HVAC system thieves almost ruined our vacation

For most of the year, I’d put in lots of extra hours at work.

The reason being, I wanted to take a more extended holiday.

There was a contractor policy in my workplace that permitted extended overtime for anyone willing to do so. Harry was happy when the time came for us to leave on holiday. Both of us had planned a memorable trip across numerous countries as a section of our shared bucket list. He even paid for everything in advance as well as made sure all the bookings were correct. Unfortunately after leaving for our trip, we got a call from the next-door neighbor, informing us that someone had stolen our outdoor central cooling unit at night. This meant that our home didn’t have any air conditioner, which would cause lots of complications for our pets. Fortunately for us, we had left our neighbor with a key to keep an eye on the pets. It was a better arrangement rather than leaving them in a shelter. Besides, the home had a good HVAC system. We assumed they would be okay even though it was too warm outside. I was going nuts wondering why anyone would want to steal the HVAC unit, but our home was in a secure neighborhood, but there were cases of AC vandalism as well as theft now as well as then. So far, the police have been unable to find the culprits interfering with people’s air ventilation systems. Harry took it upon himself to order some mini-cut ACs for the house. Our neighbor would install them easily once they arrived. There was no need to contact any AC vendors seeking the services of a cooling system expert. The ductless heating & cooling units come with manuals that have good installation directions. We were thankful our neighbor agreed to go the extra mile as well as home our pets until the HVAC units got to our home.

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Someone stole our outdoor air conditioning unit while we were on holiday

For most of the year, I’d put in lots of extra hours at work.

The reason being, I wanted to take a more extended holiday. There was a company policy in place that permitted extended overtime for anyone willing to do so. Harry was excited when the time came for us to leave on holiday. We had planned a memorable trip across numerous countries as part of our shared bucket list. He paid for everything in advance and made sure all the bookings were correct. But, after leaving for our trip, we got a call from the next-door neighbor. Someone had stolen our outdoor central cooling unit at night. Now the house didn’t have any air conditioning, which would cause lots of problems for our pets. We had left our neighbor with a key to keep an eye on the dogs. It was a better arrangement rather than leaving them in a shelter. Besides, the house had a great HVAC system. We figured they’d be okay even though it was too hot outside. I was going crazy wondering why anyone would want to steal the HVAC unit. Our house was in a secure neighborhood, but there were cases of AC vandalism and theft now and then. So far, the police have been unable to find the culprits interfering with people’s air ventilation systems. Harry took it upon himself to order some mini-split ACs for the house. Our neighbor would install them easily once they arrived. There was no need to phone any AC vendors seeking the services of an air conditioner expert. Ductless heating and cooling units had manuals with good installation instructions. We were thankful our neighbor agreed to go the extra mile and house our dogs until the HVAC units got to our home.

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The boiler repair took most of the day

I told my boss that I needed to be done for the day by 4.

My girlfriend was having a sonogram performed at the hospital and I wanted to be there for the appointment.

My boss tried to brush off my request, but I told him that I was going to leave at 2 pm. I hoped you would give me a couple of routine tune-ups or easy repairs, but he sent me over to a factory to work on a commercial boiler repair. Boiler repairs are never easy and they are often time-consuming. I went to the factory and I investigated the boiler for about a half an hour. I spent the next four hours working on the boiler repair. It took most of my day and I did not finish with the boiler repair until almost 1:30. When I called the shop to tell my boss that I was completed with a boiler repair, he tried to send me to an AC service call. I reminded my boss that I had the appointment with my girlfriend and he mumbled under his breath. I know the guy can’t fire me for going to the doctor with my girlfriend, but he can make my life miserable by giving me all of the crappy jobs to perform. I left and headed over to the hospital to be with my girlfriend. The guy tried to call me an hour later to see if I was coming back to work. It was almost 6pm by that time. Did he really expect me to come back to work at six?

