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Old 12-08-2022, 06:16 PM
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Ah, yes it never fails to bite me in the ass. So, our furnace quit running the beginning of the week. I did a little research on You-tube for some trouble shooting tips and figured out it is just the thermostat has gone bad. Several years ago because of complaints from SWMBO (She had to move the setting too far to get the furnace to come on) me not knowing any better at the time pulled the original Honeywell K87? one of the last "Old School" thermostats with the mercury switch in it. Because it was still good I hung on to it and put it in the shed where it sat in the top corner of my small tool box with welding supplies in it for YEARS! Now that I want it. It has of course disappeared into the bowels of the shed which is a cross between "The Bermuda Triangle" and a friggin Black Hole. We are heating totally with the woodstove right now which isn't a huge deal it's just nice in the morning when we haven't gotten out of bed to let the furnace kick in for an hour or so till we get up. I've searched for that old thermostat like 3 different times now with no luck so far. It's really going to chafe my ass if I have to break down and go buy a New POS when I know I have a way better thermostat on hand if I can just find it
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Old 12-08-2022, 07:08 PM
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Ah, yes it never fails to bite me in the ass. So, our furnace quit running the beginning of the week. I did a little research on You-tube for some trouble shooting tips and figured out it is just the thermostat has gone bad. Several years ago because of complaints from SWMBO (She had to move the setting too far to get the furnace to come on) me not knowing any better at the time pulled the original Honeywell K87? one of the last "Old School" thermostats with the mercury switch in it. Because it was still good I hung on to it and put it in the shed where it sat in the top corner of my small tool box with welding supplies in it for YEARS! Now that I want it. It has of course disappeared into the bowels of the shed which is a cross between "The Bermuda Triangle" and a friggin Black Hole. We are heating totally with the woodstove right now which isn't a huge deal it's just nice in the morning when we haven't gotten out of bed to let the furnace kick in for an hour or so till we get up. I've searched for that old thermostat like 3 different times now with no luck so far. It's really going to chafe my ass if I have to break down and go buy a New POS when I know I have a way better thermostat on hand if I can just find it
Post a picture of the thermostat (that you can't find). I may have one in the garage. I saved it because it has mercury in it.
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Old 12-08-2022, 08:04 PM
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A lot of that stuff disappears into the 'black hole' will be found in plain sight when it's no longer needed. Just last week my scoop shovel fell into that hole......I made three trips through every building on the place....no luck.
I call four of the kids who live halfway close and asked them 'who has my scoop shovel? All replied 'Not us.'............so I use a smaller shovel to scrape the shit out of the chicken house which took twice as long and twice the work.
This morning when I turned into the driveway coming home from town, what do I see hanging on the shop wall in plain sight 100 yds. away....the f'n scoop shovel.
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Been there, done that! I don't know how many times I've looked for a tool/supply without finding it. I'll go get another one at the hdwr store, use it, and then when I go to put it away, guess what is right were it "should" be? The original tool/supply I "lost". I now pretend to go get a new one and put it "away". Amazing how often that helps my failing memory!

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Old 12-08-2022, 09:27 PM
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I have "lost" at least a dozen center punches and maybe 100 sharpies in the shop over the years. I misplace a lot of shit, but those 2 things I can never find no matter how many I buy.
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Old 12-09-2022, 01:15 AM
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I needed to find a caulking gun this afternoon. I had no idea where to begin looking. I decided to park the thought till later in the evening, to go through my process of recalling where I might find it.

You know, where did I use one last time? Where would I have put it when I was done? What similar tools would it be with?

Then it occurred to me to set out the tube of duct seal as a reminder to find the gun. Okay, where did I put the sealant? Where did I see it last? It was just a couple of days ago. What have I moved since then?

I started shifting boxes and noticed a gun sitting on top of a cabinet. I removed the nearly empty tube of dried out silicon from the gun, and soon after I found the sealant.

I concluded that I have achieved critical mass on caulking guns, at least for now.
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Old 12-09-2022, 07:12 AM
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I needed to find a caulking gun this afternoon. I had no idea where to begin looking. I decided to park the thought till later in the evening, to go through my process of recalling where I might find it.

You know, where did I use one last time? Where would I have put it when I was done? What similar tools would it be with?

Then it occurred to me to set out the tube of duct seal as a reminder to find the gun. Okay, where did I put the sealant? Where did I see it last? It was just a couple of days ago. What have I moved since then?

I started shifting boxes and noticed a gun sitting on top of a cabinet. I removed the nearly empty tube of dried out silicon from the gun, and soon after I found the sealant.

I concluded that I have achieved critical mass on caulking guns, at least for now.

I have the same problem, especially with caulk guns. I do not think I have ever bought one, maybe that the problem. Doing peoples cleanups for years, I probably get at least one a year in the scrap. And 90% of the time there is nothing wrong with them, so I save them. But heaven help me when I actually need to find one to use.


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Old 12-09-2022, 08:45 AM
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Re- those Hg bulb T-stats. That is what is we have and I've been wondering about what to do if it ever fails. I can't abide all the crap they seem to put in a "modern" one, and then it wouldn't fit in the place this one is. I suspect the modern ones also must have a cursed battery in them too. :-(
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Old 12-09-2022, 10:22 AM
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I have a couple of those switches too, somewhere. The furnace we just removed from the shop a couple weeks ago has run along just fine for decades with one. I have replaced the fancy ones on each of my indoor units at least 3 times in the 25 years we've had them.

I had the a/c company guy out yesterday quoting a mini-split install in the shop. I'm gonna figure out a way to do it but may take a bit of time.
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So, I sort of threw in the towel on the search. As others have said and it's been my experience too. I figure the best way to find the one I want is to buy a new one. Ace here in town had the modern solidstate version in stock. Mama worked her magic on coming up with discounts and got it cheaper than ordering online. Best part was all I had to do was pull the old/new POS off the wall mount base and plug in the new one. The furnace is up and running . Now I have time to search at my leisure when I can actually set stuff outside the shed till I find the old T87K which is the correct model number.
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