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Old 12-11-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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...... at doing anything she doesn't want to do. I am out of town and she is unable to turn on the infrared natural gas heater for the basement. I think she has a mental block against doing it therefore she cannot.

The heater sits in our unfinished basement to keep it above freezing temps for the pipes. She cannot turn it on and I don't know what else to tell her. Any tips? This is what I have so far:

(1) make sure gas is going to the heater
(2) turn the knob on the top of it to on
(3) push in the ignition button

She claims she has done this and that it won't work. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:23 PM   #2
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This valve is open right??
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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Give her a break or you will be on the Doc Phil show soon. I know lots of useless Males who couldn't check the car oil to save their life. Why not get an electric heater and it won't run out of fuel or involve a lawyer.

The valve is open.
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...... at doing anything she doesn't want to do. I am out of town and she is unable to turn on the infrared natural gas heater for the basement. I think she has a mental block against doing it therefore she cannot.

The heater sits in our unfinished basement to keep it above freezing temps for the pipes. She cannot turn it on and I don't know what else to tell her. Any tips? This is what I have so far:

(1) make sure gas is going to the heater
(2) turn the knob on the top of it to on
(3) push in the ignition button

She claims she has done this and that it won't work. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Kyle
Kyle you should be ashamed.
Somebody should ***** slap your ass for posting that in open forum.
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:26 PM   #5
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She may be afraid of the unit because of possibility of harm to herself if something goes wrong. That's called "self preservation".

If someone doesn't know how these kind of units operate they shouldn't be trying to ignite them anyway.

Do you have a neighbor or relative who can help while you're away?
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:02 PM   #6
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So is there anything I'm missing? Would someone be willing to comment on my heater problem and not the short rant about my wife?
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So is there anything I'm missing? Would someone be willing to comment on my heater problem and not the short rant about my wife?
Dude your wife was your back up heat. You screwed that up real good.
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Dude your wife was your back up heat. You screwed that up real good.
I appreciate your concern but you really don't need to worry about this.
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hey if she's doing what you asked her then you might have a real problem with your heater. call a pro.
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hey if she's doing what you asked her then you might have a real problem with your heater. call a pro.
Yeah, I'm going to have someone come out this week. I just wanted to pick everyone's brains to see if there was something obvious that I had somehow missed. I only turn this thing on and off once a year so it isn't committed to memory.

It sounds like something may be wrong with the unit.


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hey kyle. it looks like you have gas going to the unit and if shes pushing the button to iginte it and its not then there is something wrong and we cant help you here. not enough info.and next time stay off the wife. she's doing the best she can for you while your not around. just remember happy wife, happy life.
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hey kyle. it looks like you have gas going to the unit and if shes pushing the button to iginte it and its not then there is something wrong and we cant help you here. not enough info.and next time stay off the wife. she's doing the best she can for you while your not around. just remember happy wife, happy life.
He still deserves that ***** slap for dissing his misses.

I have gone on jobs where the HO swore on a stack of bibles that the fuse or breaker to furnace was on as well as the power switch on the furnace and the filters were just changed.
Get on the job and the guy does not even know where the filter rack is or his breaker box.
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...... at doing anything she doesn't want to do. I am out of town and she is unable to turn on the infrared natural gas heater for the basement. I think she has a mental block against doing it therefore she cannot.

The heater sits in our unfinished basement to keep it above freezing temps for the pipes. She cannot turn it on and I don't know what else to tell her. Any tips? This is what I have so far:

(1) make sure gas is going to the heater
(2) turn the knob on the top of it to on
(3) push in the ignition button

She claims she has done this and that it won't work. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Kyle
If she has done what you posted. It needs some attention. And a few things checked.
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As you may have taken notice to. I changed your thread title to something more appropriate. This is a family site. So while you may feel that something/or a phrase is ok to say/use when talking to your buddy's. It may not make a good title in a forum that is open for the world to see and read.
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If it's anything like my propane garage heater, the button is hard as heck to push down to "snap' the spark.
Tell her to push hard on the button and ask if she hears the click.

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