Joined on May 19, 2004
Last Post on September 9, 2009
@ July 9, 2005 9:22 AM in Amazon.com is having a sale on cordless toolsI hope it's not inappropriate to announce this on the wall. I'm not affiliated with amazon and I don't own any stock in the company. Scott
@ July 7, 2005 9:05 AM in The REMs tool fairy, dropped inArgco also handles Rems, as well as a very diverse line of products. However, Mupro does make some of the finest hangers around. Germans must be alergic to sound.
@ July 3, 2005 10:47 AM in Tankless Water HeatersThree factors that drive up the cost of replacing a conventional water heater with a tankless unit are: 1)Initial cost of the heater. Because you will have to size the on demand heater for near maximum load (eg. 2 showers and a washing machine), for a family of four, it would be necessary to put in at least a 185MBTU heater and these are quite a bit more expendive then a 40 or 50 gallon tank type heater. 2)Because your new heater will require quite a bit more gas, chances are your present piping is too small and you will need to bring a new line from your meter to your tank. This could inflate your cost dubstancially. 3)Under present codes nationally, you will be required to replace your present flue with a stainless catagory III flue. Without a dite visit, there is no way of knowing how much this could cost. All in all, even with a rebate, the difference in cost could take a very long time to recoupe. BTW: Hot Rod's tip on the Webstone isolator kit for purging is sound advice.
@ July 2, 2005 12:22 PM in What would you do? (PAH)If you can stand not having closure, file the problem. If, upon your return from Paradise, you still feel like going after these fools, by all means do. Dwelling on such a petty issue causes undue stress. Stress causes ulsers, or worse. Acuna matata! Bastari non carburundum!
@ June 30, 2005 8:21 AM in Primary-Secondary questionRunning a primary-secondary setup off a Munchkin to two fan coils. Since one fan coil is in a remote location, should I run the primary loop out to it or can one secondary loop be substancially longer than the other?
@ June 30, 2005 8:15 AM in I'm a painMy journeymen seem to enjoy making their apprentices do things over. I would say they're tougher on the apprentices than I was on them. When asked about it, they just smile and say, "Why should they be allowed to get away with sloppy, careless work? We weren't." Rights of passage can be a bitch.
@ June 29, 2005 8:32 AM in installig my first munchkinDo you make your racks or do you buy them? What combustion analyzer do you recommend?
@ June 28, 2005 5:23 PM in Keeping drinks coldMaking ice cream with an old hand cranker was a 4th of July ritual in my household back in the 60's. Ice and rock salt was the cooling medium. One time my old man forgot to plug the cannister securely and the salt got into the mix. We 86'th that batch pronto.
@ June 28, 2005 5:13 PM in E-Sourcing and E-PurchasingHere's a site you might like to try. I haven't tried it myself (old dogs and new tricks), but it looks like a start. http://www.pipebid.com.
@ June 26, 2005 10:47 AM in direct vent clearances"I do not understand why people insist on venting appliances under decks, but apparently there is much I do not understand!" Jack, you understand just fine. "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's a duck." Or as Forest would say, "Stupid is as stupid does".
@ June 26, 2005 10:26 AM in supreme court does it againHaving been eminent domained, I could write a small book about the process. However, it's still too painful to think about. Suffice to say, it's rotten to the core and the legal profession likes it that way, as with torts. I had a feeling the high court would eventually have to deal with this hot subject when I heard landowners were objecting (in court) to these "takings" which were for the express purpose of increasing taxes and for no other viable public good. I don't avocate revolt on this issue, but I would sign a petition to have this placed on the next national ballot. Let all the people decide, not just 5 (a court majority).
@ June 8, 2005 8:33 AM in how many GPM (from a shower) can go thru a 2\" trap?Bruce In UPC territory, the first head is rated at 2 drainage fixture units (DFU)[table 7-3]. The next four heads are rated at 1 fixture unit each. Thus, you have a total of 6 DFU's. Maximum loading for a 2" trap is 4 DFU's and for a 3" trap 6 DFU's (section 702.0). Therefore, I would be required by code to put in a 3" trap and drain. In reality, most inspectors would not go to the trouble of counting DFU's, so a 2" drain would probably fly.
@ May 22, 2005 9:05 PM in Writing an articleTo quote John Ruskin: "It's unwise to pay too much, but worsr to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money-- that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing what it was bought to do. "The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the rish you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better." Mr. Ruskin lived from 1819-1900 Some things never change. Scott
@ May 22, 2005 8:54 PM in Microsoft Spyware!Another option is to go to: http://www.mozilla.org and download Firefox. It's an alternative to Internet Exployer that's much more secure.
@ May 14, 2005 9:28 AM in J.L. MottThey were at 84 to 90 Beekman St. I have a framed advertisement for their products cut out from a magazine from the turn of the century.
@ May 7, 2005 9:43 AM in Steamship boilersHere's something I found on the Taney. "At Pearl Harbor, the USCGC TANEY engaged Japanese aircraft and is the only surviving warship from the attack still afloat."
@ May 5, 2005 1:49 PM in domestic hot water recirc. line sizingI would use a 3/4" return line (regardless of what pump you use). 1/2" can make for a lot of velosity, especially with an over sized pump. Less chance of corrosion/erosion.
@ April 30, 2005 6:33 PM in Reed ThreaderI prefer the Rems Amigo 2. It's lighter weight makes it less of a burden and it will thread up to 2".
@ April 24, 2005 7:52 PM in reverse osmosisHot Rod mentioned Mark Rowzee. He is the education director for the Water Quality Assoc. and a very knowledgable water expert. He can be reached at (630) 505-0160 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'd do well by asking him what you've asked "The Wall".
@ April 16, 2005 7:38 PM in where to buy REMS&muproFor Mupro or Rems go to:http://www.muprousa.com/ They will sell to your local wholesale distributor. For Rems try Argco @http://www.argco.com They're sell to you and ship from their wherehouse in Arkansas.
@ February 27, 2005 8:32 PM in gas fired water heater vs indirectWhat part is bad? I don't remember. It was a while ago and I only heard second hand. Instead of her installer, maybe she should have called you. In her desperation she called me and I told her I don't do service. Perhaps HTP was temporarily out of the part as well. I find it hard to believe the part can't be overnighted in. Whenever people I deal with in other lines of work tell me something will take more than a couple of days to get I ask if they have ever heard of UPS Red Label. I get ticked when, after authorizing Red Label, an item still takes 4 days and I get charged next day air anyway. Or when waiting 2 weeks after an item is promised, I complain, only to be told it's shipping today. Grrrr! I do recall one customer who flew a guy 400 miles to a factory to pick up a part as it came off the assembly line and brought it back and to a job site the evening for me to install since I told them that if they could get it, I'd install it whenever it came in. That's one way to beat the system.