WEEK 6 2019
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Saturday - Snow in the hills predicted.
More snow, since we got some earlier in the week!
Friday 8 February
Friday - Cold
I received a text from my brother that the old place in Martinez is finally
up for sale. They are only asking $400k. We sold for $330, and
it's been sitting, empty and untouched for fifteen months - there is a new
back door, but there is also damage to the kitchen wall that is new, judging
from the pictures. I don't think the flippers are doing a very good
Thursday 7 February
Thursday - A
day spent in various paperwork things.
The internet is finally back.
Most importantly was trying to get something fixed with Covered
California. Sigh. Hours on the phone. It looks like the
process to fix a mistake is started.
Wednesday 6 February
Wednesday - Cold, with small amounts of
snow on the ground in the morning. My brother in Reno tested that it
was 6F and snow...
Working away on various things in the morning, trying to get back into
programming after a disastrously non-productive month of January.
I did a very short walk outside, less than a mile. Brrr.
And, around noon, I lost the internet entirely. So I read documentation
Amusingly my friend's son apparently called Frontier about it and got their
support person: "Yeah, we know, we're trying to figure it out.
CLICK", and they hung up on him. He was offended but I just laughed:
that's the sort of obnoxious thing that thing people old enough to remember
"Ma Bell" and the other phone monopolies were used to.
Tuesday - Rain and threatening clouds in the
Eventually the rain turned to hail.
In the evening it finally snowed, just a little. Yay! Go "Polar
Vortex" and "Global Warming"!
My brother up near Reno sent me some pictures of his snow - vast quantities,
and it's single digit temperatures there, not our 25F.
It's good to have the pellet stove going.
It went out a couple of times, but I think it's due to the size of the "HEAT'RS"
brand pellets - they are often about 1.5" long, and the manual calls for a
max length of 0.75". Occasionally the auger will dump a half dozen of these
huge pellets into the burn pan and put out the fire. I mixed in some smaller
pellets from a different brand and that seems to have solved the problem.
In fact, with the vast amount of ash removed during the repair process it is
working and running better than it did! Much hotter and even cleaner:
less ash and less soot even after a days worth of heating.
Monday - Rain.
I fiddled a bit with the pellet stove and got it to work. The official
silicone hose, which connects the exhaust fan plenum to a back pressure
sensor for any flue obstruction, hasn't arrived but I made a temporary fix.
Sunday I had bought a 1 foot extension flue flue pipe which I ran
horizontally from the back of the stove to the existing vertical flue. I can
now run the stove without it being in the chimney proper - I still need to
track down the leak.
(The local pellet store had wanted $59 for the pipe - Lowe's had it for
It seems to be working well, and I enjoy having the cheery little
flames. I'd forgotten how noisy the circulation fan is, but that's
just part of having a pellet stove.
Sunday - Cool, but no rain.
CBS had, it turned out, a free stream of Superbowl 53, so I had it on in the
background. It was a real defensive battle, and not all that
interesting to me to be honest. When the stream died about 5 minutes
before the end of the game I tried a few time to reconnect, and
failed. I didn't bother to check the score - someone sent me a text an
hour or two later that the Pats had won.
I did a bit of shopping in town with S. To thank A I bought a bunch of
Porterhouse steaks for the family at Stater Brothers. I essentially dropped
them off at the doorstep, not wanting to get too involved with the plague
I reassembled the pellet stove, with the special fan, oiled with the special
oil. Unfortunately I lost (it kind of looks like a cat toy I suspect)
the little silicone hose that connected the combuster to a safety switch,
and couldn't actually light it. After going to four separate places to
try and buy that type of high temperature hose I just gave up and have
ordered it on-line. Bah.