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Old 23 December 2014, 11:51   #1
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Sexist statement - women and thermostats

I am now at the point where I:
a) Glue the central heating thermostat in position
b) Make my wife wear boxing gloves (may not be a good idea)
c) Scream and shout and jump up and down in a hissy fit.
Ribnet seems to be the traditional place for (c), so here goes...

"What is it with women and thermostats?" - Discuss.

The thermostat in our house is only ever set to 15 C or 30 C. 'Too hot' and it gets turned to 15 C; 'too cool' and it gets set to 30 C. And then back. And then back again. And then back again. That is not how they are supposed to work! The control gets moved back and forth like a DJ 'scratching' a record.

If switching it down to 15 C doesn't work, the fall-back is to open the back door to let out all of the air I have just paid to heat and bring in some cold air that I haven't paid to heat - yet.

It's the same in the car - 'LO' or 'HI' or 'OFF'.

Then I get a complaint that the heating didn't come on in the morning - it didn't come on because the thermostat was set to 6 C.

I've politely explained the concept.

I've explained that switching the thermostat to 15 won't make it cool down any more quickly than knocking it down a couple of degrees.

I've used the patronising sing-song tones of a CBeebies presenter to give an explanation of the 'magic fairies in the thermostat' and how they will die if they are not left to do their work.

I have put a mark on it with a permanent marker and note saying "leave it!" but am at the end of my tether. It's not like I'm a miser who won't have it turned up beyond 17.

All I want is to have an ambient temperature of 20 1 C. I don't want a house where jumpers and sweatshirts are scattered around the house (where I have jettisoned one to avoid fainting but left where it is in the sure and certain knowledge I will need it again in about twenty minutes).

It might be time to make the thermostat in the hall a placebo one, with the real one somewhere secret. Or buy a Hive.

SWMBO is an intelligent person who has done all kinds of responsible jobs - the simple concept of a thermostat seems to be completely beyond her comprehension. She isn't the only example of her sex to behave like this.

And, no, it's not her hormones - I did ask. Once. And only once.
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LOL - yeah it's a sexist comment but mirrors my personal experience. I've put a lot of thought to it. I think they don't like the idea of a "gadget" knowing the "right" temperature better than them...

I see it at work all the time - room stat up at 29C when it's normally 23C. Why? "Because it's a very cold day."
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As a heating engineer I come across this all the time. After carefully explaining the difference between a switch and a thermostat I then move on to how much money you can save by moving down one degree and most of the time it works. However in my house the thermostat is in a box and I have the key! I bought it, installed it and its mine. Regards Jim
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I had a similar problem, try living with 2 hormone machines. This cured it you can set a PIN code
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I had a similar problem, try living with 2 hormone machines. This cured it you can set a PIN code
Very swish!
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I knew a heating and cooling engineer who was repeatedly called out to a small business that had approx 12 women who worked there and continually complained that the aircon was not working... "Too hot"..."too cold".....
He installed a thermostat on the wall, ran some mini trunking to it, and didn't wire it up to anything!!! Every time someone walked past it they adjusted the temperature "just a bit" to their hearts content, and he never got called out again!!
True storey!!!! Just goes to show how much is in their head!!!


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LOL, that sounds all to familiar, including regularly turning the oven on at 250 deg C ... "so that it heats up to 175 deg C quicker" !?!
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Not just mine then......
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I had a similar problem, try living with 2 hormone machines. This cured it you can set a PIN code
....AND the Hormones!!???.......Just Gotta Have!...
Own!..Beg!...Steal one a them Suckers!
(Wonder if I can Buy Shares!!)
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Had to laugh when I read this, I wondered why the sellotape on my thermostat was useless !

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Not done it for a few years but the following always used to be the case, check they have not changed them first as manufacturers do keep altering things.


The cover from a honeywell frost stat will fit over a honeywell room stat, this gives a woman-proof room stat.

The frost stat with the room stat cover can be fixed next to the above But not wired up , they can bugger about with this to there hearts content.
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I put my wireless thermostat directly above the hall radiator,
she still hasn't worked out why she cant control the house temperature with the thermostat. If I am cold I just turn off the hall radiator
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I put my wireless thermostat directly above the hall radiator....
Oh stop - that's evil genius at work



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More heat 'toons





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Have you been on the sauce willk
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Not yet. I figured we were in the Bilges and if I hadn't been fired in 2014, it wasn't gonna happen today
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Even my six inch nail hammered through the thermostat jamming it at 20 deg C didn't work or any other combination of dummy stats or lectures of reason. In the end I cancelled my standing order with BG and put it into STHTBO's name and her account number. She can twiddle it to her hearts content now and my blood pressure has dropped considerably knowing it's coming out of her account.

My new years resolution is to try and get the kids mobile phones bill onto the same account, as they too don't seem to get the logic of keeping to an inclusive tariff.
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This goes along with 'testing' which way to turn the tap each time the kettle is filled... I don't think either of them has a universal solution.....
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Is this also why we now have dual zone climate control in the cars?
Doesn't do away with the smell of melting flesh though does it?
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This goes along with 'testing' which way to turn the tap each time the kettle is filled... I don't think either of them has a universal solution.....
....and leaving the landing lights on, or the back door open because "I'm only going to be a minute"...... half an hour later Don't get me started about standing with the fridge door open
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