|External Johnson AC Unit (no idea how old it is)|
|Any ideas how old it is?|
|Internal AC system|
|Soon to be demolished Bedroom Foyer ceiling|
|(Yes, the ceiling was already "unfinished" before we took it down again)|
|Small hallway between office and master bedroom|
First up, the master bedroom hallway, which in a way, was a large soffit itself. It's kind of like a hallway to the master bedroom, with the bathroom on the left. I got in the first whack with a hammer. It felt good.
After whacking it, I took out my brand new Ryobi reciprocating saw (oh, yeah!) and we cut out a square to see what was up there (I didn't want to be whacking stuff if there were wires to look out for).
|Home improvement means I get new toys!|
|Well no WONDER it's hot as fuck in our room!|
|Seriously, there is an entire chunk missing!|
|Eww, what animal did this come from?|
|Hubby's office soffit, pre-demolition|
With the paneling down, we could see more critter damage. We could also see how old the ducts were. Anyone know how old this duct board might be?
|Is my duct system just a huge hamster cage?|
|That should be relatively easy to fix when we're done!|
|I got all of this done before they showed up|
First off, the guys ripped out all the old duct work and threw it on the grass outside. As you can see, our windows are open, letting in that beautifully refreshing 93º, 88% humidity, breezeless August Florida air. We had I think 3 fans going in the living room all day!
|It looks like a bomb went off out there!|
|Beautiful new Trane System|
|Better view of all the trash removed|
|Watching the Weather Channel|
|Day Jeopardy! (My CBS shows reruns at lunchtime)|
|So. Much. Mess!|
|The wall inside the ceiling, above my master bedroom door - why is it green?|
Superintendent Jackass showed the guys how to make boots (rather than rely on pre-fab ones) and they spent an hour or so outside doing air conditioning crafts.
They finished the day by dragging out the old inside unit and cleaning up their mess. Unfortunately, they couldn't finish the project in one day, as we hoped, but they'd be back first thing in the morning to go again.
|Goodbye, old AC unit!|
|Awesome! They clean up, too!|
With drop cloths back down, all three guys were inside, first in the hallway working on the Kiddo's bathroom and bedroom. Then they moved into Hubby's office, then into the Master Suite area.
|Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!|
|Um, there's a dude in my ceiling|
|Looking into the Master Suite from my Office|
The kiddo and I hung out in the living room for a while - she got to see the old game show Card Sharks - but it was hotter than yesterday, so eventually we headed to my office, where the portable AC was plugged in. This was also where Clover, our cat, was hiding.
|Clover does not approve of what's happening|
|But it's cooler by the AC unit, so she moved locations|
I had lunch while watching Jeopardy! in the living room. AT this time, they installed the new 5+2 programmable thermostat (I've always wanted one - our old one was the rectangle with the slidey thing)!
|Instruction manual for my new thermostat|
|I'm fancy, y'all!|
Main guy at this point has finished with all the ducts and he's cleaning up while skinny guy is putting the finishing touches on the internal unit. The kiddo and I went back to my office for a bit - it was stupid hot!
Hubby got home a bit later, and we all hung out and chatted about his day. Superintendent Jackass returned and officially turned on the AC. He also has a better attitude - now that a penis is around, perhaps? Asshole.
He reminded us - AGAIN - about getting insulation, and also about the vents coming in a few weeks. He said it would be fine for us to drop off the check to the office in the morning (rather than give it to him then).
After they left, I happened to look outside and I saw that they left the old unit behind. It was beat to shit by the guy yesterday because he got really frustrated (which I totally understand), so I sent an email to Bertie to have them come pick it up.
|Outside Guy went all Office Space on Johnson|
|Master Bedroom - One vent to replace the two on the right|
|Living Room - Ceiling vent to replace wall vent (seen at bottom)|
|Hubby's Soffit - much bigger, will need more construction|
|Kiddo's Bedroom - rotated 90º from original orientation|
|Guest Bathroom - Ceiling vent replaced wall vent|
|Beautiful new interior unit|
|My office - the ONLY one to stay the same!|
|Master Bath - Closer to door, replaces one in foreground of photo|
As usual, when Hubby was trying to fix something, he would try to do it the easy way, then it wouldn't work, and he'd get pissed off that it wasn't working his way. I tell him the correct way to do it (or in this case, the way we did it last time), but nooooooo, he won't do it that way. So after he gets to the point where he's so pissed off he quits, I came over, did it the right way and it was done in about 2 minutes. Sigh. Men are obnoxious sometimes.
After dinner, we started putting the main hallway ceiling back up. At one point, we were trying to find the rubber mallet. Where was the rubber mallet?
They sealed the rubber mallet in the ceiling of the small hallway...
|I see you, Mallet|