Incompetent Home Repair

So… This can’t be confused with a good day. I awoke thinking that it was a little cold in the house. When I got downstairs, the thermostat showed 53 degrees. It was also blinking “LO” as in low battery. I changed the batteries to some batteries we had lying around.

No improvement.

As I still had time before work, I ran to the hardware store and bought new batteries and a new filter while I was at it.

No improvement.

So now I’m home and have bought a new thermostat (since even with brand new batteries none of the buttons worked). It claims that it can be installed in 15 minutes.

The last time I installed a thermostat it took two hours, largely because we have old, brittle wiring that has a tendency to break if manipulated.

Nonetheless, I’m going to take a shot at it tonight, and if I get too frustrated, I’m going to call a furnace repairman tomorrow.

How this will affect Legion’s update schedule remains to be seen.

7 thoughts on “Incompetent Home Repair”

  1. You could always do a scene with Nick ripping handfuls of wire from another inventor’s device/suit in combat, I’m sure it would be cathartic.

  2. Old, brittle wires that break when you handle them. I know that rewiring your entire house is stupidly expensive, but that just sounds like trouble waiting to happen. And electrocuting yourself or burning down the house seems like the kind of thing that will definitely affect LoN’s update schedule.

  3. Ah, the joys of old home ownership. They have character, and they build character, forcing you to learn all the wonky ways people used to build stuff, and come up with solutions using whatever you can find at the hardware store.

    Reminds me of the time I spent at least an hour every night for two weeks trying to keep my bathroom faucet from leaking. Came up with a great solution in a eureka moment, and also learned how to use tools in tights spaces while lying on my back. Oh, and I discovered the sink itself had been stamped on its underside with the year it was manufactured: 1932.


  4. Working on old equipment is a huge pain sometimes. When I used to do maintenance work, finding or making parts for the older equipment was a huge pain, but if you aren’t under huge personal stress to deal with it, it can be fascinating too.

    I still remember digging up the old engineering plans for the overhead crane that pulled billets off the cooling table at the steel mill I worked at in the 1990’s. Someone had said the thing has been built before 1900 and I refused to believe them. Until I found the plan copy dated 1896. Then I was just astounded. The beams and some of the non-load-bearing equipment on the crane was original. That was when I started to recognize the real quality of building something to last.

  5. That was confusing af. I did not read tge title. At first i was like ” wait when did nick get a job ? Is this an different universe where he cant install n thermostat ? ” and then i felt dumb after i realised…

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