Ceiling Fan Project Interrupted

The other day I was planning on going to a home improvement center that was located at one of the local shopping malls in my town, in order to buy a new ceiling fan for my kitchen. Which I needed because two of the fan blades on the old one had finally fallen off after years of being whacked with a broom and mop handle every now and then while the fan was running and spinning around. The glass globe that covered the ceiling fans light fixture and bulb had also been broken and the glass scattered onto the kitchen floor, by the end of the mop or broom handle too. It might have been done accidentally each time, but every time it happened it seemed so haphazard, as I quickly lifted the mop or broom handle up while working with them in the kitchen and during or after cleaning them in the kitchen sink. I had tried to fix the two broken fan blades but the metal hardware that holds them in place was all cracked, broken, and some small pieces were missing. The warm weather will soon be here when a full working ceiling fan with all of its fan blades in place will be needed and because with only two fan blades you have to keep the fan on the highest speed to get any kind of decent air moving, circulation, and cooling performance out of it when the weather is warm, and then the whole ceiling fan shakes and wobbles a lot.

On My Way Out the Door

So it was time to replace this now 2-blade 3-speed ceiling fan with another more modern, better looking and working 4 or 5 blade design with a more powerful motor and 3 or 4 speeds. I had done plenty of home improvement projects for my own and other peoples homes over the years and figured that I could handle this kitchen ceiling fan removal, replacement, and installation project as well. As I was on my way out the door I noticed that there were a few local Utility Company crews working on my block. They had a lot of trucks with them and they were working on the outside of some of my neighbors homes. I was interested in what the utility crews were all doing there that day and was wondering if I should wait around before leaving to see if they were going to be visiting my house too. I also wanted to go over to them and ask what they were doing on the block that day, but I had already made plans for the day and decided to get going without waiting. So I got into my car to go and as I was leaving I noticed that some of the men from the Utility Co were walking up to and knocking on my neighbors doors and talking to whoever was home and answered the knock at their door. I just figured that I would go over and talk to one of the workers from one of the Utility Co work crews after I returned from the shopping mall, in order to ask them what was going on with all of them being there and the work that they were doing that day.

Time to Go Buy a New Ceiling Fan

So I took off in my car for the mall. As I drove along the highway I recalled the time that I was given that ceiling fan as a present from one of my relatives when we first moved into our new home and how I had spent hours and hours trying to hook it up correctly. After installing it initially for the first time, I then had to keep taking the screws holding the top decorative vertical cover plate and the flat ceiling electrical box cover plate off, in order to be able to get to and loosen a certain nut and bolt, so that the height of the ceiling fan could be adjusted a few times until I got it right. Also complicating things was the fact that when the ceiling fan was turned on to the higher speeds it would shake and wobble a lot. So I had to remove those two upper cover plates again and again in order to fix that problem too. It took a long time to try and fix it, but I did finally solve it by around 90% as good as it should and needed to be. While doing all of that adjusting, every time I figured that the job was over and done with, I had to keep taking those two upper cover plates off again, in order to make further adjustments to the parts that needed it, and then put it all back together again and check the results.

I figured that after having already gone through all of that before, that this time around I should be able to do a much better job of preparing for and setting up this ceiling fan project before proceeding with the installation and hoped to thereby not run into those same kinds of problems again. As I was driving along the local road on my way to the shopping mall I noticed that there were a lot more of those same kind of Utility Co crews working on the sides of peoples houses along with their many trucks lined up on the residential streets. That's when I realized that there was probably some kind of utility service related work currently going on now for the whole town. I had received a notice in the mail a few weeks before about an upgrade to their system that they were going to be doing, maybe that's what this was all about. I would have to wait until I got home to inquire with the utility crews working on my block, as to what this was all about.

More to Do at the Shopping Mall

As I drove my car into the shopping mall parking lot I noticed that there was someone wearing a wacky looking clown-type suit and costume and they were jumping up and down as they were pointing to a big sign that said:

Grand Opening - New Furniture Sale ! – Visit Our New Store In The Shopping Mall !

