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Jul 29, 2020 - 4:15:13 PM
5776 posts since 8/7/2009

Its never fun when you spend serious $ to have your HVAC system serviced - only to have it crash on you 2 days later. And then find out that it is nothing they did wrong, but will cost you some more serious $.

"Adding insult to injury..." the part needed to fix the system is not in stock locally, has to be ordered. They told me Monday "It will be here on Friday." Three days later in this heat.... and we have 2 more days of suffering to go. Heat index in the 100's...

And the "kick me while I'm down..." for this week - my truck goes in for scheduled repairs for A/C (scheduled last week - before the home system crashed), and other minor repairs which all total up to some more serious $.

Money is an issue, but trying to stay cool is an all together different issue. Gloom, despair, and agony on me. If it weren't for bad luck... I'd have no luck at all.

Don't you feel sorry for me? wink  Ever have one of those weeks?

I'm believing next week will be better.

Jul 29, 2020 - 4:16:59 PM
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5776 posts since 8/7/2009

Must be karma catching up with me for all the grief I've been giving everybody on FHO.

Jul 29, 2020 - 4:46:14 PM
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DougD

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Should you consider buying a room air conditioner and just hole up in a meditation chamber?

Jul 29, 2020 - 5:49:53 PM
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3510 posts since 12/8/2007

Shoot, and you're up near the Mississippi River and that humidity. Wow. No swamp cooler for you. Sheesh. It's hot here--but it ain' Mississippi hot. Hope things improve, Tony, truly.

Jul 29, 2020 - 7:04:24 PM
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Should you consider buying a room air conditioner and just hole up in a meditation chamber?


We thought about riding around in my wife's van all night. Her A/C is working great.

Jul 29, 2020 - 7:18:43 PM

154 posts since 6/11/2019

This is a case for having a backup window unit--put it in the bedroom or whatever place you like the coolest. We even have a backup for the backup.

I'm sure we're mostly around the same age here--Dad grew up before air. In the summer, they drug their beds out on the screen porch. You get used to it. When I get lathered up working outside, the shade feels pretty good. Never mind it's still 10 degrees hotter than the house. Then, when I come in I feel like I'm freezing. Though it's nice to know you always have a shelter from the misery.

Remember the "Sweaty South" movies like Cool Hand Luke?

As far as vehicle A/C, it seems like anytime there's a malfunction, you have to replace every component--compressor, condenser, evaporator. multi-$100s flying out of your billfold. I feel your pain. I used to get by with a Volkswagen Beetle, then a Triumph Spitfire, but I was young and tough, then.

Jul 29, 2020 - 8:46:02 PM
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Fiddler

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4084 posts since 6/22/2007

Sorry, Tony. That's rough.

Three years ago our AC went out the day we went hosting a big pot luck dinner party in early May. Kaput gemacht!! It was 30 years old and needed replacing. It took three weeks to get the new on installed. Fortunately, we live in a Victorian cottage with high ceilings, a spacious screened in porch and good ventilation. Also, the weather in Texas wasn't too bad until Memorial Day weekend. It was unbearable - hot humid. Wet sheets. ughhh.... We gave up and decided to spend a couple days in an air conditioned hotel in Dallas.

Jul 30, 2020 - 3:02:42 AM
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when I was a kid we didn't even have a window fan. Spent many a night in the summer sleeping either on the porch or in front of the living room screen door. Even the schools didn't have AC. And no they never shut the schools down no matter how hot it got. Cars didn't have AC either. Guess what? We didn't die!

Jul 30, 2020 - 4:49:02 AM

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It's true people didn't used to have air conditioning, but let's face it...summers are getting hotter. At least here where we are...it's dog days of summer from June until October...and when we first moved up here, we had to wear jackets in the mornings and evenings up into July, because it was so much cooler than where we had come from, just 4 hours south.

We don't have air condtioning, but we finally did get a window air conditioner...one in the kitchen, which doesn't seem to do much besides make it stuffy...lol...and one down in the area that's divided up into a bedroom and presonus studio, which we only use at night...I sweat it out using the Presonus...can't afford to run those things a lot.

