A goodly part of California is a type of country called Chaparral. Large, rolling foothills covered in vegetation that’s green for a month or so after the big spring rains (which we actually had this year) but then turns brown, making the foothills a volatile mixture of kindling just waiting for the first lightning strike or casually tossed idiot’s cigarette to burst into headline-grabbing flames.
This year, the Southern California fires were overshadowed in the news cycle by large fires in the populated areas in the Northern part of the state – the place that bills itself as “wine country.” As this was written, hazmat-suited workers were entering affected areas to remove hazardous household waste, government officials say rebuilding could take months with the real work not starting until spring. Contractors, though, are being swamped with calls for rebuilding jobs and some worry skilled labor could be a problem as the work moves forward. Not to mention concerns the costs of building materials may go up and shortages may delay things even longer. Stick with RJ and we’ll keep you all posted when things start happening.
And I’d like to once again let everyone have an opportunity to participate in selecting the articles in next month’s issue. We’re doing to be doing a “Best of 2017” in the December issue alongside our regular Plumbing Power Book Directory. Remember an article or column from 2017 that was particularly helpful? Take a moment and email us. We want to make the December issue all yours.