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Thankfully, the nearby mechanic I found online turned out to be affordable plus reliable

My trusty 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix has seen better afternoons. Two years ago the transmission blew out on me plus I had to pay more than one thousand dollars to replace it. Just recently the catalytic converter rapidly quit finally working plus I had to pay more than one hundred additional dollars to replace that certain component. I honestly wonder if I’ll keep pouring hundreds, if not thousands of dollars into this vehicle forever into the distant future. Even if I spend one hundred a month on repairs, that’s still noticeably cheaper, I believe, than more than two hundred dollars a month for a brand current car. My friends continually tell myself and others that I’m making a false equivalence, claiming that it would be an investment into a vehicle that would survive for years to come. For instance, right now our a/c isn’t finally working so well. The fan blows at the right speed, I believe, but the air leaving the vents isn’t truly cold. At first I thought I needed to call a certified heating plus cooling supplier to maintain our car’s cooling system, but a quick internet search luckily told myself and others otherwise. I was dumb enough not to think I should take it to anormal mechanic for any issue, regardless of whether or not it’s the cooling system. Thankfully, the nearby mechanic I found online turned out to be affordable plus reliable. All he had to do was quickly recharge our car’s cooling system with more coolant. Now that it’s filled up with more high powered coolant, the cooling system is blasting ice cold air once again. In the process I thankfully found an amazing mechanic that I can use for years to come.
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They take a while to get here

I don’t feel what compelled myself and others to move to this area in the first place.

After being in the town for a decade, I wanted to try residing somewhere more rural, but that being said, I should have tried for the suburbs instead of swinging to the far opposite end of the spectrum.

Because right now, I’m so far out of town that I have to drive for an hour to get to the closest grocery store. There’s a gas station 15 miles away, which is the closest corporation in any direction. Likewise, our closest neighbor is miles down the road. I like the seclusion plus privacy that this locale affords me for living. On the other hand, I dislike the constant driving as much as I dislike the fear of consistently being so far from hospitals plus emergency services. On the same token, it isn’t easy getting suppliers plus repairmen to rapidly visit myself and others so far away from town. A plumber even once charged myself and others extra for every additional mile it took to get to our tiny house after he left the town limits. My heating plus cooling supplier thankfully doesn’t charge myself and others for miles, but they absolutely never give myself and others some sort of priority on appointments… The worst thing is situations where they need to rapidly replace a key component in our Heating plus Air Conditioning system, but of course they don’t have the area in their truck. If I lived right next to their shop, they definitely could leave for a few moments plus return with the component. Not only is that not possible, but this time they had to special order the necessary piece from the manufacturer. I was stuck waiting an additional month for the local Heating plus Air Conditioning supplier to obtain the right area to get our furnace finally working again.

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The HVAC mix matters

I live in a beach house that our father helped myself and others build for a year or two.

It wasn’t out of some dream to live off the grid, but more of a necessary consequence of our financial situation.

My work doesn’t grant myself and others much income each week beyond what’s necessary to survive. I have to make compromises every single month if I hope to afford bills while shopping for groceries to eat regularly. When I saw a plot of land at a steal, I jumped at the opportunity. My helpful father co-signed a bank loan with myself and others so that I could get a mortgage to easily buy the land with enough left over to build a small cabin. Since our father historically comes from the construction plus carpentry business, he was able to find the best wood. It was a blast getting the huge opportunity to build a beach house with our father plus bond through the entire experience together. I was almost upset to see it complete when every one of us got to the finish line one day, hoping that every one of us could keep it as an evolving project. Thankfully, after that he helped myself and others pick out appliances to fit our limited budget. That meant going, originally, with a window cooling system for the time being. He had a spare portable cooling system that was in a storage component that had sat for years separate from being used. For the first year and a half I used both of those cooling systems in tandem. I’m thrilled to be a proud owner of a real central cooling system. My old setup was better than nothing, but it’s hard to be able to beat the power of a strong central cooling system. And that is regardless of what size your personal residing area happens to be, whether you have a tiny house like myself and others or a greater house.