But seriously...seems like every summer now, all summer...it's just way too hot. I've even seen it in my garden this year...stuff going to seed a lot sooner than usual...I'm already gathering up seeds the way I used to do later in the summer.

Anyway...yeah, now that everybody does have air conditioning, it really does contribute to the problem...so then everybody needs it...etc. It's a tough situation.

But hang on Tony...hopefully you'll get some relief. Around here it's supposed to only get up to 78 on Saturday...lol...I'll believe that when I see it. I'm sure we'll freeze!

Jul 30, 2020 - 4:53:19 AM

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These hotter summers is when I finally started getting myself a hold of some tropical edibles...this is my first year growing them...Okinawan spinach, Longevity Spinach, Malabar Spinach and red Malabar Spinach. They were kinda hard to get so we haven't gotten to eat any of them...just trying to get them going good to winter over inside and then get them out earlier next year. I did that with Water Spinach last year and we've had a lot of that to eat this summer...wintered it over last year and now got a lot of that stuff. None of them are spinach...just named that...just greens...but if it keeps up like this I'll start growing coconuts too...lol.

Around here, we don't have much of a window for growing greens or a few other things like that...it's either jungle rot style heat and humidity, or it's too cold and frosty.

Jul 30, 2020 - 8:06:21 AM
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robcarr

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3 posts since 7/13/2020

Damn, I am really sorry. Horrible week for you.

Jul 30, 2020 - 8:19:58 AM

8399 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by tonyelder

Its never fun when you spend serious $ to have your HVAC system serviced - only to have it crash on you 2 days later. And then find out that it is nothing they did wrong, but will cost you some more serious $.

"Adding insult to injury..." the part needed to fix the system is not in stock locally, has to be ordered. They told me Monday "It will be here on Friday." Three days later in this heat.... and we have 2 more days of suffering to go. Heat index in the 100's...

And the "kick me while I'm down..." for this week - my truck goes in for scheduled repairs for A/C (scheduled last week - before the home system crashed), and other minor repairs which all total up to some more serious $.

Money is an issue, but trying to stay cool is an all together different issue. Gloom, despair, and agony on me. If it weren't for bad luck... I'd have no luck at all.

Don't you feel sorry for me? wink  Ever have one of those weeks?

I'm believing next week will be better.


Gloom, Dispair and Agony.. Need help? call BR549wink

Jul 30, 2020 - 8:27:29 AM

4719 posts since 9/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by tonyelder
quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Should you consider buying a room air conditioner and just hole up in a meditation chamber?


We thought about riding around in my wife's van all night. Her A/C is working great.


yes Not a terrible idea if you don't need sleep. 

I feel for you Tony. A couple of weeks ago our AC was leaking condensation all over the basement so I shut it down during our hottest days (last weekend was just as bad). Repair guy slapped some putty over where it was leaking (charged me $125 for something I could have done myself but hoped for a better solution) and said I'd probably need a new unit soon since ours is at least 20 yrs old. I'm holding out until season changes, looking for a better price. 

Doug, I had a roommate once who had the only air in the apt, a window unit in his tiny, not much more than a closet bedroom off the living room area. He called it The Cryochamber and would occasionally grace us by opening the door and cooling the living room. 

Jul 30, 2020 - 1:15:56 PM
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boxbow

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I'm in the trade, myself. Guess who's "been installing" central air for the last two years in his own house? I bought the stuff for cheap because it came unused from a job and couldn't be returned to the vendor. The coil went in last winter. Yesterday I punched a couple of holes through a perfectly sound foundation wall for the refrigerant lines and 220. Tonight I string the 220 for the electrician. That job actually started a week ago and the heat was so murderous that I could only put in a couple hours at a time burrowing into finished ceilings and fiberglass insulation and such.  Tomorrow I run the copper lines. With luck I'll have the condenser landscaped in over the weekend. A little refrigerant, a little juice and my long-suffering wife will have A/C just in time for fall.

Edited by - boxbow on 07/30/2020 13:21:18

Jul 30, 2020 - 1:20:38 PM
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DougD

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"The shoemaker's children go barefoot."

Jul 30, 2020 - 1:22:16 PM
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boxbow

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quote:
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"The shoemaker's children go barefoot."


