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RE: Mechanical troubles!


Your kidding right? Here this is costing me 500.00 which I felt was fair
since it included parts and labor including adding numerous outlets- both
inside (basement) and out- along with upgrading to a larger box etc...

Donna

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 7:01 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Mechanical troubles!
> 
> We need to replace our panel, too. It's only 100-amp and the main
> breaker hasn't been made for a number of years. Lowest estimate we've
> had is $1,400--so I don't know when we'll get to it.
> 
> On Feb 25, 2006, at 11:11 PM, Donna wrote:
> 
> > It is not as costly as I was imagining to replace the box. Although our
> > house is only 8 years old, we are adding some plugs and found we
> > didn't have
> > expansion capabilities.(read outside plugs for trains and Xmas stuff)
> >
> > Of course if the existing wiring has to be replaced also, that is
> > another
> > story...
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> >> Behalf Of Bonnie & Bill Morgan
> >> Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 2:58 PM
> >> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Mechanical troubles!
> >>
> >> Not that old.  We moved in in 1994, so about 12 years.  Even when it
> >> was
> >> built, we didn't have much confidence in the sub contractor the
> >> contractor
> >> used for hooking up the wiring in the house.  We unaffectionately
> >> called
> >> them Larry, Moe and Joe for some obvious reasons.  The geothermal heat
> >> pump
> >> would not work when they finished their "installation."  Bill had to
> >> take
> >> the wiring diagram and do the hook up himself before it would pass
> >> inspection and Bill isn't an electrician.  (He's just darned good at
> >> about
> >> everything, kind and tender, too.  Any wonder why I married him?)
> >>
> >> It was a bit scary, but the danger is past for now.  We just need to
> >> get a
> >> new panel installed before something else goes out because of it.
> >>
> >> Blessings,
> >> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> >> Behalf
> >> Of Daryl
> >> Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 2:52 PM
> >> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Mechanical troubles!
> >>
> >> Yikes! That's scary! I'm so glad it didn't catch fire. I didn't know
> >> breakers caught on fire. How old is your house?
> >>
> >> d
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 10:53 AM
> >> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Mechanical troubles!
> >>
> >>
> >>> Wow!  What a mixed week for emotions you have had!  I'm sorry about
> >>> your
> >>> Italian glass items and your garbage disposal.  I love glass myself
> >>> and
> >> I
> >>> know some of it can be quite expensive and the one of a kind items
> >>> are
> >>> just
> >>> irreplaceable.  I'm so glad you won the furnace and I hope they've
> >>> got a
> >>> great energy star selection for you!!!
> >>>
> >>> We had maintenance problems this week, too.  Tuesday I smelled
> >>> something
> >>> that I thought was burning insulation.  Bill said he didn't have much
> >> hot
> >>> water for his shower so I'd need to re-set the breaker in the
> >>> basement
> >>> before I went to shower.  (That has frequently happened when the
> >>> furnace
> >>> has
> >>> not been running much to heat the water via geothermal.)  When I
> >>> went to
> >>> reset the breaker I found the smell of something burning right there!
> >> The
> >>> insulation had been smoldering and the plastic face plate had melted
> >> over
> >>> the breaker!  Boy was it HOT!   OUCH!  I ran upstairs and threw the
> >>> main
> >>> breaker to the water heater and called Bill, who was at work by then.
> >> He
> >>> got the info for me to get a new thermostat at a local store.
> >>>
> >>> I was going to pick it up and Bill was going to take his lunch to do
> >>> the
> >>> repairs.  It sounded good until I got in the car and it wouldn't
> >>> start!
> >>> When Bill got home, we discovered my 7 year old starter battery had
> >> given
> >>> up
> >>> the ghost.  Now there is a downside to a Prius.  The starter battery
> >>> is
> >>> like
> >>> no other in size or shape.  We knew that, but we called around and
> >>> Auto
> >>> Zone
> >>> said they had it.  Bill picked it up on his way home.  It was NOT the
> >>> right
> >>> battery.  We discovered you can only get a replacement from the
> >>> dealership.
> >>> Naturally, they don't carry them.  You have to order them!  UGH!!!
> >>>
> >>> Bill ended up taking the rest of the day off to work on the hot water
> >>> heater
> >>> and my car.  I was blessed that someone at a dealer 45 minutes away
> >>> had
> >>> ordered one but hadn't used it.  (Of course it was $150!)  After Bill
> >>> installed my new battery, he put the new thermostat in the hot water
> >>> heater
> >>> but didn't like the way the insulation on the wiring to the
> >>> thermostat
> >>> looked, so he headed out to purchase new wiring.  He got that
> >>> installed
> >>> and
> >>> with a couple of trials, we heard the coils kick in and everything
> >> seemed
> >>> fine.  (At this point, he was an hour late for class!)
> >>>
> >>> The next morning he said that I should wait a little while before I
> >>> showered
> >>> because it seemed to be taking a little longer to heat up, since the
> >>> 50
> >>> gallon tank had gotten stone cold on Tuesday.  I waited another 3
> >>> hours
> >>> and
> >>> had the absolute coldest shower of my life!!!  UGH!  There was no
> >>> time
> >> to
> >>> find the problem at lunch, so after work, Bill came home and ran
> >>> about
> >>> every
> >>> test he could on the wiring and thermostat he had installed and it
> >>> was
> >> all
> >>> good.  BUT, every time he threw the switch on it, the main breaker
> >>> for
> >> the
> >>> water heater flipped!  It took us about an hour and we started
> >>> smelling
> >>> that
> >>> electrical burning insulation smell again....  Yup, the breaker
> >>> itself
> >> had
> >>> gone bad and had started to melt down!  Luckily, we had a spare
> >>> breaker.
> >>> The bad news is, we can't find any more.  It looks like we'll have to
> >> have
> >>
> >>> a
> >>> new panel installed in the very near future.
> >>>
> >>> We finally got hot water Thursday morning!  YEAH!!!  My poor DH is
> >>> quite
> >>> worn out!  I don't want to call him to tell him the dryer is making a
> >>> horrendous noise....
> >>>
> >>> Blessings,
> >>> Bonnie
> >>
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> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
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