I figured that I might have enough time to walk through that new store after choosing and buying my new ceiling fan. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot already there that day, but luckily I was able to find a good parking spot that was close to the popular big name home improvement center that I was going to be shopping in. It was a new and big store that they had been working on for a long time to get it set up and ready for business, since it had bought out and replaced a bowling alley that had been there originally from way back. That bowling alley had been built at a time when bowling was one of the most popular things for kids and teenagers to do after school and on the weekends for recreation. This new store had everything that you could possibly need or want for any kind of home improvement project. So I was sure that I was at the right place to buy my replacement ceiling fan and for any other related items needed for the job.

Different Types of Ceiling Fans to Choose From

After asking one of the store clerks where the ceiling fans were located, he told me which part of the store and in which aisle I could find them. I started to look at all of the different brands, styles, finishes, colors, and sizes of ceiling fans that were out of the box and on display. After doing that I decided that because there were so many different kinds to choose from that I should just grab as many of the ceiling fan Co brochures that they had and take them back to my car, where I could sit down and take my time comparing them, take some notes, and then pick out the best one for my kitchen and situation. The store clerk who was in charge of this dept said that, that was ok. So he gathered up as many ceiling fan Co brochures that he had and gave them to me. Then I went back to my car and started going through and comparing all of the different ceiling fans, which were from 4 different brands and gave all of the needed info. One brands ceiling fans were in a very high price range, two others were more reasonably priced and affordable, and the 4th brand was in the lowest price range.

Included in most of the brochures were pictures showing the different types of styles, shapes, finishes, colors and sizes of the motor housings, fan blades and hardware, lighting fixtures, vertical and or flat ceiling electrical box cover plates. Also a full list of details with the number of motor speeds, either 1-3 or 1-4 with motor rpms, how much motor power and electrical usage in amps and watts, air volume movement and cfm, any other features that were included, and all of the different dimensions. It didn't take long to realize that in order to avoid the recurring problem that had caused the need for a new ceiling fan in the first place, I had to get another 4-blade ceiling fan. The 5-blade fans all had larger overall dimensions ceiling-fan.jpg so that the blades would be even more in line and prone to getting accidentally and haphazardly whacked while the ceiling fan was running and spinning around by the end of a long handled item, such as a broom or mop, for whatever reason or cause.

Ceiling Fan Price Ranges, Features, and Finishes

The higher quality medium through higher cost ceiling fans blades are constructed of sturdy real wood and the lower priced ones are made of high density press board. The choices for fan blades, motor housings, hardware, ceiling cover plates, colors and finishes are as follows:

  • 1. White, off white or wood grain pattern fan blades with white or off white painted metal motor housing, hardware, and cover plates.
  • 2. White, off white or wood grain pattern fan blades with metalic painted, brushed or polished brass and other type metal motor housing, hardware, and cover plates.
  • 3. Custom painted color or stained wood fan blades with custom color painted, brushed or polished brass and other type metal motor housing, hardware, and cover plates.
  • 4. Most ceiling fans are available with or without a light kit. Light kits vary from using one or more bulbs and from having one main glass globe or two to five separate open glass fixtures.
  • 5. Besides the standard pull chains that control the motors on off, fan speeds, and the lights, most new fans will include a wall and or remote control. Most ceiling fans that don't have those already included in the box can be adapted for remote and wall controls. 1) ceiling-fan-1.jpg

