Wow! Thanks for those words of caution - I am always the type to just dive in and tend to run headlong into problems because of this tendancy!
I will definitely have someone more experienced help me set up all those things you mentioned. I imagined it would be fairly simply to just install the tank, but it sounds like I need to make sure I do it correctly to avoid burning down my new home before I have even lived there a month.
Although, that would take care of the termites!
OK, I will try to follow your advice as much as possible.