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 Post subject: Beware of the Big Show
Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:54 am 

Another thread .. I am pulling over here that I started

Some time ago I got caught up in the big show.

It all came back last night as I sat at my buddy mechanic garage having couple of beers.

He just started his buisness having just retired from his job.

We were talking about buisness in general and I told him about the big show.

Well back about 15 years ago a guy came into town in a big SUV and dressed like he was a millionaire. He said he was a contractor and was going to take our town by storm and asked if I would do the plumbing and hvac for him.

Back then every employee of his had a new truck and they all had cell phones. Cell phones up here were costly to have and operate at that time and it looked like this guy was rolling in it.

Even the lumber yard and carpet place all fell for the big show.

Well he started with one house and by the time I was just finnished he had two more for me to start. That was fine I got paid for one and had two more to do.

When I was done those two he had 4 more on the go. Well I got paid for the two and started the other four.

This went on for some time until he had me at 16 new homes at one given time.

He also had his employees buying all the houses and was getting the money from the bank.

At the end I was on the hook for 16 homes that had already changed hands and never recieved payment.

He had me for over 70K and the lumber yard for over 200K and the carpet store for over 90K.

What a mess and a hard lesson learned as nobody got paid but him.

He packed it up and moved out of town.

Beware of the Big Show

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Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:41 pm 

Time to move on. Beating up on the zone is tiresome.

They don't like us and we don't like them. I'm fine with that. Let's move on.

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 Post subject: Re: PipePatch repair
Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:49 pm 

I even thought of it when I was typing my reply to Gear that Red would be along shortly to remind me of the benefits of owning a chain flail.

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 Post subject: Re: Camera
Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:30 am 

My Vu-Rite has been ok, but I need something better. Any of them run off laptops?

What Chad said...any of them will interface with the LT1000 or LT1000M.

The compacts are real good for space saving and can be got hold of at a good price, the only downside being only 100' of pushrod.

In the Plumbing tips thread I posted a way to make a compact digital recording ready for about $330, so if you can pick one up cheap you can get switched over to Ridgid for a very reasonable price and then do like me: start saving up for an LT1000M and a mini seesnake :D

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 Post subject: Re: Copper DWV fittings
Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:25 pm 

The plumbers union has a lot of power in the state. Copper and cast take longer to install and cost much more plus job security.

Explain "job security"
They pay you to put it in, then pay again a couple years later to replace it.

A "couple years" for cast and copper? You're kidding right? Unless you're trying to throw a dig at organized labour...

I've been keeping pretty busy over the last year replacing rotted out cast iron that wasn't any older than 30 years -- Both No-Hub and Hub-n-Spigot.

It kind of worries me when I consider just how much of this stuff (especially No-Hub) I've put in over the years. Mrs. Shins and I had dinner a few months back at a fairly large commercial job I had done in '82 -- They were ripping all of the suspended No-Hub out of the parking garage and replacing it with solid core PVC. I introduced myself to the foreman and asked him what was going on, he took me over to dumpster and showed me some of what they were ripping out. All of the horizontal piping had rotted out on the underside from the inside out, it was rotted badly enough that you couldn't even snap it w/out having it crumble. The vertical drops and flat vents were fine, but every horizontal drain had failed.

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 Post subject: Re: Pleurisy sucks.
Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:56 pm 

Quit screwing around and get your ass to the doctor. Dumbass :lol: now go

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 Post subject: Re: Pleurisy sucks.
Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:53 am 

Wow RW! I hope you feel better quick!

If you go to the Doc for it does he have any magic pill in his black bag that works fast or, is it just a wait for it to get better?

Vicodin . Doesn't make it go away, just makes it not hurt. If it was filled with fluid they can give antibiotics but I think it's viral so it won't do any good.

Let me start by saying that I blame no person or substances for my opiate dependence, but when I first started taking narcotics it was for legitimate pain.

I liked them way too much and literally let them ruin my life.

Tread carefully, my friend.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it wrong?
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:27 pm 

They were the dinner kit that came with everything. Hard shell. I don't eat spicy stuff so I can't add anything to spicy.

You really should be ashamed to call that "tacos" :hand

Come over to Texasfor a visit, brother...we'll introduce you to some real Texmex tacos.

And if you're nose ain't dripping, then it ain't hot enough yet ;) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Any good jokes?
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:18 pm 

I dunno if there already exists a "random joke thread" so if the mods deem it necessary to move/merge this, they have my blessing.

My friend asked me to tell him a joke

Me: püssy

Nick: I don't get it...

Me: I know.

Poor Nick. You should give him some. It's not like your using it for anything special.

