Thanks for checking in Tim.. really keeps me motivated.
Unfortunately today is a day I wish I could forget.
I had an HVAC contractor over last week to quote on the job. He seemed awesome. Knew exactly what I wanted and why etc etc.
Fast forward to today -- he gets here, we recap and then I head upstairs for a meeting (I work from home -- thanks Skype!).
The first task was to replace the metal panning for a return with thermopan and insulate the joist space. He did a great job on this and it really does quiet down the return grills on the main floor!
The second task was to move one of the main trunks over 5-6' feet so that I can have a full height entrance to the theater.
When I came down from my meeting, I found 3 of the branch lines stacked vertically running underneath the joists in the unfinished room next to the theater. He said it was to minimize 90's, but it was the most frankenstein setup I have ever seen. Imagine three 6" ducts stacked vertically supported by a single piece of all-round (in a u-shape up to the joist). I told him to stop and that I would think of a better solution myself. So in 30c heat, I hacked together a piece of flex to bring some A/C to the bedroom. Left the other 2 lines unhooked for the time-being.
He also forgot to bring some of the supplies needed to rough-in the line set for the split so we skipped that entirely. He also didn't bring the 8" flex I ordered with him. I was so frustrated - paid him for a few hours as to not cause a scene and thought to myself - "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself".
I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend
Things get better right? lol