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.
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.