I had received a nice note from the HOA (seriously - it was actually polite)
saying that we needed to paint our garage door. This is true without doubt. The
garage door in question was carefully examined. It is the original from 1981
and the wood veneer was starting to lift which caused me to pronounce,
"Talk about putting lipstick on a pig! I think it needs to be
replaced." I contacted three garage door places.
One never returned any calls. Another came and looked. I said I had a couple
of questions since I wanted to know how much I needed to move for them to be
able to do their work. He asked if was in a hurry and I responded "kind
of" but I was getting one more quote. He told me to call him after I get
the quote. I said I had some questions. He said call me after you get the
quote. I expect he was going to try to shop the price. I do not care to operate
this way and told him I had something I wanted to show him. He was escorted to
the front door where I pointed to his vehicle and told him to leave as we were
done. He did not even seem to care. I won't mention the name of company.
I will mention Overhead Door Company of Tucson. They were responsive and
quoted a fair price. The work was scheduled and completed as promised. No muss
or fuss. Nice job.
Remember the title about money? The refrigerator we have in the garage died
while waiting for the garage door to arrive. Lowes had something on sale that
would work and was delivered the next day.
I have been concerned about the water heater as it is the original from
1981. That must be a record for longevity. I can only think that it lasted that
long because soon after we moved in, I replaced the drain valve on the unit
with a full throat ball valve so that it would drain properly. This was done
once or more a year. We decided, since there was a nice clear path after
reorganizing the garage, to have it replaced. I tried to get three prices.
Again, one never returned calls. The second was questionable.
The third was from Just Water Heaters. The price was fair, and they
were ready, willing, and able to come about any time you wanted. The man that
replaced the gas unit was done in 1 hour and 35 minutes including putting
things away and paying the bill. He did a nice job.
My better half commented that this should be about it for a little while
since these things come in threes you know. I commented that the water heater
was elective and wasn't sure that it counted, I really don't believe in the
thing of threes.
The next weekend we heard water dripping after the AC turned off. The old
coils were not dripping where they should be and was running down the side. The
23-year-old split unit has now been replaced with a SEER 16 unit. I figure that
difference in the electric bill might pay for the unit in about 9 years or so.
By the time the new was installed there was a nice stain in the ceiling
downstairs I waited for it to dry and used some Kilz before spot painting.
Looks OK for now.
My better half stated that this should be good as that is about everything.
I said, "Don't say that! There is still the washer, drier, kitchen
I could have purchased a guided elk hunt with all the services and a new
rifle/scope combination of choice for the money that has been spent! Maybe two
trips! Aaah, the joys of home ownership.