But then we hit a wee teensy bump in the road. The old boiler wasn't cast iron. No, the builders of the house opted for the latest technology in terms of 1930 heating plants and had a one piece STEEL American Standard unit dropped into the basement and then built the house around the steel boiler.
This thing is about 4.5 feet high, and WELDED together like the Queen Mary. All that are missing are the staterooms and the propeller. It weighs a freaking ton - seriously, if not more. So the abatement guys threw up their hands and said "sorry" and left without even touching the earl tank.
Did that stop our plumber from installing the new boiler? Nope.
But it does add in a THIRD day of work. A man, with an Ayctylene torch has to come to Cookie Monor and cut the mother up. He'll do this AFTER he drains the oil and the sludge from the 300 gallon tank in the basement, which he will cut up with his torch. He'll do that AFTER he makes out with the 175 gallons of fuel oil in the tank at present.
Nothing in life is easy, is it.
However for your viewing pleasure, here is a before and after:
|before - 40% efficient|
"Toridheet" vintage 1960 following the coal to oil conversion. Note the size of the water heater next to it. Toridheet is a big mother.
See that blue thingy. That's the whole damn new boiler. You see that BIG wet patch of concert on the floor? That is where Toridheet's boiler (which you can see in the background) sat on a fire brick base.
So now we are toasty warm. But tomorrow, that guy with the torch shows up to cut that steel mother up and then get this:
But at least we are toasty warm as of now.