against and turned the electric knob on cooker on while I had been working above it. Mum always keeps a handtowel in between the cooker rings and the glass so that had been burning. Lucky the cooker glass didn't smash. Got away lightly with a stench of smoke. :) Just goes to show how easy it is for disasters to happen.
     
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    Crickey - sounds like you had a lucky near miss. Could have been a nightmare
     
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    Phew you were lucky there
     
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    That was lucky Sandra :whew::smiley:someone was looking over you
     
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    Glad it turned out OK.
     
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    Great result by the sound of it, your MH probably now smells the same as ours, leant it to eldest daughter for her 30th birthday, they had log burners (allowed on the site, fire grate thingies) that was fine but they all then came into our MH smelling like bonfires, 2 months later still smells the same I am sorry to warn you (y)

    At least you have one to go back and smell though :)
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    I sure do but still to face the wrath of mum when she smells it but hopefully it will be weeks away before she is in it again. ;-)
     
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    lucky or what:eek:
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    @DavidG58 Did you finally get to the bottom of your turbo problem?
     
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    Errr ! Your mother put the hand towel over the rings, not you.
    (very unsafe practise in my view)

    Why should you take the flak.
     
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    It was her tea towel, daft place to leave it if you ask me :D:D
     
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    No Sandra still work in progress, new turbo been ordered, going to try fitting the easy to get to bit first and see if we get lucky, getting ready for a trip up north, bit of Durness, Loch Maree on the way, January is looing good, presuming we either fix the turbo or it doesn't give up the ghost up there somewhere

    (might just try your tea towel trick, and blame your mum :):))
     
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    Good comment but ...
    She leaves it there as she thinks it stops rattling when driving but there is no rattling and also when the rings have the least bit of heat still in them she tries to protect the glass.
     
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    Interesting that the hotplate still worked with the glass down, we only have gas rings but they will not light with the glass down and go out if lowered, you would have thought the same would apply to hot plates
     
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    Get some foam pipe lagging . Cut 2 pieces to length of sides of glass cooker top. Cut lagging all way down then this can be slid on to edges of glass. No rattling cooker top. Easily removable when cooker in use and nowhere near burners
     
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    Wrong quote.
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    Ours is only an AT , not anything fancy so just basics I guess.
     
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    Did something similar in the caravan 25 years ago. Thought the gas burner was off and closed the fibreboard cover. What a stink!
     
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    image.jpeg Been there, done that. It was the dog jumping up. Now have to switch cooker off at the mains. It took 5 mins of running water to cool it down
     
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    Don't "like" more "Acknowledge" Looks like you were lucky too. I have now switched the cooker off from mains, very rarely are we on EHU when away so will just have to remember whenever the next time may be. :)
     
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