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Old 01-22-2018, 09:37 AM   #41
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Carter should have followed through with the metric conversion more forcefully.

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Old 01-22-2018, 05:56 PM   #42
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So disappointed.

Thought that this would be a thread about plumbing and not about the threading of plumbing.
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:54 AM   #44
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Al - There is no such thing as a one trip to the hardware store plumbing job
I really felt like I hit a milestone of sorts the other day. Below-zero temperatures, through my own fault I ended up with a burst, frozen pipe. No problem, break out the plumbing tool kit, screw together the torch, cut out the old pipe and replace it with one I had "in stock." No trip to the store.

Along the way, I found a slow leak in another part of the system. One of those automatic vent "air cans" which always seem to leak after a few years. No problem. While I've got the tool box out, I'm pretty sure there's a new, manual air vent valve (the kind that will never need to be replaced) in there somewhere. Yup. Pop the old one out and the new one in. No trip to the store.

Made a note to replenish my stock next time I'm at the big-box.

Admittedly, another project (running a new wire for a smart, WiFi thermostat) took a week, two new tools and several trips to the store. But next time, I'll have the tools!
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Carter should have followed through with the metric conversion more forcefully.

Al - There is no such thing as a one trip to the hardware store plumbing job
Agree with last sentence.

I understand pipe sizing is uniform between ANSI and metric meaning pretty much globally. Just use different nominal names such as 25mm vs. 1".

Think about global oil drilling equipment/refineries/transport tankers & filling/unload lines. Going back 25 years & working in Germany briefly on a project, a German engineer told me that they used inch named pipes commonly. Seemed real strange that they did.
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Al - There is no such thing as a one trip to the hardware store plumbing job
If local big box store, I usually buy one of every close size to be sure and bring home a big bag. I use what fits for my project and then go back and return everything else. Saves on gas (a bit) and time.
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If local big box store, I usually buy one of every close size to be sure and bring home a big bag. I use what fits for my project and then go back and return everything else. Saves on gas (a bit) and time.
Good advice - I buy anything and everything that I might need, because I always seem to damage the next piece (or two) adjacent to the problem and need to replace it as well.
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