Sometimes I look at the world and wonder how those of you that don’t have an Engineering logic cope with it. To us the world is a series of challenges none of which cannot be solved. That is not to say that we do not suffer frustration and annoyance but that any problem can be solved is, to us, a simple matter of fact.
As some of you will recall my oven failed recently and, despite best efforts, I was unable to source a replacement element. I was reassured when my landlord reported that their agent had a struggle to find a replacement as well. Apparently they resorted to opening every box and comparing dimensions before settling on an alternative that would fit. My mate collected the part and I installed it yesterday evening.
There is nothing complicated in the installation, 7 screws and a few wires and all done. Following the install the oven was dead, nothing at all. Some head scratching reminded me that the fan had worked previously but now there was nothing, no fan, no heat and no light. I checked for a supply and then suddenly realised I must have set the timer arrangement in the recent dismantle. Now the timer on this oven hasn’t worked since I moved in and it’s an old rotary number arrangement. The buttons are long lost and the symbols, not that I know what they mean, are cracked and illegible.
So now I was faced with the catering equivalent of the DaVinci code. I took some pliers and rotated the stalks but nothing much happened so I reverted to type. I removed the oven and dismantled it until I had the timer out then I put a meter between the contacts and twisted some more, still to no avail. Time for another approach, I dismantled the shell of the timer unit to identify the cam that operated the power contacts. From here it was just a case of working backwards through the timer to generate the appropriate inputs. With a satisfying bleep from the meter I reassembled and refitted the cooker and tested it.
That’s the reassuring thing about Engineering, we know that there is always a way* and if you haven’t found it then you’re just looking at it wrong.
* it goes without saying that the female of the species is excluded from this statement