Friday, September 23, 2016
In Florida the closing went well. WE now own a nice little two bedroom one bath home in Deltona, Florida. That is half way between Orlando and Daytona Beach on I-4. The house is 5 mins off the interstate.
Sherry arranged for the water and electric to start the next day.
First problem was getting in. No one had a key. I kicked a doggie door in and reached up and unlocked the door. The main problem was the AC room, I had to take a hammer to the knob. Then we installed new locks on all the doors.
We found the place was as advertised. Even fairly clean. There is a new stove and a new dishwasher that is not completely installed.
With no power it was a very good time to check the power panel. The panel was so weird I had to laugh. Either the man doing it was old and did not see well, or a complete neophyte to electrical rules. Electrical wiring has a plastic coating for insulation. Most folk know that. Black is the hot wire and white is common. 4 breakers had wire installed still wearing it's insulation. To get contact you strip back about a 1/2" showing copper wire and install. 5 breakers the wire was not even clamped to the breaker. I was a happy camper. That was fixed in no time. I felt good about the wiring.
The Hot water heater lines had been hacksawed in two. Sherry read on the heater that it was 15 years old so we decided to replace it. We went to Lowes to pick up some plumbing and electrical stuff, Walmart to get some cleaning supplies. Stopped and had Pizza.
There is a new A/C unit that would not come on. I know very little about A/C so when we return, I will check all the electrical connections, if they are good will find an A/C man.
On our anniversary the 22nd at Lowes we loaded the new water heater in the Fit and headed to install it.
So in 1 ½ days the house is about ready to paint. The water heater is installed, no leaks. The house single bowl kitchen sink will be replaced with a double one Mark has. Sherry has her blinds measured. There is a small problem with light fixtures to work out (we didn't have a ladder). I will need to run a gas line to the water heater, then fix the A/C and we are in business.
Yesterday was our anniversary so we quit work at about 4:30. Sherry loves the Red Lobster so that is where we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. Oh, we forgot to take pictures. But we did a SELFIE:
Oh yes on the way home today Sherry looked over at me and said "That was a great honeymoon." We both cracked up laughing. I said, "I'll bet we have had more honeymoons than any couple alive." WE laughed because for years anytime we were off by ourselves we made it a honeymoon. This one was no exception.