plumbing update: our toilets flush! i don't have to pee in the backyard! but, our tub is still backed up and won't not drain. the 4th (yes, fourth) plumber is on his way here now, so hopefully by tomorrow i can take a shower like a normal person.
furnace update: i've lost track of how many repair people we've dealt with on this one, but some dude is coming in the morning to take more of our money and hopefully remove the condemned unit so we can order a new one and give them more money and then they can install it and take even more money. fingers crossed.
this is part of our cracked heat exchanger, which is what causes carbon monoxide to leak into the house.