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Monday, December 21, 2015

RO repair & update

In early September the RO water started to smell bad.  Really.  One day it was okay and then, after a weekend of not using it, the water was smelly.  I called my guy.  He came right out.  

He smelled the water at the faucet and we went downstairs.  Just what he suspected, the old metal pressure tank was leaking through the bladder.  Algae, etc had taken hold.

He was prepared for the worst (after all, the system was nearly 10 years old at this point and the metal tanks had long since been replaced with non-corroding plastic) and had brought all new equipment.  

In no time I had a new tank and new filters.  Yay.

"Yay" lasted about a month.  The funky smell came back.  So did my guy.  He brought along another tank and decided to just go ahead and install it even though the previous tank seemed ok.  And this time he gave the faucet/fridge line a squirt of bleach.   Again, Yay!

But Yay still didn't stay.  In November I noticed a slight odor that would come and go at the sink faucet.  Somedays it was apparant.  Some not.  It nagged at me.  

It should be fine!  Then last week I took a long Q-tip dipped in bleach and swabbed out the faucet.  It came out black.  Eeeew.  I called my guy.  And again, he came right out.  (He's known me for years and knows I don't cry wolf.)

This time I ventured that there is still some algae in the lines.  We should either replace them or chlorinate them really well this time, not just a quick squirt.  We decided to try the latter first.

Today he brought a spare filter.  We soaked the filter in the canister with bleach, then hooked the bleach filter up to the pressurized tank (bypassing any RO process).  Then we opened the kitchen faucet until I smelled bleach.  Turned it off.  Then I allowed the fridge to make ice until a melted cube smelled of bleach.  Then I turned off the ice maker.  Now the lines are filled with chlorinated water and will sit for 24 hours.

Meanwhile, RO continued to make water and the disconnected line fed into the drain.  Didn't care for that (makes the well pump run too much), so I turned off the feed from the water softener.  Now all is quiet.  No RO process, no ice making, no sink faucet use.  

By Tuesday afternoon, I'll run the faucet a bit, then disconnect the extra bleach canister and re-connect the lines where they need to go.  I'll keep ya posted.

P.S. After the initial replacement in September, my guy has never charged me a cent.  He stands by his work; the last of a dying breed. 

=========== 26 hours later ====== >

Lines back where they belong, faucet flushed, no odor.  Ice needs another 2 cycles to flush bleach.  We'll see how things shake out in the long run.  Stay tuned.


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Decoration day ... purge-style

My friend and his wife came over and while he was busy chainsawing the stump in the stump bed, she and I packed up ALL the decorations and brought them downstairs.

Between them and their grown kids, the stuff will get good use.

And I have space in the upstairs bedroom again to stage more stuff.

Next up:


Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot LESS Christmas!

Too gloomy, windy and chill to work outside today so I bit the bullet and had a go at the side of the attic that was filled with unused Christmas decorations.

I used to have a wing ding holiday party when I was working and accumulated a lot of stuff.  But after I was downsized (2006) there was very little call for it.  I couldn't afford to give that big a splash anymore.

90% of stuff has not been used since.  

Today I pulled it all out of the attic, dusted everything off and set them out in the bedroom up there to evaluate.  

Going through it was no prob.  I'd long ago disconnected emotion from these items, having saved out sentimental objects last Christmas (you saw pics of the decorations/ lit tree in the front bay window).

As the attic emptied there was no regret knowing that it was all going to be donated.  I'd even disconnected from the monetary value of the (some extremely nice) stuff.  It hadn't even been worth my time to take it to this past summer's garage sale.

Finally, the attic was emptied (except for the lit tree and the front door wreath).  

Tomorrow my friend is coming over to take a load of yardwaste to the depot and he'll be offered all items.  What he and his family don't take will be hauled off as good riddance.

The 2nd floor purge is coming along.  The east attic is empty, the linen cupboard is empty, the west closet is empty.

The west attic while not empty now only holds hobby and sentimental items.  All that paper, documents, manuals, ancient bank, credit and household info was shredded back in spring.  There is a lot of room in there now.

Still to do -- and this may never get done -- is the east closet is filled with sentimental (???) computer stuff.  No kidding.  They don't make great games like they used to in the 80s & 90s.  Now it's all shooting stuff.  I miss playing these games and even keep an older PC just so I can fire them up now and then.  I guess it's no different than keeping old vinyl records or tapes from your younger years.  The memories that come from engaging them are usually fond and sometimes wistful.

Ah well, the purge continues.  Check back for more. 

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