|Day 17: Still no heat
||[Nov. 18th, 2012|06:29 pm]
うさ-p: It got all pruny in the brain water.
Because of the absolutely horrendous timing, it's been about 17 days since we've known for sure that the boiler is kaput. It has been a nightmare trying to get anyone to even come and look at it, and for those that do, it's been a heart attack when considering the cost. At first there were gas shortages in the aftermath of the hurricane so many contractors simply couldn't drive out to us, and now that gas isn't really a problem anymore, the contractors' schedules are so swamped from fixing all the damaged properties in the flood zones that there is also an equ'pment shortage. Combined with the approaching holiday season means that I HOPE beyond hope that we will have a new boiler in the next 2 weeks and be able to rent the apt in December before the temperatures drop. The weather has been nice to me, staying in the 40s and low 50s, but that isn't going to last.
We have a little electric space heater for the living room that is surprisingly doing a more than adequate job keeping us from freezing. For sure, we would opt to go without heat entirely if it weren't for the risk of frozen pipes, and the fact that we can't rent the upstairs apartment without heat.
At least the roof has been patched, the bricks pointed, the stoop cemented and painted, and it only cost a month & a half's worth of paychecks (this was a 3 paycheck month for me too *sad*) We're going to try to hire a company big enough that they'll let us put the boiler on credit card, which will give us some time to pay it off.