03.10.15 Plumbing, air conditioning and a big delay in completion – grrrrrrrr

grocerygirlTuesday, March 10, 2015 –  Monday afternoon I went to the grocery. I certainly believe that grocery shopping should be declared an Olympic Sport.  First you shop, walking what seems like miles. and you exercise your mind thinking an awful lot. Then you get everything off the shelves into the basket.  Then you put everything on the check out conveyor.  Then you put all the bags of everything into the car and take out all the bags and haul them into the house (unless you have a helpful husband like mine to help with that.)  Then you take each individual item and find a place to hide it.  We hide things in the RV because there is just not enough storage to put things in one place.  We have many food items stored under the RV even. There really has to be a better way to get food into your home but as of now I don’t know what it is.  It doesn’t help any that I bought a rotisserie chicken, turnip greens and friend okra for tonight but before I left home to go to the store Roy said he was going to fr*-y fish tonight and tomorrow night.  I thought I did so good but oops!  At least the chicken and vegetables will keep.

As I was leaving to go participate in my Olympic activity I saw our plumber, Chris Wrinkles arrive with the two remaining faucets – one for kitchen and one for master bath.  Here’s Chris and his handy, dandy side kick doing their work.  Chris can be reached at 985-542-9567.  He’s from Hammond and is an excellent, friendly plumber to work with.20150309_13483720150310_13435620150310_134436Our air conditioning men came Monday evening to install the outside air conditioning unit.  We originally planned to get a 13 SEER rated unit but new guidelines as of January 1st  say we must have a 14 SEER so of course we started off over budget on that one! At least it means we’re getting the latest and greatest and it’s now in place!  It can’t be fully connected until the permanent electricity is hooked up.


Ronnie, our contractor, said the concrete stainer said the floors are sweating due to the damp weather.  He said that the air conditioning needs to run for a while before the floors can be sealed.  Don’t want to seal the floor with sweat on it!

My Roy put the glass shelves in our medicine cabinets this morning and I scrubbed up paint and dirt clumps off the floors.  Here’s a pic of the inside of the medicine cabinet.


Warning:  Big Rant Below…………..

We can’t have air conditioning without having electricity.  So I called Washington St. Tammany Electric Cooperative this morning to check on the status of the request we submitted 8 days ago.  At first no one could find a record of our request (even though I spoke to an engineer and two other people and completed the request 8 days ago).  Roy spoke to the engineer last week and was told it was out of his hands and in the construction department.  Because of this I asked to speak to someone in the construction department.  Instead I was transferred to the very nice lady Sandra McDaniel who helped me open our accounts several weeks ago.  She was able to see in her system that they mailed us a letter last Friday saying we had to pay the $300 for the work BEFORE they put us on the list.  That letter has never reached us so I asked if I could pay over the phone, which I did.  After getting the confirmation number and calling Sandra back she checked into the status.  When she called the news was that we are in line now (8 days later) and the earliest they could get to it is early next week.  I know this is not her fault and she was only passing along the bad news so I tried my best not to come unglued.  She’s been so helpful all along and I just hope that someone along the line will get something done quickly.

Not only can’t the floors be sealed until the electricity is connected but the final dirt grading can’t be done because the electric company’s work would mess that up, and the electrician’s work can’t be finished, nor the air conditioning work completely finished until then.  We had all those folks lined up this week knowing that the time period the electric company originally gave us would have been over with.  Now we have to inconvenience these subcontracts, who have been so great, by them all having to come back again.  Plus our floor sealer is going on vacation later this week.  And the appliances can’t be delivered until the floors are sealed.  It’s a confusing order of events but Ronnie had it worked out so well and now it’s all blow apart because the electric company chose to mail us a letter instead of picking up the phone and calling us, or if one of the three people I spoke to last week had told us we needed to pay in advance.  Very poor business processes and I asked Sandra to pass that along to someone who could possibly change that for other people in the future.

We were also told that Dottie (the people who mark where there are underground lines running) had to come out and that took three days.  Roy told me they already did that two days ago and that is why we have fresh new orange markings on the ground.  I called Sandra back and she said she’d check on that but also the other delay is that there are other people ahead of us.  Really??????  There wouldn’t have been people in front of us had the company handled it right. The weather was perfect this morning for their work and now we’re facing three days of rain . I’ve worked in business for over 40 years and know well that exceptions can ALWAYS be made, especially when the business’ practices caused the problem.

We have two couples who are very interested and one wants to move in this weekend if possible, so there possibly goes a tenant.

If any of ya’ll know someone high up in Washington St. Tammany Electric Cooperative please let us know so we can contact them.

Sorry for all these rants, you know this is not my usual style.  Had to vent fully somewhere and didn’t have enough space on facebook!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear

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