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Wednesday June 02nd 2021, 10:35 pm
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A little context on yesterday’s post: years ago I asked someone for a quote on redoing our heating system. Our house was built with radiant heating under the floors that had failed before we’d bought the place, and the previous owners had put in the cheapest possible substitute system, knowing they were about to sell. It caused us much grief.

He told me $60,000. He said he would build a new ductwork system on the inside.

I was staggered.

It took me awhile to call someone else because I was afraid of having that number reinforced, so I mentioned it to the contractor who took the small job of building our then-new awning.

I got an entirely different reaction: he did a startled double take and then laughed really, really hard. YES that number was outrageous! NO, I absolutely should not pay it!

He then explained that sometimes when a contractor really doesn’t want a job he’ll bid it stratospherically high like that, sure that you’ll walk away. But if you don’t–then hey, he’ll have to do a job he dislikes but he’ll get paid really really well for it so why not.

The new ductwork across the roof along with a new top-brand HVAC unit? Thirteen grand.

P.S. On the falcons: another “I meant to do that” moment. All four San Francisco eyases have fledged successfully and the one that disappeared from camera view for a week and was feared lost showed up again yesterday as if he’d been there all along. Which surely he had.

Still, there are moments like this.┬áThe one named after Rachel Carson of “Silent Spring” fame was reported flying and fine afterwards.

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Well, for heaven’s sake! I am glad you asked the second one.

Comment by ccr in MA 06.03.21 @ 5:27 am

Record high temp. today and my car a/c is on the fritz. If it costs over $200 to fix, it will just sit until winter when I won’t need the a/c. It goes to the shop in a couple hours so we will see.

Comment by Sharon Stanger 06.03.21 @ 12:33 pm

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