living near power-lines or towers....concerns?

Ted Lee

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hi all -

does anyone have any info about living near power-lines, etc. does anyone here live near one?

or more importantly, if you do -- do your teeth glow at night???

thx!

ted
 
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No true problem form living under powerlines has ever been proven, but if you walk under high tension lines with a fluorescent tube, it should light up
 

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If you have to ask yourself if it's safe, it probably isn't.
 

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although i was being goofy, i'm gonna have to look into this with a modicum of seriousness.

we're probably gonna move and one of the homes we were looking at was right next to a power-tower-doo-hicky. while i admit that it doesn't bother me too much, i'd hate to think of what may (or may not) be at risk.
 

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Dunno about health risks, but would interference from the lines start causing noise in your interconnects etc? (This is after all a home theatre forum, let's stay focused on the "important" stuff, eh?
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I live across the way from a sub station and notice no ill effects thus far... though my power never goes out.
 

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The EMF may interfere with some broadcast signals.Unless you have a pace maker it should be o.k. except they are ugly. There was a big deal down here a couple of years ago because they built an elementary school right next to some. I guess it's the same debate as cell phones causing brain tumors.
 

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they are kind of ugly.
I put up with the train tracks and the power station and ghetto part of town in exchange for a great view of the whole town and the big rock it's named after.
 

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I'd only be worried if I had to aprk under some wires.

LOTS of bird poop!

Brent
 

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Similarly to the cell phone debate, there isn't any solid evidence. There's an awful lot of anecdotal (read unreliable) evdience knocking arround but no really good epidemiological studies that show any ill effects.

Having said that, that doesn't proove that there is no danger either. The way I think about it is; will you be worried about the potential risks all the time you live there? If you feel that even a potential risk is a risk and you kids are too important to gamble with, then don't live there, if only for the piece of mind. If, on the other hand, you don't give all this scare tactic non-sence any credence then move in and don't give it another thought.

Ask yourself, would you worry about it?
 

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There is a neighborhood near me where the kids hair will stand on end, some of the children are getting shocked, and at night you can see sparks in the air. I would pass on the house.

Scott
 

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What PhilJones said. Don't worry about it. You may have a lower probability of blackouts during inclement weather, that would be a good thing.
 

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My crazy aunt says that living underneath a group of power lines, especially if your home is "surrounded" by four (forming a square fence) or three (forming a triangle fence) will cause a surge in paranormal experiences. But don't say she didn't warn you when the walls start sweating blood and the baby head bounces up the stairs
 

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hmm..doesn't seem like there's solid evidence either way. well, my gut tells me it's probably not an issue, but i guess i'll do some further investigation.

tbh, i'd probably be willing to deal with it from an aesthetic pov - i could care less about my view. but if it's fryin' my brain -- well that's a different story.


anyway, thanks for the input. stay tuned!

get it? tuned? power-lines???
 

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I dunno, I'm paranoid so I'd avoid it like the plague. As noted above, you really don't know what that magnetic field will do to you in the long run, good, bad or nothing at all. All I remember growing up at a friend's house near power lines is the nasty buzzing that goes on 24/7. Drove me nuts....or was that the magnetic field.....that would explain a few things....
 

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I would be concerned about the noise. Before you buy make sure you go to the house after a rain or on a high humidity day.

Those powerlines can be fricken noisy
 

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Leaving aside the debate over the possible health-related side-effects, if you are buying (not renting), it will probably make a significant dent in your resale value to buy a house under a power line. Of course, you can make that up upfront because you are probably paying less for the same reason, but it is still something to consider, especially if you are not going to live there long-term.

We passed on a very nice house for that exact reason.
 

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hmm...very good point scott. didn't even think about that. thx!

this would be my second home i'm trying to purchase within 18 months. we earned so much equity in our first home (housing market is just stupid-crazy here) we figured we may as well try to move up before it's too late.

not positive we'll be able to afford it yet ... but we're checkin' it out!
 

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Adding to what Scott said, when you did go to sell it, it would typically stay on the market longer than the exact same house w/o powerlines, even with a lower sales price. Some people will just not buy a house that is close to powerlines due to the stigma associated with them.
 

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My best friend bought a house close to the powerlines and has really regretted it. Not because of health issues, rather he has a hell of a time with anything wireless... remotes, internet, cell phones, ETC.

In addition after trying to sell his home he found out that homes adjacent to powerlines are worth about 30% less than the rest of your neighbors.

Plus there is the possibility that the property will contain easements that can restrict you from putting things like pools, sheds and such.

Walk in with your eyes open.

Just something to consider
 

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