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on Feb 25, 2015

Thank goodness I work in HVAC/R, we rarely see anything like these interesting plumbing photos. Usually the fire department and the media get there first and take all those helpful pictures for us. Being serious, when DuPont came up with that very cool and deadly name 'Freon', it kept a lot of dangerous characters away from a potentially killer liquid. Not all to be sure but lots all the same.

on Jul 16, 2015

Geduffy, don't be patting yourself on the back to much. As a Journeyman Industrial Pipefitter, I've seen my fair share of HVAC nightmares also. A lot of them to messed up to even attempt to fix..

on Mar 25, 2015

gduffy,
I agree with you, would like to add that it is "big government" and "over reaching" and yada yada, that you mention and I for one am thankful for such "imposition on our rights" as regulating who can do what. I remember when laws were passed regarding freon and most of the the industry pros were glad to secure the work from "hacks". I wonder if they feel the same on other "Big Government" when it does not put secure money in their pockets? I support limiting just who can even buy plumbing fixtures, let alone install them. Till the "big government" changes this issue we will continue to see poor and even worse plumbing installs. Should an idiot be allowed to design and install and detonate explosives ? I am a supporter of freedom, just think that responsibility is an equal right.

on Apr 8, 2015

I asked a fitter/plumber friend for his take on this, he said what he worries about isn't the DIY crowd unclogging a drain, when these home owners mess up it usually means a simple and profitable service call. The experienced plumber knows how to use his torches safely and knows to check for slowly burning embers not easily seen. It's here that wood floor joists etc..can ignite and burn very slowly. The DIY likely doesn't know where and how to look and that's providing he even knows he needs to look. A small thing and easily overlooked, the skilled plumber checks for embers without giving it a second thought. All of this is old news to the professional.

on Jun 27, 2015

Your right about fire, But, if your careful and, I mean careful you don' treally have to worry. I've had plumber's working out of the shop that set inside of walls on fire. But, in my case, I never had a fire when I was sweating copper,in my 38 years as a fitter. Maybe it is because of my back-ground. Before I became a Pipefitter I worked with high explosives for 12 years of my life.

on Jun 15, 2016

Greg Chick, I go against you comment about the government. I'm sick & tired about these government officials do now. You have a person dictating to us what to do & they don't even know which end of the screwdriver to put in their hands. And, as far as idiots & explosives are concerned, you would be surprised. When I was in the USAF I was a weapons mechanic, I worked with all manner & types of explosives, conventional & special weapons (nuclear). We would load something on a plane & our crew would wonder what idiot designed it. People who can't walk & talk at the same time are designing some really weird crap in the line of explosives.

on Jun 27, 2015

I've come across electricians that thought they were pipefitters or plumbers, millwrights who thought the same thing. Sure they might pick up some things that they see a fitter/plumber might do. But, that's about it. They ought to stick to what they were trained to do, Pipefitters/plumbers they aren't!! So you electricians know, teflon tape isn't used on everything. Sometimes you must use dope & not teflon tape!!

on Jul 5, 2015

I have seen quite a number of alleged 'professional' radiant floor heating installs look like #19, and most riddled with leaks as well.

on Oct 7, 2015

Not only is it not acceptable to place a cleanout above the electrical panel, but a "wet" line should not be routed over those same panels. Additionally, ABS and PVC should not be put together without the appropriate transition fittings.

on Oct 7, 2015

I bet the installer thought, "I will put all these utility type things in one place"

on Dec 2, 2015

My comment is for picture 13 "But...why?" Who ever did the repair did it correctly. I have come across this setup very often where the vent comes out the wall above the drain and they tied together outside. It is the way it was originally plumbed and the picture is the only way to fix rotted away brass tubing. It is a lot easier and better than opening the wall up to put in a tee to connect the drain and vent in the wall.

on Mar 10, 2016

Dave Yates sure can plumb, cant he?

on Feb 22, 2017

I notice that many of these photos are from older homes with many remodels. If this was all new construction It would be bad. Most home owners are not interested in paying someone to change something that is working fine. As a contractor we are asked to add something new to an old system and leave the old working system alone. After several add on's this is often what is left. It looks rigged because it is rigged by the customer not being able to pay for a complete tear out and replace. As a contractor we have to choose carefully how much rigging is legal and if we can withstand a law suit. Sometimes it's better to walk away. Remember, the owner will often find a way that is within his meager budget so this is never going away.

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