August 29, 2013

Hello - ello - ello

A bit echoey in here isn't it.  Wonder if there is anyone hanging around?  It has been a heck of a few weeks.  I feel like popping in to dash off a short post and never quite make it. 

Work has been work.  Had a power supply fail the other day and it took quite a while to get everything back up and running.  Most annoying. 

The real fun has been in our quest to update the furnace and air conditioner.  The house is 20 years old this year and the units are builder models.  They have about run their course of life. Especially the furnace.  Oil burning furnaces don't last nearly as long as natural gas.  So it was time to start the process of installing the new before the weather gets down into the single digits and the furnace just stops.  

We're going to put in a heat pump for those "tween" times of the year when it's above 40 degrees, but the house needs some heat.  It always makes us crazy turning on the furnace when it's still "light jacket weather" outside. But I refuse - utterly refuse - to spend all day in a house like an icebox.  The heat pump will work beautifully to warm the house to a temp I can live with and it's way less expensive than oil.  

Naturally it can't be that easy.  You really didn't think it was a simple matter of picking units and having them installed now did you?  Really?  

This is me we're talking about. Nothing is EVER simple. 

When they finished the basement in this house, they put in 2 rooms, one we use as the tv room and the second was a bedroom including walk in closet and 3/4 bath and door to the outside, I use it as my office.  In between these 2 rooms is the unfinished bit used to house the furnace and hot water heater. 

The door to the unfinished bit is in the tv room so everything has to be dragged through two rooms to get it in and out.  Lovely... but that's not even the worst.  

When finishing the closet and bathroom, they closed off access to the point where the utilities enter the house through the outside wall. They ran the line for the freon from the outside a/c unit over the ceilings of the closet and bath.  With the new units having much higher pressure, the old line must be changed out.  Soooo... they wanted to drill yet another hole in the side of our house, under the porch to run the new line.  

Ummmm... no.  Just no.  We don't need any extra holes in the side of the house.  

We called a local contractor.  He brought his guys in and they pulled down the center parts of the ceilings of each room.  Now the new lines can be run.  Then the contractor will come back and patch the ceilings.  

The contractor is also going to run some conduit.  The cable, phone and electric all come into the house at that same point.  If any new lines need to be brought in (such as fiber optic) it will be an easy matter and no one has to tear down anything or poke any new holes in the house.  

If you're keeping score, we've got... all the closet items sitting in the back of the tv room.  Holes in the ceilings of the closet and bathroom, sticky plastic all over the floor to keep things fairly neat. And we still haven't finalized the heating - a/c units we will be putting in. 

Here's hoping we can figure out which units to install that will work best for us and get them in before the first snowfall.  We shall see. 

BTW - it was a good thing I cleaned out that closet a couple weeks ago. Made it so much easier to drag all the stuff out. At least that part went right. 

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August 19, 2013

A sure fire method of frying the brain cells

I'm still cleaning closets.  I have completed 5 and emptied a 6th. At this point my concentration is completely shot.  

It's not that cleaning a closet is particularly hard physical work... well, except for dragging out some of those book boxes.  It's all the decisions. 

The first decision is the only easy one.  Is it trash?  Okay then throw it out.  I'm running across plenty of trash which means I'm able to pare things down by maybe a 1/4.  I like that decision.  

Once I have decided it's not trash... this is where it gets difficult.  Am I going to keep it or will it go to charity?  If charity, which charity?  If I keep it where will it live now? Are there other "like" objects in other closets? Is there space for this one or do I need to move the entire lot to a bigger place?  In this closet?  A different closet?  In the box it has been in? In a different box? Do I need to buy a box or boxes? If so what size and how many?

I have been following Andrew Mellen's advice of "one home for everything and like with like" so this requires quite a bit of thought.  It's tiring.  (BTW I highly recommend his audio book - very very entertaining)

The interesting thing is how much stuff is scattered throughout the house.  It's not exactly messy.  Most people think I'm rather too severely tidy.  But take something like lightbulbs.  We had lightbulbs in numerous places. Packages and individual bulbs randomly set down on shelves in plain sight or hidden behind stacks of other items.  We often bought more bulbs because we didn't know we already owned a package of a particular type.  Now I have one entire closet shelf with 4 bins of lightbulbs in various shapes, sizes, and wattages.  Need light?  Look there. 

The same applies to things like extension cords, travel toiletries, camera equipment, etc. 

Things are coming together... slowly.  Once I finish all the closets I will have to move on to drawers.  I rather dread that.  Even more small objects stuck in drawers and more decisions.  Maybe by then I will be an expert or this last large closet may just do me in.  

If you don't hear from me again, I'm probably collapsed over one of the boxes of books and papers, mind blown.  I foresee sorting those is going to be one hell of a job. 

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August 09, 2013

An Absolute Certainty

A reminder:

If you have boxes in your house that have not been opened in 7+ years.  You do not need whatever is in them.  Unless they are sentimental items, they need to go away.  

Yes, I'm cleaning out a closet, why do you ask?

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