The medium through high priced ceiling fans all looked well made and fine looking. All of the white or off white and brass fans would have matched my kitchens walls, trim, and appliances well. But I really liked the way that the fans with the wood grain blades and low gloss finished brushed brass motor housing and hardware looked, which is similar to the type of finish that the ceiling fan that I was replacing has. And more importantly it is the type of style and finish that matches the natural oak finish wood kitchen cabinets the best. All of the brands offered their ceiling fans in 4 and 5 fan blade models, but it was going to have to be a 4 fan blade type for the reasons mentioned above. The more expensive ceiling fans featured more powerful motors with higher cfm's and 4 available speeds to choose from. I had planned on maybe getting a 4 speed fan, but that much power and extra features is mostly needed for larger sized rooms or areas. The better quality three speed fans brochures say that they will be fine for the size room that my kitchen is. If you can afford to pay for the extra performance and features and prefer getting an even better ceiling fan than what is necessary for the size room you'll be installing and using it in you might want to choose that option. 2)

That would sort of be like buying a more expensive (anything - fill in the blank) which is over and above what you really need, just because you can afford to and or just want to get “that one,” by choice and not mostly because of bottom line basic necessity. The more expensive ceiling fans, fan blades, motor housings, hardware, cover plates, light fixtures, and overall design, shape, style, and finishes, had a higher quality and more custom look, with some additional finishes, color combinations, and more included accessories, that were not readily available in the medium price range fans. The highest cost brands price range was 200 through 100's of dollars, the medium price ranged fans varied from 150 through 250 dollars, and the lower priced brand was in the range of 75 through 150 dollars.3) I ended up choosing and buying one of the medium price ranges higher quality ceiling fans with ceiling-fan_1.jpg wood finish fan blades and brushed brass motor housing, hardware, and cover plates. After paying for the ceiling fan I put the box into the back seat of my car. I wanted to get back home and talk to those utility crew workers and find out what they were doing on my block and in other parts of the neighborhood.

Furniture Store Grand Opening Sale !

It was still early in the day and those workers were going to be there all day and probably for the rest of the week too, so before driving home I decided to go check out that new furniture store in the mall that was being advertised by that person who was jumping up and down in that wacky looking clown suit. Ok, so they had great Grand Opening bargains to offer, especially on whole bedroom and living room furniture sets and single pieces too. I wasn't in the market for any full furniture sets at the time, but I did end up buying two really nice wood finish end tables to replace the two that were already sitting next to the couch in my living room. These two are bigger and have more room for the lamps and vases that were already there.

At that time I planned on using those two other end tables in one of the smaller bedrooms, where they were just the right size and really needed there anyway. While I was in the furniture store I also saw a rolling entertainment center that was at a really low on sale price. The one I was already using in my living room was not nearly as versatile and convenient to set up and use as this one. It had a lot more shelves and rack space for hi-def tv, cable box, stereo equipment, accessories, speakers, and more along with the very convenient and helpful easy roll and locking caster wheels. I also got an amazing multimedia storage system that stores 100's of cds, dvds and any other kind of audio or video you might have, such as older cassette and vcr tapes that you haven't copied onto a cd or dvd yet.

Good Parking Spot Pays Off While Loading Home Furnishings Into Car

It really was a good thing that I was able to find a parking space so close to the mall, because I was able to carry everything I bought that day out to my car by myself, without having to pull my car up to the curb where you weren't allowed to leave a car unattended. There are some signs there that say that and the lines painted onto the street next to the curb are an additional warning not to leave a car next to the curb unattended. If someone is with you then you are allowed to park the car at the curb for up to one hour while you go get the items that you have bought and paid for at any of the stores located in the mall, while another person stays with your car. You must do it this way because they have a mall security employee riding around in his mall security car and giving out tickets to cars that are left at the curb unattended.

Since I had gone to the mall by myself, the next best thing to being able to park at the curb right off of and so close to the mall and its stores, was a regular parking spot that was very close to the mall and stores too. I used a big sturdy flat rolling cart that was supplied by the stores to move everything I had bought out of the stores, along the sidewalk, down the curb ramp into and across the mall parking lot right up to my car. After moving the ceiling fan box to the front passenger seat, there was just enough room left to carefully fit the two end tables into the back seat of the car. The rolling entertainment and media storage centers came unassembled in some boxes, so I was able to move those out of the store with the same flat rolling cart and into my car by myself too. The bigger of the two boxes had to go across and on top of the two furniture pieces in the back seat and the other box was able to fit into the cars trunk.

