The past two weekends have just been a single residential nightmare after another, and it all began after finding a small leak in our basement that all of us thought was just water coming in from the outside due to all of the rain we’ve been having. As it turns out, it was instead a pipe that had sprung a tiny leak! Well as the plumber was here fix it, I had to transfer all of the plastic tubs and various things that I had just gotten out of the water out of the way again to clear a path for him. This meant I had to move the stuff from the water tank room to the boiler room. As I looked at the old boiler, I realized this is just one more thing to call the landlord about. The oil boiler was installed in 1988 and it also hasn’t been inspected at all in 3 years! It’s an enjoyable model, however it is nearing the end of its life at this age, so I left the landlord a message about getting it tuned up before winter. Well, our plumber overheard and then decided to supply me a whole speech about it. He angrily said that he had worked this home before, that our landlord kept up with the boiler, and that it also wasn’t even that old. His exact words were that 50 years would be what anyone would consider old, since it was cast iron. But I had to cut him off there. I explained that this exact oil boiler is a System 2000, a certain model of steel boilers with a lifespan of around 35 to 40 years. It is not cast iron like he thought, which you can tell just by looking at it. Also the repair card on the side, which the heating, ventilation and A/C supplier is required to sign off on, has the last repair date of early 2015. He stopped talking nonsense and got right back to work.