Monday, 28 November 2011

Dicing with Death

Mr A and I had been discussing all things electrical yesterday.

I received a couple of comments on my last blog post about whether the electrical supply to our house is faulty and whether this had contributed to so many appliances giving up this year.

Mr A and I had come to this conclusion around the same time as your comments arrived so we knew we had to do something about it asap.

New electricity cables have been underway in the village for a few months.  Maybe this has something to do with it?  Mr A was about to phone the electric company in Milas this morning to arrange for an electrical engineer to come out to check our house.

By coincidence, engineers are working outside our house this morning...attaching cables to the newly planted pylons.   As you can see from the photo, they are again working without any safety equipment or harnesses.  It makes me feel quite dizzy to watch them.  Mr A asked if they would check our house today.

As they are clearly not bothered about dicing with death every day of their working lives, we were happy to let them fiddle about with the electric supply to our house if they could solve the problem.   Rather them than us!

So two engineers have now checked thoroughly and according to them there is no problem with the electricity supply to our house, or inside it.

I guess I have to accept what I've been saying for years now...electrical appliances in Turkey are crap!


  1. Does 'the daring young man on the flying trapeze' come to mind when you see them at work...

  2. I feel rather disappointed that it's not the electricity supply - though what they would have done about it (apart from cut you off for an indefinite period!) I really don't know. Apart from give you an alternative explanation for all the electricity problems you seem to have. Oh well. You're right - a shopping trip next - consider solar powered items!

  3. Oh, it makes me feel sick just to look at them, Ayak. Just like the young men who came to trim back our poplars in France last year, so that they didn't touch the main phone line in the lane.

    Glad you've had it confirmed that your electricity supply is OK, but it's not much fun to realise that all the appliances you buy are basically not worth much. :-(

  4. Fly: It certainly does. The one nearest in the photo stopped at one point to get cigarettes from his pocket and was just perched there, not holding on!

    Annie: We have solar power for the water. I doubt I could find much else in this country that would run on solar energy!

    Perpetua: We've bought a new microwave today that was on special offer for 99 lira (apx 34 pounds) and a small filter coffee maker which was 35 lira (apx 12 pounds) Both have guarantees for 3 years which of course are not worth the paper they are written on.

  5. I was disappointed that it wasn't the electric supply because you might've received compensation.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  6. Compensation? In Turkey Maggie? No chance...they've never heard of the word!

  7. Good thing you guys had it checked out, at least. I wonder... You could just buy a kettle or two from the UK and use them in Turkey with an adaptor, no? Obviously that won't work with an oven or anything, though...

  8. Oh Deniz..Ive given up on electric kettles. I've lost count of the number we've had over the years. I now stick to a traditional hob kettle...much safer!

  9. In my second house here, the neighborhood kids enjoyed tormenting me with little tricks. One time they (or perhaps a grown-up neighbor-- I'll never know) shut of my electricity at the main. Being new here, I figured not having electricity for several days was just something that happened-- it wasn't the first time, just the longest time. I had no idea about the main, which was at the front of the building, under the mailboxes.

    A guy from my school came over. He tried the lights, then found an outlet and asked for a screwdriver. Then he stuck the screwdriver into the outlet. Eek! He was all, "Yep, your electricity is off." Good thing, too. He discovered the main and it just became a habit for me to switch it back on every time I came home.

    And my old cleaner, eek! Used to plug in the iron then stick it under the tap to fill it. I often wondered if she even knew how electricity works.

    I'm sorry your electricity problem wasn't easily sorted out. And yeah, appliances here suck, especially the ones made in China. I mean, somehow Turkey manages to import crappier Chinese products than they do back home...

  10. Hi Stranger: Yep there are many horror stories concerning the Turks and their risks with electricity. I've had repairmen on several occasions accompanied by their drills and suchlike without plugs, who think nothing of poking the 2 exposed wires straight into the socket to use. I guess it goes along with the Turkish fatalistic belief that everything is in the hands of Allah!

  11. A thought if you pick up electrical appliances in the U.K. I found a super duper international plug thing in John Lewis which even I can work.

  12. Fly: Although I've bought two more appliances today, I think in future it might be better to buy in the UK and use an adaptor. I'm hoping all this has just been a run of bad luck really.


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