Linda’s sister, Sister Marilyn, called a couple of days ago to let us know she would be in the Detroit area on business this weekend. She wanted to know if we could fetch her this afternoon and if she could spend the night at our house? The answer was “of course,” of course. Her flight out wasn’t until Sunday evening, so Linda put the gears in motion and arranged a brunch with the local family for 10 AM tomorrow.
Being Saturday, we went to our ham radio club breakfast in South Lyon. Before leaving our neighborhood we drove to the other end of the street (dead end with turn-around) to see where the gas hookup crew left off yesterday. We knew they were working down there today because we saw the trucks leave sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 PM last night. There’s a chance they will be back today and we wanted to see how close they were to connecting our house to the main line. It looked like they had quite a few houses to do ahead of ours, so we went to breakfast.
We got home around 10:30 AM to find a crew working in our yard trenching in the branch line to our house. I was told yesterday they were going to bore it in, so something obviously did not get communicated. Not only that, they were running a 5/8″ line, which was way too small for the 425 meter we are supposed to get. I stopped the crew and the guy in charge pulled out his paperwork. It had “425” written on it big letters, but the drawing showed a 5/8″ line. He agreed that the 5/8″ line was way too small for that meter and that we should have 1.25″ line. They pulled the little bit of line they had already run out of the ground, raked out some of the dirt they had already trenched, and moved their machine across the street to trench our neighbors yard.
We were lucky we got home when we did. They had already cut through some tree roots that did not need to be disturbed and would have torn up a lot more of our yard unnecessarily if I had not interrupted their work. They were nice about it, but I still found it troublesome that I had spoken to two different supervisors face-to-face about this, one as recently as yesterday, but this crew showed up and did something different than what I had been told, and agreed, would be done.
I was finally going to try to remove the fogged window from the bus today, but we had a lot of rain overnight and woke to overcast skies, temperatures in the upper 40’s, and a forecast high of 57 degrees F with a strong chance of rain through mid-afternoon. That was not the sort of weather for removing a window from a vehicle parked outside. Besides, with Marilyn arriving mid-late afternoon I did not want to work on anything messy and then have to get cleaned up.
Linda looked up the kitchen ranges we had been considering. The GE 30″ 5-burner double-oven convention model (JGB870DEFWW) was on sale again at Lowe’s for $180 off MSRP and we would get another 5% off the sale price by using our Lowe’s credit card. If we ordered it today delivery would be September 27, longer than I would like, but it is what it is. We have to order this range because Linda wants a white one to match all of the other appliances in the kitchen and the appliance stores do not tend to stock white ranges with the features we want. I called our local Lowe’s store and confirmed the free delivery and take away of our current range. Installation is $20 plus a new flex gas line for $30.
I called TOMTEK HVAC and got hold of Tom. He seemed put off by the fact that I have someone else doing HVAC work at the house and will have the natural gas already tied in when he comes to convert the main house furnace from propane to natural gas, but he said he would check with Weil-McLain on Monday about what parts he needs to do the conversion. While on the phone with Tom he suggested that we try D. R. Electric Appliance Sales and Service in Howell for our new gas range. We looked them up on the web and got their (incorrect) phone number and hours. I got the correct number from 411 before I realized that it was also on their website. They closed at 2 PM on Saturdays, so we didn’t make it there today, but I called and got an answering machine, left my name, number, and the reason for the call. Curt called me back a short time later. I gave him the model number and he said he would call G.E. on Monday. He said he had been holding off ordering G.E. appliances waiting for Columbus Day sale pricing. He figured he would have the range three days from ordering and could probably install it at the end of the week or early next. They charge $25 for installation and haul away, and $25 for the new flex gas line if we need one, so it’s the same $50 as Lowe’s. (Lowe’s assured me that they were REQUIRED to install a new flexible gas line.) That all sounded good depending on the price of the range. Getting it sooner has some dollar value to us, we’re just not sure how much.
I stayed home while Linda went to Meijer’s for groceries. Finding the crew in our yard this morning doing work they were no supposed to be doing spooked me enough to not want to leave the house unattended the rest of the day. As long as I was stuck at home, I called Bratcher Electric to give them a heads up that the gas connection to the house was imminent. Being Saturday I got their answering machine and left a message. I also called Darryll at DCM Heating & Cooling and left a message regarding the gas connection. Once the meter is hung and connected everything else depends on Darryll getting his piece done first.
We checked the website for Country Squire Fireplace and Lighting in Howell and saw a 10% off coupon, so I printed that. I wanted to go there today and buy a set of high-efficiency vent-free natural gas fire logs but it will probably be tomorrow afternoon instead. These logs are more efficient than a typical kitchen range and are designed to be used with the fireplace flue closed, throwing most of the heat they produce into the room instead of up the chimney. Darryll said he would hook it up for us and add a shutoff valve when he came back to tie in to the gas meter, so we need to have it here before he comes back next week.
Marilyn called and said their flights were running a little behind schedule and that Linda should pick her up around 3 PM rather than 2:30 PM as originally planned. She called back again and said 3:15 PM would be better. Linda got back from the grocery store and we had a quick lunch of leftover Sloppy Joe’s.
With overnight lows in the 40’s, highs only in the mid-50’s, and the connection of our natural gas somewhat imminent, we decided we could afford to use propane to heat the house. We have been conscious of our propane use because we did not want to get in a position where we needed to have either of the tanks filled. I turned the furnace on and set all the thermostats a few degrees above ambient to take the chill off.
While Linda drove over to Lake Orion, Michigan to fetch Marilyn I decided to work at my desk selecting photos for gallery posts on the garage/HVAC project and natural gas work, and worked a little bit on the websites for the FMCA Great Lakes Converted Coaches and Freethinkers chapters. I really need to have the GLCC site usable in the next three weeks and the FTH site within a month of that. That sounds ambitious even as I write it down and I suspect it won’t happen.
Linda and Marilyn got to the house around 4:30 PM and after we got Marilyn settled in her bedroom we just sat and relaxed and talked for a while. We thought she might appreciate a good home-cooked meal but we ended up taking her to LaMarsa for dinner. She had the Koshary, which we had last night, and we split an order of garlic almond vegetable Ghallaba with green salad and crushed lentil soup. We all ate way too much pita bread with garlic spread and were uncomfortably full by the time we finished our meal, but it was delicious and we did not have to prepare it or clean up afterwards.
These days twilight now comes around 7 PM and it was dark by the time we got home at 8 PM. I made a pot of decaf coffee and we settled in the living room for a long chat. I set the thermostats back before we turned in for the evening as all three of us prefer to sleep in a cool room.