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A little spot of bloggy (31 Dec 2016 at 21:01)
Hey team! Another quiet month. The only interesting thing that happened to me is that as the temperature reached 9°F two weeks ago, I woke up to find that my house's boiler had failed. I have hot water heat, so this meant that my house was completely without heat or showers. While allegedly a superior method of heating the house, hot water radiators have a serious design issue now extra familiar to me, which is that if they fail, then the natural next step is for the cold water radiator pipes running through your floorboards to become ice radiator pipes, and when the hot water is reinstated at the emergency price of $10,400, the pipes are invigorated with the pressure of hot water and slipping ice plugs, and explode, creating copious ceiling waters. (This is despite me taking precautionary system-draining steps as the house's temperature dropped—there are just some pipes that are nearly external due to poor insulation.) So if you have a house that was built less than 100 years ago or have forced air or some other heat, please take this moment to ha-ha me. Oh and then ha-ha again that due to what was apparently a configuration error, the new boiler entered a lockout mode while I was on vacation in Connecticut, so I helplessly watched the temperature fall on my Nest app all of Christmas Eve day, imagining that all the while new ceiling floods were filling the house with liquid water. Ugh! Big ups to Reed, who thankfully was still in town, and drove over to turn the thing off and verify the floor water level at 0.

I did get to make a project out of it, since I'm going to try to insulate one of the especially prone pipes (as I can see that this is not the first burst!) using some overly complicated or labor-intensive approach, i.e., Tom style.

Oh I also made a 3D printed present for my nephew, trying to take literally his Christmas request, but now it's too late for me to upload that thing cuz I gotta to go this NYE party.

The hacking project I mentioned in last month's resignation is turning out to be harder than I thought, but in a good way. I think it's interesting enough to become a video, so stay tuned. Happy 2017!
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