This summer I had a huge list of necessary home repairs.
As of yesterday I finally got completely caught up.
I now have two full days to relax until "next years" list comes out.
Some of my chores were:
Bringing wiring up to code & installing new lighting in my wife's studio.
Replacing the furnace flue.
Insulating around the chimney in the attic.
Exterior woodwork repairs.
Fixing uneven sidewalk.
Creating a dozen "found object" sculptures to "beautify" the yard.
Clearing out a lot of computers from my collection.
Replacing ancient water pipes in basement.
Putting in railings.
and my favorite one:
Replacing the cracked pantry window that I've been putting off since 1979.
Well, the window also needed paint, so I put one very bad "first coat"
on. Will try to get the 2nd coat put on sometime within the next 30 years.
Also: Even though I managed to get a lot of things fixed this year,
there is not enough room on all of Usenet for me to add the list of
things I /broke/ .
On Tuesday, December 30, 2014 7:38:32 AM UTC-5, philo wrote:
Most chimneys need dead air space around them to help prevent fires....
A BIG issue with a wood burning fireplace, not so much for a hot water tank
details please? When I saw this I remembered a news report of someone who s
aid they had insulated around the chimney. with the backdrop of the video o
f the fire. The home was destroyed:(
Thanks for the warning. I do not have a wood burner.
The chimney is used for venting the hot water heater and my "medium
The amount of heat exhausted is quite small. If I put my hand on the
flue as it goes into the chimney (in the basement) it's very warm but
not so hot that I burn my hand.
By the time the exhaust gets past the 2nd floor of my house and into the
attic, there is not much heat ...
however when the temperature gets down to -10 or - 20F the attic gets
extremely cold and condensation forms on the chimney in the attic and it
leaks down into the bathroom ceiling below.
If I still get condensation this winter, I'm going to get a
high-efficiency furnace, an electric water heater and do away with the
In 2007, I was asked to serve as one of the
repair guys at church. I got the list caught
up, and thought my calling was over. Since
that time, I've never had a totally caught up
moment. I suspect your home is much the same.
You can wrap up the task list, but there will
always be some thing to repair.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
Good work, Philo! I just hope the lovely wife here doesn't see that
One day a few years ago we had lunch at a fast food place and starting
making a list on a napkin of things that needed to be done around the
house. Four napkins later the list was still going strong, so we
decided to use them to wipe up the table instead.
As to things such as napkins and paper towels...that's a big joke
between me and everyone I know.
Due to my frugality, when there's a mess to clean up...
the starting point is /half/ a paper towel.
No one will ever let me forget the time I spilled paint on the carpeting
(fortunately latex) which required buckets of water and many many rags,
towels and mops.
My /first/ reaction was to grab /half/ a paper towel and start cleaning up!
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