January 25, 2008

Yesterday I went out to our shed to shut the door because it had been left open. I was afraid that the door was going to be frozen open and I wouldn't be able to shut it. I pulled the door a couple of times to jar it loose from the ice. I was quite pleased that it actually shut.

I started to walk away from the shed, then thought to myself, "Wait a minute! Something didn't look right back there." I went back to the shed and well...all I can say is cheap Sears metal sheds aren't built for Rexburg winters!

I started to look around online and it look as though lots of people who live in snowy climates have had the same problem. About 6 inches of snow is all these things can handle. Who would have thought? Obviously not me. The other thing I found out is that there is a roof strengthening kit that you can purchase, but no where in the instructions for the shed is that mentioned. I guess you have to have a "beta" shed to figure it out the hard way.

Last night I had a church ball game that lasted about 2 hours because there were a million fouls. I didn't get home till about 10:50. When I got home, Deidra informs me that Liberty had just thrown up and she couldn't deal with the smells of cleaning it up. So I stayed up till about 12:45 doing laundry and making sure Liberty was ok. Then Brylee woke up about 4 times in the night every 1 1/2 hours. So I was dead tired to start the day off.

Yesterday's thought was "why does life always seem to be so fun?" Today's thought was, "You've got to be kidding me!" The day started out well. I served at the temple as a parking lot attendant and the weather was the best we've had in a long time. However, the instant I got home Deidra says, "The heater isn't working again."

Last winter right after a real cold snap our heater stopped working because the gas valve had junk built up in it. This time it was showing the exact same symptoms. Only the fan would kick on and no fire. Well, Deidra called United Plumbing and Heating and they wouldn't be able to look at it till Monday. We didn't want frozen pipes so we called back and asked if they had our part in stock. Turns out, someone else had ordered the part yesterday, then called back and said they didn't need it. I'm thinking, "Awesome, what a blessing for us!"

So I ran over to the store and picked the part up for $79.95. Had to defrost the main gas valve on the outside of the house (a few taps with a hammer) to shut of the gas. Then I tore the old gas valve off. I couldn't get a part off the old one because it had ceased on. So I had to go back to the store and use their vise to get the part off to transfer to the new gas valve. Finally I got everything installed and turned the heater back on...or so I thought. Nothing! So then I got to looking at the thermostat. Liberty had flipped the switch from heat to cool. No wonder why the heater wasn't working, it wasn't supposed to be. On the bright side, we have a new gas valve and the old one was wearing out anyways.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you can have that attitude that you needed a new one anyway. Ha!

Elena said...

LOL!!!!!!! THAT was hilarious!! Sorry about your shed though. That's a bummer.

Natalie and Quin said...

Preventative maintenace is ALWAYS good. did you have the proper amount of spare parts when you finished?