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February 4, 1996
Wendy Madnick did a wonderful job reporting on the benefits of a home inspection ("The Inspector," Jan. 21). Ted Knowles is the type of qualified individual that the inspection trade sorely needs. I wish to point out two small errors in the article. First, a water heater may be securely strapped with plumbers tape if done to code and the State Architect's standards. Secondly, a picture on the first page shows a flexible gas connector in the crawl space extending through the floor. This is dangerous and illegal (Building Code section 1212.
April 8, 1990
Regarding James D. Lehr's letter "Saltwater Flushes" (March 25) about "mandatory saltwater connections in Avalon." The trade-off in Avalon is a future disaster for homeowners. This is in terms of the destruction that the saltwater makes on Avalon's many cast-iron house sewer lines, much less the creation of lower-depth hot soil (due to leaks). The splitting of these lines will occur at the hydraulic flow line, with further future deterioration, rather quickly. This will bring smiles to plumbers and lawyers from possible suits against the city of Avalon.
August 2, 2013
Re "Plumbers turn pipe dream into reality," Column, July 30 What a pleasure to read David Lazarus' article on plumbers Dave and Jim Schuelke deciding, after a routine leak inspection, to do a complete bathroom remodel for a woman caring for her disabled son and husband. I watched the YouTube video created by the Schuelkes showing the transformation of the bathroom. It was a lovely thing for them to do. Of course, my husband chuckled and said, "I wanted to know where the leak was coming from.
October 9, 1987 | BETTY GOODWIN
Wearing a button-up-the-back Giorgio Armani blouse and a skirt she had chopped off from mid-calf to just above the knee, Lee Radziwill emerged early one morning from the hair salon at Neiman-Marcus with her familiar, if dated, teased brown mane. She gamely flashed the famous Bouvier smile, even though she was suffering from a head cold and had recently returned from her summer home in Sardinia.
November 26, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
We've got Thanksgiving this week, but no big deal, I give thanks every day of my life that I don't live in Angryville. I spend most days giving thanks. Thanks to the wife and daughter, for example, who will pack pillows on our five-hour drive to Arizona today, which will encourage them to fall asleep. Thanks for peace and quiet. I give thanks Hometown Buffet will be open to serve dinner Thursday knowing the other daughter will be trying to cook a turkey for the first time.
Skilled workers in the construction industry were once referred to as the "aristocrats of labor," so it isn't surprising that in the early part of this century most of them successfully encouraged their children--almost always boys--to learn their trades. The pay was, and still is, relatively good, although the work is often interrupted by everything from bad weather to economic downturns. But construction work, while strenuous, often is more satisfying to people than routine office jobs.
Drinking water in the system serving two local schools and as many as 1,600 homes in hillside neighborhoods was contaminated with treated sewage water intended for irrigation after a plumber working on a landscaping job mistakenly crossed two pipes, officials said Thursday.
November 3, 1999
In equating plumbing and medical care, Jonathan Rosman ("A Doctor Has a Right to His Own Life," Voices, Oct. 30) misses the difference between private and public services. Just as no individual has a right to demand that another repair his plumbing, so no individual has a right to demand that another individual bear arms for him, protect his property for him or teach his children--but we as a society have decided to provide national defense for all of us, police and fire protection for all of us, access to education for all our children.
May 24, 2008 | MEGHAN DAUM
Nearly a decade ago, I moved from New York City to Lincoln, Neb. In that new land, I observed many strange things. For instance, workers showed up the same day you called them, and usually started the job the day after that. Later, when I moved to a tiny house on 12 acres on the city's rural outskirts, I had a landlord who regularly called and thanked me for paying the rent.
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