I learnt a valuable lesson today, about what not to do with my roof sprinkler systerm.
1. Do not run the pumps on idle for 2 hours without turning the sprinkler valves on! I almost cooked my pumps. When my neighbour came over and put me straight, we tried the sprinklers, and they wouldn’t work – no water in the system. Luckily we managed to fix things, but if the Kangaroo Ground fire had come through just then, we’d have been toast.
2. Stop being a nice little woman and INSIST on a proper set of instructions for the running of the whole system.
3. Do not lose your nerve. The pumps and sprinklers should NOT be turned on until you can see the whites of their eyes, flames that is.
One of the local CFA guys is coming over tomorrow morning to walk the Daughter and I through what we should be doing. Asking for expert help is something I should have done long ago. I know the theory, but theory goes out the window when you’re faced with the real thing. [I didn’t face the real thing today, just a very tense dress rehearsal, and for that I’m extremely grateful]
So there you have it. I made a whopping great mistake, but was luckier than I have any right to be.
It’s funny, this luck thing. I never win at raffles, or lotteries or even scratchies, and think of myself as an unlucky person. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe all the little losses pay for the few big wins…like today.
Goodnight all. I’m knackered and going to bed.