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The AC is going down

For the past month straight I’ve been hearing the loudest construction start at 8am. I work afternoons plus don’t get to sleep until at least 4am, so getting woken after just a few hours of sleep is enough to start our morning off on the wrong foot every day. But it’s not just the sort of construction noise that all the people are used to. They are simply pounding sizable tile pylons into the ground as they’re rebuilding a bridge a tenth of a mile down the road. With every downward motion comes a rumble that feels somewhat like a tiny earthquake. As a constant noise for fifths on end, I usually get out of bed highly disgruntled plus attempt to start our morning with a strong cup of coffee in hand. If there were other noises happening simultaneously, like the landscaping people who are regularly outside or the TV in the other room, I wouldn’t be able to hear it. Unfortunately, I honestly was presented with this scenario Last year as our cooling system slowly broke down. Normally I believe I would have heard the noises coming from the air handler before it finally died on me. I feel that I would have observed the lack of noise that I’m used to hearing whenever our central cooling system is running normally. It took the abrupt change in temperature contained inside our beach house for myself and others to realize something was wrong with the huge central cooling system; Unfortunately, I can’t get our cooling system to turn back on. I seriously took a while to realize that our only recourse was calling our heating plus cooling worker to make maintenance later this week. The thought of paying for these professionally costly repairs is enough to make our head spin. I hope it doesn’t cost too much extra cash to get our a/c finally working again.

 

 

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Sprucing this place up, AC included

I am making our best effort trying to transform this old apartment into a livable one.

My friends call it run-down, but I saw a work in progress with the underlying potential of greatness.

With some paint on the walls, current carpets on the floors, plus the addition of wonderful furniture plus decorations, I was convinced it would look like a completed home someday. I finished the first more than one steps, I’m just trying to get the last of our nasty old junk moved in from storage. When our best neighbor stopped by Last month for a cup of coffee, he was speechless at the transformation. He truly questioned for a while whether or not he was in the same home as before. Between the paint, the current floors, plus the recently installed furniture, he was shell shocked by what he was seeing before him. When he confirmed it was the same door number, reality began to sink in. I was more than ecstatic to show him the family room after giving him a tour of the other rooms in the place. It’s absolutely rewarding to see someone impressed by your hard work, and I was also proud of the brand current window cooling systems that I obtained plus quickly installed by myself. I bought one for the study room plus a fifth for the main area where the small residing room plus family room are situated. Between the more than one window units that I purchased, I get a perfect flow of air throughout our entire apartment. I personally dislike portable units because they have to recycle conditioned air to cool off the extremely tepid compressor situated inside the machine. You’re always expelling air you just paid for and cooled outdoors after it gets tepid trying to cool the inside of the entire cooling system.

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The Periodic Table

Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev ( 1834-1907) is credited with creating the periodic table of elements.

He was smart enough to realize that his table was incomplete so he left blanks where he predicted that yet to be discovered elements would fit.

What I find amazing about Mendeleev’s table is how it is based upon the 19th century thinking that electrons were like little planets spinning around the nucleus. The image was of electron “shells” layering upon each other as the complexity of the elements increased. Each row of the periodic table represents a shell while each column represents a series of elements that are chemically similar as in #29 copper (Cu), #47 silver (Ag), and #79 gold (Au). I’ve always felt sorry for #7 nitrogen (N). She sits right next to her sister atom #8 oxygen (O) on the periodic table and she is like the plain Jane with her seven electrons. Oxygen’s extra electron makes her the more “attractive” of the two and gives her a host of chemical talents that nitrogen could never hope to duplicate such as being the essential element for life and the ability to combust. Fortunately, nitrogen has her important roles and one of them is to keep her more popular sister from damaging your HVAC system. Certain metals find oxygen irresistible. Iron will rust and copper, the same material in the cooling tubes of your HVAC, will form the familiar greenish patina that can flake off and damage your HVAC system. This is why a nitrogen purge is needed when a new HVAC system is being installed or as part of a refrigerant recharge. Nitrogen just loves to carry that oxygen along with her into the atmosphere where she outnumbers her wayward sister by a four to one ratio.

 

 

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Double-wides

For many people, single and double-wide dwellings, also known as mobile homes or manufactured homes, offer housing that is convenient and less expensive than a traditional house on a solid foundation.

They are indeed more vulnerable to flooding and wind events but for seniors on a fixed budget or a person trying to recover from a life-changing event, they are a safe haven.

