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Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own 12 (2017)

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AG74683

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That's a real pain isn't it? I always thought the thermostat should be hardwired with low voltage just like a doorbell. Would save you on those cold mornings. What if you'd been out of town and it got really cold? All of a sudden you've got busted pipes becasue of some AA batteries.
A new house honestly should have a hardwired thermostat. My house is nearly 52 years old and has a hardwired thermostat. In NC, all new houses are required to have programmable thermostats per the NC Energy Code.
 
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A new house honestly should have a hardwired thermostat. My house is nearly 52 years old and has a hardwired thermostat. In NC, all new houses are required to have programmable thermostats per the NC Energy Code.
Almost all thermostats are still hardwired to the HVAC and the batteries only control the features and switches inside the thermostat itself. There are a few of them that will communicate with your HVAC unit using a WIFI or Bluetooth type of wireless connection, but those are few and far between. Your thermostat is likely a mechanical thermostat that either uses a glass tube with mercury or similar measured spring feature to trigger when to kick the HVAC on or off whereas programmable thermostats uses an electric switch.

However I agree that there should a hardwired requirement for electric thermostats. It does not even need to be battery backup because if the power goes out, you're not getting power anyways.
 

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Your thermostat is likely a mechanical thermostat that either uses a glass tube with mercury or similar measured spring feature to trigger when to kick the HVAC on or off whereas programmable thermostats uses an electric switch.
I have a Wi-Fi one now. Something Honeywell. I replaced the one that was in the house when I moved it, but it too was a programmable one. It was a AA battery powered one though.
 
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I have a Wi-Fi one now. Something Honeywell. I replaced the one that was in the house when I moved it, but it too was a programmable one. It was a AA battery powered one though.
Is it a WIFI connection to the HVAC or to your phone? For example, the Nest thermostat still has a hardwired connection to the HVAC control unit but required batteries.
 

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Is it a WIFI connection to the HVAC or to your phone? For example, the Nest thermostat still has a hardwired connection to the HVAC control unit but required batteries.
Hardwired. It has no batteries.

Some solar farm company just sent in the property owner to start the permitting process for an 8 acre solar facility. Are you kidding me? This guy was told that he needed to rezone the property. Clearly this group hasn't looked at our requirements one bit.
 

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Got up this morning to make sure my daughter gets out to school okay and felt a cool breeze in the hallway. It felt slightly cold in the new house, so I went to check the thermostat and it was blank except for super teeny tiny writing in the lower corner*. I tried to raise and lower the temp with no result. Turned it off and on to no avail. Pulled it from the wall and it appears the two AAA batteries were shot. Replaced them and delicately replaced the cover (there are a series a fragile looking tongs that need to align with equally fragile looking receptors). Sure enough, back in business.

That's the thing about new houses - you always get that, oh, crap!, sense when something unexpected (and possibly $$$) happens. Happy that wasn't the case here.

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I had the same issue with the thermostat that the previous owner installed it was a programmable thermostat. I caught mine in the summer with the battery going dead and the thermostat not working. I corrected it by changing out the thermostat wire so that i had enough wires to have a common wire to provide power to the thermostat.
 

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#90
Please. Just don't. It doesn't become your standing on this board. I don't even know who you are anymore.


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I cannot stop laughing right now at this post - post of the day - my office mates now know I am not working right this minute omg

I have no idea why I posted it - might be the Black Silk Folgers coffee I had this morning, or that I am on Season 6 of binge watching 30 Rock, or, I'm losing it a bit - likely all 3

but I am laughing at my own jokes which is a constant problem
 
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#91
Rolling office chairs make good building plan carriers (according to what I just saw out my window).
 

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I've got jury duty tomorrow. So does one of my inspectors. Poor guy, he can't cut out early if the boss is there.
 
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I went to Starbucks at lunch to sit and read and behind me in line were a group of military recruiters. There were a couple sailors and a couple soldiers as well as a Marine and an airman, all in various uniforms. After I paid for my drink I loudly told the barista that I'd be paying for the Marine's drink. It's nice when you can combine doing a good dead along with some friendly trolling.
 

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I went to Starbucks at lunch to sit and read and behind me in line were a group of military recruiters. There were a couple sailors and a couple soldiers as well as a Marine and an airman, all in various uniforms. After I paid for my drink I loudly told the barista that I'd be paying for the Marine's drink. It's nice when you can combine doing a good dead along with some friendly trolling.
I guess the coffee made you do it.
 

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Because one guy is mad that his neighbor complained about his sign, he went through the entire county and complained about every other non-compliant sign he could find. Those people got mad and complained to the Board. Now we have to review the sign ordinance that we just completely overhauled to figure out how not to make people mad. According to one of our Board members, this is a clear case of government overreach having unintended consequences.

I'm seeing a complete sign free-for-all coming soon.
 

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I got an email from someone with Redbox yesterday afternoon. It is a forward of some business license from Bethlehem, Georgia. All the email says is "FYI". I tried to email the Redbox person back, but it says the message is undeliverable.

The county I work for has a pretty common name, I think we might be the second or third on the list of common county names. I looked up X County Georgia to try and send their planner the business license. Bethlehem isn't even in that county, it's somewhere completely different. Oh well, at least I tried.

Just found out our county clerk will need a kidney transplant. She's 25. That's just crazy to me.
 
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Why are NBA players such pathetic wimps? I mean they get hit on the ankle with a shoelace they flop around the court like they where hit in the head with a 2x4 whereas a hockey player will catch a puck in the face, spit out a few teeth and keep playing.
 
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Today is dragging...... It's been the slowest morning ever. It's not even noon yet. :'( My mom is coming into town this evening for a week-long visit so I just want this day to be over.
 
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