Escape from Hoth

{Escape from where?}

Last night our thermostat looked like this.

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That would read 52 degrees. Indoors. It was chilly.

Remember the thermocouple incident?

While I managed to get it out just fine, putting back was a different story. Sure, it seemed like it should just screw back in like the old one unscrewed but there was the nagging notion that I could blow up the house. Gas is no joke.

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{old one}

My over confidence and pride said I could do it all by myself. I didn’t need anyone’s help. My desire to have a home and not a pile of rubble decided it might be a good idea to ask my dad for some assistance. He obliged.

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Straighten the new thermocouple out, being very careful to not kink the copper tubing.

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The skinny wand part of the thermocouple is the heat sensor. The 3 little pieces of hardware that come with it hold the wand {not exactly the technical term} in the bracket. It doesn’t come with directions and took some trial & error.

Here’s how we put it together:

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Then it just screws in.

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Tightened with wrenches just to be sure.

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Now we need to remount the bracket to the burner that I mistakenly unscrewed.

Here’s nifty tool my dad brought with him! When you twist the top, the piece in the middle clicks over a little.

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See?

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Now if you were to put a screw on the end of it and twist…

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it holds the screw!

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Makes lining up those stubby screw with the small holes that much easier.

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Of course, it doesn’t tighten. The screw will just pop off if you twist too hard; so tighten it good with your regular screw driver.

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Now replace the burner {I did this part & the rest!} {cheesy smile}

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And attach the other end.

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Turn the gas from “Off” to “Pilot”.

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While your partner in crime {aka Dad} holds down the gas release, light the pilot. If all has gone well, you will still have both eyebrows and it’ll look something like this –

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Except not so blurry and mysterious looking.

Then turn the gas knob from “Pilot” to “On”.

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Switch on the electric to the furnace. Don’t forget to make sure your thermostat is on so it calls heat!

turn on heat

Within a few minutes, you should hear everything light off and be rewarded with the warm glow of a working furnace.

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Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Not bad for a less-than-$7 fix and a little teamwork. Go team.

Ah sweet warmth… Sweet sweet higher gas bill. Lets enjoy that once more, shall we?

sweet sweet furnace

It’s a beautiful thing.

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6 Responses to Escape from Hoth

  1. Eva says:

    Thumbs up for working heat! and YAY for the Star Wars reference!

  2. Lily says:

    Uncle Thad saves the day! I swear, is there anything your family can’t do?

    If anybody ever asks me, “if you were trapped on a deserted island with only one tool, what would it be?”

    My answer would be “The L’s”

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  6. leah says:

    haha – love the title.

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