Meet the old wall heater in our lounge room. As best as we can tell, it was installed when the house was built (1971). The people who lived here before us never used it in the ten years that they were here. I never dared to actually turn it on.
Enter the government’s gas appliance rectification program:
They came on Friday and removed the old heater, as well as the flue, gave us a new gas bayonet point and installed ventilation. We got a shiny new portable heater which we can actually move between rooms (and set to automatically come on in the morning before we get up – luxury!). On Saturday, the builder came and bricked up the hole in the wall and plastered it. We need to paint in the lounge room anyway (the whole house, really), so there’s no drama having the patched wall visible for a while.
The only annoying thing is that it’s the middle of summer and I have to wait months to use the new heater!