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Mad Dog

Joined on April 19, 2005

Last Post on April 13, 2014

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Johnny.............................

@ April 13, 2014 11:29 AM in Radiator air vent preference?

Hoffmans are excellent and I have used them often....especially "Silver Bullet". Gorton and Hoffman...can't go wrong. No one can touch the Gorton #2 though. I asked them to make a "Gorton # 3", so as to avoid having to make Batteries of #2s. The #3 would be short and squat, but have the ventting capacity of 4 #2s. Still WAITING!!!!!! ha ha Mad Dog

Installed over 150 of them..............................................

@ April 13, 2014 11:24 AM in My first worn out Rinnai unit...

when I was in business. Never had a problem with them .24/7 tech support was great but never had to use it. I did the yearly flush out of HX as per warranty, but rarely found any buildup. They are a workhorse. Mad Dog

Nice job M.E.!

@ March 29, 2014 2:07 AM in The leak detection job from hell....

Paydirt!  Even when you are getting  T & M for those jobs...the pressure is on because they see the $$$$ signs adding up: :"......How we doin????  think your gonna find it soon???????"     Mad Dog

Ask the families of two, Great men that brought me up in the trade

@ March 23, 2014 10:21 AM in are asbestos risks overblown?

Charlie P grew up in Manhattan, was a standout Four-letter man at Stuvesant H.S. and had lungs and stamina to match a racehorse MOST of his life.  Fought in WWII and worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard wrapping pipe with The White Stuff for just 1 summer after the War.  50 years later it caught up with him.  Charlie was a brilliant Plumbing foreman who ran all the largest projects in NYC for a HUGE (stilll around today) Mechanical contractor. He was peerless when it came to layout and plan reading, co-ordination, running large groups of men,  et al.  He also taught in the Apprenticeship school.  He sponsored me in to the Union, and one day he invited me over for a beer and chat.  He asked me how it was going.  Through his raspy, asbestos-ridden lungs he confided that his voice was not aalways like this and that he never smoked...it was ASBESTOSIS.  He told me NO MATTER WHAT!  don't disturb it or take it off...LEAVES IT TO THE PROS! he said.  As an apprentice, I was laid off on three seperate occassions because I refused to remove a whole bunch of it.  This was late 80s and early 90s, when most people either didnt care or thought it was bull. 
Jimmy O was born in Dublin and was a standout soccer star as a young Irish lad.  He did his plumbing apprenticeship in Ireland and came to NYC in his early twenties.  He too rose to the top of his trade mostly as an installer.  He came across much more asbestos as he did alot of boilers too.  He could fix anything and was hard to physically keep up with - even in to his early 60s.  he actually played competive soccer every weekend too.  he had great lungs and although he did smoke in his 20s and 30s, he had quit.  Jimmy took me under his wing and I credit HIM with teaching me the most about plumbing.  I worked side by side with him for about three years.  Then, the shop got a large job down in the financial district (Wall Street).  A new foreman was added to the shop to run this job.  Everything was fine until one saturday on o.t. when he told us :"...ok, cut out these two 6" storm leaders here and here."   When I told him it was covered in asbestos, he said: "yeah, so what!  its gotta get done today.  If you dont wanna do it, son, you can go home."  I thought of Charlie P and my young, fairly pristine lungs.....' ok, John, (John D), I'm going home.  I knew I would probably lose my job, but they waited about two weeks because they knew I could bring them up on charges/lawsuit.  (not my style anyway...I just go away queitly and find another job).   I talked to Jimmy O, my plumbing mentor and he was sorry he couldnt save my job, but assured me I did the right thing.  Then he told me something I didn't know....he had asbestosis now too.  I kept up with him, but he died about 5 years later from it.
Boy, do I miss these Great men!  they taught me the trade and about life.  At one point, I became a Certified asbestos handler and remover, just so I knew ALL facts and how to do it right.  Fortunately, the tide has changed and MOST people believe the dangers and know to let pros remove it...even a little bit.  However, there still exists, and I still see it on a regular basis, people, that "Poo Poo" the dangers and want to and sometimes do remove it themselves without ANY knowledge, protections, or skills.  Today, it is usually foreign-born people who are either ignorant of the dangers, or in many cases, desperate to keep their job OR folks over 65.  For example, I had a nice enough, retired school teacher who we did a big heating system for.  I told her to get rid of asbestos and gave her a good, legit, and fair abatement company that did it.  When I came to work and quickly looked around, I saw pieces in the corners, et cetera, sloppy job at best.  When I showed her and told her to get them back she admitted she did it HERSELF!  I was shocked.  I left and told her NOW she better get them here or I was not doing the job.  She felt stupid, but God knows what I breathed in! 
In conclusion, it is an individual personal decision, EXCEPT when it will AFFECT others and it almost always does.  When I walked away from those jobs, I was living at home with Mom.  When you have a family and mortgage, A good man will do desperate things.  Hopefully it continues to be treated for what it is:  an eventual death sentence for MANY who come in contact with it.   A little exposure or alot, each person's lungs handle it differently.  Be SMART, let a pro do it and get an air quality test (by a third party) afterward.  Mad Dog

Yes.....large sockets, breaker bars and......

@ March 18, 2014 4:09 AM in General steam trap question

every other specialty wrench you own.  Also, prepare for bleeding knuckles.  NOTHING is impossible.  Good luck.  Mad Dog

In General ALL plumbing codes restrict.........

