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Keeping Warm 10/31/2012

My central heater is still broken.  It needs a $700 part plus labor to install it.  I have plug in heaters, which did just fine last winter.

I have this nice little Lasko heater in my room….that I can’t use.

When I turn it on, within minutes, even if I don’t turn anything else on, it trips the breaker.   This home was built in 1974.  I’m sure at that time, the only thing plugged up in the bedrooms was an alarm clock and a light…maybe a radio.  Today we have computers, speakers, TVs, phones and heaters.  Way too much for the breaker to  handle.

So last night  it was time to rig up something.






At this time, the only thing running downstairs is the refrigerator and the clock in the stove, which I don’t know how to disconnect.  Everything else is on surge protectors and gets shut off after use.  Now the heater is plugged into the downstairs bathroom.  The only problem with this setup is that now you can’t close the bathroom door.


I think, I’ll rig it up another way.  From the outside.  It helps if you don’t give a lovely shit what the neighbors think. 🙂

I’ll be right back.

Okay….out the window


Good old bubble wrap to the rescue.  Why on earth would they make it green?


Through the dining room window under Silly’s careful supervision.



Then into an outlet all by itself in the kitchen.



It sure will be nice to have heat without having to run downstairs to reset the breaker.

The only thing I’m going to add is a new, more heavy duty extension cord.  The one that I’m using now gets really hot on both ends after the heater is on for a while.   It still beats having to come up with over a thousand bucks to fix the central heat.

Mmmhhh….I think somebody’s trying to tell me something.

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A Much Calmer Day 10/30/2012

I made it through the night warm, dry and safe. …..slept like a log even with the wind blowing and whistling outside my window.  My lights never even flickered during the storm.

This morning, this is all the damage I could find…

The top of the light by my front door came off but was on the ground right below…

No big deal.  I never use that light anyway, since I rigged up a motion sensor flood light.    Nothing else broken, the siding is still on the house.  The car is fine.  I consider myself pretty lucky! 🙂  I did find trash and trash cans everywhere on my way to work this morning.  It was pretty much like driving through an obstacle course.

Last night at around 10 there was so much noise that I decided to go out in the back yard and see.  I have a 500-watt floodlight out there.  Well, as you can see, it really wasn’t all that bad…much bark, hardly any bite.

I guess I won’t have any daytime work for a while.  I received an email from one of my clients that I chase for.  He wrote:  “Due to the significant weather event on the east coast, please note the following.  Please suspend field chasing in the following states until reassigned: CT, DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, RI, MA. ”  Surely all my other clients will follow suit.

I was freezing at work earlier.  My hands were so cold, I could hardly type.  Then I remembered the fingerless gloves that I made.

Ha, all nice and warm now.   Well, back to work.  It’s going to be a long day.

Hope everyone is safe out there.