Finding Magic in a Farm Furnace Installation



One of the old furnace motors - so much larger than the new ones!

As a college-educated, academic-type person who has only recently discovered that, indeed, I do have skills with my hands, watching those who do have those skills is not only educational but also akin to watching a magic show. In this case, I was witness to a magic show based on removing an old furnace boiler and installation of a new one.

Day 1

I discovered several things during this multi-day process. First, farming is definitely not the only profession where people stand around looking at the project in front of them and conversing about how to best go about that project. That old furnace was a beast — I know it got down the stairs and around the corner to be installed, but I wasn’t here for the installation and have no idea how my dad brought it in. I’m pretty sure only two or three people were involved in this process, and I know gravity helps when things need to go downhill.

Getting that thing up the stairs? Completely different problem. So the installers stood around, bouncing ideas around, settling on demolition of the old furnace as not necessarily the easiest way, but the best way to get things moving. Getting the pipes cut and the furnace out took up the whole of day one.

Day 2

New furnace (at about the same footprint as the old furnace) to go down the stairs and around that corner. Four vehicles and five men arrived for this herculean task. The boiler was brought into the house and set near the steps to the basement.

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