Brrrrr…..

There have certainly been better weeks than this. Boiler went out on Wednesday.  After two days of nagging the gas company (and running the little space heaters pretty much 24/7), the service guy finally showed up and fixed the boiler.  Then he said that he couldn’t leave the boiler or the water heater turned on since the “chimney liner isn’t venting properly.”  I didn’t even know what a chimney liner was.  Of course, the repair company protocol is not to recommend anybody.  At all.  This meant a few hours trying to figure out WHO to call and then trying to find someone who actually has availability.  Finally got somebody who will come out first thing this morning.  Hopefully this means we’ll have heat and hot water tomorrow.

Tell me a funny story – I need the laughs!

71 thoughts on “Brrrrr…..”

  1. Looking on the bright side, vs, at least your boiler didn’t wait for the coldest day of the year to go on strike. Hope you’re warm and comfy again soon.

    I’m not a huge stand-up comic fan. In small doses they can be funny, but an evening at a comedy club is pure torture to me. This guy is pretty funny – in small doses:

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  2. I don’t know about boilers, but modern furnaces have a sensor that shuts them down if the vent is blocked or partially blocked. It could be that that’s why your boiler went out in the first place, which begs the question, what did the gas company guy actually “fix”?

    When my furnace went out a couple of years ago, the problem turned out to be a bird that had fallen down the chimney and died there, partially obstructing the vent. Fixing the problem was a matter of removing the bird and pushing the reset button on the furnace controls.

    When the weather gets cold, birds sometimes perch on the edge of the chimney flue for warmth, where the furnace exhaust overcomes them and they fall down the chimney.

    On the other hand, if the vent guy determines that the vent is blocked because the transite liner is deteriorating, I think the solution is usually to insert a metal sleeve down the chimney inside the transite flue liner.

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      1. Birdie with the yellow bill
        Hopped upon my windowsill
        Cocked his shining eye and said:
        (What’s that in the road…a head?)
        (What did you do with the lightbulb…socket?)
        Etc…

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    1. The Good Place is cleaver and very, very funny. The irreverence of the writers makes scripts full of little quips that are easy to miss. And then there is Ted Dawson as Archangel Michael and all of his moral, #45-like dilemmas.

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  3. I just went through the chimney liner/chimney cap issues. Eventually they took out and replaced the whole chimney liner. It turned out there was a squirrel who had decided to nest in the chimney space between the brick and the liner, and had built a sort of shelf in there with leaves and bits of shredded newspaper. Then the liner became damaged, possibly from a squirrel chewing at it, and leaves and stuff began falling into the liner. There was a small natural history museum in there, including various parts of deceased birds and squirrels.

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    1. My recommendation is to become familiar with your reset button. If you have a partial blockage, and you have a CO detector nearby, you can hit the reset and run the boiler long enough to at least get some heat in the house before the sensor kicks the boiler off again. Just keep a close eye on the CO level.

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  4. Our task before the cold and snow arrive tonight is to shovel the load of composted manure we bought at the local stockyards and hauled home in Husband’s pickup. They charged us a whopping $15 for a generous load that filled the pickup bed.

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    1. so festus goes to marshall dillon and says’ marshall i’m having a problem. i woke up this morning with this big erection and it wont go away. marshall dillon says well festus i know just how to fix it. go over to the stable and get a shovel full of manure and put your erection in that . i will make it go away. ok thanks marshall says festus and he mosies on over. he is getting the shovel full out of the corner and just then miss kitty comes in and say why festus what are you doing? so festus explains that his erection wont go away and marshall dillon told him to come over here and put it in this here shovel full of manure. well miss kitty looks kind of slyly out of the corner of her eye and pulls her dress up and say why festus why dont you put it right in here? and festus says.. the whole shovel fiull?

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      1. A guy goes to the doctor with bad sunburn on his legs. It’s so bad he can’t sleep at night. And the doctor prescribes Viagra. The man says “This will help the sunburn??” And the doctor says “No, but it will keep the sheets off your legs.”

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  5. Well for the last 24 hours I’ve been setting myself up to expect the worst news and now I’ve gotten it. It’s the liner. Still working on when liner can be replaced now but it will probably be Monday or Tuesday.

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  6. I hung around the basement while my chimney liner was being replaced. I kinda wanted to observe the whole process. There was a guy on the roof, Jake, and a guy in the basement, Ryan, and they each had a cell phone and were talking on speaker while they figured out how to get the old liner out. It was pretty stuck, and all kinds of strange noises emanated from the chimney wall. At one point it fell relatively silent, and then we heard a sort of scrabbling noise on metal. Over Ryan’s phone we heard Jake say “Oh, man…what IS that? I think something’s in there.” Ryan’s eyes got kinda big and he replied, “You mean….that’s not you?” and Ryan and I both began to back away a little as the noise got closer.

    Then Jake chuckled and the noise stopped. “Just messin’ with ya.”

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    1. Oh thank you for this. I haven’t looked at this in several years but when it was trending, I watched it many many times. So funny.

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      1. VS, I am so glad you found “THe Good Place” to entertain you. I am getting so tired, dancing on the piano, trying to entertain and warm you with this bum knee.

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        1. So yesterday I binge watched an enormous number of The Good Place episodes. And I did laugh out loud when t Ted Danson said -17 points for stealing a loaf of bread unless you steal a baguette that’s -20 points because it’s French

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  7. Well, we had 4 inches of snow, it is 9 degrees and dropping, and the low tonight will be -1. Bundle up, Baboons. It is headed your way

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    1. Pretty much back to normal. She has it on the air boot for about four days but she is still wearing this carbon filament insole that we had to get her for her shoe so she doesn’t bend her foot when she walks. But she is driving and she is back to work and she’s back to doing her own laundry. Wootie Hootie.

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