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Old 07-25-2020, 08:19 AM   #31
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I was working on a ladder, in this hotter than balls utility room, up in the joist bay, 3 FEET FROM A WASPS NEST. Yellow jackets, paper wasps. They were just chilling on their nest, leaving me alone. Until I started up the torch that is. Apparently the sudden blast of "warm" air going their way was startling.


Before all that excitement I accidentally hit the valve handle open when I ripped off the old pex and the water sprayed some active networking equipment a bit. Luckily it was only some very minor spray. Besides, who the hell puts schit like that in a place like that?!?!?!


The wasps lost btw, no stings for me and several of them got roasted




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well I will tell you why starting the torch got the bees going...CO gas....its makes bees aggressive....when I work on my bee hives and you want to PISS them off..breath on them and you can hear the loud roar of buzzing they make..just before they attack you...of course im dressed in a full bee suit not to get stung, but even then a few land hits through the suit...
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:57 AM   #32
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How I got a 600lb. 25,000$ tub to the second floor.
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How I got a 600lb. 25,000$ tub to the second floor.
Ill tell my boss to sub out the next heavy tub job to you lol
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I was freezing water lines and capping them between floors of a hospital. One of the freeze plugs blew on a 140 hot line. Too hot to put a rag over and I didn't have a dowel or anything else to stanch the flow. Flooded a good portion of the level below before they could get the building shut down. Thought they were going to sue me into oblivion. But no. One of the hospital staff helping to clean up spilled the beans. They had a similar incident just a couple of months before and hadn't changed their protocol nor warned us of the incident. Close shave.
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I was freezing water lines and capping them between floors of a hospital. One of the freeze plugs blew on a 140 hot line. Too hot to put a rag over and I didn't have a dowel or anything else to stanch the flow. Flooded a good portion of the level below before they could get the building shut down. Thought they were going to sue me into oblivion. But no. One of the hospital staff helping to clean up spilled the beans. They had a similar incident just a couple of months before and hadn't changed their protocol nor warned us of the incident. Close shave.
Im going to tell you a trick that works good for those oh schit moments..take a small diameter tin can by 4 or 6 inches deep, and pump out an inch of silicone in the bottom and tap to even out, and let it cure...then if you have a blow out like you said you put the tin can over the flowing hot water or cold and push down hard and the pipe will bury into the silicone and either stop or almost stop the water and you can hold the can with a rag if it gets too hot..then hold on till they can shut down the water...
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Im going to tell you a trick that works good for those oh schit moments..take a small diameter tin can by 4 or 6 inches deep, and pump out an inch of silicone in the bottom and tap to even out, and let it cure...then if you have a blow out like you said you put the tin can over the flowing hot water or cold and push down hard and the pipe will bury into the silicone and either stop or almost stop the water and you can hold the can with a rag if it gets too hot..then hold on till they can shut down the water...
The proper solution would have been to use a male or female adapter and a brass plug/cap. Doing so would have substantially lessened the heat and pressure buildup on the face of the ice plug. A wedged dowel pounded in with a hammer would work as well as your clever idea.
A pressed cap would be my choice these days.
Hind sight is 20-20.
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The proper solution would have been to use a male or female adapter and a brass plug/cap. Doing so would have substantially lessened the heat and pressure buildup on the face of the ice plug. A wedged dowel pounded in with a hammer would work as well as your clever idea.
A pressed cap would be my choice these days.
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one of my contractors years ago calls and says one of his guys broke off the handle to the main water line in a house they were renovating, when I got there, they had rigged up a drain line from the valve to outside..quite the rube goldberg of design...
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I was freezing water lines and capping them between floors of a hospital. One of the freeze plugs blew on a 140 hot line. Too hot to put a rag over and I didn't have a dowel or anything else to stanch the flow. Flooded a good portion of the level below before they could get the building shut down. Thought they were going to sue me into oblivion. But no. One of the hospital staff helping to clean up spilled the beans. They had a similar incident just a couple of months before and hadn't changed their protocol nor warned us of the incident. Close shave.
I had an almost identical situation in a high rise a few years ago. 160 degrees hitting me in the face as I’m trying to push a 3/4” shark bite cap on but with all the excitement I wasn’t quite strong enough. I tried again and my coworker had to help me push it on. That was a huge lesson for me on locking valves out!
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