Unknown_K wrote:It is shocking how bad even some new houses are wired.
It is said that few newer houses will last for 100 years like older built ones have.
Unknown_K wrote:I don't know about the car bit. When is the last time you seen a car rust out, blow up at under 100K miles, burn oil, need new exhaust, etc? Cars last a long time these days. They get you to buy new cars (and multiple cars) for different needs like the SUV for DAD, sports car for the son, minivan for mom etc. These days we have a glut of working vehicles (more then one per family) so when times are tight car sales drop like a rock. If they were that unreliable people would have to buy new ones just to get to work and the failing repair shops would be very busy.
Unknown_K wrote:Computers are different, people are sold on the new technologies to upgrade (same with electronics in general). With proper cooling (and dust cleanout) a new computer will last a lot longer then you want it to.
Unknown_K wrote:Another thing about houses is once you get something 200 years old full on antique furniture you don't need to remodel every few years. A large part of the business in the US is to remodel homes to keep up with new styles and colors. Quite a bit of the work done to houses in remodels is sub standard because of cost issues and corner cutting. When there are big building booms you have issues getting correctly treated lumber, they use green stuff that warps when it fully dries causing all kinds of issues in the house.
johnklos wrote:But imagine if instead of computers going to landfills because people got fed up with viruses and trojans it was actually not painful to reinstall Windows - how different would things be now? After all, there are MANY people out there who could make excellent use out of a ten year old machine.
mac2geezer wrote:You can also buy a little device that looks like an oversize 3-prong plug that you simply plug into an outlet and lights on the device tell you if the outlet is wired properly.
Bunsen wrote:I also run my workshop through an RCD - residual current device - in case any of the gear I am working on has faults. They measure the power throughput on the active line and compare it with the neutral. If there is any difference - meaning some power is going out to the workshop and not returning, for example, through you to ground - it shuts down the power in milliseconds. This can save your life. Newer houses and commercial premises may have one fitted at the switchboard.
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