My house defies the laws of physics. The basement, which is fully underground and in which all the heating vents are firmly closed, is consistently 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the house. The upstairs, which is well insulated and has nice, tight seals on all the windows, is consistently 10 degrees cooler than the downstairs. Um, warm air rises, right? Except not so much in my house. We managed to somewhat equalize the upstairs and downstairs by closing all the vents on the main floor and opening all the vents upstairs, which meant the bedrooms were only two or three degrees cooler than the living room. Except that then the painters came, and somehow reinstated natural laws within my house and now with the exact same set up as before the upstairs is meltingly hot if I set the heat to anything above 63. The basement is still an inferno, but they didn't paint down there. I'm thinking they should list "broken laws of thermodymanics repair" as a qualification on their website.
Speaking of the painters, they did a great job except for a couple of really minor things and trying to get them to address those really minor things has turned into a huge battle with their office manager person. When will people realize that doing a great job doesn't count for much if your customers have to deal with a major bitch every time they call you? Seriously, I would recommend these guys and use them again even with the aforementioned minor issues, but I am not willing to deal with bipolar bitch phone woman again and cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone else subject themselves to her.
(P.S. If you participated in my Christmas card exchange last year and sent us a card, thanks! You rock! But, we don't have that box anymore, so if you were planning to be all crafty and just send another one this year to the same address, um, don't. Kisses.)