The past weekend has just been one residential headache after another. I found a small leak in our basement that both of us thought was just water coming in from the outside due to all of the rain we’ve been having this month. But as it turns out, it was legitimately a pipe that had a very tiny leak in the wall. When we had the plumber here to repair it, I had to move all of the plastic tubs and things that I had just gotten out of the water out of the way again to clear him a path; this meant moving it from the water tank room to the boiler room. As I looked at the boiler, I quickly realized this is just one more thing to call the building owner about right away. The oil boiler was installed in the 1980s and it hasn’t been serviced at all in several years. It’s a wonderful model too, but it is nearing the end of its life at this point, so I left the building owner a message about getting it tuned up before winter hits hard. Well, our plumber overheard and decided to supply with a ridiculous speech about it, explaining how he had worked this house before, and knew that our building owner kept up with the boiler, and that it wasn’t even that old. His exact words were that 50 years would be actual old, since it was cast iron. That’s when I had enough. I explained that this exact oil boiler is rather a System 2000, a unique model of steel only boilers with a lifespan of around 35 years. It is not cast iron, which you can tell just by looking at it from afar. Also the repair card on the side, which the heating and air conditioning supplier is required to sign off on, has the last repair date of 2015. He stopped talking and got right back to work from that point on.