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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"Someone Call the Smithsonian!"

... is not necessarily the first thing you want to hear from the man who has come to look at your furnace.
I knew my furnace wasn't new but I was pretty surprised to find that it is roughly 60 years old. The good news is it's working fine, the bad news is nothing lasts forever.
At least I'll know who to call when it's time to get rid of it.

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13 Comments:

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Ariella said...

Perhaps it will be some comfort to know you are housing a museum piece.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Somehow when the only antique in your house is the furnace it's not all that comforting :-)

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous holy Hyrax said...

slow news day eh?

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

I guess so, but that's a true story at least.

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous mn said...

When I was house-shopping I saw a furnace that was over 100 years old! Stamped 1903 in big letters.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

WOW!
What did the rest of the place look like!

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when we bought our house, the inspector told us, and i quote, "your furnace is like an 80 year old man, it could live another 20 years or it could drop dead tomorrow".

it lived for a year....

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger DTC said...

I guess that the old saying about how they just don't make stuff like they used to is still true.

We had to replace our (much younger than 60 yrs old) furnace 3 years ago.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Miriam said...

Like the fact that we were so excited that our house came with circuit breakers instead of fuses (we'd upgraded to circuits in the house before this one and thought we'd get to skip that step here...) until half a circuit burned out without flipping the breaker. When we got an electrician in, the first thing he said was, (looking at the circuit breakers) "Wow, these were state-of-the-art... 40 years ago!" Yup, he had to replace the whole box.

Glad to hear your furnace is in good working order, if a bit on the old side (for a furnace). May you have many more years of use out of it.

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger Ari Kinsberg said...

three years ago i finally got rid of my '79 dodge. i mentioned to the tow truck driver who took the car that my wife though it was time to get another car. he looked at me and responded, "buddy, it was time a long time ago."

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger MoChassid said...

Shifra

We have a furnace that is just about as old as yours, the original furnace that came with the house. It is hanging on by a thread. But it's been hanging on by a thread for about ten years.

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our house is almost 100 years old. When we moved in our furnace still had a coal door (not original to the house). It seemed to work but like anon 11:37 we were told that it could last for one year or another 20. After two years (living in fear of a deep freeze and dead furnace each winter) we gave in and upgraded before death -- we'll never know how long our old furnace would have lived...

 
At 4:29 AM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

That's really cool. I wonder what the furnace's story was. (How did it initially get to your house, did it ever have problems over the course of the decades, who owned it over this time?)

Hey, one could right a book about the history of the furnace! With imaginative illustrations!

 

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