Tired now…

The various holidays have everybody’s schedules all screwed up, even though none of us work regular jobs. Though I was kind of looking for excuses not to go to town, this afternoon was my first chance in a while for liquid refreshment.

And now everything that was empty is full and my back is singing soprano. I got sicker than I gave myself credit for two weeks ago, and it’s taking longer than I hoped to fully get over it. By the time I even got to town I was ready for a nap – now I’m ready for traction and a morphine drip. But I did get it done. I also got that “sick” box set up in the kitchen, for the next time.

And wonder to tell, the local hardware had a new thermocouple that will (I’m pretty sure) fit the space heater should I need one. I don’t need one, though, because those of you guys who said the heater’s problem was an air bubble in the gas line were apparently completely right. The thought never crossed my mind early this morning. But I thought it through again over lunch, got a wrench and cracked a gas line, then tried again and sure enough the pilot lit and the heater works fine. I’ve been kind of fuzzy in the head lately: Is it possible I never started the pilot yesterday but thought I had? I don’t know. Either way, the problem seems to be fixed with no hardware replacement required. I even hooked up the new propane bottle again just to make sure that hadn’t been a problem, and apparently it wasn’t. I haven’t been 100% or even 70% lately – maybe it really was the mother of all brain farts.

Anyway I think I’m going to stretch out, rest my back and maybe take an old man nap for a while.

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8 Responses to Tired now…

  1. coloradohermit says:

    Hell Joel! I got tired just reading all you did today and I haven’t even been sick. I’m glad you’re feeling quite a lot better and you managed to foil Murphy. That’s always a plus.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your vital liquids are all topped off, your furnace is sorted, and your back will eventually tire of its song. All is well that ends well. :-)

  3. Mike says:

    Good to learn the heater issue was a quick fix and I feel your pain about the lifting/hauling. I had to pick up 4 bags of salt and haul them into the house and down into the basement. At 20KG (44 pounds) per bag it adds up. This getting older thing sucks.

  4. wayne k wilson says:

    If you open the valve on the tank too quick, the mass flow valve will trip .

  5. Zelda says:

    There are back exercises on Youtube that will strengthen the parts that are weak and causing pain when used. It takes at least several months of daily practice but it helps a lot. Been there.

  6. Robert says:

    I wonder:

    A) Wouldn’t the pilot still burn even with a tripped mass flow valve seeing as how the pilot is so low-demand?

    B)Does the mass flow reset once pressure builds up in the line?

    C) How long would you have to hold open the pilot thermocouple valve thingy in order to bleed a hypothetical air bubble out of the supply line?

  7. Joel says:

    No opinion about A or B, but for C I held it till I got a good whiff of gas, then closed the fitting.

  8. Robert says:

    Cool- empiricism at its best. Thanks.

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