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Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate

November 9th, 2022

When I was little and I thought of the state of Idaho,Guest Posting I thought of potatoes, and that was about all. Thinking back, I was heavily influenced by the new Pringles potato chip commercials that had a girl sitting on a tractor out in the middle of an Idaho potato field boasting that Pringles were only made by the best Idaho potatoes! But after I grew up and married someone from Sandpoint, Idaho, I realized that there was a huge difference between north and south Idaho. As a matter of fact, if you ask someone from the northern part of the State where they are from, the will often say North Idaho as if it were a separate state.

The central and northern parts of the state of Idaho are known more for large wilderness areas, mountains and lakes: for shear breath taking beauty. Idaho has more designated wilderness than any of the other lower 48 States, and if you flattened out all of the mountains in Idaho, the state would be larger than Texas!

Well, we lived in Sandpoint for many years, but moved away about 10 years ago. We still qualify as living in North Idaho, but about 2 hours south of Sandpoint. Recently we have been toying with the idea of moving back, so we started looking around at Sandpoint Idaho real estate, and were pleased with what we found.

One of the best things about living in that part of the country is the great diversity in the types of real estate that is available. If you like living in town, Sandpoint is perfect. The town itself has a population of just over 8000, and you can easily get around by bike. There are some wonderful older neighborhoods with real character, as well as newer, more modern homes in recently developed neighborhoods.

If you don’t want to be in town, but still want quick access, there are plenty of options in Sandpoint Idaho real estate. You can easily live within 10 minutes of town, but be out in the country. There are plenty of homes and parcels available that feature 2 – 5 acres of land, so you get country living and quick town access.

History of Seattle Plumbing

March 31st, 2022

As strange as it may seem, the history of plumbing in Seattle is actually full of strife and intrigue. From nasty reverse plumbing issues to city-spanning fires, there have been some interesting blips in Seattle’s plumbing since the late 1800′s.

In 1870, the very first bathtub with working plumbing was installed. It was the start of the plumbing movement in Seattle. Soon, the Seattle folk found themselves in an interesting situation. Because the city was built on low mud flats, sewage was just as likely to flow into a house as it was to flow out. Unfortunately, disease became a serious problem. The raw sewage in the streets was promoting disease and other nastiness. There was a clear need for a plumbing overhaul but that capability was not quite available yet. In 1885 the city passed an ordinance requiring attached sewer lines for all new residences. This new ordinance vastly helped the disease problem and created a code for builders to follow when creating new homes. Previously sewer lines were something only the wealthy were able to purchase. However, there was another, even scarier disaster bearing down on Seattle.

The Great Seattle Fire on June 6th 1889 brought the racing city to a stunning halt. 29 city blocks were destroyed by the fire; completely demolishing most of the central business district. Amazingly, no one suffered fatal injuries from the fire. In the aftermath of the fire, plumbing problems began to appear. Whenever high tide would roll around, the draining sewage would be pushed back up through the pipes. This caused exploding pipes and even worse, exploding toilets! Can you imagine sitting on a toilet that exploded? There was some good that came in the wake of the fire. Prior to the disaster, most of the buildings in Seattle heavily relied on wood. In addition to helping the fire, the wood suffered from the already faulty plumbing. Years of leaky pipes had caused the wood to become soft and ready to bust. The fire enabled new buildings to come up and be created with brick and stone. These stronger buildings still stand today in Seattle.

Aside from exploding toilets and great fires Seattle has been hit with some other difficult times. In October of 1908 the largest employer of plumbers on the coast at the time Ernst Hardware & Plumbing Company was part of a movement that sent hundreds of Seattle plumbers to Spokane. The point of this massive labor movement was to disperse jobs out of just the Seattle area. This put Seattle at a plumber shortage, driving up the costs of services. Eventually, more plumbers came in to Seattle and a potential sewer overload was narrowly avoided.

In August of 1964 Seattle was again struck by yet another problem, plumbers strike. Over four thousand plumbers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho went on strike over wage disputes. At the time, the wages in the three states were set at $4.38 per hour plus an additional 35 cents in other benefits. 35 cents does not seem like too much of a benefit for someone who keeps modern civilization running. Their demands were that over the next three years the hourly wage would increase by $1. The industry counter offered with an increase of 36 cents an hour at the rate of 12 cents each year until 1967. This strike greatly affected the entire Pacific Northwest region. It was estimated that more than $131 million worth of construction time was lost due to the strike.

Less than ten years after the massive strike a labor contract was reached for plumbers and pipefitters in Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon. The agreement affected about 400 employers and 3,500 employees. The contract gave the workers 50 cents more an hour plus 7 cents an hour in health and welfare benefits, bringing the wage scale at the time to $8.02 an hour (it had grown since 1964). Over the time span of a decade the hourly wage had nearly doubled.