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The plague and other assorted ramblings....

Well, I'm still alive and kicking (or at least twitching).

The stomach virus is definitely on it's way out, but it's been a most tenacious little bug. Unfortunately while I'm still feeling the after-effects of it, I also appear to have tweaked my back a tiny bit (right beneath the shoulder blad too so I can't easily massage it) while moving and someone seems to have passed on some more germs at me (mild cold/flu-ish ones). So I'm pretty much Mr. Plague lately. This is making me grumpy since I'm still going to work.

Anyways, home stuff is coming along ok. I've started moving things around to their final locations etc... I still need to get some of my appliances installed and/or hooked up, but I'm going to be trying to deal with that this evening.

Random question: What is the normal way to deal with a fireplace? I mean, my folks have had one all my life and most of my siblings have them, but no one really seems to be quite as much of a pyro as I am (my mom even asked me if I wanted the fireplace irons because they haven't used them in 15+ years). My fireplace is crying out for use and I'm somewhat apprehensive about how one goes about using one safely (I'd like to keep my house from going fwoosh in flames...).

Oh, and still no luck with cables. My camera has pictures, but I have no practical way to get them onto a computer. Heck, for that matter, I can't even find my dishes yet... or some of my clothes.... or some of my food. I'm not thrilled with not knowing where anything is. Even at it's worst, my house might have been cluttered, but I at least knew where my stuff was.

All things considered though, I'm in a fairly good mood, just a bit cranky due to the plague(s) and aches I've aquired...

Well, back to work.


Fire and other sundries

Fireplace: you should definitely get a chimney sweep to take a look and clean it (if necessary) before using it. The creosote buildup is what makes houses go FWOOSH, and a sweep can tell you if there's any buildup to worry about. Around the east it's about $75-$90 to get inspected/cleaned. Then make sure you have a screen or rug to protect any wood floors about. I assume you have a, umm, I forget the name, one of those iron things that the wood goes on in the fireplace. And keep a fire extinguisher nearby as an added safety. Then go burn things. :) And make sure you put the screen up/close the doors if you're away from the fireplace.

And I found a bunch of hardware (as in doorknobs, vent covers, etc) sites:

Sorry that the links are almost all pointing to doorknobs. That's what I was looking at when I saved them. But there's lots of other stuff on those sites, too.

Re: Fire and other sundries

Ah, those are some very cool pages.

One of our suppliers has a really substantial collection of things for new and old houses and they're prices are pretty good. Check out


They aren't really a "restoration" supplier, but they do tend to have useful things that other places (e.g. Home Depot, Lowes, etc...) don't usually carry.

Thanks for the note on the chimney sweep. I think I'll look for one this week so I can hopefully use the chimney in the near future (ideally without my house going "fwoosh")