Friday, July 15, 2016
I was in line at the grocery store today and the woman ahead of me realized, as she was paying, that she didn't have enough money in her account. Just barely. She had to put back a loaf of bread. I told the cashier to put it with my stuff and I would buy it. Of course the lady was very grateful but I told her I had been where she was and all was good. Then I tried to lighten the moment by joking that I hoped that loaf of bread didn't cost $20! She said it was just two dollars and the cashier finished ringing her up. Oddly enough, for some "strange" reason, the cashier told her that she in fact had extra money on her account (I think it was an EBT card). How much? $2! So the woman was able to buy her own bread, thanked me again, and went on her way. When it was my turn to pay, the cashier said that because I was patient while she worked with the woman, she was giving me a $5 credit. Not expected, not needed, and not my intention - but I felt God was smiling on me...
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Monday, June 6, 2016
Here we have the vacuum -
We never could get the replacement filter to fit properly. But that didn't stop me from shoving one in and carrying on with the job. We thought maybe it was generic filters not fitting right but after buying the name brand one, we found that one didn't fit either. So off to Wal-Mart I went to look at their floor model. Took it apart and took a picture and came home. Eureka (pun intended) - the bottom of a previous filter was stuck in the housing. Yanked that out with a pair of pliers and the new one popped right in.
The on-going issue, that may very well beat me, is air bubbles in the return jet to the pool - but only when the solar valve is open and only when the valve that diverts the water between the stairs and the wall jets is in a particular position. I replaced O rings and swapped valves and tightened everything that could be tightened - still got the pesky bubbles. They don't hurt anything but somewhere, somehow, air is getting sucked in. On a positive, pool related note, I did manage to move the solar sensor to the top roof near the panels and that seems to really be helping in terms of valve opening and closing. Season high of 81º today and Mocha and spent some time in there together.
Today I was on the elliptical and noticed this wet spot on the floor coming from the AC unit:
And finally, one of the solar powered driveway markers wouldn't light up anymore. They are just basically a re-chargeable battery, solar panel and LED light. So tonight I took that apart and found a tiny wire had become unsoldered. That was another quick and easy (and free!) fix.
So it has been busy but overall everything has been either fixable or inconsequential. And I can live with that...
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Friday, June 3, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Saturday, March 12, 2016
On a brighter (ha!) note, after one of my trips to Home Depot, I noticed my ATM card was missing. They have the new style readers where you have to insert the card and I was sure I had left it in the reader at the self-checkout. So I raced back (I hadn't left the shopping center parking lot yet) and went to the checkout lane I was last at. Someone else was checking out - with their own card. The attendant said she hadn't seen my card but another worker said someone just turned an ATM card in to the service desk. (The person said they found it in the parking lot.) So I went there and sure enough - there it was! Whew. God bless that soul.
Posted by Shawn H at 12:45 PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I blogged the other day about flushing the hot water heater. This was the last sentence: My only fear is some of the sediment might have been holding the thing together and now it will fall apart. Time will tell I guess.
Guess what…? Ever since I flushed the hot water heater, I heard water trickling near it but I thought it was probably always there and I just never noticed. Yesterday I noticed that the sump pump had pumped – it RARELY does. So I grabbed a flashlight and went down and looked over the water heater really good. The top pressure valve is hooked to a copper pipe that runs across the top and down the back side of the heater to the French drain. Sure enough, it was trickling right out in a pretty steady stream. Fortunately it says online that the valve is pretty cheap and easy to replace. It also said if it hasn’t been opened in a while (I had to open it to vent the tank to drain it), sometimes dirt or corrosion gets in there and prevents it from completely closing. So I rapped it a few times with a hammer, opened and closed it and finally opened the bottom drain for a few seconds. That seemed to “bleed” it – air wooshed out before the water. I closed the bottom drain and the drip immediately stopped. Just checked it now after the morning showers (and all night) – no drips, drain dry, and the sump pump had not pumped all nights. Whew!
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Sunday, February 21, 2016
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Friday, February 12, 2016
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