 

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The hotel staff needed to find us another room

My wife and I went to our 20-year High School reunion a couple of months ago.

My wife and I attended the same High School. In fact, that is where we met and fell in love. Both of us were excited to go back to the school to see how things have changed. My wife and I left the neighborhood after school so we could attend separate colleges. We talked on the phone nearly every single night and we never lost touch. She dated a few guys and I dated a few different girls, but we never stopped loving each other for a minute. After college, the two of us moved to the same town so we could start dating. We never went back to our home town until our high school reunions. Since it was a 3 hours flight, we decided to stay all weekend. We found a hotel room close to the high school. My wife and I remembered the hotel fondly. It was always a friendly place with clean rooms and linens. Unfortunately, the hotel was not as the two of us remembered. It was run-down and needed renovations. Our room had dirty carpets and the HVAC unit didn’t work. My wife and I had to find a different room. The clerk found us a room on the other side of the hotel, but the HVAC unit in that room didn’t work either. The two of us got our money back and went to a different hotel. We had a longer drive to the venue for the reunions, but the room was clean and the HVAC unit cooled very well.

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The tree fell into our yard and missed the HVAC unit by inches

Storm season is right around the corner and my family and I have been getting ready by cleaning up the yard.

When there are heavy winds and rain, branches from the older Oak and pine trees in the yard can cause problems.

Two years ago, the neighbor on the left side of our house had a tree fall in the yard. It occurred during a heavy tropical storm. The winds were 50 or 60 miles per hour. A lot of debris was scattered all over the yard and my wife and I lost the brand new canopy we purchased for our outdoor gazebo. The neighbor had a large oak tree in the backyard. It appeared to be strong with a great root system, but one gust of wind toppled it over like a twig. The tree was so massive that it fell into the backyard of my neighbor and my wife and I. The tree nearly took out our brand new AC unit. We had the AC unit installed at the beginning of the summer season. I watched the tree fall in the yard and it missed the new AC unit by inches. The tree hit the ground with a loud hammering thud. It sounded like a sonic boom from a fighter jet. My wife and I breathed a sigh of relief when the tree missed our AC, but it still caused a great deal of damage to our yard and the neighbors yard. We had to replace the entire left and back side of our fence after the tree fell.

 

 

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Work on Friday was long, boring, and hot

I work nights at the pizza shop while I go to college.

  • It’s nice to have some extra pocket money.

I received a scholarship for soccer, but it only covers everything that is deemed absolutely necessary. Spending money for food, dates, recreational activities, and entertainment isn’t part of that. I found a job at the pizza shop a couple of weeks after I started college. I worked there for six months and then the owner of the shop made me that night time manager. I am responsible for recording the nightly sales, counting the safe, and managing the other employees. On Friday nights, I have about 10 employees. The pizza shop has a dining room and the kitchen. We usually have two people taking orders at the counter and two people serving customers in the dining room. The rest of the employees work in the back of the restaurant in the kitchen. We sell pizza, pasta, calzones, and a variety of salads. Friday nights are the busiest night of the week. Last Friday night, it was busy and we didn’t have any AC in the kitchen. Thank goodness there are separate AC units for the kitchen and the dining room, because we would have been forced to close the restaurant otherwise. The kitchen AC was not blowing any cold air. We had to turn the machine off. Without any AC, it was hot and humid. A few people complained and I had to send one guy home for his attitude, but the rest of the night crew braved the elements.

 

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Decorative window film can be a safety feature.

I had never thought beyond the idea that my window film was for safety.

I was talking to my husband last week and he told me about an article he had read at work.

