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Heating, Dripping & Closeting!

January 16, 2009

I have already written about our oil heater here, here, here and in a few other posts scattered throughout the blog. You can do a search on heater and find the others.

We no longer use the forced air heater. The last time we used it, we could not get the fan to turn off. Dave started cutting wires, but never could get it to shut off until he banged on the side of the heater in an attempt to get the heater cover off. So, now that we have cut wires, disconnected ducting and a fan that had gotten stuck, we don’t even try to use it.

Instead, we use an oil heater that reminds me of the old steam radiator style heaters, plus a little ceramic heater in the bathroom. We use a fan behind the oil heater to get the air to circulate so the heat does not stay in mostly one place. Well, that means that all the dirt that gets tracked in gets blown all over, especially since the heater is right by the door. So, we added a filter to the set up.

Here is a picture of the new setup.

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See that filter? Well, here is how dirty it got within one day. The cleaner part is where it sits below the level of the fan on the step stool.

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This is our little heater on its new “flooring”.

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We drip our cold water into a dishpan in our bathtub. The drip helps to keep our incoming water line from freezing. Apparently, by dripping it into the bathroom, it also helps to keep the water line between the water heater and the bathroom from freezing, too. This morning we woke up to a frozen hot water line going to the bathroom. So, all day, we have been periodically turning on the hot water in the bathtub to keep that line open, too.

The reason we drip it into a dishpan is so that we don’t have a constant trickle of water running into the gray water tank and pipes that can freeze into ice and cause a blockage.  Sometimes, the water drip does not want to co-operate. Instead of dripping nicely into the dishpan, it hits the edge or runs down the side of the bathtub. It did that last night and I found ice inside the bathtub this morning. So, as you can see in this picture, I took plastic wrap and and put it around the faucet to direct the water into the pan.

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Our bathtub/shower does double duty as a closet. Our closet is so tiny that we cannot fit our winter coats. So, they end up hanging in our winter “closet”.  Yeah…I know…we need new towels…but I have to find really small ones or they won’t fit to hang them up to dry. The only place we have to hang them is on the shower curtain rail.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. serendipity hopeful permalink
    January 17, 2009 11:38 AM

    I don’t know which part of the world you are from. I hope you are keeping yourself warm.

    http://novice101.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/calling-all-my-friends-in-america-canada-and-europe/

    • January 17, 2009 12:42 PM

      Thank you! I appreciate your caring! MidWestern United States here.

  2. terrybear permalink
    January 25, 2009 12:14 AM

    My Friend – You never cease to amaze me. I don’t do cold very well – that’s why I live in the desert! Can I send you some long underwear or something?

    • January 26, 2009 10:19 AM

      Hi, terrybear! It is good to see you here! Hubs and I know a wonderful church in the desert, but he does not want to move there. However, just recently he said that he had always thought he would prefer the cold over the heat. He is changing his mind about that, though. The heat does not cause frozen pipes, etc.! Ahhh…how sweet of you to offer the long underwear. Gosh, do they even sell that stuff in the desert? hehe Seriously, Yahweh is providing. I will be OK. Keep warm…err…keep cool!

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