Driving Car Home With Furniture On Every Seat

So on the way home it was not easy to see too much out of the rear view mirror or the passenger side windows, so I had to drive slower than usual and the other cars around me. I just stayed in the right lane all the way home and had no problems to speak of. While driving home through different parts of the neighborhood I again noticed some more of those Utility Co crews working on some houses with a lot of their trucks lined up as before. I was starting to anticipate what it might all be about and what new thing was I going to have to deal with once I got the whole story from one of those Utility Co workers that was working on my block.

Utility Co Installing New Type Gas and Electric Meters

By the time I got home the Utility Co workers had already moved on up the block, but they were still close enough that I could easily go over and approach them, in order to get the whole story that I was waiting for to hear. So I went over to talk to one of the Utility Co workers that was working on the outside of one of my neighbors homes. Hello I said, how are you all doing today and he said “all righty, just getting this utility meter upgrade job done for the residents of your town and neighborhood.” So I asked him what it was all about and he said, “go talk to my supervisor, he's over there in that van.”

Talking to the Utility Co's Onsite Supervisor

I approached the supervisor who was in his van and reading something. When he saw me approaching he rolled down his window and said, “how can I help you,” I said hello and asked him what all of this new work on the block and in the neighborhood was all about. He said, “we're replacing all of the old style gas and electric utility service meters and replacing them with a new type of wireless signal utility meter on all of the homes and apartment buildings in the two adjacent neighborhoods, including yours, over the next two months. Then the project will move onto the next two neighborhoods slated for this utility meter upgrade program and project.” He then said that I “needed to confirm my agreement to the utility meter upgrades and the work associated with it, by signing the agreement form that the Utility Co or their reps would be sending by mail and or bringing over to you within the next two months.” I told him that I wanted to first read up on what these new type of wireless gas and electric utility service meters were all about before signing that agreement form. He tried to reassure me by saying that, “these new utility meters would give more accurate readings with the convenience of no more onsite visits being needed from a Utility Co worker, the meter reader. 4)

Because they would be able to scan, read, and record your new wireless utility meters wireless signals readout info, while they're walking by from the sidewalk or while sitting in and slowly driving by in their Utility Co car, van, or truck, amazing right ?” Again I told him that I wanted to first read up on what these new type of wireless gas and electric utility meters are all about, how they are going to work and be used and operated, and that I was not so sure that having a wireless cell phone type signal such as might or would be coming from those new utility meters would be such a positive thing or a step in the right direction. Especially if the wireless utility meters outgoing wireless signal was not completely turned off 99.99% of the time and only being turned on for a very short time, as in 3-15 minutes max, on 1 day of each month. Just for the Utility Co's worker, the meter reader to be able to scan, read, and record the info being transmitted a30-900mhz-utility-meter-collector.jpg by the wireless utility meters outgoing wireless signal, while they're walking by from the sidewalk or while sitting in and slowly driving by in their Utility Co car, van, or truck. He then said, “if you don't want these new type of gas and electric utility meters installed on your house then the Utility Co might be able to stop their utility services to your home. Because the gas and electric utility meters are the property of the Utility Co. Which they have full legal rights to free access to; install, replace, turn on, service, maintain, turn off, or remove, on or from your property.” 5)

Town Residents Should Have Been Fully Notified

I then told him that “a major and diverse upgrade program and project like this should have first been fully discussed, debated, and voted on by the residents of the town at a scheduled town hall meeting. And then if it was allowed by the majority of the residents by way of that voting process, that then it should also be well planned out, in order to accommodate and address any and all of the concerns of those who are more aware of the side effects of too much of these kinds of errant and pervasive stray crisscrossing wireless device signals. That are needlessly, uncaringly, unnecessarily, carelessly, irresponsibly, recklessly, detrimentally, and harmfully being allowed to pervasively invade our environment at an increasingly alarming rate.” At that point he said, we did send out a notice in the mail that we would be upgrading the gas and electric utility service meters, didn't you receive it. I told him that I had, but that it did not mention the type of utility meters that they would be installing. The notice only mentioned that the upgrade program and project would include a more efficient and cost effective system. He then said, “if you want to get a special request in on how this project is carried out, you'll have to go and talk to your local town board members, mayor, and top municipal dept employees for assistance in this matter and to represent and talk for you to the Utility Co. Because we do negotiate town programs and projects directly with town residents, but only with those individuals who are on that high of an administrative and political level.”

