Author: Frank

Why are my plumbing pieces clunking

Why are my plumbing pieces clunking

The heating plan the people I was with and I have installed in our current home is a sizzling water boiler. This plan is efficient and needs entirely little repair. The two of us are not required to have annual tune-ups, change filters, or even clean air duct. It is entirely great because all the people I was with and I do is make sure that the pilot is lit, nothing is blocking the registers, and turn the heat on. It is gas powered for the cost of heating our current home is much less than an electric gas furnace. This past Winter time the people I was with and I did have one issue that taught us an important lesson about the boiler. The two of us started noticing a small noise each time the boiler kicked on and over the course of the following weeks the noise grew louder. There was also a gurgling noise as the water flowed through the pipes. Then, one night, the people I was with and I woke up to a clunking noise that was so loud the people I was with and I thought that the people I was with and I knew the people I was with and I needed to call someone. The two of us arenad a call the following morning to a local Heating & Air Conditioning contractor to have them come check it out. The specialist arrived and it only took about 15 minutes for him to repair the problem. When you told myself and others what was going on the people I was with and I felt kind of foolish because the people I was with and I never thought to check the water level in the holding tank on the boiler. The two of us always assumed it because it was a closed loop plan there was no way for the water to ever go away however obviously there is… Show us how to check the level and also open the valve to add water when she also showed us how to bleed the lines to stop the gurgling noise that was going through the pipes. It was a entirely educational experience for sure.

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Creating a room to meet the needs temperature control.

Creating a room to meet the needs temperature control.

The two of us need the heat to flow freely throughout the space so I have multiple particular ways of setting up things! Expose the registers during the Winter time which blocks some of the windows, and then in the warmer hot and cold temperatures I rearrange the furniture again so that the windows are truly accessible, and i want to be able to take advantage of the first show on cooler mornings during the Summer and it is important to be able to truly do that, but for this reason, about mid-October, I asked my hubby for assistance in moving heavy furniture back into arena for the winter

If there is one way to frustrate my hubby It Is by telling him that the people I was with and I need to rearrange a room. I entirely think she would be content to keep the furniture in the exact same arena for years although I just cannot do that, and when I was younger I would rearrange the home office on a bi-weekly basis just because I was bored, but, as I have gotten older I rearrange it to suit the season… The two of us have baseboard heating your cabin so during the Winter time time I need to make sure that none of the furniture is located in front of the registers. The two of us need the heat to flow freely throughout the space so I have multiple particular ways of setting up things! Expose the registers during the Winter time which blocks some of the windows, and then in the warmer hot and cold temperatures I rearrange the furniture again so that the windows are truly accessible, and i want to be able to take advantage of the first show on cooler mornings during the Summer and it is important to be able to truly do that, but for this reason, about mid-October, I asked my hubby for assistance in moving heavy furniture back into arena for the winter. Then again in Mid-May I asked him to transport it all back so that I can clean the windows and get ready for the milder weather! She entirely seems to think this is a useless process however it makes my life much easier. Taking advantage of the natural temperature outside save this currency in the Summer and because the people I was with and I don’t entirely have baking Heat the people I was with and I don’t have a whole cabin a/c anyway.

 

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A temperature controlled location to play

A temperature controlled location to play

Having a child with special needs can be a Blessing as well as a challenge.

Our 10 year old son was born with Down Syndrome as well as the people I was with and I have l earned many things throughout his life.

We try to raise him just like any other child but there are some concessions that need to be made for his overall health as well as safety. We found that one of the things that affects his mood greatly is the weather. If he is too tepid or too chilly he tends to shut down as well as get irritated. We wanted to develop a space for him as well as others that had the same type of situation. Our group of friends got together as well as decided to hold a fundraiser to build an indoor playground that could be enjoyed year round. There was an empty big box store that had stood abandoned for the past several years as well as the people I was with and I knew that if the people I was with and I could get the funding as well as sponsorship the people I was with and I could make it into a perfect place. We even had plans to talk with multiple vendors about opening up eateries as well as gift shops to help business. If the people I was with and I had a membership type fee for people to use the facility it could turn out to be perfect for so many people. It would be heating in the Wintertide as well as cooled in the summer. We could have adaptive device that would allow children as well as people with disabilities to utilize the space too. We are still laboring on the venture as well as hope to have it up as well as running later this year. This is a winning occasion for many people as well as could be the answer to our son’s situation as well as make him actually happy.

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A tornado destroyed my only two air conditioners

A tornado destroyed my only two air conditioners

Living down south where I am has is advantages and disadvantages.

