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    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum here and I have not been plumbing very long. No longer a "hack", I work for an actual plumbing company now and they are showing me how to plumb to code. Anyways, I am thinking about picking up a hobby and that would be to go "antiquing" for old tools, preferably old plumbing tools. I was wondering if you guys could throw some names at me to get me started. I got this idea from an old keresone torch my bosses' grandpappy used for melting lead that sits in a shelf in his office and also the tape measure I used today was one my co-worker was using that is a hand me down "Rabone Chesterman" leather tape reel. I am looking forward to any leads ya'll can hook me up with!

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    Talking antique tools

    I have collected them for a while....

    lots of antique wrenches and such,,,

    have them hanging in the front window of the shop..

    and a few hanging in my office by my phone for to grab and throw at anyone I might deem a threat.......LOL.
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    you can get all you want on e--ba//// under plumbing...


    other things of interest you can get there that I
    found interesting were plumbing books and price
    catelogues for materials from about 1890 for about
    10 bucks...

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    I've been at it so long most of my tools are antiques

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    Clayton-Lambert, Nye, are a couple of old ones.

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    hj, sweet. I want to actually go antiquing. Not just sit in the comfort of my home and pick and choose off a website. I am always out and about anyway so I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone. If I know what to look for then that'll help me. I figured I would still use something like google images to see what tools are made by manufacturers that ya'll post. I bet there will be some tools out there that I don't even realize are tools by just perusing antique shops. Having some heads up well help out in the long run.

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    The real old stuff is glacier bay , very rare

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolaholic View Post
    The real old stuff is glacier bay , very rare
    not funny

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    This is another rare find... Often found laying in the mud at large job sites...



    The "Heavy Duty Made in China" Pipe Wrenches...
    They get thrown in the mud where they die...
    Not even worth being carried to the dumpster.

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    Even some "new" tools are antiques. The Ridgid rep showed me a tool once and asked if I knew what it was. I told him, "Of course, it is a RidJig" for holding tubing together while soldering it. He commented that only about 1 out of a 100 plumbers had even heard about it.

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    I think I saw that one today at the supply house. Has like two clamps on both side. I was wondering what it was used for. Now I bet it was the RidgJig.
    I got a few of them "hard to find" made in china pipe wrenches. Last guy left it for me in the service vehicle when he quit. Any one have any ocean front property in AZ they want to get rid of┐

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    No, but I'e got some in Montana I'll give you a helluva deal on...

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    The real old stuff is glacier bay , very rare.

    How rare can they be if Home Depot has racks and racks of them. The RidJig was two metal brackets with a spring between them to provide the tension.

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