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Why did city utility work require me to modify my faucet aerator?

The city utilities came to my neighborhood this week to replace a few fire hydrants. They had to shut off water to my home during this work. When the work was done, one of the water fixtures in my ...
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How can I improve efficiency of my home? Geothermal not saving money

I've been getting very high electric bills since moving in last August. My winter months have averaged $350/mo and so far this spring has been the same. I live alone, work 8 hours a day, do 2 loads of ...
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What does it take (and how) to build on a 'land conservation' parcel? [closed]

I came across a post on Craigslist that was selling x acres of land. It was titled as a Land Conservation. What does that mean exactly as far as what can and cannot be built on it? If it is possible ...
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Small alcoves in exterior walls for utilities access?

I am in Oaxaca, Mexico at the moment and almost every building seems to have these – photos from Google Street View. Am I correct that they are to give the fire department access to gas and ...
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Why do utility companies sometimes offer incentives for having equipment that uses less of their product? [closed]

Originally asked as a follow up question, and lost in the controversy of Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs? (They will only give me a free FRONT-loader if it's on the ...
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Problem with service drop

I have overhead wire providing my two phase electric service. The line from the pole appears to be relatively new and the splice connectors appear to be in good condition as well. However, there is ...
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811 just marked my utilities, can I mow my lawn?

I had 811 mark my utility lines. They were here today.They marked with both spraypaint and flags. The markings are valid per their rules for 30 days. It will be about 2 weeks before I can get the ...
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Who pays for hooking up electricity to a new house? [closed]

I recently saw someone say that the utility company will pay to bring electricity into a newly constructed home. Can anyone confirm this? Does the electric company pay, or the homeowner, or is it ...
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What is the correct way to read a gas meter?

I just moved into a new house, and I'm afraid my systems (furnace, hot water heater, and stove top) are using a ton of gas. I have two photos of the gas meter. I'm pretty sure how to read them, but I ...
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How to prepare for a home service call from my DSL provider?

My DSL internet connection has been very unreliable and slow recently. I called my service provider this morning and they told me that they will be sending someone to my home this weekend to fix it. ...
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How do I determine how efficient my furnace, A/C, and windows are?

I just bought an older home. The furnace, A/C, and windows are functional, but I suspect there may be some efficiency gains to be made. Is there any way to determine/estimate how efficient those are ...
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Who is responsible to relocate cable TV line?

I had my yard marked for utilities before digging for new landscaping(trees, etc). Unfortunately, the cable TV line runs diagonal across my entire back yard. I was planning on putting a 3" diameter ...
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How can I monitor my mains water use?

I'm in a debate with my water company about usage. Are there any methods to verify that the reading on my water meter outside my house is increasing at the proper rate?
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What can I use to tunnel under a walkway or driveway?

I have seen Walkway Tunnel Kits being sold in the US, unfortunately I can't find a similar product in the UK. Are there alternative products or methods, that can be used when a product like this is ...
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What are my options for hiding/removing service panels from the outside of a house?

I'm trying to improve my curb appeal and I have several utility panels on the side of my house in full view, including cables running up and down the outside wall. Those were installed before I ...
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What extra conduit should I include in a utility trench?

I'm putting in a trench with electricity + water + phone from the street to a future house site. The trench will be around 150' long. The electricity and phone will each be in their own conduit, ...
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What records should I make of underground infrastructure, before covering it up?

We're putting utility services (water, electrical, sewer, telco) in trenches to and on my land. Before we bury everything, what records should I make? Maybe I should take some photographs or draw ...