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  1. Go for a bariatric hospital model! Just kidding....

    Go for a bariatric hospital model! Just kidding.

    Big John makes an oversized seat. It doesn't look very good though...

    http://www.bigjohntoiletseat.com/seats.htm
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    Well, I'll let this one die. I was not claiming...

    Well, I'll let this one die. I was not claiming either that gas work is not risky or that it is easy. Working with threading anything takes a good hand at the ratchet. The main question was "how...
  3. No offense Ben, but your questions seem out of...

    No offense Ben, but your questions seem out of line for someone who lists his occupation as plumbing designer/mechanical engineer.

    Noted.

    I'll leave the packed joint until I can excavate and...
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    If your tiles are beveled then your grout joints...

    If your tiles are beveled then your grout joints will look larger. I've had to knock down grout with a grout rake before. It's a pain the butt. You would need to do this if you had way too much...
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    One more thought: A good argument for getting...

    One more thought: A good argument for getting the gage would be:

    1. It takes a trained eye to get the bubble test right.
    2. Your gas meter does not read very low gas flows, such as small...
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    Well, if you have to store, label, transport and...

    Well, if you have to store, label, transport and distribute it at different pressures, that's one indication. If it has a different combustion heat, that's another. I suppose the critical pressure...
  7. Thanks for the thought, but the clay hub is...

    Thanks for the thought, but the clay hub is broken at the finished floor and the 6" clay to cast/pvc banded coupling won't bite. I thought about a compression fitting that would fit inside the 6"...
  8. Creative solution for damaged clay sewer?

    My 110 year old house has two sewers. The newer is cast iron hub & spigot. The older is 6" clay. Both connect as I have determined from a hose test and tracking the line with a snake and a sensor....
  9. Thread: Paint

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    I agree. Dark primer. I ran a painting biz for...

    I agree. Dark primer. I ran a painting biz for a year. I just painted my house and bought premium Sherwin Williams. I still had to do 3 coats for the red room because I paid the drywallers to do...
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    Good point Terry! This gets at what I'm...

    Good point Terry!

    This gets at what I'm saying. If they aren't going to do a pressure test off a capped line which has been extended a couple of feet and are just going to swab the joints then I...
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    You may not have a problem. Are the edges square...

    You may not have a problem. Are the edges square cut or slightly rounded on your tile?

    I installed a subway tile pattern in my showers with no joints. Be sure he uses fine grout (unsanded) and...
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    I'm a mechanical engineer and was talking with a...

    I'm a mechanical engineer and was talking with a Civil guy over the weekend. The real deal is the question of:

    1. Where is the water?
    2. What quality is the water?

    It may be the case that...
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    Thanks for the candid thoughts. I'm going to...

    Thanks for the candid thoughts. I'm going to procede with the same level of caution I would if were say, aligning the drive train of a motorcycle where a 1/100 of an inch may kill you suddenly and...
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    If you're not worried about a permit you will be...

    If you're not worried about a permit you will be fine. I would walk on it. You may get a very little bit of flex inside the porch if it will have a ceiling (paneling?). It certainly won't fail,...
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    Two thoughts: Either you have left a valve in...

    Two thoughts:

    Either you have left a valve in the cold water off, or else you have somehow screwed up the PRV. Depending on the type of PRV, it should respond to flow. If you turned all your...
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    Thanks for the thoughts so far. It's hard to...

    Thanks for the thoughts so far. It's hard to convince an one like me who has seen the gas installers testing a line by igniting the end of it that he can't install some threaded pipe and check it...
  17. Always liked "Zen And The Art of Motorcycle...

    Always liked "Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintainance" on this one: Personal standard of quality.
  18. The heat comments from the fixture hold true. ...

    The heat comments from the fixture hold true. Not sure what insulation we're talking about. Insulation project into a jbox would be a possible sparking concern, but in general insulation is not...
  19. I'd recommend getting a big metal tub and filling...

    I'd recommend getting a big metal tub and filling it with hot water even if you heat it on a stove. Wash your hair in that and sponge bathe during the week. Borrow a buddies shower on the weekends....
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    I'd use the submersible type. I would put it on...

    I'd use the submersible type. I would put it on a float so you could find it. Make the float depth about mid-way between the surface and the bottom, depending on weeds. If it is a small, still...
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    I like Toto a lot. I've found that some of their...

    I like Toto a lot. I've found that some of their tank types don't have a very sturdy back rest. The tank top and tank are a bit wobbly. You get rubbing china on the tank lid. I installed a Mercer...
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    Hey there, In your construction you probably...

    Hey there,

    In your construction you probably have vent stacks for each of the three areas. If, as you say, vertical units off one vent stack all have the same problem then it is most likely the...
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    Candid discussion on gas piping risks

    Hello to the tradesmen on the forum. I would like candid comments on running gas piping. I know this is a perennial question, so I'd like to compare this with your opinion on the risks of other...
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