I mentioned earlier that I thought the bricks in the living room fireplace may have been stained because the original bricks visible in the attic are sand-colored. Now I’m not so sure. Here is a photo of the chimney of the walled-in fireplace, viewed from the attic. Those bricks are definitely sand-colored.
|There is a ton of crap in the attic left by the previous owner.|
I couldn’t see the chimney of the living room fireplace from where I stood. Maybe the builders used two different kinds of brick? But why would they? Here is a close up of the living room brick. What do you think? Is the color original, or has it been stained? I think I will try scraping a tiny area and see what it reveals.
As for my air conditioner, it appears to be fixed. When the coil was opened, there was enough hair covering it to make a medium-sized dog. It may have been sabotage by the previous owner. It appears she ran the A/C without a filter from the time she found out she was being foreclosed upon. I know she had four dogs. Four dogs and about four months with no filter equals this.
|Gross! Look at all that fur!|
But at least I didn’t have to get a new coil or whole new unit. $305 for four visits from the repairman isn’t too bad.