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Old 09-13-2020, 03:05 PM   #2351
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The olí putty trick
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Old 09-13-2020, 06:56 PM   #2352
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The ol’ putty trick

What's worse is I am sure we've all seen traps that look like this but it wasn't putty, it was just all the nasty seeping out

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Old 09-15-2020, 09:14 PM   #2353
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The homeowners cat knocked a jar with gravel in it into the garbage disposal and seized it up pretty good. I was able to shopvac most of them out and free it up.
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Same cat about a year ago, the son locked it in the bathroom while they were having work done. He put the cats bed in the sink for it. Somehow the cat turned on the faucet and flooded the house.
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Same cat about a year ago, the son locked it in the bathroom while they were having work done. He put the cats bed in the sink for it. Somehow the cat turned on the faucet and flooded the house.
My cat ruined the box that controlled the phone,internet and tv. I was working outside and the cat was looking at me through the kitchen window. When I went back inside the faucet was full on and turned onto the deck. The water destroyed the box in question and I had to shop vac the basement and dry off several things. The damn cat jumped on the faucet turning it on and swiveling it onto the deck

I had to find a pay phone and by today's standard very few are left and had to call my distributor to replace it.

Damn cat!
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Same cat about a year ago, the son locked it in the bathroom while they were having work done. He put the cats bed in the sink for it. Somehow the cat turned on the faucet and flooded the house.

We had this large orange cat that was originally just named "Kitty". Well he got pretty big pretty quickly, even larger than a half-bred maine coon we would have later. We soon called him King Kitty as he was the alpha predator around our house. He even killed an adult opossum once. He had this hole he would use to get into the basement through the sill. He could open doorknobs and our upstairs lav. faucet. He pretty much only drank from the faucet.


As much as we loved him my mother was tormented. She made my father put a chain on the kitchen door and was the reason it got locked every night. That cat would come in through the sill, open the basement door using the knob, turn on the aquaseal faucet for a drink, open the kitchen door with the knob which swung inwards so he'd be on his hind feet walking back, then the glass door and screen door both had push handles which were cake for him. Luckily those two had pistons so they would close and other animals wouldn't come in.



The outer screen door was weak enough he would let himself in on really cold nights on the several occasions when my father or I had filled the sill hole to stop other animals.


I think the only reason my mother put up with it was because he caught all of the rodents and bats. Several bats entered my parents bedroom over the years by way of a false chimney.


Because he killed almost every rodent around our yard was always a vacuum for young, small animals looking to claim their own territory. Not knowing what was best for them red squirrels and the occasional ballsy chipmunk would chitter at him tree limbs. King kitty would run straight up the trunk, out on the limb, grab them in his mouth and then either jump down 20-30', jump onto the house, or occasionally jump into another tree.

King Kitty was a beast. Unfortunately he was killed by a truck in the road.
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I might see one expansion tank on a heater once a year out here. So I really donít know code or practice, or the real reason behind them. I believe I usually see them on the hot side.

Is this a winner?
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Is it strapped to the wall?
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:38 PM   #2359
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I might see one expansion tank on a heater once a year out here. So I really don’t know code or practice, or the real reason behind them. I believe I usually see them on the hot side.

Is this a winner?

I wouldn't call that a "winner", just a pita to change. Should probably be strapped to the wall for peace of mind but realistically it will be fine. I would put some kind of hanger, anything is better than stressing the pipe.

The reason behind them is pretty simple. When you have a closed system, like city water with a check valve or prv on the incoming line, the water pressure can increase dramatically when the water in the heater goes from cold to hot and the water expands. The expansion tank is there to let the water expand so the pressure doesn't go crazy high.

Some times code says within x inches of the hot or x inches of the cold connection to the heater. Really it depends on the flow check design of the water heater. Now a days most heaters just have rubber flaps in both the hot and cold connection. These don't hold pressure so the tank could be connected on either. Back in the day you'd have a ball check with a marble on the cold connection and this could hold pressure so the tank would go on the hot side.


Lastly, you generally don't put safety devices where they can be isolated with a valve and no longer provide protection. I would not pass that if I was an inspector.





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Old 09-16-2020, 08:37 PM   #2360
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I’ve only seen one strapped by band iron. Thanks for the info! First I’ve seen on the cold side.
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