21 May 2017
OK – block your ears – this could get nasty. The sink pump (a hand operated unit) has failed – I can hear something rattling and grinding when I try to pump water and there is no sign of any suction. It’s been playing up for months, but now it is completely stuffed. I’ve just been filling plastic water bottles from the marina tap for weeks, but for some reason Sunday evening after a couple of red wines, and expecting the boys to turn up anytime soon for dinner I decide dismantling the pump is a good idea. Fuck fuck fuck! Who knew there were so many bits inside, including a screw and washer which is attached to nothing. Probably the source of the rattling and grinding. I carefully line everything up in the order I dismantle it, but after several attempts to reassemble, everything is completely muddled up and I have no idea which bits are supposed to line up or which way up is. OK – not really a lot of parts, but I can’t even get one bit to fit back onto the inner mechanism. I consider googling it – but there is no writing on the pump. What is it even called – “hand water pump thingy”? Here’s what I find on what sounds like a promising site Water Hand Pump Repair General Guidelines:
Even though hand piston pumps are not terribly complicated mechanisms, water hand pump repair is a technical and sometimes physically demanding operation.
It requires experience and training. Hands-on training by qualified and experienced trainers is by far the best way to learn the basics of hand pump repair.
The process is so physical and so “hands-on” that it is impossible to cover it adequately on this website. (http://www.clean-water-for-laymen.com)
By the time it gets to the bit about wearing hard hats and team work I’m completely hysterical and figuring they’re talking about a different type of water pump. Christ – time for more red wine. Oh – pictures are a good option and matching google images it looks like I’ve got a “truly design classic” Whale “Flipper” Galley Hand Pump. That might help.
Fortunately the boys arrive at this point and Russell looks at me despairingly as I roll around laughing while he reassembles the pump. Huh – still doesn’t go despite Russell putting bits back in multiple configurations. Hamish sits on the electric cord and the sole light goes out – I’d rewired it last week, but apparently not adequately. Lucky I’ve got good at jiggling the wire in the dark and the light comes back on. The boys eat, help with dishes and flee with the left overs – Russell suggesting I try filling the water tanks in case lack of water is the problem. Obviously he has no faith in my problem solving abilities. Just got to the critical part of the re-watering operation juggling hoses, breather pipes and bucket to catch excess water when light goes out again. I can’t see a problem blundering around in the dark with dodgy electrics and water going everywhere! Damn – the red wine is finished. Water pump still doesn’t work. Jiggling light wire doesn’t work…