Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Procrastinate and even then get it wrong
I'm printing this out and handing it to the poor bloke who is going to sell me a new gas space heater.
While the RatPack in Canberra is still dithering about whether to slug us another 5% GST or do the decent thing and halve their own Superannuation and cut off all perks to former RatPackers of both parties to save money, I decided to get in first, just in case.
The dear old Vulcan has been chugging away for 40 years now with only a few hiccups like the freezing winter when the fan called it quits. Fortunately we found a vulcan parts place only a click away and a new one was installed, upside down and everything had to be pulled out again and re-done but it purred. The cats were happy, I still had two at this time and they were happy on mohair rugs either side of the oil upright heater. I had six loads of clothes and blankets and a tiny air heater. The other problem with it was the ceramic bricks used to conduct the heat, fragile to say the least and to buy one was more expensive than to buy a whole new box but saving the best of the bad lot paid off next time one shattered. Automatic thermostat gave up the ghost fairly early on but the tradie said not to replace it, just do it myself. Good advice, getting up and down was usually the only exercise I got all winter.
This year I have some money, almost enough to put down a decent deposit and pay the rest off. The computer found several in the area and one I really liked with a 4 star energy rating and a nice beige colour. Rang Hardly Normal for a price. I was shunted to 3 different departments with mumblings, ditherings and silences. Finally someone found the price list but I'm sure I didn't hear right when they said it was just over two thousand but probably 3 when the installation was factored in but they did have one in store. This was for someone else who hadn't come in to pay yet but they were prepared to piss them off in favour of me because I was going to pay it off not pay at once. Don't they just love that interest. Nothing about checking out the house to see if it would fit in the Vulcan space, just arrive and sign the papers.
I tried the next on the list. This was a list of showrooms that had the heaters on display and could be turned on for me to view. HN was on this list and I think they must have bribed someone. The Good Guys sold them but didn't have any on display so I ditched them but I will come back with another story. I also looked at the possibility of buying a gas cooker and heater together and pay both. Good Guys had a lovely range, various prices though for almost the same sort of cooker so I'm reading the small print and measuring up when I discovered that an under the hob grill was almost never there. One did have the grill in the oven. So that is something on the procrastinate list and the mouse gets to live in the insulation for a bit longer.
Next cab off the rank was a place called Flaming Mo's and it's five minutes away by car or an hour of me walking. A favour called in from the Nephew should do it. Actually a few favours, the smoke alarm fell out of the ceiling again and now I have six holes to be polyfilled, the light in the front room is still hanging down because they don't put the proper screws in with new fittings just to make you spend more and 5 years ago he promised to put in a double electric point in the laundry so I would not have double adapters for dryer and washer. Still waiting.
Back to Flaming Mo's, the guy knew everything about the heater I wanted, gave me a price but couldn't say about an installation fee until the gas fitter came and checked the flue and the space size.
He did ask if I had a chimney and I said no, silence, am I sure? I have a flue but the builder said it was a waste of money to have a chimney without an open fire so what I saved there I spent on electrical outlets except in the bloody laundry.
So going up to have a look as soon as I can grab himself which should be tomorrow considering what he put in the recycle bin which I can't move. Of course you know what will happen, we will probably have the mildest winter in years.