HOME IMPROVEMENT RIP-OFFS
Prevent home improvement rip-offs by having the contractor furnish a “Performance, Payment, Lien and Completion Bond”. Have it written into the contract before you sign. Have the bond delivered to you before you pay the contractor any money or work begins. It could save you thousands. Forget about any contractor that gives you static regarding this.
With the exception of plumbing to plumbing crossover electrical grounds for water meters and hot water heaters, do not let anyone ground anything to your plumbing, including telephone and cable television. Where pipes with grounding wires enter the earth, they electrolyze and deteriorate. Replacement of pipes is then necessary. Plumbing and the electrical wire grounded to it act as antennae and interfere with telephone and television reception, particularly when airplanes fly over or there is interference from radio transmitters. If you have wet feet and touch a faucet, you can get a shock. If a surge is coming through the line at that same moment, you will get much more than a shock. There is also the danger of fire. To get electricity to its destination, sometimes more than one thousand miles, more voltage is added to the lines and surges are more common than ever before. When this flow of electricity is stopped by downed wires or other damage, sometimes caused by earthquakes, this electricity bounces back in tidal wave fashion or a surge. With cable television, at least three copper grounding rods that are 5/8 inch in diameter by seven feet long should be placed in the earth at least six feet apart. In addition, a coaxial cable surge suppresser should be installed inline near each television and/or online computer.
HOME IMPROVEMENT RIP-OFFS & ELECTRICAL
by Robert A Kroboth WWW.CitizenGadfly.Com
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