Cold Reception

We lost the heat at The Cupola sometime in the last few days…the air-handler motor doesn’t start. Bad motor or perhaps just the start capacitor.

Fortunately nothing froze plumbing-wise…the thermal mass of these old buildings is truly impressive. Twenty inch thick brick walls make them reasonably economical to heat and cool despite no insulation and the 160 years of wear, tear, and alterations making them quite leaky, air-wise. I’ve got a lot of work to do to tighten this building up…

I was able to get the heat to run to warm up the building so customers wouldn’t turn blue and twitch today but once it shuts off it can’t automatically restart.

I’ll have to come up with something this weekend to avoid problems if we hit colder weather.

Why does it have to be now? Taxes and insurance for pretty much everything we own are due now…we can’t afford a service call, and really can’t even afford the parts for me to do it myself…

Ah well. There’s never a good time, is there?

May have a used motor/start cap somewhere around that I can make work…I’ll dig around and see.

Y’all (technical Texas term) want to buy a couple thousand dollars worth of art and most excellent Life Is a Road books to help with ye-old-budget?

Daniel Meyer

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