Your wiring instructions were impeccable…

And got me off my ass to install that new thermostat.

Hopefully this will fix the only complaint I have with the space heater, which is that I never really know what the bedroom temperature will turn out to be first thing in the morning.

This morning in addition to the regular chores, LB and I went up the bumpy road to the plateau to bring the game camera to a place that gets little human or bovine traffic.

There I’ll leave it for a week or so, and we’ll see if we can find where the actual game went.

I’ve kind of put off doing this because in addition to the fact that it’s off my usual rounds it raises the scary prospect of losing the camera. Every juniper and rock looks like every other juniper and rock in the boonies, and when you’re not familiar with the area you might find yourself picking a spot you can never quite find again. I wouldn’t be the first person that’s happened to.

In this particular case, I chose a place I know I can find again. But before I dare go further afield I need to know I can solve that problem.

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13 Responses to Your wiring instructions were impeccable…

  1. Aren’t you using an iPhone now? If it’s one with a built-in GPS, you ought to be able to mark it on the maps app find your way back to it.

  2. Ben says:

    I see that’s an electronic thermostat. Does it have an internal battery that’s intended for more than backup operation? I was under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that those things were normally powered by the furnace or AC’s control transformer.

    As for finding the game camera, may I suggest brightly painted boulders? And then there is the old-time method of blazing trees with an ax.

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, two AAA batteries power the display – and probably the switch as well.

  4. Norman says:

    What’s done is done, but….would a t-stat with a programmable timer be a benefit? Or, just more moving parts to deal with?

  5. Joel says:

    I don’t really know if it would help, to be honest. The space heater is much better at maintaining a temperature than attaining one – once you let it get cold in there it can take hours for the heater to warm it back up. And they cost a lot.

  6. Anonymous says:

    ??? Is this really “a lot” for a programmable T-stat:

    Or was the T-stat not what the “a lot” was intended to reference?

  7. Joel says:

    No, that’s actually what I paid for the one I have. They cost a lot more than that locally, though.

  8. Edward says:

    I think Joel was referencing the price of fuel for said heater. Maybe he needs to drill a well and get some local natural gas 🙂

  9. Edward says:

    As to the AAA batteries, keep tabs on how long they last running the thermostat. If short life, i can send you a battery holder for 2 D cells and you simply attach to wall near thermostat and hard wire to it. That will last a very long time compared to the puny AAA’s

  10. Joel,

    You are correct in assuming that the batteries run the relay as well as the display. You can tell when the batteries start to get weak on electronic stats when the temp in the room drops below your set point and the relay doesn’t click on and fire the furnace.

    If for instance, the stat reads 57, and your set point is 61, you can run the set point down to below 57, and bring it back up to 61. You should hear a faint click as the relay closes. If you don’t, then the batteries are to weak to close the relay. in the beginning, this problem is intermittent. Your best bet to avoid this issue is to just change the batteries annually.

    If you do hear the click, then you likely have an issue with either your thermocouple or your gas valve.

  11. Joel says:

    Richard, yeah, there’s a definite faint click when the thermostat switches the gas on. A beautiful sound, when you’re not sure you know what you’re doing. I could write a better manual than this one came with, passed out on cheap bourbon.

  12. jon spencer says:

    In my basic programable thermostat the triple a’s last over a year.
    Although I am using Eneloop rechargeable’s in it.
    I just swap them out at the fall time change.
    So I do not know exactly how long they would last, but it is longer than one year.

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