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    The funny and the disastrous

    Sent my kid to an old house to a simple job.
    Relocate the thermostat and make sure the furnace works after relocating the stat.
    He calls me a few hours later:
    “I relocated the stat and had a hard time finding the wires in the dark attic.”
    Here’s the part I don’t know how he did it.
    He says: “Every time I called for heat the front door bell rang. “
    The homeowner kept wondering why no one was there.
    3 guesses what he did.
    “gave you one simple job to do!”

    The disaster:
    Adding ac to an existing furnace in the attic.
    My foot slipped off the joist and hit the fire sprinkler line. The Einstein sprinkler contractor used CPVC instead of copper and put a joint just above the attic hoist where my foot went.
    Anyone ever try to stop the flow of water from an unregulated water line?
    Pressure was incredible! Water shooting 30 feet across the attic. Hundreds of gallons by the minute.
    By the time I got out of the attic, get a pipe wrench, use every ounce of strength I had to turn off the water, I had destroyed the house.
    Thank god my insurance took care of the $191,000 bill. Poor homeowners were displaced for 6 months.
    The icing on the cake? House is only 3 houses away from mine. That was 4 years ago. To this day, every time I walk by the house I get severe PTSD.
    I’m also looking over both shoulders because the wife could have killed me for what I did.


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    i have this tool for broken sprinkler heads (if it ever accidentally happened) but never used it..

    https://quickstoptool.com/

    and i have a few of these test plugs up to 3/8"-1"

    https://www.oatey.com/products/chern...ugs-1478273630

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyguy1 View Post
    Sent my kid to an old house to a simple job.
    Relocate the thermostat and make sure the furnace works after relocating the stat.
    He calls me a few hours later:
    “I relocated the stat and had a hard time finding the wires in the dark attic.”
    Here’s the part I don’t know how he did it.
    He says: “Every time I called for heat the front door bell rang. “
    The homeowner kept wondering why no one was there.
    3 guesses what he did.
    “gave you one simple job to do!”

    The disaster:
    Adding ac to an existing furnace in the attic.
    My foot slipped off the joist and hit the fire sprinkler line. The Einstein sprinkler contractor used CPVC instead of copper and put a joint just above the attic hoist where my foot went.
    Anyone ever try to stop the flow of water from an unregulated water line?
    Pressure was incredible! Water shooting 30 feet across the attic. Hundreds of gallons by the minute.
    By the time I got out of the attic, get a pipe wrench, use every ounce of strength I had to turn off the water, I had destroyed the house.
    Thank god my insurance took care of the $191,000 bill. Poor homeowners were displaced for 6 months.
    The icing on the cake? House is only 3 houses away from mine. That was 4 years ago. To this day, every time I walk by the house I get severe PTSD.
    I’m also looking over both shoulders because the wife could have killed me for what I did.


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    LOL w/u.

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    Thank god my insurance took care of the $191,000 bill.
    Thank God you were a responsible business and not a moonlighter. Could you imagine side job Sam doing that with no insurance. Can you say bankrupt?

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    The funny and the disastrous

    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    Thank God you were a responsible business and not a moonlighter. Could you imagine side job Sam doing that with no insurance. Can you say bankrupt?
    I would have lost everything starting with my house. I’m not incorporated.

    I still have to avoid the wife of the homeowner.
    Last I heard, she wanted me stripped naked, painted purple, and dropped by helicopter into the nearest leper colony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyguy1 View Post
    I would have lost everything starting with my house. I’m not incorporated.

    I still have to avoid the wife of the homeowner.
    Last I heard, she wanted me stripped naked, painted purple, and dropped by helicopter into the nearest leper colony.
    We’ll pass on the video

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    We’ll pass on the video
    LOLALOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    We’ll pass on the video
    What video? Lol..


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    WOW! CPVC is such crap I think they should do away with it like they did with quest. With pex and copper available why anyone would go with CPVC is beyond me.

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    "Call a technician for God's sake. Or we'll see you on the news or the Dark Side of the Moon."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayMan7 View Post
    WOW! CPVC is such crap I think they should do away with it like they did with quest. With pex and copper available why anyone would go with CPVC is beyond me.

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    Oh absolutely right!
    I boggles my mind how they could use anything other than copper.
    I personally don’t even see the value of a fire sprinkler system in a residential house because aside from the accidental release of the system, whatever the fire doesn’t burn, the water damage will destroy it anyways


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    Quote Originally Posted by JayMan7 View Post
    WOW! CPVC is such crap I think they should do away with it like they did with quest. With pex and copper available why anyone would go with CPVC is beyond me.

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    I see that all the time for residential fire sprinklers up here. A special orange CPVC piping.

    You would think they should have to use a dry system though, to prevent incidents like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BALloyd View Post
    I see that all the time for residential fire sprinklers up here. A special orange CPVC piping.

    You would think they should have to use a dry system though, to prevent incidents like that.

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    It’s all about money. Using copper instead of CPVC is like using hard pipe for ducting instead of flex


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    Quote Originally Posted by BALloyd View Post
    I see that all the time for residential fire sprinklers up here. A special orange CPVC piping.

    You would think they should have to use a dry system though, to prevent incidents like that.

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    the system is dry until a sprinkler head pops, it keeps the heads from corrosion and pipes from bursting at freezing temps....you will hear a huge rush of air before the water comes out...

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