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Roomba Discovery 4210
I saw the Roomba Discovery 4210 at Home Depot the other day. I had seen the earlier Roombas, but they seemed kind of fragile, and reviews of them didn’t seem very impressive. I loved the idea though. The new Roomba is the second generation and seems to built sturdier. The reviews I have read seem to be mostly positive. I think it was $279+tax at Home Depot, but it was listed as $249 at Amazon with free shipping. I may go down the the store and take a look to see if they are on sale or anything. One benefit of getting it from Home Depot is that if it really sucks (not in the good vacuum way), I can return it more easily. Also I would have it today instead of a week or two or three. Can’t hurt to look.

Upp…changed my mind. After looking at Amazon, I noticed they had an additional $25 savings using a discount code. So with the $25 discount, free shipping, and no state tax, it cost $225. If I had bought it at Home Depot, it would have cost $279+ tax for a total of about $300. So I am saving $75. For $75 I can wait. I have returned stuff to Amazon on rare occasions, so if the thing doesn’t work, I should be able to return it.

Our Pacific Energy Summit insert wood stove
Our Pacific Energy Summit wood stove insert was installed today. The oversized surround was out of stock, so they installed a standard surround, and will be back to swap it out when the oversized surround comes in next week. Also the gold plated door was out of stock, so they installed a plain black door until the gold plated door comes in. Another thing is that the stove doesn’t come forward enough to be flush with the face of the fireplace. So the installer is going to have to custom make an extension for the surround. Hopefully they will be back next weekend to complete the work. Meanwhile they installed it complete enough that we can use the stove until then.
It took a bit to get it lighted. I crumpled up newspaper, and laid some slivers of wood hacked off with a hatchet, and laid some slightly larger peices on top of these. I lit them, and was get some smoke coming out the door. I closed the door, and the flames smothered. I wasn’t sure about which way to slide the air control handle for high. I called the seller, and he told me that left is high, right is low. I noticed later that there is an L and an H on the piece of metal below the door. After a couple attempts I didn’t get the wood to catch fire. I went out to the garage, and got a small piece of 2×4. I hacked it into pieces, and laid it on top of crumpled newspaper. Then I laid the other small pieces of kindling on top of these. I lit the paper on fire, and I got the fire to go. I added a few larger pieces of wood to the stove after a bit. It took quite a while (about half an hour) for the automatic blower to turn on. There will be a learning curve to figure out where the air control setting should be set.




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