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Could it also be that the walls were patched prior to selling, and the cracks, which were already there before, resurfaced? Just as @DanielGriscom suggested, a hairline crack on an already patchy, uninsulated wall, in front of the heating pipes, points at "it's nothing".


It is not advisable to run the a/c without a filter in place nor to run the washable one while it is wet. Damp may be OK but not wet. The best practice would be to get another of the washable filters and rotate them. Alternatively get a disposable filter that you use while the washable filter is drying. You could speed up the drying process using a shop ...


Stoves designed for firebricks should have them. Stove metal can be corroded and burn through if incorrectly used. This can be caused by poor combustion due to wet wood or poor draught. As the OP needs more... I have bought and fitted 4 wood stoves (2 small and 1 cooking range which all came with firebricks as standard) and looked after several others, ...


Going from 1 form of electric heat to another sounds like a pipe dream to me , the convection unit not having a fan will not heat the rooms as well especially with such a small area, base board heaters are convection also ever wonder why people change them out the first opportunity they have? save the cost of the convection units and you will be 1/2 way to a ...

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