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Yesterday, as some of you may have noticed access to my blog was somewhat spotty. Failures occurred several times during the day and is still not up to its normal speed. This was caused by infrastructure failure caused by an attack on the cable system.
The infrastructure failure occurred because someone severed three fiber optic cables in Alameda County over a hundred miles from where I live. According to the Auburn Journal, there have been eleven attacks on bay area communication systems in the past year. At this time, authorities have no idea who is responsible for the damage.
While these attacks have been relatively minor, and have not caused a total infrastructure failure over a wide area, they highlight the weakness in the system. …Read More...
Since the post on infrastructure failure, I have received several inquiries for additional information on how to plug your sewer line. The method that I mentioned using Ready Crete works well if your house is on a slab or if access to your sewer lines is a problem. You need to find the clean out which is normally located on the outside of your home. Open the plastic screw lid with a wrench or large set of channel locks. Mix the Ready Crete per directions and pour into the clean out. Use a stick to tamp it down so that the line is completely blocked. …Read More...
This is another post on the subject of infrastructure failure. This will deal with the sewer systems. If you are on a septic tank, you will probably not have problems. However, people who live in more urban areas can have a nasty problem. Depending on where you live, you may have a risk of other people’s sewage backing up into your home.
For instance, I am aware of low-lying areas in which the sewage has to be pumped up hill to get to the treatment plant. If you live in a low-lying area that is dependent on pumps and the people above you continue to use their system after the power has failed you should have a plan to plug your sewer line. …Read More...