They come in a variety of sizes and floor plans and they can be quite luxurious with plush furniture and the latest electronics. One issue with manufactured homes is the comfort of the people living in them. Older units were quite inefficient and in a hot or cold climate, the cost to heat and cool them could be steep. Modern technology has improved their energy efficiency, but they will still be less efficient than a traditional home with its thick layers of insulation. “Snowbirds”, or people who spend the winter months in places like Florida and Arizona to escape the snow and ice of their home states will likely need no more than a window unit for their AC needs. Many manufactured homes have cabinet spaces specifically designed for an indoor AC unit. They also are likely to have a ductwork system that connects to a central HVAC system akin to a traditional house. One relatively new development in the HVAC industry is the emergence of packaged gas and electric-powered furnaces, AC units, and heat pumps. They have a smaller design to take up less space that is always at a premium for manufactured homes. If the home has the proper ductwork, a “gas pack” may be the perfect solution as the gas-powered mini-HVAC system sits outside the house connected to the ductwork.

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My brother is jealous of my new thermostat

I am pretty sure that my brother is jealous of my new smart thermostat system. He’s always been jealous of me for one thing or another over the years, so it’s not really a new thing for me to have him feeling jealous of me. Of course, the fact that I’m used to it with him doesn’t make it any less annoying, in my opinion. Over the years, my brother has been jealous of my athletic ability, my girlfriends, my car, my job, my wife, my house, and my kids. And now, finally, at this point in life, he’s now gotten to the point where he’s jealous of my HVAC system. Actually, to be more precise, he’s jealous of the new digital programmable smart thermostat system that we had installed a few weeks ago. In my opinion, it’s a really crazy thing for him to be jealous about. He is completely capable of purchasing and installing a new thermostat for himself any time that he feels like it. But I think the problem with him is the fact that it drives him crazy that he didn’t think of it himself first. That’s the weird thing. I mean, if he did something that I appreciated, I would just tell him so and that it was a good idea. It’s like he can’t bear to do that with me. I don’t know why that is, but if he had a new thermostat that I liked, I wouldn’t get mad about it! I guess that’s just the difference between the two of us. In my opinion, my brother really needs to grow up and stop acting like a jealous child.

 

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The Super Bowl is this weekend

We have decided to go ahead and have a few friends over this weekend to watch the Super Bowl on TV.

We still aren’t supposed to have a huge group of people over because of virus restrictions, but we are only having really close friends over and there will be less than a dozen people in total.

Anyway, we wanted to be sure that our HVAC system was working correctly because we had been having some trouble with our furnace over the past couple of weeks. Of course, we didn’t want our guests to be freezing in our house during the big game and so we called to make an appointment with our local HVAC company. They came over this morning to do all of the regular maintenance work on the furnace and they found a part that needed to be replaced on the furnace. It wasn’t anything major. The HVAC technician assured us that the only reason the part needed to be replaced at all was because of regular wear and tear on the furnace. He fixed it, and now the heating system seems to be working normally again. I really hope that it stays that way, too, since we are going to be having people over for the first time in ages on Sunday. I would be sad if we were all freezing. We would have to huddle by the fireplace to stay warm if the furnace were to start acting up again. Hopefully, the HVAC technician took care of everything and we won’t have any problems this weekend.

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Falling icicles can be a real problem

If you don’t live somewhere where the winter temperatures get really cold, you probably don’t know about the problems that icicles can cause in the winter.

Where we live, the climate is really cold most of the year.

During the winters, the temperatures get down below zero and stay there for weeks on end. The snow falls sideways sometimes, and the wind howls like crazy around here. One of the craziest things about the winters here is the size of the icicles that show up on the eaves of our porch and our garage. Some of them are so big that they almost reach the ground! While they are beautiful, the fact remains that icicles can cause a lot of problems for some people. Us, for instance! Last year, we had some huge icicles hanging off the back of the garage because we forgot to clean out the gutters before the winter hit and the weather started cooling down. Anyway, this huge icicle fell off the garage and landed right on top of our outside air conditioning unit. I barely ever even think about that part of the A/C system, since it’s always out of sight back there behind the garage. We didn’t even realize that the air conditioning system had been damaged until well into the spring when the weather started heating up around here. When the A/C refused to turn on the first time we tried it, that’s when we realized the problem that we were having! Our icicle had completely ruined the A/C unit.

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