You have to trust your plumber. When a plumber comes into a home for the first time he, or occasionally she, is a stranger. You hope that he or she, or better yet both of them together, will be competent to do the job you are hiring them to do.
An incompetent plumber can cause a great deal of damage. They are working with water. Water is a good thing as long as it stays within the designated pipes and appliances where it is intended to be.
However, water-gone-wild in a house can be destructive and dangerous. And that’s just the clean water. The story gets worse when sewage water starts backing up into the bathtubs and beyond.
A family’s home is its castle. If you know some history you know that armies fighting from within fortified castles were most often defeated by an enemy within the gates. A plumber’s truck, if it is carrying someone you can’t trust, might as well be a giant Trojan horse.
You need to know that when this team of strangers with a lot of tools comes into your house nothing bad will happen. They won’t carry off the silverware and the autographed photo of Elvis and the Persian rug and the Persian cat. You need to know that they won’t track mud and worse onto the white carpet or leave greasy hand prints on the Turkish towels. Not only must you trust your plumber, you must know the plumber is someone you can trust.
An example of the damage plumbers can do is the case of the infamous White House Plumbers. Their illegal activities combined with their inept bungling ignited the historic Watergate scandal in the early 1970s. Fortunately they were not real plumbers.
The Plumbers were so called because they had been assigned the task of stopping leaks of information to the media. Unfortunately they were not hired based on their qualifications. Some of their history reads like the antics of the Three Stooges. It has been observed that if they had been real plumbers what they accomplished could be compared to trying to stop a small leak and in the process breaking all the pipes and flooding the basement.
One of the best ways to find a trustworthy tradesman is to ask around. Check with friends and neighbors to see what companies or individuals they have worked with. Find out how satisfied people were with the service they received and the prices they paid.
As you have listen to a number of horror stories and a number of happily-ever-after tales, get names. See if the suggested candidates belong to the Better Business Bureau and any trade organizations. Find out if any complaints have been filed against them.
You can add to your list by letting your fingers walk through the yellow pages or the internet. Look at ads. See who is close to you. See who offers emergency service. Find out if they are licensed, bonded, insured and if their work is guaranteed.
When you start calling, ask the right questions. You want to know not only that the plumbers are licensed but what they are licensed to do. Some jobs will involve breaking down walls or working around electricity for which special training may be required.
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In 1915 at the age of thirteen, Grandfather witnessed the theft of 2,067 family skeletons stolen from the Pecos Pueblo. He had run after the trucks transporting the bones, their skulls hanging out of windows and eye sockets hollow, until he stumbled and fell with his ear to the ground, listening to the rumble of tires carrying his ancestors far away from their resting place. Grandfather lay on the dirt clutching a diary belonging to the thief in hopes that one day he might use the book as a clue to finding the remains of his missing family. If only the old man could read. He kept the secret of the stolen bones for 84 years because he feared the men who took the skeletons might come for him, too. He begs his granddaughter to help him bring home the bones for reburial at the wreckage of their family pueblo, for he hears the skeletons crying, longing for home.
Hollow-Woman and Grandfather are the last of the Pecos people, but she wants nothing to do with the ghost pueblo of Pecos, a place which gives her the creeps. The family ruins is haunted by the Spanish Inquisition, church burnings, beheadings, blood spilling, ghosts, witches, and poisonings. Now Grandfather, an ancient ruin himself with one fist in a Pecos grave and the other in a bottle of wine, pleads with her to help him find the stolen bones of their ancestors, skeletons centuries old who should have turned to dust ages ago.
Hollow-Woman doesn't care about ancient bones. She works at a Native American casino and is of the modern ways, but she reluctantly agrees to drive the old buzzard cross country on his quest to bring back the missing skeletons to the rubble of their family pueblo so they might join the other ancestral bones who Grandfather claims haven't had a night of peace since the others were ripped from their graves by the thief whose motives are hidden in his diary.
Grandfather is a powerful shaman who believes his granddaughter does not appreciate family. He fashions a magical dream catcher that sometimes hurls Hollow-Woman into the past to experience the lives of her ancestors, some six centuries of sorrows, triumphs, and the dark side of religious fanaticism.
In their odyssey to find their missing family, they discover what the Pecos skeletons have been up to for eight decades since being held captive, and how important the desecration of the Pecos graves is to America and to mankind. Most importantly, she embarks on a spiritual journey and truly comes to appreciate the ties that bind a family's past and present.
RETURN OF THE BONES is an award winning book and first-place winner of Best Historical Fiction for the New Mexico / Arizona Book Awards.