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 Post subject: Re: Any good jokes?
Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:23 am 

I will never hear or see this word again without thinking of this joke.

I was at my bank today, there was a short line. There was just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars. It was obvious she was a little irritated . . .

She asked the teller, "Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen. Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?"
The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fluctuations." The Asian lady says, "Fluc you white people too."

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 Post subject: Re: Since we last spoke...
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:57 am 

Good to hear from you, April :D

OS is back, but returned injured. He failed to heed our advice, got drunk, and fell asleep while sunbathing naked.

His junk got burned pretty bad, so he's stove up right now :o

I hope all goes well with John's surgery.

Keep us posted, plz

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 Post subject: Re: Since we last spoke...
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:24 am 

gear junkie wrote:
Hi April, sorry to hear about John but the success of your new shop. What did you go or gun?

Both. This is Texas, guns are part of our uniform.

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Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:19 pm 

The last job I ran when I was union, we installed blank pieces through the roof so they could finish it. Had an apprentice go around and cap off all the lines to prevent rain from coming through. Well about 2 months after finish was done and we were leaving, the gc asked me why the caps were still on. I personally tested all the fixtures and were running perfect the entire time.

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 Post subject: Re: private school
Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:31 pm 

mississippiguy wrote:
I remember when I was in kindigarden (public school), that teacher hated me, but karma got her, caused she got fired 4 years later for getting into a confrontation with a parent i believe.

Ahh, 2006 was a tough year eh? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: private school
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:30 am 

aprilmayb wrote:
I think the majority of the "test" involves the ability to engage with the teacher and follow basic instructions. They want to be sure the child is emotionally ready to learn and has some self control.

That'd eliminate just about everyone here. There must be more to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Rectorseal Tru-Blu
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:31 pm 

mississippiguy wrote:
Yup I believe so, and its USDA approved. but you can look up the spec sheet on highside chemicals website.

So... You can put it on tacos? What's it taste like?

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 Post subject: Re: My Friday Nights ..
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:32 pm 

O.S. wrote:
I got stoned one time and tried to clean a fish it felt like hours and I though everybody was watching me ..
... which is weird 'cause I didn't go fishing and hey, where did the cat go?

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 Post subject: Re: Moen vs Delta
Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:26 pm 

Moen all the way.... Use to install Delta when they first came out and they were the cats ass until Moen came around

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 Post subject: Re: Moen vs Delta
Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:40 pm 



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Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:50 pm 

aprilmayb wrote:
I would charge her so much money her head would spin.

Head spinning is not high enough... its when you bring tears to their eyes you know you hit the right number

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Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:47 pm 

They had it at the High School. I think it's good for the kids to see.

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Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:44 pm 

I usually get a long very well with my neighbors, but I'm having some problems recently with a neighbor who's kid runs a auto mechanic business out of his garage. They recently bought pneumatic tools and an undersized air compressor. The 'zip-zip' of the impact wrench and ratchets late at night is bad enough, but what really gets my teeth grinding is the constant cycling of the air compressor.

I like the neighbors and his kid has always been respectful to us, so I'm having some difficulty working up enough fury to go over there and tell him off.

I'm actually considering 'donating' my muffled 60 gallon Schrader air compressor to him -- That thing is quieter than a moist beery fart.

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Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:59 pm 

I was living in a condo a while back and they pitched a fit about my lettered truck being there...
Which they had rules against which hadn't been enforced in years...
1st step was I made them enforce the rule for everyone including the "New" Association President's Son-In-Law...
Something about Glass Houses.... :lol:

The next thing they pulled was bytchin if I even stopped at home with the truck at all....
So at that point I had a parking spot that was designated to me which I didn't have a car for...

Consulting with a lawyer friend the wording of the rule was "Commercial Markings" so I purchased a junker and got it registered then gave it a "Graffiti Paint Job" and parked it in my spot.... :lol:

They eventually cried uncle and decided that it wasn't unreasonable for me to stop at the house during working hours, and I covered the lettering with white magnet material during non working hours being allowed to park there...

At that point the junker left...
The oil stain on the pavement, never did leave.... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Rectorseal Tru-Blu
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:39 pm 

If you have time to allow 24 hours cure time before placing the line under pressure you may want to consider using an anaerobic thread sealant. I can tell you from personal experience that you would probably not see leaks even with heavily galled threads that were only hand tightened....
An example of an anaerobic thread sealant?
Loctite PST would be one of them...
There are quite a few others as well...
La-Co Loc...
Swagelok SWAK...
Gasoila FasSeal-ATS...
Lots more... Some better 'n others....
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