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Destroyed by a Rogue Woodpecker

I really can’t stand birds. I’ve always disliked birds ever since I was a kid. A bird attacked me when I was playing in the backyard one day, and from that moment on, I would feel fear and anger whenever I saw a bird. Recently, a woodpecker damaged by window shutters. It was the oddest occurrence and I had to drive the woodpecker away with a broom while hoping that it wouldn’t try to peck me in the head. I’m not entirely sure, but I don’t think that a human head can survive too many pecks from a woodpecker.

I was mad about my shutters, but there was nothing I could really do besides replace them.…

What is an Automated Fire Flow Test?

Fire flow tests are performed on fire hydrants to determine water availability. It normally involves opening a fire hydrant and allowing the water to flow into a device that measures water pressure and volume. The data that is gathered is used by firefighting agencies for training and planning purposes and to determine if there are any water flow issues associated with a hydrant. It is also used to determine water quality and the condition of the local plumbing systems connected to the fire hydrant.

A fire flow test is an accurate method of determining how useful a fire hydrant really is and if it is ready to go in case of a large fire, but it’s also a slow process. A typical fire flow test requires two workers to open and monitor the hydrant in a process that takes about an hour per hydrant. This is usually fine if there are only a few hydrants that need to be tested, it isn’t so useful if a city needs to test thousands of hydrants. This is why automated fire flow testing has become so popular in large metropolitan areas.

An automated fire flow test can capture critical data such as the …

Our Daughter Loves Her New Shutters

My husband and I decided to buy orange county shutters for our daughter and her husband as a present for their fifth wedding anniversary. They live fairly close by and I’m over there often helping to take care of my young grandson. I noticed that my daughter didn’t like the drapery she had up on the windows. She often complained about the cost of having them cleaned and didn’t think they looked right in the room. I kept quiet, but I couldn’t have agreed more. I won’t say that they are the worst thing I’ve seen, but they weren’t good.

My husband and I enjoy our plantation shutters because they are easy to maintain and they really do an excellent job of allowing you to control how much light and heat get into your house. Out here in California, that is no small thing.…