October 28, 2004


Sewer backup. Gotta get it fixed.

Getting estimates for a new furnace. THe tank on my old boiler, judging by the scrollwork on the castings, was from before WW1, maybe original equipment for the house (1891). It was originally a coal-burner, retrofitted for gas in (judging by the fonts on the burner faceplate) the late '40s or early '50s. It doesn't owe me any money.

Very, very light posting today.

Oh - and if you've ever thought about either dropping a buck or two in my "Amazon Honor System" box on the right, or bum-rushing a bunch of my sponsors, now would be a great day for it...

Posted by Mitch at October 28, 2004 09:04 AM | TrackBack

I feel your pain. I just wrote a check Monday for $530 to get my sewer main line and floor drain cleaned because there was 2 inches of water on the floor Sunday night after washing a load of clothes.

Sewer guy: When was the last time you had this cleaned out?

Me (having NO IDEA when it was last cleaned): Ummmm... four or five years? (My face was probably turning red)

Sewer guy (while pointing at a HUGE pile of tree roots dripping foul smelling black goop): You waited too long. Our standard charge is for 1 hour. I've been at this for two hours and it's not going well. I don't know how much longer it'll take.

Me: OK. Do what you need to do.

Sewer Guy (after three hours total of nasty dirty work): That will be $530. You might want to clean it out sooner next time--before it backs up.

Me: That sounds like a good idea.

I entered an Outlook task to clean it out again in a year and see what it looks like.

Your furnace sounds like what was in my house two furnaces ago. I'm surprised it lasted this long.

The joys of owning an old house.


Posted by: Dale at October 28, 2004 10:19 AM

Make sure you get a bid from Snelling Co. in St. Paul. That's Rep. Phil Krinkie's business. They've been in business for a jillion years, maybe they even installed your original boiler. You are a lucky man to have hot water heat. We got forced air because it was supposed to be cheaper to install. After the mistakes that were made with our zoning, we could have done hot water heat. We feel your pain there.

Posted by: Margaret at October 28, 2004 01:25 PM