Grump Central Archive: Week of 27 January 2019

Saturday, 2 February 2019. The sheetrocking began yesterday; the first task (after helping the delivery truck get unstuck) was to move over 60 sheets of rock inside—while it snowed. The main living space ceiling is roughly half done.

Grump Central Weather at 4:00 AM

  • temperature 10° F
  • humidity 89%
  • barometer 30.39" steady
  • no wind
  • approx. 1 inch of snow from yesterday

Friday, 1 February 2019. Today sheetrocking the ceilings will begin. Once this is done, major work will stop until such time as I obtain more finances, as I will be tapped dry. The specter of the botched real estate deal rears its ugly head once again; it has well and truly ruined me, and I will be struggling to overcome it for the rest of my days.

Grump Central Weather at 4:00 AM

  • temperature 8° F
  • humidity 74%
  • barometer 30.46" rising
  • no wind
  • no precipitation

Thursday, 31 January 2019. The Polar Vortex is upon us! The night was brutal—for me, my critters, and my brand new heat pump (not to mention my wallet). Thankfully it won't last long; by Sunday it's supposed to be in the 40s again.

Grump Central Weather at 4:00 AM

  • temperature 5° F
  • humidity 55%
  • barometer 30.36" rising
  • wind 4 mph E
  • no precipitation

Wednesday, 30 January 2019. Time to batten down the hatches and prepare for a "polar vortex," another way of saying that it's going to get flipping cold: the low for tonight is supposed to be 4°! Yikes!

Grump Central Weather at 4:00 AM

  • temperature 21° F
  • humidity 72%
  • barometer 29.95" steady
  • wind 6 mph ENE
  • trace dusting of snow

Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Yesterday was a "nothing-burger" day. Occasionally there are times when doing nothing is an accomplishment: it's simply not possible to be productive 100% of the time. Batteries must be recharged.

Grump Central Weather at 7:00 AM

  • temperature 24° F
  • humidity 77%
  • barometer 30.01" steady
  • no wind
  • no precipitation

Monday, 28 January 2019. I have heat! It took over two hours to get the system balanced, but once things settled down, it ran like a champ. To help the HVAC contractor, I installed a thermocouple on the inbound refrigerant line to monitor its temperature. Worked like a charm. The real test comes on Wednesday night, when the low is predicted to be all of 6 degrees. (And the following Sunday is supposed to be in the 40s—how crazy is that?)

Grump Central Weather at 7:00 AM

  • temperature 27° F
  • humidity 57%
  • barometer 30.04" steady
  • no wind
  • no precipitation

Sunday, 27 January 2019. Yesterday became a road trip: Pier 1 Imports had a sale on cool cheap plastic plates that I thought were perfect for deck and informal use, but each store only had a few, and they couldn't be ordered online, so I wound up going to three stores to collect enough. So, write that day off as pretty much a loss as far as the house goes. But if it's as nice as predictions claim it will be today, I'll be putting up more siding.

Grump Central Weather at 7:00 AM

  • temperature 29° F
  • humidity 94%
  • barometer 30.12" steady
  • wind 3 mph WSW
  • no precipitation

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