so, there i was, baking a cake (jam-sponge, if you wanna be sexy about it) and as the first half finished and i opened the door, the oven conked out. dead. at thirteen months old.
now, the cake was a little treat to myself for having been in annoying pain for x-amount of time and the plan was to take things easy and recover as best as could be (no lifting, no driving, etc), and the oven dying was the icing on the, erm, stress-cake.
luckily, as i'd thought, we had the old oven, of the same type (Panasonic slimline combi), in the shed and it only has a grumbling fan-bearing. even luckilier then, as it was night, i had only just put fresh bulbs in the security-light (although the universe may be trying to tell me something) and so i dug out the old oven from behind all the other heavy stuff, and i then put that heavy back. in pain
after a cleaning, i swapped them over and ran the old oven through a heating cycle to burn off any residues and mould.
at the end of that, the old oven conked out. dead. just like the new oven.
this is where you have to give 'fair dues' to pain because, had i been fit and well, i would've smashed the shit out of something. then again, had i been fit and well, i'd be working and would've just bought a cake from Asda.
and, by this point, i was too stressed and in too much pain to do anything proper. i reckoned it was just a fuse that had blown, in both cases, although it was pretty weird for both to go as they did.
after a rest, i opened the new oven and sure enough, the internal [special] fuse had blown. as you'd expect [all things ade], finding the rating of the fuse was another load of bollocks as the stamping on the fuse was hardly discernable. i couldn't be arsed digging out a camera and tripod, at that point, but here's a pic i took today:
the characters are each less than a millimetre in width, but i guessed at 15amp, but didn't know the speed.
and the internet was no help. and the nearest stockist of suchlike had only 10amp fuses. and, no, i couldn't rip my hair out (not with my shoulders).
more resting and seething followed. then, i re-checked the oven's specs.
at full whack, the claimed current draw is 9.6 amps, but we never use the oven at full whack and, at our useage, the average draw would be 5.5 to 7 amps
and so, pack o' ten fuses for less than four quid later, we're oveneering again
'course, i didn't get to finish my cake and had to make do with only half a cake.
i'm currently awaiting the explosion of the Sun as i'm sure it's warranty's just run out. who's got the receipt?