The weather was nice yesterday, but I didn't really spend much time outside. I took Lily for her walk, hit the grocery store, and that was about it for my adventures out in the world.
Around 1130 the installers from UGI arrived to take out the old hot water heater and install the new one. They were in and out of my house for four and a half hours. Lily was not happy. She spent most of that time right by my side. She has never liked strangers. She has no problem with my friends, but those she doesn't know either get barks, or snake eyes from the staircase, or she'll stay by my side so I can protect her, and the older she gets, the closer she stays to me. \
One of my friends said I should have let him set me up with a "lead" at the store (he'd get credit for it) and I reminded him that our installs are exorbitant as hell. We attempt to rationalize this to our customers by touting warranties that really don't warrant the additional cost. The sad truth is that too many people hate to shop around. You have no idea how many people walk through our doors and ask if we do installs without taking 5 minutes to sit at their computer and simple Google "water heater installers." Of course, too many people want to take the easier route even though it's going to steal more money from their bank account.
For those of you wondering this is what $3085 looks like. $1700 for the water heater and $1385 for the installation. Keep in mind, the installers were working with natural gas, and this one 's shorter than the previous heater. Still, I did tell my friend Jon he might want to take up plumbing rather than become a Physical Therapist.