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Zanne

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I have 3/4" thick anti-fatigue mat and I also provide extra mats used for kneeling on when I need work done. I do sometimes buy the parts ahead of time but I never tell a plumber how long I think it's going to take or that I think it will be easy. It it was so easy I'd do it myself-- although I'm too fat to fit in some cramped spaces and I don't have the hand strength to loosen or tighten things. I did stand around and ask questions though. LOL. I wanted to know how things worked. And sometimes it was questions like "Do you need me to shine a flashlight in there?" or "Can I hand you anything?"

The original plumber for my house was a chatty guy. He liked to talk to customers and told me the history of the house and about previous owners.
 

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I do enjoy chatting with some long time customers about what is going on with the repairs, etc.
Just don’t like crabby skinflints watching me, and assuming I am doing everything wrong.
I am pretty sarcastic and funny, so I like to make myself laugh.
More than once, while I was stretched out under a sink, a client has asked if they can do anything to help.
If they are long timers that I know are comfortable with my humor, I will say,”Since you asked, yes I am getting really itchy, down there”.
That always cracks everyone up, haha!
 

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I really do miss Eddie (my late plumber). He would show me the different fittings, tell me what they were called, and explain to me what he was doing and why and how things worked. He was tickled that I was actually interested in learning.

I think the basics of plumbing and how stuff in houses work is something that should be taught in grade school so people have an understanding that the fixtures don't just sit there and go to nothing.
 

Jeff Handy

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There should be field trips with various service type companies.
Maybe in about 6th grade and up.
Take the class to a big house, and just show how basic systems work.
This might also lead more kids to pursue a career in plumbing, hvac, electrician, building, home repair, landscaping, architecture, real estate, all jobs centered around homes.
 

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So many possible puns...
  • There's a snake in my boot..
  • Nice snake! (Thanks just had it stuffed!)
  • It's huge!
  • Who's your friend.
  • Does it bite?
 

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I was running that sewer machine today and I was kneeling on the air foot switch.

I took my kneee off the switch and the switch stuck to my knee. Wearing shorts.......
The machine kept running.

I’ll start using a towel over the switch now. When I need the machine to turn off I may need it to turn off quick 🤣

Glad I wasn’t being wrapped up

That’s 3/4” steel innercore cable.
 

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My vision isn't great so I can't quite see what is wrong with the water heater.

Jeff, I totally agree about the field trips thing. That would be awesome! I would have loved something like that as a kid. There was a place where I bought some cheap formica that they no longer needed-- they fabricated cabinets and other things there. Guy told me they used to do tours for school kids to show them how they made stuff. It was so cool! Even as an adult I was geeking out about it.
 

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LOL! Yeah, that's pretty bad.
 
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