Okay, so the Three Hour Job to replace the new Hot Water Heater became an All Day Affair, as I suspected it might, due to the tight location next to the Washer and Dryer Cubby in the Hallway. It's Odd Placement for a Water Heater in a Home, but in the early 80's, well... what else is there to say about how things were done during that Era. *LOL* It's a good thing The Son was here, since he did some things to cut down the cost for us, so the Technician didn't have to do them and charge us for the Labor.
Example, the Cabinets above the Laundry had to go, since it was impossible to remove the Old Hot Water Heater or install the New One with the Cabinets up there. They were likely POS Cabinets installed later anyway and painted White, so I didn't mind losing them actually, they couldn't even be removed without breaking up. I'll have The Son now install some Shiplap on that Wall and some Vintage Industrial looking Shelving for the Laundry Supplies, it will be a better Look and more convenient for me too. And we'll use the Wood from the Old Cabinets in the next Bonfire. Not to mention smashing those Cabinets to bits will relieve Stress. *LOL*
Then, wouldn't you know, the clearance to put the Washer and Dryer back in the Cubby almost wouldn't work with the New Hot Water Heater because it was One Inch Wider! Fuck! I almost had an Anxiety Attack, it was already installed, and the Tech and The Son knew I was ready to Freak Out so they figured it out so I wouldn't go Postal! *LOL* I said No Demo and so they had to creatively re-position the now full of Water New 50 Gallon Hot Water Heater to squeeze that Washer and Dryer back into place and hook it all up. It was quite the Chinese Circus, but they got er done! *Whew!*
I had some Safety upgrades put in to avoid any flooding or fires, so now if it malfunctions, we'll have Alarms and Auto Shutoff. I didn't pay Cash since they offered 18 Months Financing at Zero Percent Interest, so, why not? I'll use their Money for 18 Months Interest Free while collecting Interest on my Money instead. The Hot Water Heater we chose was on Sale and we also got a Preferred Customer Discount, since we've used this Company for many Years and Contract with them for all our Plumbing and Air Conditioning Needs, they've always done us Right. This Unit is Commercial Grade, not those crap Units Sold at Big Box Home Depots or Lowe's Stores.
So, one more thing replaced that has a Ten Year Warranty, if it malfunctions at any time during a Decade, it's replaced for Free and we just pay Labor for installing another one, I'm okay with that. No Labor if it malfunctions within the first Year. They Service it every Year for Free also, just like they do Twice a Year for our Air Conditioning and our Water Softener. The Tech was a nice Young Man, about our Son's Age, he and The Son had a lot in common, like doing Mixed Martial Arts and working in The Trades.
He appreciated The Son volunteering to Help some, so he didn't have to call for another Technician, when things got complicated, since that would have cost us more too and wasted time waiting on the other Tech to be dispatched and arrive. The Son was watching everything being done since he likes to learn new things and this Tech was happy to show him everything he was doing. It took up the whole Day so we didn't get much else done really, except that. But, I did unpack a Half Dozen more Old Milk Crates of their Contents and we all Purged Photo Albums while the Water Heater was being installed.
Princess T did complain about not being able to flush the Toilets during the time it took, but she's Happy to be able to take a Hot Shower Tonight. *Smiles* Rather than not be able to wash Dishes I just got Take-Out for everyone, saved me cooking Breakfast or Dinner, we skipped Lunch entirely, too busy. After the Hot Water Heater was finally installed, I made a Post Office run before they had the last Mail pickup and then dropped some newly Priced Inventory off at the Antique Mall.
I was talking to one of the Guys I always Worked Nights with whose a good Friend of mine. He told me the Demographic in the Year I've been gone has dropped by about 20 Years since Pandemic has begun. When I was still working, the Demographic was mostly people over the Age of 40 coming in and mostly Seniors, now he said it's dropped to the 20-40 Year Old Crowd during COVID that are the main Buyers and Regulars. I had noticed a shift in what is Selling and that would certainly explain it. This last Pay Period was better than the previous one, whew!
We had Purged Inventory last Week and brought in a lot of New Inventory from The Purge at Home, so that's made an instant difference in boosting Sales. Plus, Princess T and I did foof the Showroom some and make new Displays of the Merchandising, which I think has helped make everything look Fresh and perhaps more Editorial and Inviting? I know that Vintage Toys and Rubber Art Stamps are still Selling like Crazy during the Pandemic... keeps people busy during Lockdown I suppose?
Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian