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Chicken wire blocks WiFi signals


Chicken wireThe Wall Street Journal reports that chicken wire can act as a “Faraday cage” and block wireless signals from entering a room. Their story focuses on homes built in San Francisco prior to the 1950’s, when walls were made with plaster applied to lath. “Often, lath in Victorian and Edwardian-era homes was made of wood stapled with chicken wire, a cheap fencing material that also doubles as lightweight support. The problem occurs in other cities too, but San Francisco has an unusually dense collection of old homes and gadget lovers.” The walls not only block WiFi but cell signals as well, frustrating landlords and tenants alike. Some have gone to great lengths to try to resolve the problem, to no avail. Little do they realize that they are actually quite fortunate, as both WiFi and cell signals are thought to damage health long-term, although there are no definitive, unbiased studies available yet. The implications are strong enough, however, for governments (in Germany, the European Union) to warn their citizens against their use. read the full story

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posted by earthwalker on January 2, 2010 | tags: , , , , ,

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  • rachel

    January 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I wrote this to the writer of that article:
    Dear Geoffrey Fowler,
    I enjoyed your article very much. I just wish you had added one
    thing; for many, electromagnetic signals prove to be a health
    challenge called EMF sensitivity. In my personal opinion, it’s better
    for those tenets mentioned in your article to lose convenience by
    losing access to Wi-Fi, as it will reduce their risk of illness caused
    by the rampant use of wireless signal technology in our society! But
    I’m old fashioned, an “analog girl in a digital world” as Erykah Badu
    says. Never-the-less, it might have been interesting to your readers
    to know that there are many people out their who would happily live in
    a chicken wire house for just the same reason the landlord in your
    article hated it!
    Well, thanks for reading,
    yours,
    Rachel

  • earthwalker

    January 5, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Good for you Rachel!! Thanks for doing that, on behalf of all of us with EMF issues. It’s so sad to see people trying everything they can to alter something that is actually protecting them and that many of us would prefer if given the choice. Thankfully they were unsuccessful in resolving the issue the way they wanted to!

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