I can never relate to my girlfriend when her PC freezes and she gets upset. I basically did the equivalent thing with my pressure pot. A little coupling broke, I didn't know what the hell it meant, and freaked. I now know exactly how she feels and will spring to her aid next time Media Player spends five minutes trying to open an XVID file in vain.
One quick chat to a friend and I see all I need is a couple of things that cost a couple of bob on e-bay. Expect tons of awesome toys very soon indeed :)