Jen came into the room saying she heard a weird rattling noise coming from the cellar. Can I go downstairs and check it out? Sure
I was walking toward the cellar stairs and it happened again. To me it sounded like it was outside. I looked through the window but didn’t see anything. Then it happened again and it sounded like it was coming from the fireplace. It was vaguely metallic. Could it have been the new fireplace grate?
I stood next to the fireplace listening, but it never came again. I went outside to look at the roof to see if there was anything out of place. Our fireplace has a little metal cap on its top. Did the wind somehow make that sound? I don’t see how.
After a few more minutes everything remained quiet. I went downstairs to see if there was anything there. The fireplace is directly above our new furnace which is right next to our new water heater. Might one of those made the noise? I turned on the heat so the furnace kicked on. Quiet as a mouse. I went upstairs and ran the hot water in the bathroom sink. I listened to the water heater and it too was quiet as a mouse.
What the hell was it? My imagination started running with it.
I have decided it was a woodpecker banging on the cap at the top of the chimney. Why not?
We have gone through almost a full day with a new water heater. I just worked up the courage to go down cellar and see how things are looking after everyone finished their morning showering routine.
Spoiler alert: Everything is dry. Oh high praise to the plumbing gods and goddesses, our cellar is dry.
They left the bucket right where it was:
They capped off the old pipe when they took the old heater away:
They added some new piping:
They added some more new piping:
They added the new tankless water heater. They did have to remove one of the shelving units that some previous owner had built. I’m a little sad about that, but not having a flood in my house every day makes up for it, big time:
One day down and all is well. I still need to check on the back of the house to see what the exhaust they installed looks like. Other than that… and the enjoyment of our very hot showers this morning… I think that’s all she wrote on the Lake Asshole story. Fingers crossed, knock on wood and all that crap.
The folks who will be installing our new water heater are here. Work is underway. Please, oh gods of plumbing and water heating, allow this to be Lake Asshole’s (more recently known as Bucket Asshole) final day. Oh please, oh please. Thank you.
I mixed another song while I was waiting for them to get here this morning. Song number 44 of an expected 52.
50/90 is officially not fun anymore. At least the 50/90 website portion of the project. Last night while I slumbered someone commented on the song I posted before I went to bed suggesting that he could remaster it for me and asking if that would be okay. Then without ever getting a response he remastered it and posted a link to it.
I know we’re all amateurs and trying to get better at what we do and all of those good things, but Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Fuck With My Stuff Without Permission. It’s really that simple. I made all of my song links private so no one can get to them but me. 99.999% of the people I’ve dealt with have been wonderful and supportive and the few comments I get are always great, but one guy had to Fuck With My Stuff Without Permission and just utterly ruined the whole experience for me.
I plan to keep posting songs there as private so that I get the little trophy next to my name, but that’s it. If I play the game again next year I will probably do it alone, without using the website at all.
Just had a plumber looking at our water heater. It’s time to go. I think there is a tankless water heater in our future.
Things I learned today. Tankless water heaters are mounted to the wall. We might be losing some of our shelving in the cellar storage area. I’ll take that in trade for not having water on my floor anymore. Another thing I learned today. Apparently our current water heater (and our furnace too? Maybe?) vents out of the chimney. That’s what the guy said. Who knew? Is he referring to the fireplace chimney or is there another vent out of the roof that is just called a chimney? I don’t know.
All I do know is that tankless water heaters are supposed to produce fewer carbon emissions which, along with driving a hybrid car, makes me feel better about my place in the universe. Not a lot better, maybe 0.01% better as I do expect I’ll be making use of air travel again at some post-Covid-19 point, but better.
Also, I am really really sick of Lake Asshole, so the sooner we get that thing installed the better.