April 11, 2016 |
Verizon customers with copper-line phones who call twice in 18 months for repairs - or live near someone who does - are likely to get a surprise when company techs show up at their door. They will be told that their "only fix" is to replace decades-old copper line with high-speed fiber as Verizon won't fix the copper, according to company documents obtained by the Inquirer. So far, 1.1 million Verizon copper customers have been switched to fiber in Pennsylvania and other states under an internal program called "Fiber Is the Only Fix. " Millions more of Verizon's customers may face the same upgrade because the effort is expanding.
October 23, 2015 |
The Communications Workers of America says it has photographic evidence showing Verizon Communications Inc. has been depriving its aging copper network of money for maintenance and repair throughout parts of Pennsylvania. The union - which represents 4,980 Verizon linemen, technicians, and customer service representatives in the state - filed the photos on Wednesday in a petition with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, seeking an investigation into whether Verizon has violated state utility laws by not maintaining its copper lines.
August 19, 2012 |
BBC America's new historical drama, Copper , about an Irish American police detective in 19th-century New York, opens with a bang: A gang of bank robbers are making a frenzied escape through the backstreets of lower Manhattan when they are ambushed by three police detectives led by the show's protagonist, Detective Kevin Corcoran. Corcoran - Corky to his friends - identifies himself as a cop, but before the thieves can react, he and his pals, Detectives Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan)
April 26, 1989 |
Q. I read somewhere that the copper-bottom Revere Ware pots that have rainbow-looking spots on the inside of the bottom of the pots have copper coming through and it is unhealthy to use them. Any truth to this? My pots are almost 40 years old and in excellent shape except for these marks. - D.J. Jones Sarasota, Fla. Q. I have a set of three covered stainless steel bowls. Is it safe to use these for all types of food to be kept in the refrigerator, such as puddings, vegetables and pickled beets?
July 4, 2013 |
The copper-wire thieves ended up causing $175,000 worth of losses at Peco substations across Bucks County. They eventually were arrested, and a Peco spokeswoman says they should be glad they got away with their lives. On Tuesday, four of the alleged burglars in the eight-member "loosely associated" group waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Hearings for the four remaining members are scheduled for next week. Police said that during the fall, they pilfered what is known as "grounding wire," which is used to help control voltage, and then sold it for about $3 a pound to a scrap yard in Philadelphia.
February 1, 2013
A Delaware County dentist is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever broke into his Upper Darby practice, stole copper tubing, and caused over $40,000 in damages. John-Eric Kramer, who had moved his offices from Philadelphia, was renovating a large stone Tudor-style building he had purchased at 7200 Bradford Rd. He said the thief or thieves broke in through a basement door. The repairs are costly, he said, because plumbing for a dental practice requires special fixtures to prevent contamination.
July 29, 2010 |
The thieves had only one thing on their minds when they broke into a Philadelphia library branch early Monday morning: They left it high and dry, stripped of all its copper piping. Forty personal computers and other valuables were left untouched. Officials estimate that repairing the damage at the Lillian Marrero branch in North Philadelphia will run about $80,000. "They took out every ounce of copper piping they could get their hands on," said Siobhan Reardon, the president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
February 24, 2016 |
Pennsylvania regulators will look into union claims that Verizon Communications Inc. has neglected its aging copper phone lines in large areas of the state, according to a recent filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Administrative Law Judge Joel H. Cheskis has scheduled the first hearing for March 18 in Harrisburg. Cheskis will seek information on Verizon's copper phone lines and then make a recommendation to the PUC as to whether to initiate an investigation, PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said.
August 3, 2007 |
Question: The previous owners of our house spray-painted the copper flashing over the bow window at the front. Any ideas on what the best method is to get the paint off - something that won't ruin the shine of the copper flashing? I've gotten sick of looking at the brownish spray-paint marks. They did a horrible job to boot. Answer: Why anyone would spray-paint copper flashing is beyond me, since copper is so expensive and gives any house a high-end look. I'm assuming the copper began weathering to a nice patina, and they decided they didn't like green, so they painted it brown.
October 11, 2012 |
Thanks to a sharp-eyed Episcopal priest, Haddonfield police have arrested and charged a pair of suspected copper thieves. "Don't mess with a priest," the Rev. Patrick Close of Grace Church on Kings Highway posted on his Facebook page Tuesday. Close saw two young men the previous day in an area of the church grounds not open to the public and went out to question them, he reported. They departed, but when he left that night, Close noticed the rectory's copper downspouts were gone.