Jul. 10th, 2017 07:04 am
murakozi: (flowers)
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After a week of wrestling with the broken HVAC at work, the building owners had to resort to a backup system:

That's the temporary unit they parked behind the building over the weekend. Sorry about the not-so-great picture, but I took it with my phone and had to hold the phone up high and off to the side to avoid getting a reflection of myself in the picture. It also seems to have cut off the bottom of the pic.

Word is that the 'real' HVAC unit for the building failed because a pipe burst, which let water into its electrical works and fried its circuit boards. When the pipe was fixed and boards replaced, the techs discovered a motor had failed as well. Attempts to repair the motor failed and, apparently, the replacement is being shipped from Neptune and won't arrive for a while. So they decided to bring in the temporary unit.

At least it's not 90F in the office now.

Date: 2017-07-10 03:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
At least they have a handle on the scope of the emergency now. And Neptune isn't bad when you're shipping freight: you can do high-G acceleration/deceleration. We had sort of an opposite problem about seven winters ago: we had an unexpected cold snap where the temperature plunged to -19f from slightly below freezing and stayed there for several days. The local uni got slammed hard: the gas utility gave them no warning and shut off the gas supply. No warning means no opportunity to drain the broilers. I know in one building the broilers burst, and half of that building was shut down for at least three semesters. I don't know how much damage was done in other parts of the campus.

Things were so bad that Mexico was sending us power, until the cold front started drifting down there and they needed it for their people. Perfectly understandable. We didn't have any trouble on the top of the mountain here: it was just cold. No wind, no additional snow or rain. No power interruptions. Just stay inside and read or watch TV or play Warcraft.


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