Murphy’s Law – Cable Guy Style

Using a universal Wi-Fi extender – to piggyback on the landlord’s signal – just wasn’t cutting it so I opted for my own account through Cable One. I booked an appointment a week in advance which fell yesterday.

The cable was already installed so all there was to be done (or so it seemed) is connect a modem and login to the account, but no. There was a problem with signal strength given the long run of wire from the main house. First, two new signal splitters were installed but nothing changed. Then the underground cable form the utility pole was inspected and a poorly engineered splice was found. The cable was dug-up and replaced with an entire new piece. Still no improvement.

It was deduced that the problem may lay in the section of cable from the splitter to my place. This is where Murphy raised his ugly melon.

The installer’s plan was to run a separate test cable along the same route bypassing the original. The indoor path took it behind the water heater which was situated in the closet. Unable to see exactly where the cable exited through the floor, removal of the insulated water heater jacket seemed the way to go. NOT! This is when I heard "Something broke!" along with the sound of gushing water. The plastic supply line on the top of the tank snapped and left us in a panicked effort to find the shutoff valve. Given it was an over-the-garage apartment, it had to be below.

Luckily, the garage was unlocked but that fact did not facilitate the easy access we had hoped. Like for many folks, the garage was used more for storage and had not seen the vestiges of anything automotive in quite sometime. I spotted the valve in seconds but a wall of collectables (junk) blocked our path. After moving a few items, the cable guy climbed the stack of stuff and turned off the flow. WHEW!

After all that, the test line still showed little improvement. The distance from the splitter seemed to great and it degraded the signal. It seemed we where at the end of the line until I asked if he had something to boost the signal. He did  but said it would only help the download speed but upon further reflection, that’s all that was needed. He installed the booster and the signal finally fell within specifications.

Just before leaving, the cable guy said he prided himself on being one of the fastest at doing his job. Guess his average just took a big hit.

WOW! That’s how a twenty minute job turns into a three hour fiasco but what an improvement. No more stalling downloads or standard definition Netflix movies.

BTW, I hooked-up my computer to my new Samsung with an HDMI cable yesterday and now can surf the Net in 32 inches of high-def glory along with a much improved audio.


30 Responses to Murphy’s Law – Cable Guy Style

  1. rich says:

    Sounds like a big mess. A splitter cuts the signal in half (geek terminology is 3 dB drop). If you have multiple ones the effects multiple (i.e., 2 splitters cut the signal by 75%).

    If you have a weak signal you need an amplifier/booster. Amplify signals can cause problems by adding “noise” to the signal. Hopefully it will work reliably.

    I was trying to set up my DVR to record the LPGA tournament this week and with the time difference and the fact it was the British Open I was having trouble finding the right channel/time. I reluctantly went to the LPGA web page and it states “ESPN” each day. I still couldn’t find it. Then I realized it isn’t ESPN but ESPN2. I guess they are the one and same to the LPGA web folks.

    Look on the bright side, at least the guy showed up. I can’t tell you how bad Comcast and Verizon FIOS service is in Maryland.

  2. Ozz says:

    Larry, I suppose that you went with 32″ TV and not bigger, as 32″ will fit into the car without too many hassles.

    Could you not have connected a router at the main house that handle ADSL and WiFi and connect at your place via WiFi? I know things in the USA are very different to us in Ozz, even with technolgy.

    • lifeontour says:

      Got the TV from Amazon and is plenty big. My viewing distance is well within the range for that size and it was a great deal. Samsung UN32EH4000 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV With all the discounts it was only $250.
      I was connected with a wi-fi extender but both structures have metal hurricane roofs which degrade the signal. Also, when they were on the Net (especially online gaming) it zapped it completely. Only way to go was my own modem.

  3. Ozz says:

    The tech guy probably thought there might be an episode of Undercover Boss being filmed, and he was making a good impression.

  4. Ozz says:

    Panjang, you just asked for an almost impossible assignment, go to the LPGA website. After 8 minutes for it to load, some pictures displayed, some didn’t. The only pictures that I did see, did not include Haeji Kang, so I failed the assignment……sorry:(

    I tried the European website where they had 120 pics, with only 2 of Haeji by herself swinging and putting.

