WHY I DIY: Verizon

Each of these “Why I DIY” posts is about one thing: Pride in workmanship.

So when I say “Verizon,” well, I probably don’t have to say anything more.

But what fun would that be?

When my over-the-air internet provider was purchased by Sprint and its towers coverted to support the growing demand for mobile, I was faced with the choice: Comcast Xfinity or Verizon FiOS. Verizon made me a slightly better deal, so Verizon it was.

The installer was only slightly late and seemed pleasant enough.  However, she refused to use the existing cable lines running through the walls and attic (installed by the previous homeowner), saying “We’re not allowed to go into attics.”

So, here’s what I got:

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Yes, Verizon can’t go into attics, but they have no compunction about drilling into exterior walls within two feet of PLUMBING.

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That shingle the installer cracked? Made from asbestos.  You know, that stuff you don’t want to be friable (cracking with airborne dust)?

Wondering what we got on the inside?

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This is the corner with the favorite dog bed in the entire house. There’s nearly always someone curled up here.  So–of COURSE this would be where we’d logically put a splitter.

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Check out how the installer had to carve the round thing so it would fit against my custom wainscoting!

And I’m saving the best for last–how the wiring was run from the corner to the TV location.  (Installer comment: “Just move the TV to the corner.” To the corner–behind my couch?  To the corner–where my dogs sleep out of the way?)

You can bet there will be more about this one tomorrow–with happy results.

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