Hick has been waiting on estimates for the Pony House heating and cooling system. He started asking a couple months ago. Hick has said all along that such a system for 1100-square-foot Pony House would be our biggest expense, costing around $6,000-$7,000. Well. After much prompting, and also asking a relative to remind the guy Hick was waiting on, he got the quote. $9,700! I know things have gone up in price lately, but we were not quite prepared for that.
Being Hick, he doesn't just hire the first person he consults about a job. He had asked two more companies for quotes. Finally got one on Friday: $6,400. So... we are going with the cheaper supplier. Since it's in the range Hick originally planned for. Hick knows his prices on stuff like that. The tree-trimming, not so much. But construction materials and machines Hick knows, from all the years he was in charge of buying stuff for his factory.
Now it's "hurry up and wait" to get more details on when the installation might occur. Hick is progressing to the point that some drywall needs hanging, like in the ceiling of the Master Bathroom. Although it is supposed to get up to 70 degrees today, the nights have been below freezing here in Backroads. Hick says you can't "mud" the drywall unless it's at least 60 degrees. He also says he has a kerosene heater he can take to Pony House, in case he has the help to do the drywall, and the furnace isn't in yet.
Once the Master Bathroom is done, Hick plans to do the walls and floor of Bedroom 2, and then start on the kitchen.