@ March 3, 2014 5:12 PM in straight thread connection?

the application of pipe dope to the MALE threads only. (although it is done sometime or another by most plumbers when they have a poor thread or are afraid of a leak). Also, Plumber's grease is not meant for lubricating standard pipe threads and joints. That being said.....let sleeping dogs lie.......Mad Dog

I remember the first time we met........

@ February 28, 2014 5:35 AM in Tom Schwarz has passed away

Over 20 years ago......we were both more or less venturing out on our own.....going to every seminar we could to procure knowledge FAST! We would laugh when we saw each other, because it was a guarantee.....as I've said before, I'm glad Toms business wasn't right in my area......ha ha. He was one of Very very few guys (ron jr.) I could recommend as a replacement for me , especially with The Steam. Aww shucks enough blubbering...gotta leave for work. Miss you bro. Mad dog

Hey prof..........

@ February 28, 2014 5:28 AM in Tom Schwarz has passed away

Lets turn this loss right back around. Lets start the Thomas Schwarz Outstanding Student Scholarship Award for the upcoming lads and lassies that come through the school. I'll do whatever it takes Eugene. This man Shall NOT be forgotten. Mad dog

Life is so precious ............

@ February 28, 2014 5:25 AM in Tom Schwarz has passed away

To quote and add on to what Dan always says: " hug your kids! ...and if you don't have kids hug your dog, cat, friend....who ever is precious to you. Damn I'm gonna miss the big bear of a fella. I had the UTMOST respect for this man's character, integrity, morals and craftsmanship. He gave sage advice and was an excellent , old-fashioned businessman. I can't remember the last time I shed tears like this, but I'm deeply affected. Mad dog

Prof............please let his lovely know I am here to help

@ February 28, 2014 5:14 AM in Tom Schwarz has passed away

In any way. Any word on a service. Mad Dog

Oh my God.........

@ February 28, 2014 5:11 AM in Tom Schwarz has passed away

I am in total shock. I had no idea, but that's the way Tom was.....NEVER EVER! Complained, was as cool as a cucumber, totally confident yet humble. I am extremely upset......love ya Tommy Man....gonna miss taliking shop at the seminars and the cocktails that flowed freely afterward. the Industry has lost one of the finest craftsman EVER. im hurting man this really stinks mad dog

Yeah Dan..........remember the last time you were in...

@ February 28, 2014 5:06 AM in Apologies and explanation

My boiler room filming that HvacTv show........keep yo' hands off! The ball valve handle sir!!!!!!!!!! Ha ha ha. That was priceless...over course the camera wasn't. Rolling. Great memories. Mad dog

Watched the video.....

@ February 28, 2014 5:02 AM in Got my Sorbox today.

Does look extremely well-made. Johnny? Are you using it on a problem system or just to give it a test drive? Mad dog

Why dont you just call them and speak to an inspector directly

@ February 19, 2014 5:36 AM in westchester county ny. licensing

Cut right to the chase. Long Island is similar. What most legit HVAC companies do is develop a relationship with a licensed Plumber where they do their end and you do yours. Keeping everyone happy and in line with the code and law. Mad Dog

Get a Pro in there from this site...

@ February 19, 2014 5:32 AM in Too hot upstairs after conversion to gas-fired steam boiler

They'll balance the system for you. Mad Dog

Welcome new Wallie.......................

@ February 19, 2014 5:30 AM in new at the wall

you're life will be forever enriched for the better here. Like anything else, the more time you spend here the easier navigation will be. Mad Dog

Welcome new Wallie.......................

@ February 19, 2014 5:29 AM in new at the wall

you're life will be forever enriched for the better here. Like anything else, the more time you spend here the easier navigation will be. Mad Dog

ooops I forgot.......If you would like....

@ February 19, 2014 5:27 AM in How to get a oil burner installers lisence NYC

I could put you in touch with a good buudy who has had that license a long time and could show you the ropes. Mad Dog

NYC doesn't reciprocate with ANY other municipalities...

@ February 19, 2014 5:25 AM in How to get a oil burner installers lisence NYC

..and I respect that and agree with it. The GREATEST City in the world is quite unique and special and any entity that contracts here NEEDS to come up through the ranks and put in the required time on the books. When one earns a license in NYC, one can work on a single family home OR the Empire State Bldg or Freedom Tower. There can be no 'on the job training' here as a contractor. Just read the papers.....all the unqualified / unlicensed people sneaking in and doing work...bringing buildings and edifices down...scaffold collapses. If you want a NYC license, put your time in with lic. NYC contractor first. It may not be "FAIR" but thats the way it goes here. Respectfully, Mad Dog

Thanks guys.....

@ February 16, 2014 8:44 PM in Ken Secor's contact info?????

I was trying to remember his company....Palmer

If cost isnt too much of an issue.........................................

@ February 15, 2014 6:25 AM in Time to Upgrade my Modcon

You cant do better than a Viessman. After that Triangle Tube. Although many expressed GREAT fears about the Buderus GB Aluminum block and HX, I still stand by them. As long as they are serviced (even every other year works) properly. Mad Dog

Back in U.S. back in the U.S....back in the USA!

@ February 15, 2014 6:15 AM in Back in the States

'67????????? Darn! Year I was born. Cruises are awesome. Was that Rush Limbaugh, Curtis Sliwa or zsa zsa Gabor or Elizabeth Taylor? All married atleast 4 times God Bless em! Welcome back to the DEEP FREEZE Dan and Marriane. Mad Dog
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