I said to him, “that's not fair that I and others who will want these new type of gas and electric utility service meters to be used in a 100% reasonably correct and safe way, in accordance to the various findings obtained from numerous randomized professional studies and tests by accredited organizations, groups, researchers, and doctors, would have to go through and to so much effort and trouble in order to simply try to ensure just that.” The whole time that we were talking so far he was decent enough in the way that he was responding to my questions and concerns about this wireless utility service meter upgrade program and project. Then he said, “look if you want to get certain measures implemented within this projects design, plans, and work orders, you have to get involved in some ways to affect the changes that you seek in this matter.” So I told him that I was going to first contact some of my neighbors to see what they have to say about this latest Utility Co gas and electric utility service meter improvement upgrade program and project. He said that, “that would be a good first step to take and good luck with trying to get some of the types of citizen protecting guidelines, provisions, and measures that I had mentioned about to him, added into and onto the design, plans, and work orders connected to the gas and electric utility meter service upgrade.” 6)

I then said, “thank you for taking the time to discuss this important town resident home owner related matter and issue with me today,” and he said, “I'm here to help the Utility Cos customers, the local town residents whos homes we are working at and on, while carrying out the upgrade to the Utility Cos gas and electric utility meters, that are installed on their property, as part of the latest gas and electric utility meter upgrade program and project. By trying to answer most of their questions and concerns as best as I can, r15-900mhz-utility-meter.jpg in order to help them in any way that I can.” I said, “thank you for taking the time to discuss this important issue and matter with me today and for being so resourceful and helpful. He replied, “I'm glad to be of service to, help, and assist you, in, with, and concerning this whole subject, topic, issue, matter, and situation,” and “if you need any more assistance, info, or have any more questions that need to be answered,” that “I could give him a call at his Utility Co phone-#.” He gave me his Utility Co business card with his Utility Co phone-# on it. Then I said thank you and goodbye to him and he said the same back to me. 7)

Can Calling Town Hall Help the Towns Residents

Soon thereafter I started calling up some of my local friends and neighbors to discuss and alert them to the possibilities that could occur. Such as the Utility Co most probably deciding to take the easy way out by enacting the policy of just leaving the new wireless utility service meters outgoing wireless signal on 24-7 and most of them were equally concerned as I was. I also called the Town Hall and spoke to the town clerk about this issue and matter and she agreed with our concerns and she said that she would discuss them with some of the town board members, who she was friendly with and in close contact with on a regular basis. She also said that she will get back to me asap with what the town board might decide that they can do to make sure that those new type of wireless gas and electric utility meters outgoing wireless signals would only be turned on for up to 15 minutes or less on 1 day of the month, at the time of the actual wireless utility meters info scan, reading, and recording, per house or block by the Utility Co's worker, the meter reader. So I'll be waiting for a reply from the town clerk with the latest developments regarding this important town resident homeowner related issue and matter.