  • I grew up in the northeast, and I never really liked it there.

I loved my family, friends, and home, but the weather was terrible. It was really only warm for about two and half months per year. I am a person that it naturally cold all of the time, so living in a cold climate is not enjoyable for me. I moved down south about five years ago, and I love how warm it is for most of the year. The only downside to where I live is all of the tornados that come through. I have been through four tornadoes since I moved down here. Thankfully, only one of them did damage to my house. The last one that came through destroyed the windows and siding on one side of my house. Along with destroying the windows, it destroyed my only two air conditioners. Unfortunately, both of my air conditioners were on the same side of the house, so they were destroyed by the tornado’s powerful winds. I live in an old house, so using window units is one of my only options for cooling my house. For some reason I could not get my insurance to cover two new air conditioners, so I had to pay for them out of pocket. I know that it could be worse, but even going one evening without air conditioning is not fun. I hardly slept the night that I did not have air conditioning, so I knew I had to go and buy new air conditioners the very next day. I got a good deal on them, and I am really just thankful to have a cool house once again.

 

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Installing heating and cooling into a greenhouse

Installing heating and cooling into a greenhouse

I didn’t get interested in horticulture until later in life.

Gardening has turned it into a true passion. After my retirement, I found myself at a loss of what do do. Playing shuffleboard or bingo simply didn’t appeal to me. When I finally tried gardening, I was not real good at it. Everything I planted ended up dead. Instead of giving up, I became determined to learn and improve. I read up on the subject and started some new plants, with much better results. Three years later, I am enjoying the convenience of the custom built greenhouse I designed and ordered. When I realized that I wanted to grow orchids and some more exotic plants, I knew I’d need a venue with complete control over the temperature and humidity. Some of the plants I grow have very particular moisture requirement. Growing them in a sealed greenhouse with an HVAC system and a humidifier makes all the difference. I am now able to breed my own plants and flowers for shows. The Heating and Air Conditioning system was a sizable investment but worth it. Even if it’s just a hobby, I am enjoying my horticulture projects. I am totally satisfied with my temperature control system installed in the greenhouse. During the winter, it is especially handy. Having access to heating allows me to nurse a lot of delicate breeds that wouldn’t otherwise survive during the winter. If everything goes according to plan, I hope to build a second greenhouse with temperature control by this time next year.

 

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As a handyman, I handle HVAC maintenance

As a handyman, I handle HVAC maintenance

I didn’t start out as the handyman for the apartment building, but that’s where I landed.

  • In the beginning, I was the cleaning guy.

I mopped and polished the floors on weekends. I took care of the seemingly endless bins of trash. When I discovered something that needed fixing, I would do the best I could. I realized that I was pretty good at it! I began assisting a few of the renters with minor repairs. Before long, the management needed to hire a new cleaning person because I had become a full time handyman. One of the most difficult things for me to handle are the Heating and Air Conditioning systems installed in the apartments. I understand the basics of heating and cooling, just from practical experience, but the technology behind the operation is beyond me. Technicians go to school and pass certification tests to work in the HVAC field. I know that HVAC repair is above my pay grade. However, I found that just knowing the basics about HVAC equipment helped tremendously. I realized that most of the renters don’t know how to change the air filter. Some simply neglect the job. The majority of Heating and Air Conditioning concerns are caused by simple negligence. The renters don’t keep up with the essential jobs that keep the system running efficiently. If there is a major Heating or Air Conditioning malfunction, I always hire an expert. Now that I have started performing routine A/C and heating system inspections every few months, the number of emergencies have decreased. I’ve figured out that proactive measures are the way to keep HVAC units running reliably!

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I found a good job with an HVAC company

I found a good job with an HVAC company

My mom and dad always hoped that I would graduate from college. I simply never liked school and couldn’t wait to graduate high school. I had no plans to continue my education. It was my Grandpa who took me aside and asked what I planned to do with my life. He said that it was fine if I wasn’t interested in college, but I needed to figure out a way to support myself. At the time, I wasn’t worried about my future. I was fine with taking odd jobs or delivering pizzas. I only wanted enough money to get by. Eventually, however, I came to realize that my grandpa was right. I needed a career path. I wanted to earn enough money to have my own place. I went for an interview at an HVAC service company. I was direct with the owner and told him that I hadn’t done very well at school. I promised work hard and was willing to take on long hours. I knew absolutely nothing about Heating and Air Conditioning systems. I had no clue how to begin an installation, repair or maintenance job. When I got hired, I simply handled a whole bunch of little tasks around the shop. I wasn’t involved with any type of service for Heating and Air Conditioning equipment. I tried to do a really good job. I was always on time, stayed late when necessary and signed up for overtime when needed. I kept my mouth shut and tried to learn from the other guys. I finally got promoted to an HVAC technician assistant. I simply carried the tools, handled the driving, and managed the clean up for a senior HVAC technician. I didn’t mind. He taught me all about heating and cooling equipment. I eventually studied and earned my NATE-certification. I became a licensed HVAC contractor and have enjoyed a twenty year career in the field.
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Childhood home didn’t have central heating

