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Old 12-30-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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My husband is a Cable Technician and we are planning on relocating somewhere other than here. We are native coastal Californians who aren't big on summer heat or ocean tourists. We are searching the entire USA because he is able to transfer and keep his California pay. But because he is so worried about working in the snow it's really limiting our options and we are trying to find somewhere we can buy a 3bdrm house for under $125,000. He is not opposed to snow on the contrary we are pretty excited about it. We have two boys and we can't afford to stay here where we have been born and raised.
Any hoots, he asked me to ask around about what others think about working outside in the snow and ice? I'm mean he has to climb poles, ladders, drive long distances, and crawl into crawl spaces. Here where we live he'll go into attic's where it's 109 degrees Fahrenheit outside with no air conditioning, then climb poles with 30 mph winds, rain, and thunder. I'm mean there are cable techs all over who work in all kinds of weather, right??? Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:01 AM
 
Location: The Woodlands, TX
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I was a cable technician working in the San Francisco bay area in the late 90's and early 2000's.

California is probably the best place to do this work as the climate is the friendliest in the mainland US that I can think of.

I would list the next best places weather wise to do this job and have 3 bed homes in that range would be (in no particular order):

* Oklahoma
* New Mexico
* Nevada
* Arizona
* Georgia
* Texas
* Arkansas
* South Carolina
* Florida
* Louisiana
* Alabama
* Tennessee

In each of the places you will have to look at the average temps etc in different cities as the climates can change drastically in one part of a state to another (especially in a big state like Texas).

Most of the states I listed deal with some high heat of some sort but better to do that job in the heat than extreme cold in my opinion. Would just need to be more aware of heat related fatigue and not to stay in attics as long (take more breaks).

Hope this gives you something to go on.

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Old 01-01-2019, 12:20 PM
 
Location: The Woodlands, TX
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Realized I didn't answer your question about working in snow / ice.

I mentioned that I wouldn't want to do it... but yes, people do this work in the cold. I can only imagine how miserable I would be doing it in a place like Chicago, Cleveland or Minneapolis in January though.

Now, places with some snow and cold but not to the extreme... I could do it. A couple places I can think of like that are:

* East Washington State (Spokane)
* Southern Colorado

I know those 2 are kind of random but are the first that came to mind.

Bottom line is this, utilize a site like the following to research climates and you can make a good decision :

https://www.currentresults.com/Weath...s-seasonal.php





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Old 01-01-2019, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"then climb poles with 30 mph winds"....try it at 20 below with wind chill. I remember my manager coming to find me up a pole in that weather, and telling me I could stop outside work for the day....North Arkansas....you can scratch that off your list.

Look at Southern VA.

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Old 01-01-2019, 04:16 PM
 
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My husband is a Cable Technician and we are planning on relocating somewhere other than here. We are native coastal Californians who aren't big on summer heat or ocean tourists. We are searching the entire USA because he is able to transfer and keep his California pay. But because he is so worried about working in the snow it's really limiting our options and we are trying to find somewhere we can buy a 3bdrm house for under $125,000. He is not opposed to snow on the contrary we are pretty excited about it. We have two boys and we can't afford to stay here where we have been born and raised.
Any hoots, he asked me to ask around about what others think about working outside in the snow and ice? I'm mean he has to climb poles, ladders, drive long distances, and crawl into crawl spaces. Here where we live he'll go into attic's where it's 109 degrees Fahrenheit outside with no air conditioning, then climb poles with 30 mph winds, rain, and thunder. I'm mean there are cable techs all over who work in all kinds of weather, right??? Thanks for your input.
I was a cable technician for awhile and I can assure you that working outdoors in a winter climate is an utter freaking nightmare. He may want to rethink his willingness to move to a cold climate.
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I’m not sure that working in 90* heat with 70% humidity is any fun either. Finding a house for under $125k is going to land you in a crap neighborhood no matter what state you pick
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Old 01-01-2019, 09:41 PM
 
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I suggest you try Burlington Vermont. The winters are beautiful. And the city of festivals is just right over the northern Border, Montreal.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"Finding a house for under $125k is going to land you in a crap neighborhood no matter what state you pick".....I think you need to get out and travel/explore more.

I found a 2700 sq ft 2 story home on 2 acres in a small town. Hardwood floors throughout, attic, basement. 9.5' ceilings, 3 fireplaces, metal roof, steel I beams in the basement ....$90K. Sure I was lucky, but deals like that are out there.

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Old 01-02-2019, 04:42 PM
 
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"Finding a house for under $125k is going to land you in a crap neighborhood no matter what state you pick".....I think you need to get out and travel/explore more.

I found a 2700 sq ft 2 story home on 2 acres in a small town. Hardwood floors throughout, attic, basement. 9.5' ceilings, 3 fireplaces, metal roof, steel I beams in the basement ....$90K. Sure I was lucky, but deals like that are out there.

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Gemstone1

I think they're looking for a place with running water, electricity, and relatively low crime rates.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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I think they're looking for a place with running water, electricity, and relatively low crime rates.
Have anything of value to add to the conversation ?

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Gemstone1
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