atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#4092: I guess I won't get a pre-work nap in today.

Too many little chores need attending to.

Well, it could be worse. I'll just have to take a nap tonight before Mrs. Fungus gets home from work.

"Why didn't you do them yesterday?"

One was checking the air in the tires on Mrs. Fungus' car. It's best to do those just before she leaves for work; and it turns out that the newer one we had put on last year, the used tire, is leaking. *sigh* Well, we're planning to put new tires on the car as soon as we can, so maybe it won't be an issue.

The next is changing the post light. I need to put a fresh bulb in it, as the one that was in there blew out because of the heavy rain yesterday. The problem comes from having cold water hit a hot bulb; the glass cracks and that's it for that bulb.

CFL bulbs work in that fixture, and when they get wet they merely stop working until they dry out. They do not, however, work with the photocell. I do not like using CFLs since one burned out on me in such a way that it was emitting smoke; if something is smoking it can catch fire and I therefore no longer leave CFLs on when I'm not at home.

I have to wonder how well an LED bulb would work with the photocell, and whether or not it would be more weatherproof than the incandescents are. Since my choices for incandescent bulbs are limited by an idiotic government mandate emplaced solely to enrich GE and Sylvania, I'm going to have to do something. I like using the photocell because that way I don't have to mess around with the damned thing; it turns on at sunset and off at sunrise. Unfortunately I can no longer buy 75 watt bulbs, and anything less than 60 watts in the post light will light a vague circle around the post and nothing else.

But changing the bulb in the rain is a losing proposition, because the fresh bulb will only fail the same way the other one did.

Besides that chore (still pending) I attended to the ice dam that formed just over my head (where I am currently sitting). Because of the weather over the past week a rather hefty wedge of ice and snow formed in the valley of the roof, where the two wings of the house join, and I spent ten minutes sawing and hammering at it until most of it lay on the ground rather than the roof. I've heard what ice dams can do to houses and I have no desire for that to happen here, so off I went.

And I wasn't about to do that task in the pouring rain. Besides, my work hours yesterday coincided rather neatly with daylight hours, and I wasn't going to do that in the dark, either.

Still, it's done.

The ice on the driveway has melted away. The rain even washed all the crud off the Jeep; it looks nice and clean again.

* * *

Yesterday I ran Windows Update again and got Service Pack 2 installed. Now I have some 90-odd other updates to run, and after that I'd wager that it'll be time for Service Pack 3, and then maybe my system will be kinda-sorta up to date. *sigh*

I guess it's just one of those things.
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