Why is it that … (Probably many more of these to come)

Removing the old sink faucet can take 2-3 hours, yet installing the new one, takes less than 10 minutes?

Actually…. I am not done removing the old faucet yet, but I know it won’t take me long to install the new one. Under the kitchen sink doesn’t have the best ventilation for working with Liquid Wrench. (Had to take a break, the fumes were just too much.) The bolts are now loose, so it will just take probably about 5 more minutes with a deep socket wrench and the old faucet will be free. Then I’ll just have to clean up the area a bit and put the new faucet (which shouldn’t leak) in.

Another recent project that I meant to get to when I first moved in was changing the locks. You never know who all previously had keys to the house. I opted to go for Kwikset locks with Smart Key. The advantage is that it is pretty easy for you to change the locks on your own if you have the key that it is currently keyed too. Yesterday, I discovered a disadvantage. It is possible for you to make it learn a key wrong. I had changed them all to one of the new keys and the last door I had to do was the knob on the front door. I think as it was learning it, the key slipped a little bit. This effectively set the tumblers for a key that I didn’t have. I couldn’t get the door to unlock. The original keys didn’t work for it either. Thankfully, Home Depot (i.e. the place were most of my left over money goes to) opens at 7:00 AM. I took it to the guy and he just gave me a new knob since I had my receipt and it was purchased within the last few days.

Well, I think I’ve gotten enough fresh air. Time to finish up this sink. Oh yeah… if you’ve read this far and you are interested in helping with MediaShout on Sunday Mornings at Laurel, you are desperately needed. You’ll probably notice this Sunday that we won’t have it because we have a lack of workers. (Currently just 2 of us and both of us are busy this weekend.)

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No Longer Cell Phone Only

After being a part of the “Cell Phone Only” crowd for a couple of years, I now have a land line again. When I moved from the house in South Knoxville to the house in North Knoxville, I decided that I wasn’t going to get a land line for the house. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense. At the bare minimum, you’ve got to pay $20/month for a land line. At the house in South Knoxville, a land line was needed because at the time, cell phone service was not as reliable. Often times, you’d have to go outside to ensure that you’re call didn’t get dropped. When I moved to the house in North Knoxville, that wouldn’t be a problem. Being in the middle of the city and close to Sharp’s Ridge, cell service was pretty good. Many of the people I talked to had Verizon Wireless, so I could call them all I want and not have to worry about going over my minutes usage. My plan also included free weekend and night minutes. I’m not one that really likes to talk on the phone much, but when I do, it’s usually during the weekend and night time anyways. My plan included 450 minutes which thanks to IN and Free Nights and Weekends, I never even got close to reaching. (Even if I didn’t have those, I don’t think I’d reach the 450 minute mark anyways.) Plus, the cell phone had the advantage of free long distance. All those factored into deciding on not getting a land line. It just didn’t make sense to pay extra money for something when my cell phone was more than adequate.

So why did things change? While cell phone only definitely has its advantages in money saving, there are also some disadvantages to it too. First, you really have to monitor how long you use it. I’m sure you know somebody that had an outrageous phone bill because they went over their minutes. Most all land lines here in the US have unlimited local calling. You don’t have to keep up with how many minutes you have used up. At my new house, I decided to go with Knology as my Cable/Internet/Phone provider. Included in my phone plan is also unlimited long distance. For at least the first year, I will be keeping this plan. After a year, the plan goes up because I am at a New Customer Promotional pricing. (Unlike Comcast, which does the same thing, Knology at least mentioned up front that the plan would go up to $XX at the end of the first year. I can’t even begin to count the number of people that got some pricing from Comcast that only lasts 3 months, but they thought it was the actual price.) Anyways, back to the phone stuff again.

One of the disadvantages to Cell Phones is that at times, the network gets flooded. You probably know what I am talking about. The message that tells you that all circuits are busy. It doesn’t happen often, but when you get it, its usually at a time you really want/need to call out. Usually some big event/tragedy has happened and everybody wants to call everybody else. With more and more people becoming cell phone only, they land line circuits are being freed up even more. However, I don’t see this as being a reason enough to come back to a land line phone.

The main reason I came back to a land line is that the home security system in my house needs a land line. There are home security systems that will use cellular, but that would require a new install (can’t use the existing system) and they also cost more to monitor. Doing the calculations, it would take a while for a cellular system to catch up to the land line system. Also, a cellular system doesn’t do a lot of good if it loses signal. At my house, while I’m mostly always at 4 bars, I’ve seen it drop to 1 or 2 from time to time for whatever reason.