Category Archives: Maintenance and Repair

Maintenance, installs, or repairs made during the project.

One Thing Leads to Another

When I woke up this morning I had no idea I was going to be painting a wall. But I cleared the dining room floor for scrubbing and sealing and decided I better wash the block wall before I put … Continue reading

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Resealing the Stained Concrete Floor

As a preparation for installing walls, and to just make the spaces more pleasant, I decided to clean and reseal the concrete floor. This project is also on the winter to do list. I hauled in the SoyCrete stain and … Continue reading

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Energy Star Washer and Gas Dryer

I noticed that our older washing machine was leaking every time we did a load. The leak seemed to increase in volume and I had wanted to replace this older washer with a more energy efficient one for our LEED … Continue reading

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Tweaking the Pump Wiring Again

As part of the pump install I changed the wiring again. In the past I had trouble with the primary and secondary pumps working independently. I thought that was one of the things that wore out the Taco 011 pump … Continue reading

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Heat is Back On

I left the heat off until the days stopped being sunny. During that time the house temperature didn’t go below 64 degrees. Even when it got down to 20 degrees outside at night. We woke up to a steady 64 … Continue reading

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Ach Phooey! Taco Pump Siezed

Since we returned from a trip to see our newest grandson about a week ago, I’d been noticing that the floor was not warm but the radiators in the back were. I thought since I had turned the heat down … Continue reading

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Another Flaw in Boiler Piping Redesigned

The placement of the Taco iSeries mixing valve is designed to temper the water going into the stove, however, that valve also limits the flow of water returning from the storage loop. I realized this in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Fireplace Boiler System Re-design

During our first fire in the fireplace boiler the hot water was not getting out of the stove. I took some thermal photos to try to capture where the heat was going. The photo appears to show that the hot … Continue reading

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Fixing a Printer

I purchase a lot of supplies online, and occasionally an error is made in ordering or shipping and I have to return an item. It has always been a hassle to get the return slips printed. Either at our daughter’s … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Challenger’s Heat Exchanger

When I was wiring the boiler, I checked the condensate overflow system on the boiler and noticed the plastic drain was full of black gunk. I cleaned it out and about a week later checked it again and it was … Continue reading

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Advantium Still Dead, Oster Alternative

Despite the new TCO (Thermal cut off) the Advantium is still dead. Sad to say. There is some more testing I can do for the other TCO and various boards. Ebay has some of the parts that are not too … Continue reading

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Door Trim Finally Repainted!

The painters that Alpen sent had several setbacks before they could make it to the job. Apparently Alpen only has one vendor for the original paint job and one for repainting. Maybe that means that most jobs don’t need repainting–until … Continue reading

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Reorganization

With cold weather around the corner, it is time to clear out the garage from summer projects and make room to store the car for winter. I put this project on the fall to do list and it meant a … Continue reading

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Dead Advantium

Unfortunately this morning I was going to melt the butter and sugar on some cinnamon flat bread in the Advantium and the control panel was completely blank. Dave had done some roasting in it just yesterday and didn’t notice it … Continue reading

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Where in the world you been so long?

The first of September we drove the RV to Indiana to visit our first passive solar owner built house in Spencer, Indiana. We go out a couple of times a year to visit and do maintenance on the house. We … Continue reading

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Keyed Alike?

At first, I thought all the doors were keyed alike. I don’t remember why but I must have tried more than one set on a door and they worked. I had not asked for keying alike but it made sense … Continue reading

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New Door from Alpen

The Alpen guys came over on Friday and installed a new door panel in the front door. This is a better deal for me than trying to have them paint the old one on site. The old door had a … Continue reading

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Success Repairing Another Short Circuit

I did it! I finally fixed the short in the front lights. It took a lot of disentangling of wires and trying to understand triple switching etc. but in the end the issue was just a bad wire to the … Continue reading

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Existing Circuits and Where they Go

We have been trying to figure out all of the existing circuit breakers and their function in the house. One day last winter we went through the box and labeled every dangling wire in the house with the corresponding circuit … Continue reading

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Rebuilt Honeywell Zone Valves

The Honeywell zone valves on the radiant system were all part of the original boiler system from 1984, So I purchased rebuild kits to have on hand if the valves didn’t work initially or stopped working. Luckily they all worked … Continue reading

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