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MEXICOWANDERER

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Easy to criticize. It even has a popular moniker

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

My guilt is visiting a friend in Lake Jackson TX IN 2005. He had a 700,000 home with expensive cars and maybe a half million dollars worth of toys and tools stuffed into a 5 car garage. His parents left him a fortune in inheritance.

First visit I remarked how vulnerable the region looked to flooding. I was ridiculed. I have a bus and a concrete shack on a Michoacan promontory.

Then came that stalled hurricane. He lost everything and fled to Louisiana. I learned he died 6 months later.

The ranch I was summer raised in Montana had an attic bedroom and a bunkhouse neither of which had water. For a reason. I learned by experience to not trust herd mentality no matter how strong the peer pressure.

I feel so sorry for innocent victims. I personally trust no one outside my family for safety. We have plans for a lot of disasters. Las Peñas was built on a horribly rocky promontory for a reason. I have generators, water and food storage for a reason.

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Our 1984-built house is on a slab. Some of the plumbing is in the slab. Some of it goes through the attic. What's in the attic has pipe insulation on it, and it's buried until 25" of insulation. At present, we have discovered zero cracks, leaks or breaks in our house lines.

Our previous house near Fort Hood had all the lines inside the slab. When there's a problem, that is very, very expensive to fix. I am not at all fond of this construction method.

I grew up in a pier and beam house in the Panhandle, which gets prolonged freezing weather every year. The plumbing was in the crawl space. It was thickly wrapped with whatever passed for pipe insulation back then (probably asbestos), and each winter Dad put a single incandescent light near the main line. The well house was more heavily insulated than the main house, but Dad also had an incandescent light shining there all winter. The lines never did freeze up.

If folks prepare, they usually come through okay.


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wa8yxm wrote:

NO problem with pipes in the ceiling provided two things

ONE: The furnace works (Which it does not without power)
Two: The insulation (or another floor) is ABOVE the pipes.

Had my house insulated and the blasted kitchen pipes froze. Well the insulation was between the pipes and the inside. I dug it out and insulated between the pipes and OUTSIDE no more problems.

As to power. When the national grids were purposed there were rules and regulations including some about winterizing.. Texas opted to not join the grid so they did not have to spend the few dollars to winterize... and now they are freezing their Rumps.... Profit over People. that's the reason for the freezin.


This is very sad -- and criminal incompetence.

There are reports of a veteran being billed $17,000 off his life's savings.

I am not making this up, the electric company's name is Griddy.[emoticon]

And then in comparison, there are areas like El Paso who have had not major electricity cut off because they choose to be connected to the national grid and other states supplying their needs when the area generating plants are down.

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I view the power plans based upon the wholesale market prices of electricity (like those from Griddy) the same as home mortgages with variable interest rates.

Who is at fault here; the ones who offered these plans or those who purchased them?

MEXICOWANDERER

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Businesses can be predatory or non-predatory. It is up to the consumer to read the contract print and shy away from double-speak propositions. I watched the 1989 California electrical deregulation debacle from down here with friends. They could not believe how gullible consumers were.

To me, life sustaining utilities is not the place to play games. Predation upon adults is one thing, upon the very elderly and children quite another. Utilities are a captive market with no alternatives.

The 1980's devastating Yellowstone National Park fire and California's recent fires demonstrate expert oversight is needed for utilities management.

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Seems we never learn from our fascination with deregulated-unregulated businesses -- this one essential utilities.

Remember savings & loans, housing mortgage...

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cougar28 wrote:

I don't understand why all the house flooding because of busted water lines. Do people not think anymore. You know your not going to have power for several days and know you have no heat and it's below freezing. Turn the dang water main valve off! At least you you may have to repair a busted pipe somewhere later but it's not going to flood the house.


I think you'd be surprised to learn how many people have no idea how to turn the water off to their house. Most of my neighbors in our previous house didn't know where it was. At several, our house included, the landscaping installed by the builder completely hide it.

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I'm beginning to have a good idea, lol.

I always thought these are basics and mandatory know how in home ownership.

They have no one to blame for these but themselves, but not for those days without power, except insurance will pay.

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It's simple,...never admit your mistakes. Being humble is too hard.


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Cloud Dancer wrote:

It's simple,...never admit your mistakes. Being humble is too hard.


That should be a good substitute for the state motto.

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