New water heater is in.

New tubing is in that goes through the chimney and out to the outside wall and vents on the patio.
When they drilled into the chimney, they pulled out a rat and a mouse, but nothing else and the rest of the shaft is clear as a bell.

New water heater is ye gods efficient and has /excellent/ water pressure.

It also has a contained heating chamber, so it's not going to vent gas onto the floor like the old one did. It could still possibly vent around the hood area, but it shouldn't because the reason that was venting like that, was due to backwash because the water heater was venting through the chimney and so was the furnace, so the two streams of hot stuff were competing with each other and the water heater stuff was getting pushed back out the other way into the basement.

Sabs has gotten a carbon monoxide alarm and we'll put it in tonight.

In the meantime ... I'm going to take a shower with the lovely water pressure after I run the water for a little bit.
thursdays_child: (9th Doctor: Could Be a Little Insane)
( Feb. 25th, 2009 09:19 am)
So they're taking out the heater and putting in a new one. Apparently the one down there is um ... 27 years old. It's kind of toast.

Also, they're putting a hole in the outside wall and venting everything out through this new vent instead of up the chimney, because apparently, the water heater should never have been vented up the chimney in the first place.
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So I kept smelling gas today and we called PECO again.
PECO safety lead came over and this time, he took the plate off of the water heater and also turned it on and tested it while it was actually on.

Hello, wailing sirens.
Hello off-the-charts readings of carbon monoxide.

More carbon monoxide blather )
thursdays_child: (Misc: Dragon)
( Jan. 5th, 2009 08:37 am)
The string of off and on days off is over. The laundry is almost wrangled back into shape. Boxes that have been waiting for over a year to be unpacked have been so. The kids' gifts of warm clothing have been washed and folded and (mostly) stowed in dresser drawers or pressed into service first thing this morning.

What's normal anyway? )
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( Jan. 4th, 2009 05:28 pm)
So far today:
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We got cash from various family-members, some of it was ear-marked in the card, but after the rush of the holidays is over and looking around the house, I've been applying said cash judiciously to the things that we really need around here So a big thank you to all of our cash-givers, it's being put to very good use and we're very grateful for the generosity.

Household Necessities )
thursdays_child: (Misc: Floating Stars)
( Jan. 4th, 2009 12:43 am)
So I went to look up prices on Ikea's website today to see how much bookcases are running there these days. The answer to that would be "way too damn much". I sent Sabs to Wal-Mart instead and we got three bookcases for about 40 bucks.

Still. As I was wandering the pages of Ikea, if I had 700 dollars just lying around waiting to be spent, I would finish off the room upstairs that is most often used as my office like so:

Pipe Dream Home Decor )
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( Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:12 pm)

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They're up. At last.
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