So we are keeping warm with space heaters for the week enjoying a very sunny fall weekend while we wait for the new furnace to arrive. John is working up a sweat outside cleaning up our fall leaves while I am working up a sweat getting the inside of the house back in shape after a week of neglect when it happens. I hear a bang outside in the garage. I am momentarily startled but don't think much of it. If John was to get trapped under a pile of debris in our garage he would probably lay there for hours before I discovered him. Poor guy. Anyway, he was fine and continued to finish up the yard cleaning. When he came inside he announced the new problem with our house. The garage door is broken. At first he couldn't get it to go all the way up and down and then suddenly it just banged down (the noise I heard) and it was over. Apparently springs exploded and tracks are bent. Luckily all our cars were in the driveway so while I knew I would need to get it repaired if i wanted to park inside this winter I kept my focus on getting heat in the house. I can only worry about one thing at a time.
But then it happened. It snowed. And we realized something. The plow is in the garage! John and Jake did manage to get the garage door up and the plow out but then I heard another loud bang and John assures me it will not be going up again. Frankly it barely went up in the winter anyway, I often had to get out of my car and help it along. I sure hope my running into the garage door a couple times doesn't have anything to do with it breaking.
Frugal Tip #2: Sale at Menard's
I was looking on Craig's List for garage doors and there are some great deals but John found a new door on sale at Menard's as I was typing this post and we decided to go with it. Still wondering if Craig's list might be a better way to go but the sale ends today. Home Store Tip: They are great about returns. Buy now, return later.
So to be continued on what we actually end up doing with the garage door. But wait! There's more...