This week we learn a new fact about each of three different types of water pump.
Firstly, if you have an automatic watering system for your garden, don't leave it in a state where the watering pump can turn itself back on but with no water flowing through it. It overheats and causes the capacitor to swell and leak its insides everywhere. The pump stops working.
Secondly, if you have a plumber replace a pump, make sure you re-pressurise the system before he leaves, even if he has used mastic that takes an hour to cure. This avoids a second visit to fix the new leaks.
Thirdly, if your heating system develops a leak and starts pissing water over the electric pumps, cover them with a plastic bag or clingfilm or anything that will stop the water getting in. This will avoid your having to try to dry it out with a hair dryer in the hope that you can get it to stop tripping the overload cutout so that it can heat the pool for your next guests who are arriving tomorrow.
Stand by for more useful DIY tips as they arise, here in the "it's-all-happening" heart of the Mayenne countryside.