Crying towel: Allergic reaction, freeze busted 5 pipes, gas leak last night more
A week ago tonight at dinner time I realized I have having a reaction to an antibiotic. Because the wind chill was over 30 below I decided not to go to emergency. It was a close call.
Had Marta taken me in, we would not have been here when the water fall in the lower floors started showing up. It missed by inches taking out the new furnace by shorting the power in. Didn’t hurt the hot water heater. Just missed the hub for the furnace, heat & carbon monoxide detectors, the cable phone modem, and the home security panel. Water went down the back of our 200 amp power panel but didn’t get in it.
We are insured. Dry wall and tile removed, fans and dehumidifiers done Thursday.
Ran a new three inch heating duct into the dead space between the interior walls where the pipes are. We will be installing wifi-thermometers/moisture detectors with set points to warn long before 32 degrees.
The plumber got 1/3 of the house water Monday.
The entire house water is working as of late yesterday afternoon. He had to wait on the moisture mitigation. He found what caused the freeze. Temp repair coming on Monday thanks to the holiday. Even though our contractor (supplied by insurance) could have been forced to do it ASAP, we decided against it. All the guys were great to us this week and have kids.
We had a hot and cold water break where the pipes went through a stud. The last leak was the hardest. Had to pull a corner stool. He was working between a tile shower he didn’t want to touch, an interior fireplace flue across from that, built in bookcase on the far side. He has a bad back and replaced hip. He managed to just reach the last one. He was twisted like a pretzel. Had just enough room to cut the pipe thanks to the space behind the flue, hold the torch and solder while I stood behind him with our fire extinguisher.
As he was at the door to leave I was in the laundry room and started to hear running water. PANIC. Then I realized the humidifier had just kicked in and it was going down the drain.
Then last night about 10:30 I smelled gas when I walked by the furnace. I asked Marta to confirm it. She did. Dialed the 800 emergency smell gas number. We were told get out of the house. We sat in Marta’s car with the dogs. A neighbor came over to offer shelter in his place. Because of our dogs we turned him down.
Since the streets were bad, it took awhile for the gas man to get here. He confirmed a small leak in a union installed back in August. The gas man is not allowed to repair inside a home. Once he confirmed our repair guy was on the way, he turned off the gas line and left.
Our contractor that was here to put in the new duct Thursday (and furnace/AC in August) sent a repairman. Streets were still (still are) bad. It was an unusual leak for new equipment. Turn the gas on and check the furnace. He left around 1:15. No charge.
Dense fog advisory (till 1 PM) and bad streets today. Storm & flood warnings for tomorrow with 60 MPH winds.
Steve & Marta
Powerful Christmas Day storm could bring record rainfall to Midlands; OPPD crews are on alert
By Jay Withrow and Nancy Gaarder / World-Herald staff writers Updated 7 hrs ago
A record amount of atmospheric moisture is forecast to flow into the region Sunday, as a powerful Christmas Day storm bullies its way across the country.
Blizzard conditions are forecast in northern states, notably in much of the Dakotas, while the rest of the central U.S. is likely to experience severe storms with damaging winds, flooding rain and possibly some hail. A few isolated tornadoes, particularly in eastern Kansas, can’t be ruled out, forecasters said.
AccuWeather, The World-Herald’s weather consultant, warned that the weather could delay flights in and out of some airports Sunday and Monday. Travelers are advised to monitor their flights and, if driving, weather forecasts.
Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said forecasters are concerned about damaging winds and flooding in the Midlands.Marym625, beemerphill, PADemD and 12 othersbbgrunt, Live and Learn, Sunflower, GoodWitch, NVBirdlady, glinda, 7wo7rees, FanBoy, Doremus Jessup, , DamnYankeeInHouston, Haikugal like this"P.S. please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.": Flowers for Algernon
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