We want to avoid the Utility Co from taking the uncaring, irresponsible, and reckless easy way out by simply leaving the new utility meters wireless signals left on 24-7. Which they may decide is the optimal way for their meter readers to be able to more simply, easily, conveniently, without any kind of complications, hassles, or delays, and without fail, to be able to simply show up at anytime that is convenient for the Utility Co and them, in order to remotely scan, read, and record the wireless utility meters monthly wireless signal readout info, for a home, block, or whole town. Without the Utility Co having to be bothered to design, build, develop, and implement a new method, a new way, with new procedures, into their newly designed wireless utility meter scanning, reading, and recording system. So that the Utility Co can simply, easily, and conveniently go about doing do their millions of customers monthly remote wireless utility meter scans, readings, and recordings. While the meter reader is walking by or sitting in their car, van, or truck, while the new type gas and electric wireless utility meters outgoing wireless signal is not being turned off after they finish the meter reading for that month. Instead of also properly turning off that wireless signal 99.99% of the 24-7 time frame as it should be after they finish the meter reading for that month. 8) 9)

They might want to do it the wrong way because it's so much easier for the Utility Co to just leave the wireless meters outgoing signal on 24-7 and not having to figure out a system wide way to keep the meters off 99.99% of the time and to only turn them on for up to 15 minutes on 1 day per month. Just as the individual house or all of the houses on a block at a time, actual meter scannings, readings and recordings are taking place, and With all of those same wireless meters being shut down within 3-15 minutes, of them first being turned on, the sooner the better. Most of those friends and neighbors that I've called and discussed this whole important issue and matter with so far agree that we should have some meetings at our homes and at the town hall, and build a group of concerned citizens within our town, and also get the word out to the other towns before this wireless utility service meter upgrade program project reaches their town too. Also some people just don't get it, they don't realize and see the harm in being euro-utility-meter.jpg constantly bombarded by these kinds of errant stray and pervasive crisscrossing wireless signals, that are needlessly, uncaringly, unnecessarily, carelessly, irresponsibly, recklessly, detrimentally, and harmfully being allowed to just float into and all around the and our whole environment and us, we the people. They don't see the importance of assuring that the Utility Cos put the needed wireless utility meter signal related preventive protocols, procedures, methods, and measures in place, along with their new ezy-read wireless utility service meter scanning, reading, and recording system. 10)

Back to the Job at Hand

After that call with the Town clerk about this matter I had to go start unloading all of the new furniture and ceiling fan from my car and into my house. After getting it all inside I distributed it near where it was going to be set up. I removed all of the items that were on top of the two end tables that were in the living room and moved the the two tables over to the bedroom where they were needed. I then put the two new end tables in place next to the couch and put all of the items back in place and it looked a lot better than it did before. Then I started to carefully dismantle all of the wires and connected components on the old entertainment system center that was in the living room. After spending a lot of time doing that, I moved the now empty furniture piece which was too big to just redistribute into one of the rooms that we use regularly, into a spare bedroom that I use to store all different kinds of things that are not currently being used.

The new entertainment system center was unassembled and in a big box, so I started to assemble it piece by piece. After I finished putting it together I started to carefully reinstall all of the tv, stereo, and their related components and wires that I had untangled and removed from the old entertainment center. After that was all done I opened up the box that the media center was in and started to set it up too. After that was all done I went around my house gathering up as many cds, tapes, and dvds that I could find and put them all into the media storage centers separate matching holders. I had planned to remove the old ceiling fan in the kitchen and replace it with the new one that same day too. But after that long dueling conversation with the Utility Co supervisor and the follow up conversations with my friends, neighbors, and the Town Hall clerk, unloading everything from my car into my house and moving and setting up the old and new furniture, I just wasn't up to also doing the ceiling fan removal and installation too. So I had to put that important job which was the main reason for my trip to the mall that day off until the next day.

Back to the Kitchen Ceiling Fan Project

The next day I was able to find some spare time in the midst of the Utility Co's gas and electric utility meter upgrade program and project related controversy and the town residents and some board members growing concerns and response, to do the kitchen ceiling fan replacement and new ceiling fan installation job. It was time to finally replace the old one that only had two of the original four fan blades intact after being whacked so many times with the end of the broom and mop handle. I didn't want to run into the same kinds of problems installing the new one, that I had run into when I installed the old one. So I sat down and began reading the instructions, paying close attention for advice on how to get the ceiling fan at the right height and for the fan motor and fan blades to be able to spin evenly while the motor is switched onto the higher speeds. The only thing that it said in relation to that was to make sure that the center bolt was tightened after adjusting for the correct drop height from the main housing unit to the ceiling.

