Bubble Wrap Furnace heat Keeping Warm Winterizing

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.

Computer Issues Furnace

When is the stuff going to stop breaking down in here? 10.07.2011

When I got home the other night, I found out that my furnace was broken and blowing nothing but cold air.  The temperature went from 69 to 68 in a matter of minutes.  The repair man came on Wednesday.  It was pretty funny, all this time I thought I had a heat pump, but come to find out after searching for the furnace in the attic, that I have heat strips/coils…three of them.

The furnace is located in the closet, like I told the repair man and it looks like this unit was installed when this townhouse was built, in 1974.  After he took it all apart, we saw three heating coils.  Two of them work.  The third one needs to be replaced, but that will cost me $765 and it will have to wait.  After  he put everything back together, he rewired the thermostat and the heat came on.  I’m sure it will be much more efficient with 3 coils, but for right now, at least we’ve got heat.

The upstairs is always very easy to keep warm, but the downstairs where I live at gets really cold when the temperatures come down.  I was reading Andy’s blog the other week and he always has such good information on how to keep his RV warm, so I decided to order the Broan heater that he has.  It’s only 6’x6’x5, but it packs an awful lot of heat.  It came in the other day and does wonders in keeping my feet and room warm.

It has a little fan inside.  I’m amazed on how much heat it puts out.

I finished cleaning the Dell the other day, but it’s not working.  It gets power, but all it does is make a clicking sound.  The green (on) light on the outside of the unit blinks on and off.  None of the fans are blowing.  I’m sure it’s operator error, meaning that I didn’t plug something in.  Damn!! I know I should have taken photos before I took it apart.  I took it over to my Dad’s yesterday and am hoping that he can find my mistake to get it back up and running.

I spent most of today putting things away in my room.  That’s the trouble with living in a small space without closets.  Everything needs to be looked at and determined whether it will be used in the next couple of months or not.  If not, it needs to go out in the shed and out of the way.  I can’t stand clutter!  Right now I’m comfy…everything is put away. I had a lot of practice when I lived in my trailer. 🙂