    • Panjang Dan Lurus says:

      No need apology Ozz, we all wish Smiley Whan would forego a bit of his salary and put it toward a REAL website instead of the facade he has now. I sure do like the LGU site where a visitor is just a click away from a plethora of meaningful, and useful statistics. Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoy seeing how the field plays against the course. It is really cool that you can click on course statistics and and see how many others, bogies, pars, birdies, etc, there are for a given hole in a given round. Or the average above par of below par for a given hole. The Scoring stats are cool as well, you can see most consecutive pars, most consecutive birdies, etc. All you need to do is select your desired criteria and click “generate report” at any time during a round and pow it’s there… close to real time!

      Looks like Rick answered the question of who Haeji’s caddie is this week. Also, looks like she had a rough second round, but made the cut on the number. Probably her caddie kept her from getting too depressed. At least they’ll both get a paycheck! 🙂

  5. Rick says:

    It’s Bully from Waimanolo

  6. Tommy G says:

    Can you give us the info on Kylie Pratt

  7. Tommy G says:

    Larry said that she is supplying fact sheets for the tour…It kinda keeps me in topuch with what is going….. Even tho “That ship has sailed” for me…..
    When is the wedding????????????

  8. Ozz says:

    This may upset a few or maybe just one, but with Shin’s British Open win, made it the Asian Grand Slam in 2012 of Womens Golf.
    Kraft Nabisco – Sun Young Yoo
    US Open – Na yeon Choi
    Evian Masters – Inbee Park
    British Open – Jiyai Shin

    • Cougar says:

      Evian is not a major yet.
      LPGA – Shanshan Feng.

      • Ozz says:

        bocarr, that’s all you read now. Recently on either the Golf Channel or GolfWeek websites, stated that the Asians have raised the bar in womens golf, and the others need to catch up..

      • Ozz says:

        Cougar, this post want meant for bocajr, slow connection.

        Thanks for correcting me with Evian.

    • bocajr says:

      ozz, your eyes are slanting

      • bocajr says:

        ozz, the koreans are not raising the bar for americans…they are better period…and that is why we have only 13 full field domestic events in the usa..not counting the us open and kraft which are not full fields. USA companies are abandoning the LPGA…wegmans is a a 50/50 event next year..navistar is a goner supposedly….the truth hurts…the average lpga player will lose money as a player based on the limited schedule of events..and that is not likely to change anytime soon.

  9. rich says:

    The huge lead Shin had made my interest wain. Paula’s outfit the other day (tiny white skirt with the candy stripe stockings) did hold my interest.

    Too bad the Americans can’t putt. It was already painful to watch Michelle and Lexi miss short putts and now Paula is catching it. I checked the stats (once I could find them on that dreadful web site) and Stacy Lewis at #2 is the only American I noticed in the top 20 in putting. There are Americans at 21 and 22 (? and Gulbis).

    Although I’m not a fan of hers what happened to Kerr? Changed caddies (I believe) and her game collapsed?

    • DaVinner says:

      Paula’s “tiny white skirt with the candy stripe stockings” was the best reason to keep watching! If the Americans can no longer keep up with the Asians (or the rest of the world for that matter), at least they should try to dress for success (or sexcess). That way, all of us can stay in the game.

    • DaVinner says:

      Hey, an American trifecta at Navistar! Nothin’ like playing in redneck territory to get the patriotic juices flowing.

  10. bocajr says:

    just a shame that Navistar is no more…

  11. Ozz says:

    The Daily Double, Stacy Lewis won on the LPGA, and Australian Stacey Keating won the LET in Spain. So the Stacy’s have it.

  12. Barbara says:

    Great to see another American woman like Stacy Lewis win and to do it WITHOUT CHEATING!

  13. Panjang Dan Lurus says:

    Hey Barbara (foreign woman), your buddy Romney wants to know why windows don’t roll down on airplanes.

    On your next flight, when you get to around 38,000 feet maybe you help old Mitt out with a simple experiment…..?

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