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Posted by Ed on August 19, 2006, 5:04 am

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.  The local outfit that
seems best suited for geothermal work in my area is at
http://www.earthfurnace.com/ .  From everything I can determine, they
are a class act.


Paul M. Eldridge wrote:

Posted by Ed on August 18, 2006, 3:21 am

You are absolutely right, "...that they did not have propane furnaces
nor heat pumps in 1891"  That's why our 500 gallon propane tank is
buried and the heat pumps are screened.  And for sure, the constraints
are definitely "visual."  At the moment, the starting point is that she
doesn't want to see any of the mechanicals when approaching the house
or from inside the house.  The boss lady enjoys indoor plumbing,
electricity, heat, A/C and running water.  She just doesn't want to
look at the equipment or know how it works.  If you've ever watched the
sitcom "Green Acres" starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, then you have
some idea of our farm life relationship.

Posted by John on August 17, 2006, 8:00 pm
: Hi All,
: I didn't intend to be so long-winded with this explanation, but wanted
: to try and describe what I'm thinking about doing.  I invite your
: comments and suggestions.  Please tell me why this idea won't work.
: Thanks,
: Ed
I think the way to get around the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) would be to
go the greenhouse route. They did have greenhouses back then. Surely she
could not object to a "greenhouse".

Posted by nicksanspam on August 17, 2006, 8:29 pm

It might help to call it an "orangerie."


Posted by Ed on August 18, 2006, 4:37 am

I've actually discussed using a greenhouse as a way to overcome the
WAF.  She didn't object to a greenhouse located in the pasture behind
the house, but did not want it up next to the house.

Nick mentioned calling it an "Orangie".  Yes, my DW has visited
Versailles (home to numerous King Louis' of France and of couse Marie
Antoinette). The boss lady pointed out that the French "Orangies" were
located out of site below the garden veranda plaza at Versailles, but
were occasionally transported up and into the outer hall areas of the
palace to add some greenery to the winter scene.  She also noted that
it was the British who created the glass "Orangies" that we think of as
greenhouses today.  Thus, my challenge would either be to rebuild a
local version of Versailles, or build a version of Victorian era
"Orangie."  Neither in next year's budget at this time. 8<(

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