Wednesday, August 1, 2018

That is Fan-Tastic!

7:14 am - Wednesday - August 1st - Southwest Harbor, ME - 63º F, 98% humidity, wind 1 mph of out the north by northwest......sunny with a forecast high for today of 73º F.  Wow, the first day of August.....it seems like it was just mid April, and we were driving country to be here for the summer.  On the other hand.....why am I up so early on a Wednesday?  Why?

Originally we had plans to go to the movies over in Bar Harbor to see the latest Mission Impossible.  There is a pizza place there that shoes first run movies at 5 pm and 8 pm....what could be better than eating pizza, drinking beer and watching a movie?  I know.....not too much.  I also wanted to install our new Fan-Tastic Vent Fan (Model 807350, Series 7350) to replace the original 36 year old fan located in the 'hallway' between the kitchen and bathroom......

The original vent fan....

......it used to have three speeds, and on low you could hardly hear it, but it moved air quickly.  Well, about 3 years ago the three speed switch failed, and all we had was 'high'.  Then the motor failed about a year ago.  I tried to replace it with a new motor, but apparently got the specs wrong.  The new motor drew too many amps and kept blowing the fuse, so we stopped using it.  I recently ordered a modern Fantastic Vent Fan from Amazon, and have been waiting for good weather on one of our days off to install it.  Like most home improvement jobs I tackle this one took about 3 times longer than I anticipated, but it turned out quite well.  I made the following video of the entire process.....well, almost the entire process.  At any rate, I think it pretty much shows the process......


......since we were replacing the old one, which was very rudimentary, we decided to get a new fan that had all the modern bells and whistles.  The one we chose......Model 807350, Series 7350......vents air out, or in.  It has a remote control which allows you to set a temperature, and as the temperature goal is arrived at the fan begins to slow down, and gets very quiet.......we call it 'whisper mode' (remember Air Wolf?).......


......it also allows us to manually adjust the speed to about 12 different speeds.  Finally it has a rain sensor, and if it detects rain it will automatically close the vent lid, and turn off the fan.....suweet!  I began the project about 10 am, and finished about 2 pm.....I initially thought I could do the job in a couple of hours......yeah, right!  It does look very nice.....



......it has a much smaller footprint on the roof than the old fan, and it will be easier now to step around it when I am on the roof.  I was so tired after working on the roof for several hours in the direct sun and humidity that we decided not to go to the movie.  Instead we chose to drive over to Beale's Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor.....probably about 2 miles from where we live.....we haven't been there yet, and the outdoor seating faces toward the west, and the setting sun.  We haven't seen too many sunsets here at SDC, which is surrounded by the thick forests of northeast Maine.  Yelp gives them 4 stars on over 300 reviews, and TripAdvisor gives them 4.5 stars on over 1,000 reviews......


....we drove over about 6:30 so we could be sure to be there to watch the sun set.  We ordered two bottles of Allagash White.  For my entree I ordered a lobster roll, and TLE their lobster stew........




.....our table afforded us a wonderful view of the western sky and the setting sun.....perfect....

 My lobster roll.....yum!

 There were a few brews consumed....

 The sunset did not disappoint!

....dinner at Beal's was the perfect end to a perfect day!  We returned home a little after 8 pm, and watched a recorded episode of  'So You Think You Can Dance'.....I love that show.  I can actually tell the difference between contemporary, jazz, ballroom and hip hop......even 'bollywood'.....lol!  We were in bed a little after 11 pm......we'll see that movie Wednesday!

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