Childhood home didn’t have central heating

Some of the best memories of my life are when I would sit in an old rocking chair in the living room, listening to records with my dad.

He always loved music.

He had big plastic crates filled with vinyl LPs. This was prior to the invention of cassette tapes or CDs. Vinyl records and 8 track tapes were the only way we could listen to music. Technology has certainly come a long way in a short time! My dad really liked rock music, from all eras, and he would play his albums for hours on end. The heater was located in the living room. This was helpful because of the severe cold weather we got during the winter. The house was extremely old, so there was no central Heating or Air Conditioning system to handle temperature control. On freezing cold evenings, the living room was the warmest spot. When the winter temperatures dipped super low, we would turn up the setting on that old heater. It always smelled a little weird, but it would make the whole room toasty warm. The rooms of the house weren’t equipped with any ducts to spread the heat. We would leave the doors of our bedrooms open and hope the warmth would spread through the whole house. We went without a lot of modern luxuries. I didn’t have a TV growing up. My parents shared a single car. I never felt like I needed anything more. My dad still keeps his record collection. However, my parents don’t live in that old house without adequate heating or cooling anymore. We now turn up the thermostat on winter nights when we listen to some music together.
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Neglecting to replace air conditioner filter leads to bad smell

Neglecting to replace air conditioner filter leads to bad smell

I am not the best when it comes to keeping the house neat and tidy. I live alone, so it’s my own mess to deal with. I feel I can live anyway I want. That usually works out OK, but my laziness caught up with me when the house started to have an unpleasant odor. I went to visit my parents over a long weekend. When I returned home, there was a definitely stink in the air. I realized I needed to make some changes in my way of life. My mess was dangerously close to growing into squalor. The first thing I targeted was to get some natural ventilation. I opened up all the windows and started up all the fans. I figured that running the Air Conditioner at the same time would promote the airflow, but it only made the smell much worse. I realized that I had not changed the air filter for several months, maybe longer. I checked and found the filter totally clogged with dirt and grime. As I was changing the air filter, I noticed that there was a considerable accumulation of dust on the grates of the air vents. Every part of the air duct that I could see was filthy. This was partially because of my lack of household cleaning and partially due to my neglect of the air filter. Once I got everything properly cleaned, I turned the A/C up to the max capacity to get the air circulating. I then tackled the necessary cleaning. It took me several days to get everything clean and organized. Now, the house smells a lot better. It feels better too. I’m now a little concerned with the humidity levels. The A/C is struggling to handle the moisture. With everything so clean, I don’t want to deal with mold or mildew.
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Getting some help starting a fire in the fireplace from the neighbor

Getting some help starting a fire in the fireplace from the neighbor

I have lived my whole life in the city.

Most of what I know about country life comes from what I’ve seen in the movies. I’ve realized that this is not an accurate representation of country people. I have learned that they tend to be be deeply generous and welcoming. They are often wary of outsiders, but also make friends easily, and have a strong sense of community. Last winter, I joined a friend for a stay at her parents’ remote cottage. We were both a bit nervous, because we assumed the neighbors would not be thrilled with us coming around. We did get some odd looks, probably for the way we were dressed. Our biggest concern was when we realized there was no central heating system in the cottage! We spent a long time looking around for a thermostat before realizing that there wasn’t even a heating unit. The only source of heat in the cottage was the fireplace in the living room. The fireplace was big and impressive. However, this was not a natural gas fireplace with a thermostat. This was an actual fireplace made of stone and mortar, with a hearth and a chimney. This put us in a bit of a pickle, because neither one of us had a clue how to make a fire. We were really wishing for a standard gas furnace. I knew there had to be a flue in the chimney and we’d need to be open it up so the smoke wouldn’t fill the cottage. Other than that, I was clueless. Within a few minutes, a neighbor knocked on the door and said mentioned the cold weather. He figured we’d help heating up the cottage.
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