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[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 11:46:56 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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It would be good to confirm what's going on.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 12:48:33 EST from nadia @ Uncensored

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yeah, we have a meeting tonight, so i'm sure i'll hear more. she's kinda no nonsense so i wouldn't be surpised if she's got it all sorted out by then.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 14:20:28 EST from Campagnolo @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Just remember to leave your sink cabinets open and leave a few taps trickling. (doesn't take much) to keep your pipes from freezing.  If you have a basement, better yet, turn the water main off and drain the lines.  Nothing worse then being without heat and paying for a repair bill, then to have the problem compounded when the heat turns back on and the pipes burst.
Tue 13 Feb 2007 12:09:05 AM EST from 2Dog@uncnsrd (Uncensored)

On a different note - our heat pump took a big dump. Bad timing to say the very least.
Starting tomorrow the nighttime temps are going to be in the lower 20s for a while.(or so they
say) I'm gonna call tomorrow and try to have it checked out soon, but we have plenty of firewood
if it comes down to that. Also have a couple of electric heaters but I'll make sure they go to
whatever room the animals choose to sleep in. (then again, I'm sure they'll choose to sleep in
whatever room I put them in) Here's looking forward to that cold naked rush to the shower in
the mornings.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 14:24:28 EST from Campagnolo @ Dog Pound BBS II

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My vet had a pipe burst the other day in his new house (less then 3 years old.)  The plumbers discovered that the entire north outside wall of the house had NO insulation! 


[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 14:32:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's not uncommon for older homes to have no insulation.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 14:34:00 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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For everything else, there's Visa.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 14:43:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I actually wouldn't mind treating a pile of shredded Visa cards as if they were vermiculite and pouring them into the vacant spaces in my exterior walls.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 15:03:25 EST from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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[quote] "The plumbers discovered that the entire north outside wall of the house had NO insulation!"

Oof! Not good.

[quote] "I actually wouldn't mind treating a pile of shredded Visa cards as if they were
vermiculite and pouring them into the vacant spaces in my exterior walls."

Yes, I can see how you'd get a charge out of that.


[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 15:08:36 EST from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the reminder. I plan to keep all the interior sink faucets dribbling during the
overnites. All the outdoor faucets are wrapped up pretty good so I'm not worried about them.

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 15:50:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yes, I can see how you'd get a charge out of that.  co

I am insulated from that type of charge!

[#] Tue Feb 13 2007 16:49:53 EST from nadia @ Uncensored

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<dies in a warm and toasty car fire>

[#] Thu Feb 15 2007 12:12:29 EST from D'oh @ Uncensored

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Tue 13 Feb 2007 02:34:00 PM EST from fleeb@uncnsrd

For everything else, there's Visa.

The University I work at just started NOT taking Visa for tuition etc.


[#] Thu Feb 15 2007 13:08:47 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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(i just parsed that as "For everything else, there's Vista"...)

[#] Thu Feb 15 2007 17:38:15 EST from nadia @ Uncensored

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[#] Thu Feb 15 2007 18:44:03 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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[#] Thu Feb 15 2007 22:23:21 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The replacement heatng element arrived today. The dryer is working again.
Total spent: $38. (My time, of course, is worthless.)

I ran it with the back cover off just to make sure everything was ok ... it was fun to see it glow a nice warm orange.

(I also ran it with the exhaust duct off, which heated up the basement quite nicely on this cold winter evening.)

[#] Fri Feb 16 2007 05:16:13 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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nice job! You certainly saved yourself a cool hundred, Plus there's always satisfaction in fixing something yourself.

[#] Fri Feb 16 2007 16:21:00 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm just wondering how you have any room to work on something that big down there.

[#] Fri Feb 16 2007 17:12:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Pulled it out into the aisle and turned it sideways. There was just enough room. The real challenge is reconnecting the vent. For that I had to pull the dryer almost all the way back to the wall, with me behind it. Then I attached the vent, and had one of those rare moments when I got to use duct tape for actually *taping ducts*!! Then I climbed over the top and pushed the dryer back in the rest of the way.

I'll tellya though, dryer ducts are so much easier to work with when you buy all the right hardware. The idiot who owned the house before us just bent the tubing into the right shape, and it was always getting kinked up and clogged with lint. A few years ago I had to replace the vent, so I just replaced everything, and put in all of the nice swivelling elbow joints that you're supposed to use. The tubing itself is almost a completely straight run, and it's never given me a problem.

[#] Sun Feb 18 2007 02:58:37 EST from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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At first I wanted to craft a joke about the killer tomato from Dark Star but
I couldn't come up with anything. Alas.

Re: Dryer vents and the cleaning thereof.....

(of course adjusting to your own personal situation) If up and down, lower a weighted
line thru the vent tube. If horizontal use a "fish-tape" or somesuch. Either way, the point is
to get the said strand/string/cord thru to the duct at the dryer end. (you can work it either way
and I almost forgot to mention that you'll have to slide your dryer out. If that is too much then
it is better that you skip this post, because it becomes much worse.

Once you have the end of whatever feed line you choose where you want it - and here comes
the hard part - ask your wife for her panty hose. (If she refuses, you will be subjected to going
to the store and buying it yourself.)

Tie the panty hose in a great big wad that will fit the diameter of the ductwork. It can be
rinsed and used again and again. This will clean your dryer ductwork better than anyone for
hire. The only downside; it is labor intensive on your part. But really, How important to you is
the well being of your socks. Especially those that have gone missing.

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