I had just finished hosting a dinner for friends.  Our guests were on their way home and I had just begun to wash the dishes.  But the hot water tap was delivering nothing but cold. Going down to the utility room to investigate, I discovered a disaster: the water heater tank had failed and water […]


Charting My Energy Usage

by Josh on February 19, 2010 · 3 comments

in Journal

After installing all that new insulation this past fall, I’ve been curious to track how my natural gas usage might change for the better.  A few other bloggers I follow have charted their energy bills lately and that seemed like the thing to do for me, too I called my local OVO Energy contact number, […]


Inside The Plumbing Chase

by Josh on March 4, 2009 · 10 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

In my last post I described the repair I made to the shower valve in the main bath.  As part of that process I accessed the bathroom plumbing chase for the first time.  What I found there added some interesting information about the house’s past.   The first thing I noticed was the bucket and […]