Joined on May 19, 2004
Last Post on September 9, 2009
@ July 6, 2006 5:35 PM in VacationBut the critter that gave me fits last year wore a mast. Seems he liked my crawlspace so much he decided to move in. Kindly neighbor happened to have access to a trap so I bated a crossbar hotel and sure enough I got a guest the first night. Kindly neighbor also warned me not to handle the cage when occupied, recommending I slide a long broomstick through and use the ends as handles. Had the little bugger done to my hand what he did to that handle they'd be calling my stubby now. BTW: He was a she. After the capture I did a recon on my crawlspace. No damage, but 4 blind little pups.
@ June 5, 2006 8:45 PM in Help W/Antique PlumbingDave How can an abandoned building sit "for more than 100 years" without getting vandalized or worse?
@ May 27, 2006 8:21 PM in burning bio or vegi oilJason Try this site. These people are at the cutting edge of what you're trying to accomplish. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altfuelfurnace Scott Denny
@ May 27, 2006 8:17 PM in OT plumbing - Island Vent on drainRon Since Monterey CA is in UPC country, the diagram you show is not 100% correct. The cleanout on the vent riser in the sink compartment is not required. Scott Denny
@ May 19, 2006 12:48 PM in Sad NewsWith all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started. Shut up. You know it's funny.
@ May 14, 2006 3:18 PM in DHW - new tankless or from boiler?Jack I have a Rinnai question. If both the 3532 and the 3520 have a maximumn burner rating of 180MBTU, how can the 3532 produce substancially more hot water than the 3520?
@ May 14, 2006 12:07 PM in MBH ??HelpSteve The Delta symbol can be found in Microsoft Word by clicking "insert" then "symbol" subset "Mathemathical Operations". Lots of other handy symbols can be found in the insert tables. For example: º,♂, ©,<,> to show just a few.
@ May 13, 2006 9:19 PM in Bosch or DewaltAnyone tried a tool powered by the new lithium-ion batteries? My guys get about 2 years out of the present ni-cad tools. I'm interested inknowing if lithium-ion is an improvement or a sales gimmick. Here's what "Tools of the Trade" has to say about them: http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/articles/showarticle.asp?articleID=2360&position=0&type=article
@ May 1, 2006 6:00 PM in old plumbingVic Try this link to DEABath Industries. http://www.deabath.com/Specfct/Obsolet_Crane_Fct/obsolet_crane_fct.htm
@ May 1, 2006 2:49 PM in old plumbingI was suprised when I was told the original system was a gravity furnace in the basement, which was (after the building was occupied by the local diocese of the Catholic Church) replaced by a boiler and cast iron radiators.
@ April 29, 2006 10:19 AM in old plumbingGerry, I'll bet that PBP catalogue you have is full of interesting information. At the Pabst mansion gift shop they had a reproduction of a J L Mott catalogue of that vintage as well period wood moulding and decorative ironwork catalogues.
@ April 28, 2006 8:39 PM in old plumbingThe first two pictures are of a lavy with a very interesting looking trap. Can anyone identify it? Thr third picture shows a couple of taps with little cup shaped plates above the handles. What are the cups for? Scottso
@ August 22, 2005 9:36 PM in The BreakersI was wondering when someone would write a story on the mechanical system in one of the Great American Houses. I, too, have been to Newport. It's awesome. The many old mansions in the Hudson Valley have some great stories to tell as well. Out here in California I've found plumbing and heating treasures at the old Governors Mansion in Sacramento, at Hearst's Castle in San Simeon and in a variety houses in and around San Francisco. I remember the gooseflesh I felt when I peeked under the sink in a side pantry at Mrs. Winchester's Mystery House in San Jose. There in front of me was an intact, still connected to the wall, lead bottle trap. These old treasures are all over America and though many of them have loving caretakers, they often don't have a clue when it comes to their mechanical systems.
@ August 22, 2005 8:49 PM in The BreakersI was wondering when someone would write a story on one of the Great American Houses. I, too, have been to Newport. It's awesome. The many old mansions in the Hudson Valley have some stories to tell as well. Out here in California I've found plumging and heating treasures at the old Gouvernors Mansion in Sacramento and at Hearst's Castle in San Simean.
@ August 10, 2005 6:50 AM in Great \"New\" ToolWhen cut down, it makes a perfect extraction tool for the nipple on a Sloan flush valve.
@ August 3, 2005 7:56 AM in Speaking of Professionals - Whats YOUR Expertise?
@ August 3, 2005 7:56 AM in Buzzed by Warthogs todayhttp://www.onesixright.com/video/aerials.html
@ August 3, 2005 7:29 AM in Lets hear it for the WALLDan Holohan Subject: Thanks, guys. "I feel like I'm attending my funeral." ;-) This is not a funeral, Dan. It's an wake.
@ July 10, 2005 8:26 PM in QuickBooksContact Intuit and ask them.
@ July 10, 2005 11:43 AM in gas explosionThe tenent of the building in question is my auto leasing agent. He's lucky he's not toast. Just last week we had another gas explosion in our area (Los Altos), of which I'm hoping to hear more details. I hope these incidents will spur the legislature to institute a llicensing program for plumbers in CA, like they recently did for electricians. About 15 years ago it was talked about but the clash between union and non-union pretty much sunk it. Scott