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One can be an idiot.
One can also be a victim of an idiot.
When my house was rebuilt after Sandy, I had demand hot water put in. It was a 'condenser' type, which removes heat from the burned gas by condensing water from the combustion. This collects and drips into a container, and if it fills enough, out a small pipe (and into a small bucket).
The plumbers who installed it didn't bother removing the plug closing the overflow exit (it was hidden by a big bright yellow tag telling them to remove it). So - after using it for some days it suddenly stopped working. The overflow detection tripped the interlock.
A quick call to the manufacturer and they asked me to check. Problem solved in a few minutes. Thanking the support person, unscrewing the plug, and mostly, cursing out the plumbers.
Welcome to the wonderful world of disaster recovery contractors, where the word customer is spelled S-U-C-K-E-R. I live in Xenia Ohio, famous for its bike paths and its tornadoes. After the Big One in 1974, the problem with incompetent contractors was so bad that the city established a listing of contractors they recommended.
In one way, my city is the opposite. They have their list of authorized contractors (spell that collusion and price fixing). After Sandy, they let everyone in.
S-U-C-K-E-R is right. It's funny about the big deal they made about gas stations gouging prices but ignored the contractors. A plumbing job that was estimated just after Sandy (in writing) at $4500 could not be had for less than $7500 when the they realized what they could get away with. The original guy, with the written estimate? Never seemed to call back.
Tornado is sort of the opposite: extreme localized destruction (obliteration?). Hopefully, neighbors, unscathed, to help out.
"Superstorm": extraordinarily widespread damage. No place around to go to because it's all uninhabitable shells.
Tornadoes, though, happen a lot. With a lot less warning. And deadlier. I'd rather watch any of it on TV than go through it again.
list of authorized contractors (spell that collusion and price fixing)
That's f***ed up. At least in 1974 Xenia and most of its residents Got Together And Did The Right Thing. Our problems with contractors were created by fly-by-night outfits from out of town who came in with lower estimates and better completion schedules than the locals could manage, who were all swamped (no surprise, >50% of the buildings in town were either destroyed or too damaged to repair).
W∴ Balboos wrote:
I'd rather watch any of it on TV than go through it again
Agreed. I've been through it in 1974, 1989, and 2000, plus a wind/hail storm in 2010 that might as well have been a tornado for all the damage it did.
It's no wonder the Shawnee tribe of Native Americans called our area "Devil Winds" .
Why didn't they need protective suits? Did they have you looking for the chem-light batteries, binnacle alignment tool or maybe the waveguide stretcher? You'd probably need a geiger counter to find all three of those tools.
I was past such fun activities and this was training for earning my next shoulder pads. Thank god. Detecting nuclear, biological or chemical contaminations and decontamination are no things I really want to have to do.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.