If I say that to my wife one more time she'll absolutely go postal on me.

Jul 30, 2020 - 1:32:45 PM
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DougD

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I guess if she wanted A/C maybe she should have married a shoemaker.

Jul 30, 2020 - 1:49:50 PM
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Peggy, you will never convince me the summers are any hotter now than when we were kids. Hot is hot!

Jul 30, 2020 - 2:18:02 PM

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Well, my tropical edibles sure do seem very happy to be here in KY. Any hotter and I do coconuts, coffee beans and bananas...lol. Maybe in another 25 years.  We'll see, I guess.  I would love to be wrong on stuff like this.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 07/30/2020 14:20:14

Jul 30, 2020 - 7:03:03 PM

5776 posts since 8/7/2009

quote:
Originally posted by old cowboy

when I was a kid we didn't even have a window fan. Spent many a night in the summer sleeping either on the porch or in front of the living room screen door. Even the schools didn't have AC. And no they never shut the schools down no matter how hot it got. Cars didn't have AC either. Guess what? We didn't die!


lol...  That could have been me that said all that.  And I wouldn't have to leave out a thing - including the porch in summer. And for me it was the kitchen in the winter. 1 bedroom apt in the back of a store - that was the only place for me back then. Roaches were every where in the kitchen at night. I have a a real DISLIKE for roaches to this day. I CAN"T STAND THEM!

Jul 30, 2020 - 7:34:06 PM

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Were you guys kids when I was a kid? Maybe not...I'm gettin' old. Nobody had airconditioning back then. I never met a person who had air conditioning until I was on up into my 30s.

Jul 31, 2020 - 2:28:15 AM

142 posts since 4/15/2019

I was born in 1943. Lived on a farm most of my life. This was back when a farm was really a farm. We had a hen house for the chickens, a cow barn for the milk cow. Gathered the eggs milked the cow and churned our own butter. Dad would give each of us a quart mason jar filled with cream and we would sit down in the evenings and shake it till it turned to butter. And yes we drank milk straight from the cow! Guess what? Nobody ever died from it! Didn't have time to sit around worrying about a lot of nonsense! To busy living to worry about dying!

Jul 31, 2020 - 2:32:45 AM

142 posts since 4/15/2019

I got my first AC for our house sometime in the mid 80's. Then it was a window one.

Jul 31, 2020 - 3:48:15 AM

4719 posts since 9/26/2008

Although I'm not in the retired category yet, we grew up without AC. I didn't live in a place with AC until I lived with the Cryochamber guy mentioned above,early 90s. Maybe the dorm from my very brief college stint had it. Used to be I hated it, now I appreciate the decadence that it is.

Jul 31, 2020 - 4:15:37 AM

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Well yeah...people were lucky if they had electricity, inside water, a phone...lol...who woulda thought of air conditioning. And it wasn't this crazy weather pattern every summer. I remember we always played in the rain...my grandson thinks we must've been crazy, as he sits and watches the trees throw their limbs around violently and the drenching downpours rush down our hill like wild rivers. But there used to be summer showers, not either drought or century incident floods and stuff. I think we probably caused it by internal combustion engines (remember manpower and mule power???) all over the place, and now feed it with stuff like air conditioning...which people need a lot of times now just to stay healthy in the summers we have. But one of my thrills in life is to turn out to be wrong about some problem I don't see us getting out of...when I'm wrong about stuff i don't really like...it makes me happy...so I hope one day I'll get happy about all of this...lol. Right now...seems concerning.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 07/31/2020 04:17:04

Jul 31, 2020 - 5:07:22 AM

5776 posts since 8/7/2009

Born in 1951. Moved from Alabama to Memphis in 1954. We moved out of the apartment when Dad bought a house in 57. 1 bedroom with an add-on to the back of the house that was our bathroom and washroom. I had the "finished" attic for my bedroom then. I loved it.

We had window unit AC in mid 60's (2 homes later) - in mom and dad's bedroom. My brother and I had a box fan. We finally got a window unit for the den in the late 60's that was able to cool most of the house.

But I left for the Army right after that. (70 - 73) No AC there.

Anyway... I can't say any of that really bothered me. That's just the way it was.

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