Is Verizon or the electric company shooting on me?

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  1. fishgutzy

    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    Or both.
    Under the "things that only happen when I'm in China.
    The drain from the AC for clogged, baked up into the laundry room and the switch that is supposed to shut off the AC when the drain water backs up didn't shut it off.

    So my wife shuts it off and texts me about it.
    Easy fix, but she won't do it herself.
    This was a coupe days ago. She didn't search on it or anything.
    Today she starts getting calls from local service providers saying they were responding to calls from her regarding the AC. But she never called anyone.
    Either the electric compoany saw the drop in usage, since it is summer, assumed it was an AC issue and preemptively contacted service providers or Verizon is reading our text messages.

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    Darkhorse Well-Known Member Life Member

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    That’s crazy
     
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    was this referenced any other "online way"? Facebook, Snapchat, etc.?
     
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    DirtySCREW I am Negan Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Any Alexa devices in your home, aka NSA listening devices??

    DS

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    Button Pusher Well-Known Member Benefactor

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    If you have a shop vac, hook it up to the drain line outside the home, vacuum the clog out,
    could be insect(s) or just sludge.

    Some cut off switches use a short piece of foam, the foam deteriorates from the heat in the attic,
    and will not stop the system.
     
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    Catfish RIP 1791-2018 Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Or did she tell a friend/sister/relative who is trying to help?
     
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  7. ronn47

    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    I have a friend that lives in Kernersville that she can call to find a good repair place if you need.
    PM me and I'll give you his number for her to call.
    He has lived there for close to 50 years, so he knows a lot of people.
     
  8. Cowboy

    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    Your phone will pick things up because some apps are always listening. I actually saw that on foxnews then it did it to me. I was talking to a guy at church about his new Ford Mustang, then Ford Mustangs popped up in advertisements on Facebook about two hours later.
     
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    Why don't you start texting back and forth about another kind of problem, like a stoppage in your sewer main. See if she starts getting similar calls. Since there won't be any change in your water usage, you'll know the "help" can only be coming from your cell provider. ;)
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    Nope
    Nope. Not in any way. Just the text to me.
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    Brilliant idea.
     
  12. JimB

    JimB Picking it up slowly. Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Or pick something like gushing to each other about the baby you are expecting. Only do it by text and don’t tell another soul. If they are collecting and selling your data this will absolutely get a response!

    Sorry that I can’t just swing by and fix it for you.
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    None
    None.
     
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    Windini Plank Charter Life Member

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    How new is your system? If it's new enough, it may have a control system that reports back to the mfg and/or installer when things are out of whack
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    My wife didn't want to jinx anything we actually owned.
    So she is going to text me about a leaking pool pump. :D:D:D
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    It is from around 2014. The flippers put it in. And they chose a unit that has a non standard filter size too. So I have to order them on line.
    The flippers did everything as cheap as they could, as we are finding out. No way they would have put a unit in the reports anything.
    Heck they put an over range microwave in on a shared 15A circuit when the unit draws 13A all by itself. We took that thing out and put a high flow range hood in place.
     
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    Quality Workmanship, Guaranteed!
    Flipper.jpeg
     
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    Button Pusher Well-Known Member Benefactor

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    Do you have an Echo device in the home?
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    No.
    No listening devices in the home that we purchased, unless there is one built into the new DENON AVR.

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    noway2 Senior Member Charter Life Member

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    My wife’s always complaining about getting ads for crap that she was talking about. I think it’s her iPad listening to her. Except on the stupid Fruit (apple) devices which don't support it (argh!) I use heavy ad and script blocking on all my browsers so I don’t get much of that crap.
     
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    Johnny Misanthropist Supporting Member

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    My final answer..
     
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    I vote it’s the phone.
    Repair folks arent contacted if you go on vacation for a week.
     
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  24. rdinatal

    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    The dog.
     
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    georgel Behind Every Blade of Grass Charter Member

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    It was the A/C guy that clogged the line.
     
  26. fishgutzy

    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    Crap.
    It is not the AC drain that backed up.
    The drain for the showers and toilets is mostly clogged, draining very slowly.
    Probably due to hair from the ladies in the house.
    Why does this stuff happen only when I'm inn China?
    Now she has to call a plumber to deal with the drain.

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    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    Tell the ladies of the house you can't afford to call a plumber.
    They will need to get a screwdriver and a pair of needle noses to clear it.

    :):p:p:p:eek:
    Let us know how that works out.
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    unfortunately the clogged is in the main pipe between the house and septic now.
    Backs up and comes out the low point, that being the downstairs toilet.

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    I'd try 2 large bottles of Drano first.
    Good stuff.
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    My wife is headed to to Wal-Mart to get some now.

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    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    Make sure she DOES NOT put anything other than the Drano down the drain until she flushes it out VERY well.
    Mixing chemicals in a drain pipe is BAD JU JU.
     
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    Tree root, vine maybe?

    if something gets in, it's Plant Heaven!!! A continuous stream of fertilizer & water. Once a root starts to grow, any paper products or anything that floats & gets into the line to the drainfield gets snagged en route and makes a dandy clog.
     
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    kcult Make Forums Great Again Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Do not call a plumber! I've watched enough porn to know the only pipe being cleaned is his.

    Wait. You're still in China?
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    Yes. 40 day trip.
    By the time I get home, it will be less than 1 month total at home since February 14.
    I think they are actually just trying to prevent me from being able to interview.
    As a precautionary measure, I changed the root password on the server. I Just need to figure out how to set the boot password too.
    My only little hostage ware to ensure they don't withhold the 2+ months of vacation time owed. I haven't taken a full week of vacation since starting because they seem to expect me to be in call at all times.
    So I end up working. They get very upset when I made plans and told them I could not change them.

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    ChickenHawk Carpe natem Charter Member Benefactor Supporting Member

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    This happened to my wife and I. Luckily we were renting at the time so we didn’t have to pay for it.
     
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    Windini Plank Charter Life Member

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    I felt funny "liking" that, but I think you know what I mean!
     
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    I think I like Webster and Son Plumbing. They actually told my wife what she can do first see if a plumbing visit was not actually necessary rather than just saying "be right out." They suggested the draino thing too and pumping the tank. Last time was in 2014 just before move in.

    Nastiest case of locked main pipe I ever experienced was when I lived in a basement apartment. The main pipe blocked up during the day. I came from work to 3 apartments above worth of foulness. Called Rotorooter. The guy said he could only get a half blade down the pipe. He cleared only the first block.
    Two days later, after having steam cleaned the carpet myself because the landlord refused to pay for professional cleaning, The pipe clogged again. I had to run up stares to every unit and tell them to stop using water to flushing toilets.
    A different rotorooter guy came to fix the screw up. That meant the first guy had to pay him. Rented a cleaner again.
    Landlord refused to even consider replacing the sewage infected carpet. I used bleach and then other disinfectants to clean the carpet. Move a few months later.
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    It was the tank. It was full.
    Still don't know why we got calls for the ac.

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    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    The text between you and your wife was lost in translation to Mandarin.
     
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    No calls regarding our non-existent pool yet. Ha!

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