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Old 02-17-2014, 02:43 AM   #41
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Just don't forget the primer. I've seen many a PVC connection blow apart under pressure only to find out the installer skipped that step.
I use "hot glue" it will dry underwater. I have glued pipes under pressure with hot glue and they are still holding 5 years later. Hot glue is expensive but it ensures you are successful. Some people call it rain or shine glue. It is the only glue that will work 100% of the time when repairing underground pipe in a mud hole. Hot glue also stores very well for long periods of time.

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Twenty seven years ago I parked my truck where my mail box now stands an fired up my chain saw cut a 600' driveway and built my home.
The only thing I did not do was dig the cellar hole. Its a two story colonial, four bed-room.
There isn't anything you can't do if you use a little common sense and now with you-tube you have all the answers at the tip of you fingers.
We always had a tank-less water heater but with only the wife and me now I decided to install an electric hot water tank.
The whole project took about an hour and a half! With all the new products out there its a snap, instead of struggling trying to solder a joint in a pipe that has a little water in it
Sharbite fittings, pvc pipe and voila! It took longer to run the wire than it took to plumb it. So if you're not afraid to get your hand dirty YOU CAN DO IT.
Question is do you want to?
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I'm the same as several above......faucets, toilets, no problem. When it comes to projects more complicated, I hire a pro. My house has all copper piping, and I won't substitute plastic just to do it myself.
Today Pex tubing no joints bends around corners does not burst even if it freezes. Hey my house is all copper as well but if and when some of it needs replacing its going to be Pex or something similar, sometimes you have to move with the times. A 10' lenght of 1/2" or 3/4" copper tubing cost more than 10 times what it did when I built.
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I'm with the DIY crowd. (Bet that's a surprise.)

One of the major benefits of DIY is, if you get it done, you

own it. You never have to pay someone to do it again.


I've seen some real clusterf*@&$ done by "licensed professionals".

My all-time favorite was when mom insisted on using a licensed

electrician to wire up some circuits. This clown wired up 110V

circuits to 220V, using standard romex, and the ground wire as

neutral I say a LICENSED ELECTRICIAN. We, of course,

assumed BOZO the electrician knew what he was doing.

Couldn't figure out why we kept burning up everything we

plugged in.



The word of warning here is, if you don't have a talent for

DIY, pay a "professional". But know they are not bulletproof.

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I'm with the DIY crowd. (Bet that's a surprise.)

One of the major benefits of DIY is, if you get it done, you

own it. You never have to pay someone to do it again.


I've seen some real clusterf*@&$ done by "licensed professionals".

My all-time favorite was when mom insisted on using a licensed

electrician to wire up some circuits. This clown wired up 110V

circuits to 220V, using standard romex, and the ground wire as

neutral I say a LICENSED ELECTRICIAN. We, of course,

assumed BOZO the electrician knew what he was doing.

Couldn't figure out why we kept burning up everything we

plugged in.



The word of warning here is, if you don't have a talent for

DIY, pay a "professional". But know they are not bulletproof.
i completely understand what you're saying and do agree, but some people live within the city limits are required to use a licensed plumber or electrician and have permits to do the job. city building codes require this for the job to be done legally.
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i completely understand what you're saying and do agree, but some people live within the city limits are required to use a licensed plumber or electrician and have permits to do the job. city building codes require this for the job to be done legally.
Permits? we don't need no stinking permits!

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Permits? we don't need no stinking permits!

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me neither! i live outside the city limits in the county.
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One thing about doing it yourself, this applies to rural dwellers as well as city folk, if the job requires that you pull a permit and you don't you own it, your homeowners insurance will not cover the damages in the event of a fire or even a natural disaster.
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I'm with the DIY crowd. (Bet that's a surprise.)

One of the major benefits of DIY is, if you get it done, you

own it. You never have to pay someone to do it again.


I've seen some real clusterf*@&$ done by "licensed professionals".

My all-time favorite was when mom insisted on using a licensed

electrician to wire up some circuits. This clown wired up 110V

circuits to 220V, using standard romex, and the ground wire as

neutral I say a LICENSED ELECTRICIAN. We, of course,

assumed BOZO the electrician knew what he was doing.

Couldn't figure out why we kept burning up everything we

plugged in.



The word of warning here is, if you don't have a talent for

DIY, pay a "professional". But know they are not bulletproof.
Both the neutral and the ground go to the ground rod. If your moms stuff was burning up it was junk. It's not proper to run everything to the same bar because of lightning strikes, not the performance of the outlets. Failing to run 220 to the proper outlet was a mistake. I would have called him back to fix his mess.

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me neither! i live outside the city limits in the county.
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One thing about doing it yourself, this applies to rural dwellers as well as city folk, if the job requires that you pull a permit and you don't you own it, your homeowners insurance will not cover the damages in the event of a fire or even a natural disaster.
I would be cautious about avoiding the permitting process even though I know the subject varies depending on your location. Several years ago in my area the banks started requiring a home inspection prior to allowing the mortgage agreement to go through. The first thing the home inspectors started doing was going to the Building Department to call up the records on permits pulled on the property. If work was found to be done without having the proper permits and inspections in place, the deal was quashed.
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