Drainlayers and Plumbers

Drainlayers and plumbers often need to work together on new building sites, to make sure that all of the waste and outlet fittings match up to the drains. Often plumbers find themselves doing their own drainlaying, because their preferred drainlayer is hard to come by and is often busy. This is one of the more unpleasant sides of the plumbing business, as it can often mean a lot of hard work digging a trench and even digging up an existing sewer.

Plumbers and drainlayers Dunedin who have to dig up existing sewer lines can make themselves feel a lot better about their work by reminding themselves that they are public Health Specialists. They are really the only barrier in the average home to the spread of terrible sewer born diseases.

Plumbers often find themselves working in dirty situations, and this can be under a kitchen sink or in the bathroom removing the toilet and unblocking it. Generally at the end of every day the average plumber needs to discard their work clothes into the washing machine and they need to have a good clean shower.

Similarly the drainlayer is generally going to end each day a lot dirtier than they started, and they will also need to wash their work clothes and have a good cleansing shower. For all plumbers and drainlayers the big problem can be that they need to do their paperwork once they get home, and after a long tiring day and the need for a good shower and then dinner this can be a very unattractive proposition. Nowadays the modern plumber and drainlayer will have an app on their mobile that will allow them to track all their travel and the jobs they work on, to work out the number of hours they have been on a job and then to email out the invoice to the client immediately the job is finished. Plumbers have been known to take a call while under the sink and finish the call by sending a full quote to the caller, and then sit in the van after finishing the job and send the invoice to the homeowner. This means that they have no paperwork to do when they get home, and for most plumbers and drainlayers this can be life changing.

One big advantage for plumbers and drainlayers is that any repair work they do is generally an emergency for the householder, and so the householder is only too happy to get the work done in as short a time as possible, and are prepared to pay exorbitant rates for this privilege. Plumbers and drainlayers sleep happily in the knowledge that virtually no household is a brave enough to tackle the kind of emergencies that plumbers and drainlayers deal with everyday virtually in their sleep.

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Technology and Climate Change

The World is at a tipping Point, and faces runaway global warming unless mankind can stop using fossil fuels and pouring CO2 into the atmosphere and oceans. Almost all countries on the planet have agreed to make strong cuts to their CO2 emissions, but the next problem there’s actually carrying this out, and on the surface this appears to be a very difficult challenge for the whole planet. Mankind is addicted to fossil fuels like nothing else.

The scary thing is that to prevent runaway global warming the changes in behaviour have to happen very quickly over a matter of one or two decades at the most, such is the rate of CO2 addition to the atmosphere and oceans. The reality all this change in behaviour makes for some very difficult political decisions, and in New Zealand for example real change will only come when there has been a significant cut in the methane emissions from our extremely large dairy herd. Methane as a global warming catalyst is 20 times worse than CO2. Around the rest of the planet entire populations have to massively reduce their consumption of both automobile fuel and electricity generated from coal.

Fortunately, and incredibly conveniently, a technical disruption is occurring in front of our eyes that is going to make certain that these massive reductions in climate change occur, and if current trends are right then this will happen just in time. The technology disruption there’s going to be absolute, and will happen at a pace like nothing else in the history of our civilization, and it revolves around three Technologies which are electric vehicles and the batteries that power them, fully autonomous driving and solar and wind power Plus storage batteries.

Electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model 3 are now at a price point where they are totally competitive against their petrol driven alternatives, and are ramping up the rate of manufacture to a point where they are having a real impact in the market. At the same time autonomous driving is developing incredibly rapidly, supported by the exponential development of raw computing power and the exponential development of AI software. Tesla for example will be able to upgrade their entire fleet over the air and overnight once their autonomous driving software is ready for release.

At the same time regulators around the world will be making sure that regulations are in place to allow this, because they know that are fully autonomous car will be about 10 times safer then a human driven car, and the impact on the population and economy will be extremely positive.

A fully autonomous electric vehicle fleet will have a devastating impact on the taxi industry and on the world vehicle manufacturers, simply because the fleet will be able to offer driverless taxis to the population out of fraction of the cost and the same convenience as a human-driven taxi and as the personally owned car. People will stop owning vehicles over the next 10 years, and Will instead rely on an autonomous taxi fleet to transport them everywhere, conveniently, extremely safely and at very low cost. This is called transport as a service.

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