We had a plumbing truck stolen from our Eureka location last week. Who steals a plumbing truck? With large company name signs on every side? I'm not sure, but our FB posts about the theft had the furthest reach of any FB historical post. Since we got the truck returned the next day unscathed, considering the far reaching FB post, it was almost worth the hastle. We got alot of comments. Mostly about the place we call home and the deteriorating climate. I'm not referring to the weather, as that has improved. Well, this week anyway with record temps. No, the climate I'm referring to is crime and safety related. Indeed, some of the comments were from past community members who've left the northcoast for greener pastures. Mostly, those comments suggested those of us remaining do likewise. Here's my take. No way, I'm staying. Sure, we've got our issues and, perhaps, they're a bit worse than other areas. But this place is worth fighting for. Be an engaged community member. Be a great employer. Be an involved parent within our local school systems. Our local problems are not a reason to leave. Rather, they are a reason to stay.
Most homes in Northern California have natural gas service. The provider is Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). What homeowners are responisble for is simple. That is, all property owners are responsible for installing and maintaining all piping after the PG&E meter. But here's an exception. Currently, PG&E is busy installing and uprgrading a large amount of their underground (UG) delivery mains. At times that will require moving the meter on your property for safety concerns. PG&E may dictate that your meter requires relocation. This will require repiping the part that you own, so it will route to the new meter locaiton. Here's the good news; when PG&E dictates a meter move, they pay for your piping to be re-routed. For that part PG&E will use and pay for a plumbing contractor to move your line. PG&E is concerned about the safety on their natural gas delivery system, and they're doing something about it.
As our founder Wayne Maples always said, *&^%$ doesn't flow uphill. So, in honor of national tape measure day, know that plumbers live by the tape measure. Or in plumbing terms, by "grade". Grade is the slope applied to the drains below your home, or your property's sewer line to the street. A proper drain system below your home should have a minimum downward grade of 1" every 4'. Most levels will show that slope as a 1/4 bubble.
We are the American blue collar worker. We are the taxpayers. We are how things get done. Hollywood's betrayal of us is unfair, damaging and exhausting. Watch Mike Rowe and stand up for the middle class. Hollywood is not.