I prefer my boyfriend, but occasionally he’s just so stubborn… We’ve been prepping the old beach house he inherited for winter, but aspects of it need more labor than he’s willing to admit. Then he’s an absolutely brilliant man, but have a doctorate in chemistry does not mean you are smart with everything. The guy just has no sense when it comes to things around the house. We’ve been focusing on getting wood for the woodstove, replacing all of the rotten gaskets and weatherstripping. There were even a few windows that every one of us had to decide to replace or plastic wrap (we’re plastic wrapping and doing new windows in the summer). The final item on the list was the old boiler. This beach house was built way back in the 50s, and uses an old oil boiler to keep it warm. Now, boilers are great; I think they’re better than the more current forced air heating and cooling systems you see a lot in the new housing developments… Since a boiler uses sizzling water and pipes, letting out heat through radiators throughout the beach house, they require a lot less repair. But less repair does not mean zero repair. However my fiance is convinced if he checks the water balance and cleans the radiators, we’ll be all set. But the oil boiler is an absolutely complicated piece of equipment, and the single model in this beach house is far from new. The property was vacant for over a year, and the last inspection on the card is dated for several years ago. Not only that, but the oil boiler is over thirty years old. I worry that if we don’t get an inspection, the oil boiler will fail entirely. Then we’ll be stuck with just the wood stove until my boyfriend and I can afford the repair bill. I’m hoping the oil boiler can just get us through this winter!