New Windows and HVAC Return

This past weekend Kelly and I were able to schedule for Window World to come out and replace 18 of our 21 rectangular windows. I took the day off so that I could 1. be there while the install was being completed and 2. work with Winston on installing a 12 – 10 – 10 Y for a new Return for our HVAC system. A return for an HVAC system is how it ‘breath’s’ air in and the duct work where the heated / cooled air comes out is its exhaust. Kelly and I had three returns in the house: one in the front hall, one in our bed room and on upstairs across from the office. After having our HVAC system looked at and consulting with Winston as to how we could get the most bang for our buck we decided to install another return in the tallest peak of our living space. Here are a few pictures and descriptions of the windows and the new HVAC return system.

Window World called me about 7:45 to let me know that they where on their way. I took a few snap shots of the old windows so that we could have a nice before and after look.

Before:

After:

Along with installing the new windows came the task of removing ALL previous window treatments including blinds, curtains, curtain rods, and moving any and all furniture at least 3 feet away from the windows to be worked on. This was another 4 hours or so added to the process. Luckily Kelly’s dad, Ronnie K, was there Saturday night to help me install three sets of blinds and a new curtain rod w/ curtains:

So now back to the HVAC work. Winston and I got started on this ‘little’ project around 9AM Saturday morning. The concept was a pretty simple one. We were splitting a single 12 inch pipe into two 10 inch pipes to provide a return to the highest, and hottest, area of the house.  By doing this we could help the HVAC system ‘breath’ in the warmest air which it could then ‘breath’ out back into the lower parts of the house. Our idea was that since the HVAC system heats the air in the middle of the breathing in and out process then it wouldn’t have to work as hard to re-heat that same air. It’s science. Here are some photo’s of our progress…

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Water Heater Woes

Winston and I have been talking about replacing our 24, yes that’s 2-4 year old water heater. Our home inspector told us that it basically should have been replaced twice for as long as it’s been here! Well we picked last weekend (the blizzard of 2010) to knock it out. Here are a few pictures and some time frames to put it all into perspective!

This is the old water heater, it’s not too old then since it and Kelly are about the same age :).

After pulling the old water heater out Winston and his friend Crab-Claw started cutting and nailing down backerboard. This is the stuff you have to use when putting tile down on any surface other than a concrete. Pretty much any room in our house.

All this work took place between noon and 5PM Friday 2/12. The next morning I got up early (6:30) in order to paint this small utility closet since painting it after the new water heater was installed seemed like a lot more more work. Here’s a pair of before and after shots:

Winston and I got started on the more technical stuff at 9AM the next morning, and after a trip to BK for lunch, the Depot for a few more supplies and a lot of re-adjusting to the exhaust flue we finally had the new water heater installed by 3PM!

It really did take a lot longer b/c of the tile but I think it was totally worth it since I had left over backerboard and we got the tile from Home Depot for under $6.

Oh the joys…

Well, I am very proud that I have kept this Christmas cactus this long. My mother informs me all the time, I am the only person ever to kill a bamboo plant (yes, I have turned it yellow) I know, she keeps trying to get me to have plants but I kill them all. So I was out of the office on Monday (story soon) and I walked into to find this….

I almost fell over, really I did that. So I am very proud of my first success in 25 years with plants. I am not means am I going to have plants all over my house, but we may do a garden this year.

So I was out of work Monday with a migraine. Yes, they are horrible. I was at a friends house Saturday and they have a few cats… well I broke out in hives and my throat started to get tight….. so I have learned a lesson when they tell you that you are allergic to cats maybe you should not question the doctors authority! So this has given me a headache since Saturday 😦

Matt and I joined a gym on Dec 30th (we did not want to be one of those New Years people) We have been looking for a gym for sometime after moving but had a few other things going on (getting married, holidays) So we are back to 5am workouts. This is what we look like at 5!

Kidding! haha, but we are enjoying getting back to the gym. I have a favorite water bottle, camelback. Have you ever used one? I have two 🙂 I have one at work that helps me get my water in during the day and one at home for the gym. If you know me at all you may be thinking “kelly drinks water” I know I have turned a new leaf and found out just drinking Coke is not that healthy for you… but I still like my one diet coke a day! 🙂