Gulchy Update

Okay, we were down for over two weeks but we’re back, though it might take me a while to get back into the habit of keeping awake to blog fodder. There are still some updates going on in the background but the blog has been tweaked back into life.

I must admit this went on longer than it really needed to. Cause of the difficulties: Old age – both mine and the software’s. And that distinct, exquisite flavor of weirdness that can only occur when providers decide to improve things that were working fine before they entered the picture. Without notice. Even after somebody got the comments visible again – and I never did learn exactly what that was all about – I couldn’t post because the editor was arbitrarily “improved” to a form that on my ‘pooter showed up as a featureless white page. Yesterday afternoon I was informed of an add-on patch that set things back the way they belong, and it was simple enough that even I could do it. And that was the last thing I needed before I could actually use the blog.

Several people offered to help but I demurred because I had access to actual paid professional help through my (unnamed benefactor’s) web service provider. Said professional happened at that moment to be on a skiing trip to Colorado. Because Uncle Murphy is and has always been a personal ‘friend’ of mine, perverse sense of humor and all. But we seem to be back in the saddle again at last.

So much for the blog. As for the Gulch…

(Getting back to the blog for a moment) Ah! I’ve had an annoying issue with placing photos for a week or two before the crash, and it’s gone now. Happy.

Anyway – It’s winter at the Gulch and I keep winters as uneventful as possible so I’ve basically been vegetating indoors reading and watching old movies. I missed the blog for the first week or so and then kind of didn’t. Happily it’s been a very mild February because after I tried everything I could think of to figure out what the hell is wrong with the bedroom heater I gave up and yesterday I just turned it off. I tried replacing the thermostat with no effect. I bypassed the thermostat wire to see if maybe I had a break in my scrounged wire, no effect. I checked the gas pressure by replacing the regulator with Plan B, no effect. That weird situation I reported on the eleventh gradually stopped working – I’ll never know what that was all about. I’m supposed to be going on SS this year, which will greatly increase my monthly income, and maybe I can bribe a professional out here to look at it before next winter. Till then I’m tired of wasting propane on the pilot flame.

Tobie is fine…

Situation essentially unchanged. It’s nice to have my blog back.

ETA: Oh! By the way, one of the updates I need to make is to the theme, a change I’ve been very loathe to make because I’m afraid (in fact I’m convinced) it will totally screw up the formatting and appearance and it will take forever to fix things. So if everything suddenly gets to looking weird, that’s why.

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14 Responses to Gulchy Update

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good to hear from you Joel. I feared you was dead until CW posted about your situation. 👌

  2. Ben says:

    Chang out the thermocouple in your heater. I think there is a high probability that is the root of your problem, but even if it isn’t, it makes sense to have a spare.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Glad you’re back . . . both of you!


  4. Paul B says:

    Glad you are back. Good to hear your finances will become more stable soon.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What Ben said. Change the thermocouple, that little guy powers the thermostat and the gas valve (if it’s the style heater I think it is). The batteries in the thermostat only power latching relays (in the thermostat, again, if it’s the style I think it is). And refit the sight glass cover to swing the other direction, so it doesn’t flop down against the thermocouple and bang against it (after you get it repaired and it will run with the sight glass cover closed).
    Also, check that the screw holding the t’couple, it could be providing a needed ground that has gone flaky.
    I can do a parts search for you if I have make and model of the heater.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Good to see both of you back on da blog thingie. Stiff upper lip and all that.

  7. SLee says:

    Welcome back! You and Tobie have been missed.

  8. Mike says:

    Joel, I’m glad you’re back. I’ll admit that I have missed reading about the goings-on in the gulch.

  9. KurtP says:

    Agree with Ben and Anon.
    Also it might be (if it’s new enough) that the CO/O2 sensor is misbehaving.

  10. MIKE DONATHAN says:

    Really glad you’re back on the air. I guess we all owe Claire a vote of thanks for spreading the word. I’ll admit I started having visions of you tripping and hitting your head on a rock. There you were, out in the brush unconscious with the hungry coyotes getting closer by the minute. Best of luck with the propane heater. I’m currently up to my eyeballs with intermittent electrical problems with my forced air natural gas furnace. I’m about to throw up my hands and get a new one.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ah, you got hit with that stupid WP editor update. I mentioned my own experience with it and it was similar to your own.

  12. bill says:

    2 Thumbs Up !

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been in IT since 1997. I’ve not had a single vacation since then, because of needing to stay in touch. The internet is serious business, as the meme suggested. Down time is like a bank saying, ‘we can’t get to your money until Joe gets back from his Mom’s house’.
    Whomever pays the site IT bill is getting ripped off.
    No one seems to care about much nowadays, though. We all just complain, then go back to whatever we were doing.

  14. Joel says:

    Anon 12:02: While I certainly agree that a strong sense of responsibility is a virtue, especially in a service provider, I have to say I’d consider any job that put me on call 24/7/365 too close to slavery for me to consider tolerable. I don’t begrudge anybody a vacation. My problem happened to pop up in the middle of this one and that was my problem, not his.

To the stake with the heretic!