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    A recent post about "spigot" fittings got me to thinking about a lot of plumbing terms which seem to be local to a certain geographical area:

    Desanco fitting
    Marvel connector
    Smitty plate
    LA pattern trap
    Dresser coupling
    "tap" vs. "faucet"

    anybody add to the list?

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    The tube coming off a water heater T&P valve, drip leg.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    It is only a drip leg when the valve malfunctions. Normally it is the T&P discharge pipe. Drip leg is the capped extension below the tee where the appliance connects.

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    Around here you can always tell the locals because they say "street elbow".The guys from out of town say "service elbow".

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    Is the capped portion of a gas T called a dirt leg OR drip leg? I have heared it called both. I have always called it a dirt leg.

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    Talking both

    I have heard the called both.....dirt legs and drip legs...
    to catch either moisture or dirt chops, I guess.


    now have you ever heard of a shovel being called a "dummey stick"
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    Yes, a dummy stick, and I still use one from time to time.

    How about a mattock being called a grub hoe?

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    Talking when a hoe was just a hoe.....

    remember when a hoe mean only a hoe??

    now it can mean a slang terms you call some ladies.

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    A shovel is sometimes called a "banjo pump" when you need to remove water from the ditch.

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    You are confusing "hoes" with "ho's".

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