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Old 01-05-2019, 01:11 PM   #46542
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I'm praying for a year with no more major infrastructure failures.

The day after I signed a contract to build a free standing studio, my 17 year old furnace died. Kiss my years bonus and then some to replace the heat and ac. Then over Christmas my household phone wiring went south, taking the alarm with it.

Ever tried to find anyone to fix home phone wiring? I'd have more luck finding someone to make wooden wagon wheels. Everyone who listed phone line/jack repair on their website will only do new installations. After 30+ phone calls, I got one electrician to come yesterday. Seventy five buck and the lines worked for 3.5 hours before the phones went back out, LOL. After two weeks, my alarm system has decided have a shrieking fit about losing communications with the monitoring center. I'm having to silence the system every couple hours.

I was going to replace the 25 year alarm system when the studio was finished anyway. The new systems are mostly cellular rather than land line. Once I replace the alarm. I think I may just go VoIP with a big honking UPS to keep things running during our way to frequent power outages. My cable company's system runs the phones through the cable modem and not the house wiring.

I'm currently sweating through tree removal. When I bought the house, there was a 40 ft pecan tree that had been allowed to grow up on line between my property and the city's brush and tree filled alley. It was a nice tree. Then three years ago, the electrical distribution company came in cleared the alley and trimmed (read butchered) the trees. They cut all the limbs on the west side of every tree all up and down the block; half my pecan tree was gone. Then a few weeks later, saplings and brush all along the alley started turning yellow and dying. It looked like someone had used an herbicide. The next summer my pecan was sick. It couldn't be saved. It is now just a menace.

The tree company is having to work from a lift truck in my neighbor's yard and cut the tree into 3 ft pieces and lower them to the ground. They have the boom threaded up between phone lines and cable lines. This is a scary process to watch.
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