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Broken Furnace Flue

Monday, January 21st, 2013 - Comments (0) in House, Life

Very early yesterday morning (like 3am) I was woken up to the news that there was "a noise" every time the wind blew. It was a very windy night, I think I heard about 60mph gusts. Once I was awake enough to think about what I was hearing I knew it was the old flue for the original furnace. There was a rain-cap on it and the wind popped 2 of the 3 rivets holding it on so it would flap in the wind banging around all night.

In the morning I saw this from the ground:

broken flue

Eventually during the morning it disconnected completely and I found it on the ground in the back yard.

So I collected all the tools I needed and went out to get the right sized cap to seal it off and formulated a plan for getting up on the roof. I've never been on the tallest part of our roof, and getting up there was not easy. I needed to go out my bedroom window onto the garage roof and then use a ladder from that roof onto the big one. For that, I needed someone to hold the ladder. There were still some very strong wind gusts and my ladder is not very sturdy. I called around to a few friends and finally got someone who could help me out for 10 minutes.

open flue

capped flue

It might look like a nice day up on that roof, but it was about 20 degrees with very high winds. And to add a level of urgency to the whole situation, it was supposed to start snowing later that day and with the cap off there was a direct 7 inch conduit from outside into my basement.

This flue was for the original furnace that has since been replaced. The only thing this flue is used for is for running cables (cat5 and coax) from the basement to the attic to get them into the upstairs bedrooms. Sometime in the near future I'm going to take this flue out (at least the part through the roof) and I'd like to install a hatch for roof access. My dad put one in his roof and it's very handy for things like cleaning gutters.

I'm happy with the way this turned out, and the fact that I didn't die on the roof, but I would have liked it if this happened at 8am rather than 3am keeping Rachelle up all night.


Lack of Motivatio...

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 - Comments (0) in Life

Wow, I've been super lazy when it comes to my website lately. I keep telling myself that there really isn't anything going on worth posting about, but in reality there is all sorts of stuff going on that you might be interested in.

Last year my New Year's resolution was to update this site more often. As with most resolutions, that was a colossal failure. And again as with most resolutions people tend to make the same ones over and over again in hopes that they'll stick with it. So, I'll give this another shot.

My new strategy though will be updating more frequently but smaller updates. I used to hold off until I had something with pictures and all sorts of details and it just ended up taking a lot of time that I don't really have anymore. We'll see how this goes.