Mercury Switches!

I decided to switch out the old mechanical thermometers and replace them with digital programmable ones. We have a radiant heat system (water piping under the floors), and the house is split into four sections, each with its own thermometer. The heating system is only 6 years old, but the thermometers are all from an alternate universe, and supply heat according to what someone in the other universe thinks of as funny- usually steamingly hot in the middle of the night or some such shenanigan.

Alex, the prior owner who remodeled the whole house- usually has a surprise for me somewhere of some archaic object of unkown origin serving in an electrical capacity. Today it was four Mercury switch thermometers. I’m fairly certain that these haven’t been on the market for quite some time as Mercury is a pure metal that is liquid at room temperature, and as with most pure elements, nothing you’d ever want to get on yourself. A friend found an enormouse old thermometer and had it in the house as a curiosity- till it broke and the metal dissapeared through the floor and their insurance required a haz-mat team tear out everything and account for every drop to the tune of $10,000.00 out of pocket.

Now I have to find someplace that will dispose of the switches…before my juggling skills get the better of me.

This is what goes on around the house while I dink around with my “little improvements”. Sun-Napping for Cherry-Boom, snarfing the cat-food for Cmonster, and crying for Elizabeth. All good.


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