The amazing heavy duty appliance duo of Lester and Buzz are back for another day of banging, clanging, drilling holes through walls, dragging old gnarly metal things upstairs from the basement, sitting in the back of the truck smoking, eating donuts, and generally working their little hearts out. They are doing a fine job, but it slightly irks me to have a guy who is in his 30’s stand in front of me and Devoted Spouse and explain our new thermostat to us while mentioning that sometimes when he explains this thermostat to elderly people they have a hard time understanding. If my back hadn’t hurt so much, and if I hadn’t been so fuzzy headed from the Valium I was simply forced to swallow at 4 am this morning as my back totally seized up like a piece of bacon on a hot skillet, I would have decked him. He quickly backtracked and said he certainly didn’t mean we were elderly but the damage was done, the little sh*t.
Even so, he and his little buddy Buzz dragged up our basement stairs the old dead water softener that’s been sitting in the basement just taking up space, so I will cut him some slack for the elderly crack – and I’ll probably give both of them day-old donuts a generous tip just for working so hard in the rain. It never hurts to tip your repairmen – I’ve noticed I get quicker service that way – what a concept; money as a motivator. Wait, I fed them donuts. Nah, a few bucks is a nice gesture.
When they left yesterday the furnace was completely installed and Lester said to feel free to turn it on if it got chilly in the house – so I turned the furnace on and had it set at 68 degrees which is where I normally keep it in winter unless it gets too darn cold. Wouldn’t you know, the temperature in the house never got below 70 degrees last night so it didn’t kick in. I really wanted to hear it. The old furnace made such bizarre noises. I’m going to turn the new furnace on and crank it up to 80 degrees before they leave just to hear it and make sure it works.
Today they are working on the air conditioner – that’s the unit that goes outside and it is pouring rain – so I feel bad for Buzz who drew the outside duty. He’s had to come inside a few times and he’s had to go to the truck and change rain gear a few times, poor fella. Bet he’d like a beer. No, bad idea. Scratch that. The good news is if he needs to pee, he can — it’s raining, who’ll know the difference…wet is wet. Sorry that’s not nice at all. (Again, I’m invoking the Valium excuse.)
By tonight we should have a fully functioning furnace and air conditioner. I envy the people who buy this house in a few years because this is some awesome equipment we have acquired (at a hefty cost, but there is that Obama-promised tax deduction for 2009 for doing this).
Next up is the oven – see pic below of current very dead stove/oven:
As you can sort of see it sits in its own island in the middle of my kitchen – there is no way to put a hood over it, so the new oven/stove must have a downdraft feature. All we can find right now in this area that will fit into this particular island and has a downdraft feature is made by JennAir and costs $2,ooo. So looks like there goes more bucks out the window, or door, or downdraft should I say. And after that, the countertops have to be replaced. These are all old 1990’s vintage laminates and apparently they used a new glue in the 90’s which now in 2009 decides to just stop working and all the edges are peeling. Gah – that means every counter in this house has to be replaced. Ever see the movie Money Pit? You’ll know how I’m feeling today.
So, the house renovation saga shall continue – it seems sad one must make so many serious repairs to a house that’s only 16 years old, but sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield and 2009 seems to be the year that the last thing we notice is our own butts as they continually make the trip through that windshield. Is it just me or do things in a house normally all break down at the same time — is that appliances’ version of humor? Ackkk.