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post #1711 of 2579

Bah.  the "pressuretrol" on my boiler (steam heat) decided to go on the fritz last night, sending the house into the low 50s.  Good times.

post #1712 of 2579
We set our thermostat to 66, that's pretty toasty in my book.

When we bought our first (and only) place, we were able to negotiate a discount from our agent. We had access to a discount program through another agency due to our USAA membership. I mentioned to our broker that we had another alternative but would really like to work with her, would she consider a discount. My recollection is that she kicked 20% of her fee back to us.
post #1713 of 2579
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post

We set our thermostat to 66, that's pretty toasty in my book.

When we bought our first (and only) place, we were able to negotiate a discount from our agent. We had access to a discount program through another agency due to our USAA membership. I mentioned to our broker that we had another alternative but would really like to work with her, would she consider a discount. My recollection is that she kicked 20% of her fee back to us.

Had no idea USAA had such arrangements, though I suppose it shouldn't surprise me. USAA is great.
post #1714 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Wife came downstairs this morning to 55 degrees all throughout the main floor.

I didn't have time to troubleshoot this morning before leaving.

Hopeful that resetting the whole system will get it to kick back on - I suspect the furnace in the basement is malfunctioning (the one in the attic is working fine, upstairs is great). But trying to get my wife to troubleshoot by e-mail (she works from home a lot, and is doing so today) is painful, especially since it's pretty much the blind leading the blind to begin with, leave alone that I'm doing it from remotely, which is to say, um, blindly.

The batteries in my thermostat love to die without any preamble and only seem to last about 3-4 months, so without fail, they will die on the coldest night of the year. We live in a 1920 house with terrible insulation, so waking up when its 50 deg in your house is a riot.
post #1715 of 2579
That feeling waiting to hear if an offer on a house will be accepted or turned down. So much anxiety.
post #1716 of 2579
Making an attempt at getting the room above the garage to no longer be the heat sink in my house. Not sure why it took so long for this to occurs to me but there aren't any weatherstrips sealing the garage door except at the bottom.

I'm thinking that sealing up the garage will help to improve conditions in the room above the garage and then the remainder of the 2nd floor.
post #1717 of 2579
The thing to do is fill up the cavity between the garage ceiling and the second floor with loose-fill insulation -- pack that sucker so there's no air gap. If you can get to it, anyway. You can also blow cellulose into uninsulated walls by cutting a small (relatively small) hole in the drywall near the top of each stud cavity. The trick is to cut plugs to fill the holes with a slightly larger hole saw.
post #1718 of 2579
Seems to be the way to go from what I have read as well. Unfortunately it's already insulted, so it will be quite a project.
post #1719 of 2579
Closing today biggrin.gif
post #1720 of 2579
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Closing today biggrin.gif

 

Congrats!  We just heard there is some pre-market interest on our place already.  Not to get too excited but the townhouses in our specific community go quick!

post #1721 of 2579
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Closing today biggrin.gif

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good luck - feels good once it's all done and the stress is gone
post #1722 of 2579
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If it's any consolation, door jambs are really easy to break, especially if they're not installed correctly (and builders rarely do install them correctly).

BTW gort if you want to fix that on the cheap, you probably can. Get some clamps and some wood glue and put it down the length of the crack. Then put the hinges back on with some long (3"+) coarse threaded drywall screws. It might hold up.

Here's another angle.....still think I could give it a shot on my own? Door is still fucked and would need to buy a new one but if the frame can be salvaged that'll save me some cash.
post #1723 of 2579
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post #1724 of 2579
Clamp it down when you glue it and it should hold it up against the wall. More or less. You might want to remove some of the loose caulk and paint and recaulk it. You could add more nails if you have to. Just get finishing nails and a nail set to tap them below the surface, then fill the holes with caulk.

If you have some of the paint left over for touchups you're probably better off replacing the whole frame if the door really is broken. Hanging a door (even if you have one to go by) is easy to mess up, while installing a prehung door is nearly foolproof but maybe a little more time consuming. You can get prehung doors for $60 or so.
post #1725 of 2579
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Wife came downstairs this morning to 55 degrees all throughout the main floor.

I didn't have time to troubleshoot this morning before leaving.

Hopeful that resetting the whole system will get it to kick back on - I suspect the furnace in the basement is malfunctioning (the one in the attic is working fine, upstairs is great). But trying to get my wife to troubleshoot by e-mail (she works from home a lot, and is doing so today) is painful, especially since it's pretty much the blind leading the blind to begin with, leave alone that I'm doing it from remotely, which is to say, um, blindly.

Pressure switches have stopped functioning, whatever those are.

Replacements to arrive.... tomorrow.

At least it's warranty replacement.
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