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Old 01-23-2005, 08:11 PM   #1
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Great night for the furnace to quit...

Its 6 degrees out now and our stupid furnace dies. Try and find a repairperson on a Sunday night.
I guess the kids will go to grandma's house and I'll try to kick up the gas fireplace for the first time in 6 years.
This will sure put the aquarium heaters to the test.

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Makes me glad both the 180 and the 20 are in a room with a wood stove. Wouldnt be the first time ive used wood heat to keep the aquariums warm.

Might want to wrap the aquariums with blankets, as silly as that sounds. It will help. Newspaper taped to the outside will help as well.

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Old 01-23-2005, 08:25 PM   #3
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I wish I could e-mail some heat to you, quarryshark. If you insulate the tanks with a blanket, it should take the strain off the heaters.
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Old 01-23-2005, 08:51 PM   #5
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Bummer Kut. Might want to throw a blanket over the tank to insulate it a bit. You can also float jugs of warm water in your sump to help things out. Why not send the kids to Grandmas and you and the wife have a little private party curled up by the fire? Stay warm...Lando
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What a drag. I went through that last year...my gas furnace quit about this time. Secondary heat exchanger sooted up due to a broken vent line (dog got under the house). Have you ever noticed that most of the problems in my life are somehow related to my darn dogs!? Took me a couple of weeks to get the needed parts and get it repaired. I found, during that time, that I couldn't heat this big, old, leaky house with just the wood stove. Wish I was close enough to come check it out for you...I know it's impossible to get someone out on a Sunday night.
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I have replaced the blower motor and circuit board on this thing more than once. Its some kind of switch on the board, it keeps clicking but won't start up. I think its time for replacement.
Got the gas fireplace going, the family room is toasty (more than I can say for the rest of the house) and the kids are already curled up snoozing, they spend the day sled riding so they are wiped out. As for my tank, it is in the basement (should stay OK down there) with 2 heater, the UV cranked and I put the glass covers back on. It should be Ok.
I may not be on the computer too long, the temp is the office (upstairs) is already down to 48 degrees.
Hey, the pioneers did this all winter long, I think we can handle a night or 2.
Thanks for the support and allowing me to vent a bit.
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Be careful that your fireplace has propper venting, don't want any unpleasent and dangerous gasses hitting you while you sleep.
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Thanks William and thats a good point. Its a gas fireplace with an electric motor for venting. I alreast checked the vent outside, it is clear and doing its job. We also have 2 good CO2 detectors and I've placed them both in the room.
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Could have been worse. You could have been away, and come home to water pouring down your driveway from all the freeze broken pipes in the house. This just happened to me. Pipe on 2nd floor burst, water cascaded downhill to the main floor, basement and garage. It was the Ice river in the driveway that tipped off a neighbor. Major damage to three levels. Wonder what my insurance premiums will be next year.

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