They were installing clear window films on all the office windows and in the lobby. I couldn’t understand why an office building would need window films, unless it was for reasons of saving energy. He told me that window films are often used to increase safety, to help strengthen security. Accidents and natural disasters, like hurricanes, or cars coming through windows, can wreak havoc on a building. The building owner has a way to prepare to cope with the aftermath. Window film can help hold broken glass together, and prevent flying glass shards that is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in an office building. Window films help to protect the people and property, reduce damage and loss, and lessen business disruptions. Everyone who works in the building wants to know they are in a secure building. The right window film can help protect the people and property from outside threats like forced entry, vandalism, and even bomb blasts. Someone forcing their way into the building becomes more difficult. This can help to deter the intruders for up to 2 minutes, giving the police and disaster team time to get to the building and mitigate the situation. As much as I hated thinking my husband could be involved in any of these situations, they were a very real threat in today’s world. I was glad the company was thinking about the safety of their employees and keeping the building safe in order to save on damages.

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Custom couch because I wanted something specific

I ended up buying a custom couch.

I thought custom couches were for the rich and famous that get interior designers to do their home.

They usually have themes like Old World Estate or Cozy Dollhouse. Well it turns out normal people can get custom pieces if they are willing to pay the big bucks. My living room is laid out pretty weird. I also wanted an L shaped couch of a certain fabric. Everything I looked at in furniture stores had hideous fabrics or were the wrong sizes. I then found a company online that you can go on their website and make your own couch. I choose the exact dimensions, the fabric, color and even what the feet of the couch looks like. Now I need to wait a few months for it to be built. Thankfully my custom furniture maker does keep me updated on the process. I have gotten an email with pictures in it multiple times. I have seen the fabric and color up close. I have seen the couch being slowly built and double confirmed the sizing of it. I have one more month to go and then I can put it in my living room. I can’t wait to get it in there. Right now I have lawn chairs and a plastic tote as a coffee table. I am losing my mind with how ugly it looks. When my custom made couch comes in the space is going to look so classy and elegant. I can’t wait to see the final product and get pillows for it.

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Finding good office space rentals

I am happy to say that the first year in business was a big success for my wife and I.

This home based business started out of boredom and necessity both, because we had lost income thanks to the pandemic, and had a lot of extra time thanks to the lockdown.

Little did we know that we would get such a response. Now that society is opened up again, demand has pushed even higher. We have decided it is time to move our little operation out of the garage, and into something more fitting. Our problem has been finding business space for rent that is in the right area, for the right price. Industrial space for rent in Northland is actually much easier to find, but that isn’t what we need right now. We don’t want a cavernous warehouse, but honestly with the luck we are having finding office space for rent it might be cheaper to just rent industrial space anyway. Business office rentals are at a premium these days, especially in Northland, so we have to decide now how badly we want to move the business out of our home. Part of the reason we show such great profits and have been able to grow is because of low overhead, as we don’t have business office rentals to pay for. Once we move out of the house, we will have to keep growing at a steady rate just because the business office space rentals will be a huge monthly expense. If any of you know of good office space for rent, email me!

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I just ordered an Epson commercial sized printer for my office

I just started my own insurance company after working for another agent for several years. Although I liked the job security, I knew that I could make a lot more money if I went out on my own. There’s always the fear that I might fail at my business venture, but I have to give it a try. So far it’s just me and one other person who I have working as an administrative assistant, handling the phones and all of my scheduling. She’s also the point of contact between me and my clients. I decided yesterday that the old printer from home that we’ve been using needs to be upgraded. We need a larger printer that is capable of copying, scanning, and faxing. I went to the office supplies store and started looking at the commercial sized printers that they have available. There were so many options that I decided to get my phone out and start looking at reviews. I quickly realized that some of these printers had serious issues with them that previous customers have documented on the internet. However, this particular Epson commercial sized printer had phenomenal reviews. It was also within my spending budget, so I decided to buy it and try it out at the office. Both my employee and I were immediately happy with the new Epson printer. It handles copying, printing, scanning, and faxing seamlessly. The manual was detailed and easy to understand, and from what I’ve heard Epson’s customer service is also unparalleled. I can’t imagine finding a better printer for my burgeoning insurance business.

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