The Heat Is On

by Josh on October 1, 2006 · 4 comments

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I got the boiler back online just in time for the temperature to hit 80 degrees today. Although you’d never know it by the current conditions, we’ve had some cooler weather lately. When our insurance guy came over on Friday morning, we got up early to start a fire in the fireplace just to warm up the room a bit for his visit.

capped radiator pipe As regular readers may recall, the heat has been off because I have a radiator disconnected while I work on getting its paint stripped. Although I have tried stripping the radiator myself, I’m now looking for someone to sandblast and powdercoat it. My calls to sandblasters haven’t yet identified the right person for the job, so, I decided to cap the radiator pipes in my project room for the winter, fill the boiler, and give the rest of the house some heat. (I’ll make due with a space heater in my project room.)

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that I’d left all the radiator bleeder valves open from when I drained the boiler. Now as I added water to the system, the radiators began filling with water. When the radiators on the first floor filled up, they all started squirting water out of their open bleeder valves simultaneously. With little geysers spouting from radiators in every room, Ms. Bungalow and I ran around the house with towels and bleeder valve keys frantically trying to stop the water. We had everything under control before the second floor radiators filled, and we had a laugh about the stupidity of our self-made crisis.

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Stuccohouse October 1, 2006 at 8:11 pm

You might give Franks Plumbing a call 612-338-7609 and see who does their sandblating and powder coating – they do a ton of it. They can be kind of brusk, but I’d bet they’d give you a lead.


Josh October 1, 2006 at 10:25 pm

I’ll definitely call Franks. Thanks for the tip.


Gretchen October 2, 2006 at 12:52 pm

You have listed information about Dr. Wilford Widen and the house in which he raised his children. I am married to Dr. Widen’s grandson. I will tell you that Grampa Bill was an amazing, down-to-earth man who deeply loved his wife (who was in a wheel chair from her 50’s til her departure), his kids and his grandkids…and who had a huge heart for leaning on God in each area of life. He was a total gem, in all ways, yet humble and real.


Josh October 2, 2006 at 5:18 pm

Hi Gretchen,

I’m glad you found this website and chose to leave me a message. Thanks for sharing some memories of “Grampa.” Early in my research on this house and the family that built it, I realized that Dr. Widen was a very special man. I’ve been inspired by his professional accomplishments, his committed service to the church, and his love of family. I would enjoy visiting some more with you about your memories of him. Thanks again for your touching remembrance.


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