It was always way up on my to do list to open my own bakery where I live. After I graduated, I worked two jobs and saved up constantly to finally afford a building and property located on Main Street. While the building has seen its days, there is a good-sized parking lot, big front windows, and lots of unique features inside. There is lovely hardwood floors, intricate moldings, and charming pendant lights. Unfortunately, the old building had plumbing, electric wires and HVAC that seriously needed an update. I wasn’t prepared for the great undertaking of replacing all of these systems. I was advised by local plumbers, electricians and HVAC service guys and realized I did not have the cash for such a huge project. Fortunately, my dad is knowledgeable about such things and he offered to help me with projects we could handle with just the two of us. The plumbing was an unpleasant, time-consuming and harsh job, but the premise was simple. The pipes were still good, so we simply needed to find brand new fixtures and get a water heater. For the wiring, me and my dad deferred to a professional electrician to be sure everything was handled with high standards and up to code. The longest endeavor was the heating and cooling system. The necessary patching up of the ductwork and replacement of the dead HVAC unit was labor-intensive, complex and very stressful. My dad and I spent a lot of time researching on the web, trying to figure out the best way to get it done. Because of the issues with the HVAC unit, My grand opening would have to wait. It not only took my dad and I a few weeks to get the new HVAC installed, but we made such a mess, we spent the next three days cleaning up after the job.