So for 12 years of married life, I lived garage-free.
I know. Unthinkable. HOW HAVE I SURVIVED? And with an infant for a few of those years, no less. How un-American, how un-patriotic, how Socialist of me.
But now, not only do we own a garage, we own not one but TWO garage doors.
And do you know what that means? That means double the expenditure to fix the damn things.
Sears was out a week ago to fix T’s side,…for $200. My side went out a couple weeks ago when the spring broke. And then T’s side started acting funky again a few days ago. So let’s get BOTH springs replaced.
So we called another garage door place and they were running a replacement special for $145 for one or $210 for two and then when I called them back to schedule an appt, well it was $145 per spring, so for two doors it would be $290. Ok, $300 bucks, that’s ok.
So the guy gets out here, well, it’s $145 per spring for the spring that lasts 2 or 3 years but it’s only $215 per spring for a spring that lasts 7 – 8 years. Oh and he recommends TWO springs PER DOOR so:
$215 per spring x 4 springs = $860, which is a far cry from the original $300.
So, I say, do one door with ONE longer-lasting spring.
Ok. But then in a phone huddle with T, we decide we’ll just do the ONE cheaper spring on ONE door and then see where we are down the road
THEN, the guy comes and knocks on the door. Well, I don’t have any cables on that door so it will be $51 for the cables. Well, my dad fiddled with the cables a couple weeks ago when he was trying get the door to open and threw them out so yeah, I need new cables. Oh, but wait, the bearings on the door are very squeaky and they could rub through the pipe and the pipe could actually break and the door could fall BUT they are running a special to get all that replaced PLUS new rollers for $499.
I say no, thanks, we can’t swing that right now.
And in a phone huddle with T he says, no, we should probably do it.
So back to the give the guy the ok.
And THEN T calls back and says he saw the exact same scenario online from another customer and that that sounded kind of suspicious to him and so I rush right back out and CANCEL the $499 package, which Guy wasn’t too happy about…and it COULD have been ligit, who knows, but still,
And MEANWHILE Miles is upset because I’m talking to Guy and decides he needs milk and cereal IMMEDIATELY and isn’t afraid to voice his complaints. And I”M irritated because just tell me up front what things are going to cost so I can make a decision PRIOR to your guy coming and telling me that my garage doors could fall down and kill me and I need to spend AT LEAST $500 to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Seriously, $500 for ONE GARAGE DOOR?
For that price, I can just keep parking outside.
Just like I’ve been doing for the past dozen years.
Just call me unAmerican but I’ll be the one with the money in the bank. (until next week, when we finish paying the midwife :S)