October updates!!

I have sort of located my kitchen sink clog and it is in the drain pipe, but  after the vent pipe for the kitchen and laundry drain pipe.  I used the “Drain King” and shot pressurized water out the vent stack on the roof.  The problem with the kitchen sink drain is I don’t notice a slow drain until there is a hard clog.  All of my other drains are working great so I’ll have to “snake the kitchen drain” after clearing out the pipe access area in the basement. This job must be done no matter who cleans the pipe of the clog.  Either myself or the local plumber needs access to the pipe to clean it out.  Cleaning out the clog will be the easiest part of the job. Having buckets and dealing with the “mucky drain water” will be unpleasant.

The new High rise sink faucet is working out great in the kitchen.  I’m using tubs to catch water from any kitchen sink jobs like washing dishes and dumping the water in all of the other house working drains.  I love the high rise sink faucets and levers rather than push/pull/twist type sink and shower faucets. When  I became disabled and lack the strength to twist a key in a car to start the engine.  I got a better but twisting a door knob but a door knob is problematic for me.  I might be biased, but I think levers work better for disabled folk like me rather than the push/pull twist sort of mechanisms around most homes.

I have found the fan setup to push the heat from my wood stove into the back part of my house.  It’s early days playing with the wood stove this fall but there were a couple of frosty/35 F. type nights and the house got a cool 65 degrees F. and feeling a bit damp.  I fired up the wood stove and the 12 inch West point oscillating fan behind the wood stove and a larger oscillating  fan placed in the corner pushed the heat to the back part of the house.  I spent about $125.00 on fans and a small electric heater to test.   I thought might direct air flow and on a few fans that I knew would make a good air flow corridor next summer.  I’m very impressed with the small Honeywell heater for putting out a lot of heat via it’s fan.

If your home is well insulated, getting it warm can be costly via what ever sort of heat you use.  Keeping the house warm is about making the best use of heat resources.  It is early days but these new fans seem to push the heat from the wood stove to the backside of the house. I’m using only 2  small fans rather than using 20 inch and 30 inch fans.  I think I’m setting up the wood stove to burn hotter and cleaner and not damping down the wood fire early before the wood gets burning clean.  Burning a hot fast fire that burns clean is much better than a smokey fire that adds little heat to your house and much soot to your chimney.  I have changed how I burn wood based on the chimney sweeps recommendation for my wood stove.  If you burn the wood stove properly the glass “should”  stay soot free on double combustion wood stoves.

I really like burning the poplar wood this year, as I’m getting better about getting the fire burning hot and clean.  Poplar seems to burn best if I treat it like Doug Fir and get the fire burning hot and clean rather than trying to make the wood burn a long at a low heat fire that you can get from hardwoods like oak, elm or maple.  It is early days but with me burning the poplar hot and fast.  I’m generating almost no ash and my wood stove glass window is staying much cleaner compared to last year.  This year I started stacking wood in May/June. So the wood has more time to dry and season compared to years that I bought and stacked wood in late August into early October.

I live in high desert, with hot summers and low humidity with a daily breeze to help dry and season wood quickly.  If you live an area with higher humidity of 70% and higher.  Drying and seasoning wood might take a bit more time.

Kitten update: I love the different personalities of the kittens.  Ash is into everything and Teeg is more mellow.  While Ash is obnoxious at times, sitting on my shoulder, makes the little kitten very likable. Teeg is a little less demanding of attention and seems to have adopted my peke to love on and “mark” even when Tucker the dog gets a bit protective over food.


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