Bill Roper's Journal
Adventures in Thermometry 
27th-Jan-2009 10:12 am
The other thing that marked yesterday as unusual was that I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning.

Ok, not that it's unusual that I don't want to get out of bed. But it's unusual that I don't want to get out of bed because it's really, really cold in the bedroom. I'd stick a hand out and go "Wow! That's cold!" Looking at the sun shining in through the bedroom door, I concluded that we were being bested by greenhouse effect in our dining room. That's where we have nice east-facing windows and the thermostat for the furnace, so it was probably nicely toasty warm there and keeping the furnace from kicking on and heating the rest of the house.

I finally hopped out of bed and took a shower. The shower was nice and hot. Everything else, not so much. I pulled on my clothes and stepped out into the hall to check the indoor / outdoor thermometer there. Fifteen degrees outside. No surprise there -- daisy_knotwise had asked me last night if I'd closed the garage door, because the bedroom had already seemed cold the night before. It had and I had, so that wasn't the source of the problem.

Fifty five degrees inside. Gack! Time to go check the thermostat. If I had to set it to eighty degrees to fight the greenhouse effect, I was going to.

It was fifty nine degrees in the dining room. And the thermostat was clearly switched on for heat.

Crap. Dead furnace.

I went down to the basement to stare at it, preparatory to calling our furnace guy, because staring at it always improves matters. I put a hand on the exhaust pipe. Cold. Obviously hadn't run in a long time. Damn.

And I looked down at the side of the furnace, where a simple light switch allows you to turn it on and off.

Switch off.

A simple light switch that is exactly at Katie's eye level.

And Gretchen had been doing laundry the previous evening -- Katie's bedding, which meant it was almost certain that Katie had followed her downstairs in pursuit of her favorite blanket, Badi.


I turned the switch back on. A moment later, the furnace came on.

And eventually, there was heat.

27th-Jan-2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Time for a cover for the power switch, or a key switch.
27th-Jan-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Aren't toddlers fun...
27th-Jan-2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
They certainly keep life entertaining!
27th-Jan-2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
My first thought was black electrical tape over the switch ...
27th-Jan-2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Well, that's better than black electrical tape on Katie...
27th-Jan-2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Aren't you glad you saw that BEFORE you called the furnace repair guy?

"Guess what guys? I went on a $100 service call to turn on a switch!"
27th-Jan-2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm pretty sure that Lenny would have asked me to check that over the phone, but checking it myself first is good for bonus points. :)
27th-Jan-2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
But isn't it SO much better than the furnace to be broken? :)
27th-Jan-2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. Much!
27th-Jan-2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Heh, 55 is what we normally set back to at night. It's nice to sleep in. On the weekend I often get up early enough that I'm about in it for a while before it kicks back up again.
28th-Jan-2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Yup, 55 at night, 65 during the day.
27th-Jan-2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Cheaper than a new furnace eh?
27th-Jan-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Substantially! And it got warmer much faster than a new furnace would have. :)
27th-Jan-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
That's the quickest--and cheapest--furnace-fix you could have encountered. You should be counting your blessings!
27th-Jan-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, I do.

I've also added this to my list of Katie-related things to make sure that she doesn't mess with.
27th-Jan-2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I foresee a strategic piece of duct tape in your future.
28th-Jan-2009 06:41 am (UTC)
let's see.... if you crawl you should be katies eye level. take some time to see what else she finds interesting..

i once did have the repair person out to fix my dryer for no heat when he noticed i had the dryer set to "air fluff" heat setting.

i think he let me off with a warning.
28th-Jan-2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Now, is there any way to tell Katie that she should NOT be playing with this switch?
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