When an employee THINKS you cannot do without them

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  1. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    A guy showed up an hour late for a gas piping installation I sent him home and did the following work alone and it took me 5 hours plus an extra 80feet of piping installed

    Never under estimate an old guy with an with steel pipe wrenches and a stick ruler
     

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  2. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    Rest of the gas header
     
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    That's dang good work Sylvan.
    I'm impressed. :)
     
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  5. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    After taking 4 Aleve last night I realized why a 73 Year old should not do this alone but it was a great feeling (yesterday) being able to do it HOPEFULLY today he will show up on time . Back to the salt mine this morning
     
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    Looks good old guys should use aluminum wrenches and a old 300 machine to tighten or loosen fittings.
     
  7. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    Using a 300 to tighten a fitting can cause it to split or expand possible leak I like to leave the fitting a little lose to allow more make up during installation. I really hate non steel wrenches

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  8. Terry

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    That's right, you were in the Navy.

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    Tuttles Revenge In the Trades

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    What is that thing he's holding in his hands in that last photo?! ;)
     
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    gas meter manifold
     
  11. Reach4

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    Spud wrench?
     
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  12. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    I use two wrenches the larger normally to hold back. Never channel locks

    The other picture could be the 1/8" Jetter hose as I also do a lot of water jetting

    Terry my 3 years as a teenager in the navy as a boiler tender made me decide I wanted to be in this type of profession replacing a gasket on a 1,500 pound super headed steam flange
     
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  14. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    Seems a lot of sailor who were "snipes" did go into some trade as the education we received was amazing hands on experiences
     
  15. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida The wife is still training me.

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    It's all about the tools in any trade. It was big time when butt sets came out with DTMF (push buttons).

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    When I started in the private business telephone business (not MA Bell), I met a few guys got their start with the Navy in ship communications. That was back in the 70's.
     
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