They give you two options for setting up the fan which determines two different sets of floor to lighting fixture, fan blades, and motor housing height and ceiling to motor housing, fan blades, and lighting fixture height placement. One position puts the ceiling fan and all of its components closer to the ceiling and with more height from the floor and the other position uses a drop down extension adapter, which places the ceiling fan and all of its components farther away from the ceiling and with less height from the floor, for a more classic look. The old ceiling fan was installed using the drop down extension adapter, so this time I decided to try the ASCII close to ceiling option in order to avoid any more broom and mop handle mishaps. So I began dismantling the old ceiling fan and taking it down from the ceiling. After I was done doing that all that was left on the ceiling was the recessed electrical box with access to the original color coded white, black, and green electric wires that supplied electricity to the original light fixture. 11) 12)

Installing the New Ceiling Fan

I followed the instructions by first installing the close to ceiling type extension adapter onto the threaded metal extension attached to the ceiling electrical box and hung the fans motor onto the supplied holding hook. Then I connected the color coded white,black, and green wires from the ceiling to the corresponding color coded fan motor wires using plastic wire connectors, which were then wrapped and covered by electrical tape. Then I tucked all of those wires away inside the ceilings metal electrical box and connected the top of the motor housing to the extension adapter. Next I installed the hardware onto the fan blades and installed the fan blades hardware onto the bottom spinning part of the motor. After that the color coded wires coming out from the bottom of the motor were connected to the light fixture wires with plastic wire connectors and wrapped and covered by electrical tape and tucked away into the round metal electrical box located between the fan motor and the light fixture. Then a light bulb was installed into the light fixture and the light fixtures glass globe cover was tightened into place. After testing the ceiling fan on all 3 speeds there were some minor adjustments needed and thereafter the fan is spinning evenly without any noticeable shaking or wobble on all 3 speeds, probably because of the newly chosen close to ceiling fan motor housing position. 13) 14)


Although the Utility Co's gas and electric wireless utility meter upgrade program only delayed the kitchen ceiling fan removal and new replacement project from getting done by one day, the controversy behind the Utility Co's wireless meter upgrade program has not yet been resolved. Someone from our town residents environment and home protection group has recommended that the utility service meters should do all of it's data transmission right through the phone line to the Utility Co. With no need for a wireless signal to have to be broadcast out from the homes gas and electric utility meters. This way there would be no need for the Utility Co's meter reader to have to capture a wireless utility meters wireless signal, in order to be able record the info it's transmitting with their own wireless utility meter reader and or write it down, while they are monitoring the situation while walking by on the sidewalk or driving by inside their Utility Co car, van, or truck.

Someone else in our group has also suggested that in order to be deemed legally exempt from these new type of wireless signal transmitting gas and electric utility service meter installations from being performed on, within, in proximity to, or nearby our own private property or our neighbors private property. That we should all be getting written statements from our doctors, stating that, “having any kind of wireless device attached to or nearby our homes that is routinely broadcasting in all directions any kind of wireless electric signal, such as is reported to be used in these new kinds of wireless utility meters, as opposed to lets say a non-harmful am-fm radio or tv signal. Should and would be considered as an unwanted, unneeded, undesirable, and detrimental hazard to my patients health, that was not requested or asked for by and or from my patient.” So there is a lot more work and negotiations that has to to be done and engaged in, in order to get some good and decent results, in and out of this whole complicated home environment protection related situation.

This story is based on the Authors personal experience.

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References and further reading

Health hazards linked to wireless utility meters
Wireless utility meters impact on health and safety
Are wireless utility meters affecting your health, who's investigating
Safe alternatives to wireless utility meters http://fairfieldsafemeters.com
Working with electrical power and wiring safely - Installing ceiling fans
How to Install a Ceiling Fan the Right Way

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