Thursday, July 3, 2008

Siding, Door and More!

The siding is nearing completion, we just need to wait and wait and wait for Consumers Energy to come over and disconnect the power. See the progress below!

Check out the new Air Conditioner and the hole for the new window in the family room!

 I called Consumers Energy to disconnect the power from the house the week of June 22. I schedule July 2 for the date to have the work done. July 2 comes and goes, July 3 comes and goes, still no word from Consumers. I call them on Saturday, July 5 and explain the importance of having this done because it's holding up our siding project. They apologize for not making it out and tell me there was a scheduling error. They will be out that day (Saturday). The status is now RUSH since the first appointment was overlooked. you can probably guess they didn't show up on Saturday! Now I'm beginning to think someone must be at the home when they come by and that is the reason it hasn't been done.

I call first thing Monday morning (7 am) and wait 1 minute to talk to a representative. After explaining my story, I'm told I will need to talk with a senior representative. I get connected, hear the voice and wham! the phone goes dead. Okay, no problem I'll have to call back, these things happen. I call the second time and now my wait time is 15 minutes. I finally get connected and tell the representative I need to talk with a senior representative and explain I've already been disconnected. She wants to know my story, so once again I tell another representative, gee big surprise she puts me on hold and sure enough wham! I get disconnected again! Now I'm getting really irritated, I call again and this time it's another 15 minute wait! As soon as I get through I beg the representative to please put me through to the senior representative and the reason why! Thankfully she cooperates and I FINALLY get to talk to the person I need to. I once again explain the situation and she assures me someone will be out on Monday to disconnect the power! It does in fact get done. Mike Kushion finished the siding on both gable ends. As soon as the window comes in the and that side gets done the siding will be complete!

The new Patio Door has been installed.

And...the mess from the new patio door installation.

A box full of broken glass! Mike and his son Eric needed to break the glass in order to get the old door out! Guess who cleaned up the mess? It took 4 smaller boxes to transfer the glass and get it removed from the backyard. It went in our dumpster at the condo!

The demo'd kitchen!

The boarded up hole in the center family room wall is waiting for the new window! Mike had a challenge cutting the hole and holding up the roof, etc., but as usual he worked his miracles and all went well! I am installing an awning window that will add much needed light in the room. Bookcases will be added to both sides and cabinets below. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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