Upgraded Accomplishments…….#168 (80’s)

The household heat provisions at 324 N. 11th St. was being upgraded, the floor furnace was  out,  a gift from Richard Guthrie,  a used central heat unit removed from his barn finding a new home,  Richard having found a more suitable barn fixture.    The central heating unit location being position in Jan’s craft shop area, adjacent to the kitchen, the air intake and heat output vented through the dining room wall.  Gary having formulated how to  fabricate the duct-work to accommodate the two-story homestead noting that with ten foot ceilings there was plenty of clearance for installing eight inch duct.  The center trunk line would extend from the top of the heater through the dining room, the living room almost to the front door.  Branch duct-lines  would be run to each of the two downstairs bedrooms walls with openings for registers.  The upstairs was less complicated, the flexible duct teed into the main trunk line and up to floor openings cut for registers in the upstairs bedrooms and hall.  With the duct-work completed and fastened, the next project would be the installation of the metal framework for the drop ceiling acoustic tiles.   Gary by chance making a discovery, rummaging thru the upstairs attic storage area of the  Service Company, he came across several partial containers of 24 x 48 inch white ceiling tiles, remnants from the office remodeling addition.  A believer in ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’,  he approached Steve Miller asking if he could utilize the leftover tiles found in the attic for a ceiling project at home,  Steve not giving it any thought affirmed his request.   To Gary’s amazement with a small addition from Hood Lumber the panels  numbered enough to encompass the two rooms, the ceiling now lowered to eight feet.

Robert with Ben Franklin

Jan was rather upset, Gary having just returned from spending a winter Saturday night in Oklahoma City having visited his estranged family and friend Jerry Willis.  Jan wasn’t upset about the visit but the weather, the temperature in Kiowa having dropped into single digits,  informing him that the temperature got down to 61 degrees in the drafty non-insulated house and that was with the central heat running continually.  Apparently the central heating unit wasn’t up to what was needed, Gary pondering whether to invest in a bigger unit but came up with an alternative for those extreme cold days, a wood burning stove.  Having never experience the use of a wood burner or consulting someone he bought what he thought was a proven reliable stove, one that had sufficed for hundreds of years, a classic Ben Franklin.   With its installation he thought it would provide the needed additional heat,  but in reality  it produced more smoke than heat and there was a chimney problem, there wasn’t one,  having run a hazardous single wall six-inch stove-pipe up the side of the house that the wind played havoc with.

The Ultimate – a Hurricane

 Gary discovering that Humphrey Implement was a local distributor of fireplace and wood burning appliances  and accessories.  Visiting with Jim Humphrey, the dealer giving testimonial that he had just installed an air-tight Hurricane wood burner, with an electric blower system in  his residence and was totally satisfied with it performance.   With the purchase of the Hurricane,  Gary address the chimney, Jim recommending  triple wall eight inch insulated pipe enclosed by simulated chimney looking metal panels.  Gary just couldn’t picture a new looking 25 ft.  false metal chimney running up the side of the two-story old house,  having another alternative plan in mind.  Father-in law Bud Murrow when being told of the idea shook his head, but agreed that it would work,  Gary deciding to run the insulated flu inside rather than outside of the house.  He would install it against the outer wall,  thru the ceiling,  addressing the upstairs floor at the far corner of  Sandi’s upstairs  bedroom and continuing  thru the ceiling to the roof above.  The pipe residing in the outside corner of the second floor bedroom requiring only a square foot of room space which would be enclosed with Sheetrock.   The project finished, not exactly kosher,  Gary concluding that someone was right when they said “necessity is the mother of invention” and adding,  “at least the wind won’t play havoc with it”.

Hosting the Apostolic Church Sunday night Bible Study & Singing

 Jan having made it known that sometime in the future she would like to host the Apostolic Churches Sunday night Bible Study & Singing,  Gary assuring her the time would come, he was doing the best he could in getting the house presentable.  The Roth residential heirloom face-lift seemed like a never-ending project, Gary having improved the interior,  the residence outside posture beckoning having set for years enduring the Kansas environment it’s  present being worn and weathered.  Gary somewhat perplex about the undertaking the outside painting project, whether to brush it or apply it with a spray gun, deciding to approach Tom Wells, the recent hired Service Co painter about the use of a compressor and spray gun.  Tom instructing him on some basic  principles and during the process Gary discovered that when spraying you could vastly increase the amount of paint required if you didn’t know what you were doing.  Not being an experience spray painter he had second thoughts, especially on his salary,  the extra amount of paint would prohibit the use of a sprayer.   The brushing of the ship-lap endowed two-storied  structure  commenced, as it progressed Gary discovered with the steepness of the roof  a ladder was required to be laid upon the pitch to enabling him to reach the throws of the gables, not a secure experience and somewhat  time consuming,  but once again innovation coming to mind.

 Gary once again approaching  Steve Miller, this time asking about borrowing the company’s forklift for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon, explaining he wanted to use it to reach and paint the gables on the roof of his house, Steve looked somewhat puzzled but said  he didn’t have a problem with it.   With a 48 x 40 pallet as a platform, the forklift in position all that was needed was someone to operate the lift and horizontal control levers raising him the proper height and position, so with some thought an answer was found.   Five-year old Robert having been diligently watching his Dad’s preparations,  Gary sitting the young protegé in the operators seat,  providing the astute youngster on how to operate the lift and the forks forward movement levers.   His young son,  apprehensive at first,  but then acknowledging he could do it, the confident Robert sitting at the controls, following dad’s directions enabling the levers when told, Gary acquainting the reaches of the second floor gable.   The resolute Robert  beaming with accomplishment, the residence endowed with two effervescent coats of white paint.  The house now somewhat more presentable Jan able to host a Sunday night Bible Study & Singing.

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