"Hi Majakdragon, I misunderstood you - I thought that your answer to my `detailed` description regarding terminations / joints on Drainage having to be `Airtight` - which was `brief`- was stating that I was `Wrong` and that what I now know to be your `Signature` phrase was a `flippant put-down`. [of me] - I later noticed that the `phrase` was a `signature` of yours - when I saw it on other `Posts`.
I would agree with the premise of your phrase - BUT - when I put `Posts` onto this Forum - because I will NOT state as `FACT` anything that might be `different` in the U.S. from what is true / factual in the U.K. [where I am] - What I do write as Information or advice - WILL BE CORRECT.
I am `Posting` on here information from a VERY extensive knowledge of the Plumbing, Heating [wet] and Gas Industries, I am a `Building Services Engineer` - with a `Master of Science` Degree in Building Services Engineering - I started my `Career` as an Apprentice Plumber - after 5 Years I `graduated` with `Distinction`- one of only 8 in the U.K. in that YEAR - from there I attended a Technical College [part-time] where I achieved a `Higher National Certificate` in Building Services which involved Heating, Ventilating and associated Electrical Works.
I went on to engage in `Continued Professional Development`- where I took `professional courses` in `Building Services for Civil Engineering` [this enhanced my knowledge of Drainage] and further courses [and exams] in `Hot Water - High Pressure Storage and Supply` -` Electrical Services for Mechanical Engineering` and the VERY TECHNICAL `Gas Utilisation`- which covered ALL aspects of Gas Use, Safety, Installation, Testing, Inspecting and Certifying and Reporting of Dangerous Installations & Situations.
I have to take Technical Exams on Gas Safety every 5 Years - to remain a `Gas Engineer`- these are Theory AND Practical in EVERY aspect of `Gas Utilisation`- and can take approximately a WEEK to complete - AND are expensive.
Also to remain a `Registered Gas Engineer` - I have to re-register every Year and pay for a `Licence`/ I.D.Card and Certificate of registration.
I also took `Approved Code of Practice` Courses/Exams on a lot of `Associated Trades` to the Building Services Industries - too many to `list` here - but for example - Ventilation.
Throughout my Career I have also studied and passed MANY `Health and Safety` Exams - and I am qualified to undertake `Risk Assessment` on any Building Site / Work Site - for Health & Safety `Dangers`/ Risks.
When I was `Site Based` - I had current First Aid Qualifications - in case of an Accident to my employees [or anyone] ,
I have also been engaged as an `Expert Witness` in many Court Cases regarding Contractual Disputes - appearing BOTH for and against Heating and Plumbing Companies - where I `Specialised` in investigating the Design and Installation of Building Services - to determine `Fault` or `Negligence`.
I have also been engaged as a `Mediator` - to settle disputes regarding similar matters - where my Qualifications and Knowledge were `respected` enough to be `accepted` by all parties to `Judge` on the matters - and my `findings` accepted to resolve the `Disputes.
For the last 30 Years of my career I have been running my own Business - Contracting in Heating, Plumbing and Gas - Design and Installation.
My previous Qualifications led me to decide to attend University to study `Building Services Engineering` - where I achieved my `Master of Science` Degree in that `subject` and the title of `Building Services Engineer`.
I have NOT written this to `Brag` - although I am `proud` of my achievements - I wanted you and others to see from `where` my advice/ information comes - what I write IS NOT the `opinion` of someone with `a little knowledge`.
I must add - although I am often involved in some `Highly Technical` Designs and Systems - I am still a PLUMBER at heart !!