This week I called the boiler people out because my radiators weren’t coming on and I had no hot water.

The man arrived to fix it and spent about twenty minutes banging around in the kitchen before he called me through and we had the following conversation.

Boiler man: “Do you have a cat?”
Me: “Yes.”
Boiler man: “And does your cat like to hide in this cupboard, by any chance?” indicating the little dark cupboard which holds the gas meter.
Me: “Yes.”
Boiler man: “See this lever?”
Me: “Yes.”
Boiler man: “It’s the emergency gas shutoff. Pretty sure your cat sat on it and switched the gas off.”

And now I am a bit embarrassed.

Still, apparently the boiler pressure was too high anyway, so at least that’s fixed now… 😉

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