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January 27, 2013

That Aweful Sound

We are winding down a week that  has been pretty darn cold. Mornings have been in the negative numbers (right now it is -2, even thought the low was supposed to be +2). As far as I know, we haven't been in negative double-digits, but the wind has been strong so the wind-chills have definitely been there. Several days haven't made it into the positive double digits, so the heater has been going full blast when we aren't home.

That is, it was going full blast until Wedneday morning when I woke up to the aweful sound of it sucking for fuel. I had just told WS that night that I had been meaning to order oil because I was sure we were getting low. With the temp (at 4 AmP) at -7, and the wind wipping along at a good 35 mPH, the other possibility was that the line had frozen up.

I got up and turned off the heater, started the fire back up in the woodstove and checked the temperature downstairs. It had already dipped to 63 (set at 66) and the water line going the front corner of the house was in danger of freezing so I dug up some space heaters and set one in the corner and the larger one was set in the open area between the laundry room and the hall to the heater room. Then I worked out as usual. By the time I was done, WS had gotten up and I told him the situation. I turned the heater back on and it managed to find fuel to run for aabout 2 minutes, then started sucking again - good, it was just a frozen line.

WS went into town to get some anti-gell for the tank and 5 gallons of diesel just to make sure that we had enough fuel. I went to work and later he emailed me that the anti-gel and a torch to the fitting worked. I ordered oil, which they delivered that day (she said that they had gotten a lot of calls already that day - after only being there 1/2 an hour) and life was once again good.

Posted by Bogie on January 27, 2013 at 07:23 AM in At Home | Permalink


Bogie--Ah, the tribulations of living in your neck of the woods. Very glad that you and your WS were able to get everything perking along again so quickly. Well done!

(I'll email your posting to your dad!)

Posted by: Cop Car at Jan 27, 2013 11:05:11 AM

Haha, I recognize the awefulness of some sounds!

Posted by: Verhuur geluidsinstallatie at Feb 7, 2013 8:21:40 AM