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Mon Nov 9th, 2015

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10:05 pm - Modified rapture
I have a new water heater, efficiently installed by two mechanics, the senior of whom then pointed out (as Competent Men who come to my house are wont to do) that the damper was closed on one of the furnace vents so the back of the house stays colder than the front. Have opened it and hope for a warmer studio, but I have a vague memory of the last CM telling me exactly the same thing. Possibly that damper closes by itself. The new heater has to be more efficient than the 25 year old one, which with luck will lead to a drop in my gas bills; but if not, at least it will no longer make periodic loud noises like a rocket taking off, as the old one used to do, and very worrying it was too.

City informs me it has approved my application for cancellation of the property tax increase, which is nice. But this is a yearly thing, approved long after the taxes are paid, and thus comes in the form of a rebate. I suspect that every year I must pay the new increased tax and then apply to get my money back. Will be pleased if that's not so, but suspect that it is and must be. Meanwhile my application for a flat cancellation, to which I'm quite entitled, was refused on the grounds that the increase was approved.

And I'm having a tooth out Thursday morning and not looking forward to it at all.

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Date:November 10th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Yay! New heater and furnace! If needed, you can probably tape the vent control in place so it doesn't drift shut. Next time apply for the flat cancellation first?
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Date:November 10th, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
You apply for both at the same time, and the decision is made after the deadline. I'm an iffy case for the cancellation- your house has to be valued at under 715K and my last evaluation, three years back, was 712. It's gone up since then, by a factor I shudder to contemplate.

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