Thursday, February 28, 2008

So, how do I switch back to days gracefully?

This will probably be part of my nightmares for some
time - due to the traumas endured during manipulation
of the new piping system. The final connection was
made this morning around 1:30 AM. The old main is,
now, shut off and drained.



In regards to questions that have come up about the
build-up of mineral deposits in the piping system:

Galvanized pipes will corrode over time, as indicated
by the following corrosion symptoms:
  • high levels of zinc or iron in tap water
  • a “metallic“ taste of the water
  • poor water flow due to blockage from mineral buildup
  • discolored water (brown, red or yellow water)
Although there is enough minerals on that old pipe
to choke an elephant (if all on one plate), most of this
is "stuck" to the pipe and itself and is hard to dislodge
without a saw or chisel. Some of the minerals are
more prone to erosion and are released at a slow rate
- depending on pressure, velocity, etc. When an
existing pipe is cut open, some of these minerals
break loose and would become a restriction in
faucets, valves, and strainers - "pebbles and grit".
As far as lead content or other hazards, this is
a big variable that includes city supply lines,
as well. Older lead-type solder in copper lines
has been proven to "leach" lead into the water
over a period of time. It is always a good idea
to let your water run for 20 seconds or more
to properly flush the pipe(s) with fresh water
before drinking any. The more time water has
been sitting in your home's pipes, the more lead
it may contain. Brand new brass faucets -
even meeting the "lead free" criteria - contain
a small amount of lead (0.25%) in the alloy
and have been proven to leach lead over an
extended period of non-use. Disclaimers
are usually in the box with any new faucet
that explains this in brief....or does it just
say "...may cause cancer or birth defects in
Southern California"?...
Then again, everything in CA causes cancer
or birth defects if you research this matter.
Imagine THIS serving the water lines instead of
the previous piping pictured. The lunatics might
twitch for a while over clean water being consumed.
They are used to discolored content and may need
an extra week on the inside to deal with this new
dilemma of "flavorless" clear liquid.
I might twitch for a while, also, when switching back
to a day schedule tomorrow. I just hope I still have
time to blog.

6 opinionated prattle:

Stan said...

Just think your days of driving to and from work is not going to be peaceful and quiet anymore. Cars sliding, blaring horns, finger waving, and being cursed at is going to be routine again, perhaps that occurs only when I drive in Anchorage. Don't forget, during the work day, unlike work nights, you are suppose to have lunch and you are entitled tio union breaks. Before you send the bill to the hospital, please connect that one pipe, it may confuse the in house resident Plumma as well as the patients!

j, d plumma said...

Not looking forward to traffic, but if I survive tomorrow the weekend is there.
What is this fictitious hazard you and Glimpsie have dreamed up about watering plants? There is no pipe I haven't capped.

Stan said...

Just I suspected, you snuck back into the hospital under the cover of darkness and capped the "pipe to now where", appears to be a "band aid" fix it job, in fact it is a band aid! You used one of your "Superman Figure" band aids. I am sure, it will hold up under the pressure.

Tormen Tagain said...

wowI MUST BE REALLY tired or I was so into your night time project posts that I read all the way down and ended up posting this on the wrong post. Something like that. What I meant to say here in it's rightful place is the following copy and paste :)

tHINK OF IT LIKE THIS. yOU'RE LEAVING THE DAZE FOR DAYS.

wow, CHECK OUT THE CAPS LOCK ON THAT ONE. cAN YOU TELL THAT SOMETIMES i LOOK AT MY KEYBOARD MORE THAN THE SCREEN?

THER, THAT'S BETTER. nOW AH KIN LOK SMORTR.

Welcome back to days. Now, can you please take care of everything all at once and can it be done by yesterday? Would that be ok?

j, d plumma said...

...on it, jethro.
My Brother said it best - "..an outpatient..."

Shana said...

This is discus sting (spell check?)....I may never drink water again!!

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