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Old 02-19-2016, 09:56 PM   #1
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Just got laid off on Thursday. Worked for the smallest company in our local. The ship is starting to sink, he only has 2 journeyman left and his son as the shop hand .
I got picked up by one of the biggest plumbing contractors in our local, and state. Start Monday doing a big cast iron job at an office tower.
Haven't done a lot of cast, maybe a couple hundred feet, just hope not to mess up to bad.

Any advice on moving to big companies from a small one, and cast iron tips for someone rusty would be appreciated.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:19 PM   #2
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be humble, and if you dont know, ask and learn we all do it..
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What types of joints on cast? Best advise, safety, work smart, and plenty of hangers.
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Congrats on the new job
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Thanks guys.Im pretty excited, I'll get a lot more actual plumbing experience. Mostly fitter work and HVAC at my last place.

Pretty sure it's just no hub cast. We don't really pour joints in Wisconsin unless it's service work. And even then, not very often. We pour a couple in night school and that's it.
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2 band clamps, hold the metal clamp together with your index finger and thumb while you tighten. Make sure before you tighten it that the metal and rubber are lined up together and the metal band is straight. Snug one side, then the other. Alternate tightening a little at a time. If you do all that the clamp won't be bunched up or become crooked on the rubber.
4 band clamps, make sure it's lined up, start by tightening the two middle clamps then the outside ones. Once it's snug, alternate the band's a little at a time.
I usually put all the band's facing the same way and have all the letters lined up. The letters are getting a little harder to line up and still have the pipe look good. The crap they have been sending out lately seems to be bowed in one direction or another. Doesn't matter if it's Charlotte or Tyler. I refuse to buy imported cast, that stuff crumbles and I have seen a lot of sand holes in it.
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Like plumbdrum said, use lots of hangers. Also, stand back and look at what you're doing every so often. It doesn't take much for your fitting to be a little off and it's easier to straighten out before you get too many things tied into it.
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Thanks guys.Im pretty excited, I'll get a lot more actual plumbing experience. Mostly fitter work and HVAC at my last place.

Pretty sure it's just no hub cast. We don't really pour joints in Wisconsin unless it's service work. And even then, not very often. We pour a couple in night school and that's it.
did you ever hear of tight seals? aka rubber gaskets for hubed cast iron..the fun starts on 6 inch getting them together,,,,
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