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THE FURNACE (or should I say the boiler) took a dump!!!!


Coldest day of the year and my furnace decides to take a dump. The pilot light is out and wont stay lit when I try to do a relight. so that means one or more things can be wrong. The Aquastat - no, thank goodness as they are near $100 bucks, but I do have a spare. The pump @75 bucks - heck, I have TWO spares. The control valve - 'nother $100 buck item, but I have a spare for that as well. The thermocouple - that's a 10 buck item - oh @#$%, no spare. Off to Home Despot for one of their "universals". AHHHHHH HEAT again.

I was in the basement/shop, but use an electric heater to take the edge off so didn't know we had a problem. The DW was on the 2nd floor - it was 59* - whyinheck didn't she say something. Oh well, no big deal, just hope I 'cured' the problem. I'm always a bit skeptical when it turns out so cheap for a repair -------------->

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Glad thats all it was Dave.......How old is the boiler?...I had one in our old house which was over 50 years old. Lived there for 22 years, put a couple of pumps on and one gas valve........I like the nice even, quiet heat from them.

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poncho62 wrote:

Glad thats all it was Dave.......How old is the boiler?...I had one in our old house which was over 50 years old. Lived there for 22 years, put a couple of pumps on and one gas valve........I like the nice even, quiet heat from them.



The boiler is only about 6 years old so I really don't expect much in the way of failures. The spares are left from the one it replaced but were fairly new in a vain attempt to keep that one going - I just didn't have a spare TC. And I JIC bought a spare zone valve head last week(there are 4 zones), which is what usually goes on these baseboard HW systems. Oh - and next time I go to Home Depot, I'll have another TC. The next owner of this house will never have to buy a spare - unless he isn't handy .

 



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I have propane heat and for some un-Godly reason, it eats thermo-couplers.
It's over 20 years old, so I was told, but it still keeps us warm "fingers crossed"

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I just put in a new boiler a couple of years back.. when the weather warms up to where it is supposeto go on standby,, it completely shuts off,, and the only way we know is that the house starts cooling off [WELL DUH HOMER!!!!!!!!] its just fustrating that it goes out instead of on standby.. easy to reset   but by then the house has cooled off... and these are not instant heat sources, it takes a while to reheat.... gotta get that taken care of this spring by someone smarter than HOMERbiggrin

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OK - NOW I'M COLD!!!!! It's -5F!!! And the wind is whistling so the wind chill is -28 to -35F

It was -15 when I got up this morning and about 25 miles North it was -27. Then in the NY Icebox at Saranac Lake, it was/is -36.............and that is NOT those flaky Celcius degrees used in your part of the world, Poncho. It could have been worse as the record low for today was -24

My furnace has been working overtime since I fixed it yesterday afternoon

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Take a nap Dave....its supposed to warm up tomorrow some.....Up at the lake head (top of Lake Superior) its about freezing 32 F today..........

I just got in from digging out my box trailer, need it next weekend....its friiggin cold out there.







-- Edited by poncho62 on Monday 24th of January 2011 10:35:13 AM

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My blood has gotten so thin that I have to put on a coat just to look at those pics that Y'all post - Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I'll bet the Spring run-off is gonna be a doozy this year, eh?

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Take a nap Dave....its supposed to warm up tomorrow some.....Up at the lake head (top of Lake Superior) its about freezing 32 F today..........

I just got in from digging out my box trailer, need it next weekend....its friiggin cold out there.


-- Edited by poncho62 on Monday 24th of January 2011 10:35:13 AM



I'm headed for the basement garage and putter with my car (tho AM running out of REAL things to do).

Stay warm - I sent the DW out for staples, I'm not going out today unless I have to

 



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damn its cold here biggrin 

Beaverton, ORGet Directions


-- Edited by Bad Rat on Monday 24th of January 2011 11:37:25 AM

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Bad Rat wrote:
damn its cold here biggrin
Beaverton, ORGet Directions
That's almost exactly what it is here in East Texas except for the showers !

 



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it was 28 here this mornin. posed to get to 52. at least the sun is shinin.

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Those pictures make me cold, too.  Here, it's 37 (officially) right now (0910), but it doesn't feel like it out in the sun; supposed to get up to low sixties today, and into the mids by the middle of the week.  Personally, I'd like to see summer, or at least spring get here as quick as it can; I'd like to be "naturally" warm again.

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damn its cold here biggrin
Beaverton, ORGet Directions
That's almost exactly what it is here in East Texas except for the showers !

 



Those showers didn't develop.. actually it  turned out to be a pretty nice day.. was nice today also.. even went out and cut down the neighbors Laurel bush that was blocking my view to get out of my driveway.. smile

 



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even went out and cut down the neighbors Laurel bush that was blocking my view to get out of my driveway.. smile
LOL, when you can't find your green thumb, use a chain saw !biggrin

When we lived in the Lampasas area there was a bush that grew wild out there called Mountain Laurel and the blooms looked like small purple wisteria and they smell like grape cool-aid.  I had a hunting lease that was covered with them and you can't believe how awesome the air smelled during blooming time.

 



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I've been watching the weather reporting from Yankdom and, man, Y'all are really getting some bone chillin' stuff up there - - Brrrrrr  One reporter was talking about frost bite and how you could suffer from it in less than 5 minutes in some of that sub-freezing stuff.  It hurts my old bones just to think about it.nodisbelief

As far as down here in Tejuas, Geezer, get your fur-lined speedo's out cause it's supposed to be in the 60's here by Friday and Saturday relax.gif

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Got a heat wave comin' - gonna be in the low 20's today. When I got up at 6:30 it was +3 with another fresh inch of that white stuff on the driveway.

It's even warmer in Saranac Lake (Adirondack Mtns) today - where on a summer day it can be in the 30's

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whats the suecide rate up there dave?i bet its higher in the winter!!!

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whats the suecide rate up there dave?i bet its higher in the winter!!!



Nahhh - we're tough, have good thick insulating blood that can "take it". What does happen is that lots of babies are born,  August - Octoberevileye. Us more mature folk go skiing, snowmobiling, read, watch the boob tube, go to Florida or the Caribbean or build cars(biggrin) or sit and count snowflakes by the fireplace and drink lots of adult flavored beverages. Sometimes we even do the inside honey-do's like paint, paper, tile, etc that we procrastinated about last winter.

 



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whats the suecide rate up there dave?i bet its higher in the winter!!!



Sometimes we even do the inside honey-do's like paint, paper, tile, etc that we procrastinated about last winter.

 



I do that year round , " procrastinate"  that is,,,cry

 



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me too but I'm a mere beginner compared to the Wiffy no

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