The Cupola came to us with central heat and air installed for the lower floor. Gas heat and a 5-ton unit combined with the insulated drop ceiling and the thermal mass of the 20-inch thick brick walls makes it reasonably economical to heat and cool. There is nothing, however, that I *like* about the installation and it will require repair and upgrades, particular as we reconfigure the building for our uses. We will detail those projects here.

Parts is parts!

Parts in hand…I’m off to a particularly interesting nook (or perhaps it’s a cranny) in this 1860’s era building to fix the heat.

The temperatures haven’t been too bad inside…20″ thick brick walls have significant thermal mass…but still…taking the chill off makes the store a much more pleasant place…especially for those of us working in it all day.

Come on out and see us! We’re open 10-4(ish) (maybe later) Saturday and 1-5 Sunday.

Give some real art for Christmas this year and support your local artists/shops!

Daniel Meyer

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

The Heat Ate It…

Alternate title: “Never To Plan”

Since we are headed for a high of 104 today, we decided to work inside…cleaning and repairing stuff that needs it (pretty much…everything).

So of course the heat ate the air-conditioning at the Cupola. Gad. Turned it on, no cool air. Sigh. Checked it out…lost the fan motor in the condenser (outside) unit. While checking it out it even managed to start running backwards.

Bad fan motor, bad contactor/relay (still working but arc-damaged), bad start/run capacitor. I’ll have to hunt parts for it Monday/Tuesday.

Dead A/C parts from the Cupola Building

Dead A/C parts from the Cupola Building

Pretty much fried myself in the heat, getting the old motor/etc out so I can make sure and get the correct ones. Good hour to get it all apart.

Funny…I couldn’t get the fan off the motor…loosened the set screws and it would not budge. Tried prying/etc and it simply would not move.

Gave up and decided I’d haul the fan/motor downstairs where I could work on it better and with more tools (and perhaps a little lube).

Halfway down the stairs the fan popped right off in my hand the the 25 pound motor went tumbling down the stairs (almost took out a window!)

Changed some lights and cleaned up a couple other electrical woes before it got too hot downstairs to work. Didn’t take long…it was over 100 degrees before noon.