Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Home improvement: Programmable Thermostat

This one was easy.  We went down to Home Depot and bought a programmable thermostat.  The one we bought has a program for the week and a different program for the weekend.  No more sitting at the office wondering if we turned the heat down when we left!  We also can wake up to a nice warm (61 degree) house in the mornings, come home to a nice warm (60 degree) house after work, and don't have to remember to knock the heat down at night. Other options that we did not go for included the ability to set Saturday and Sunday to different programs, the ability to have a different program for each of the seven days of the week, and a backlight. (I have enough little LEDs illuminating the house at night already, thank you!)

In our case, we have an oil furnace that was controlled by an old mercury-switch thermostat, connected by two wires.  These two wire setups are pretty easy to deal with: just follow the connection diagram in the box.  The whole thing was done in about 20 minutes, and all we have left to do is repaint around it. (NOTE: this and any home improvement information I post on this blog serves as a project journal only and should not be construed as instructions or advice if you kill or maim yourself working on your house because you read about me working on my house, I assume NO responsibility. Thermostats use electricity, usually low voltage but sometimes high voltage.  When in doubt, have a professional do the work.)

The experience of having a programmable thermostat is good and the added bonus of being able to tell what the interior temperature is all the time is nice too.  At 60-61 degrees, it's sweatshirt or blanket territory, but comfortable.  On a sunny weekend, we get good exposure through our picture window and the furnace doesn't come on more than once in the morning until the sun goes down.