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    Check your plumber's work!

    So, of course, the day before my contractor is showing up to outfit my "garage man-cave" I notice an exterior spigot leak on the side of my garage wall. Upon closer inspection, there is definitely some wetness there and so I had to tell my guy to not install one of the cabinets (for now) so that I can keep access open to the drywall (drywall is a lot easier to fix than stucco!). Upon disassembly what I discovered really ticked me off as it was a total FAIL of Basic Plumbing 101 For Dummies -

    NEVER CONNECT GALVANIZED AND COPPER/BRASS FITTINGS!!!!!

    So, here are some pictures of the autofill line that connected to this spigot -



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    So, right where the that female coupling is in the first picture, a short 2" nipple was placed between the brass setup seen in picture and the interior brass fitting seen here through the drywall -

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    And what did the lazy-butt plumber use (probably one of the kids working for him at the time) ... a GALVANIZED STEEL pipe. That's right, a galvanized steel pipe stuck between two brass fittings So, on cue 4 years later, the galvanized nipple had almost completely corroded to dust and was leaking. A quick run to Ace Hardware and $5 for a piece of brass pipe and we're back in business. Of course, now I have to fix my drywall (easy enough) and seal up the exterior stucco and then re-winterize the pipes. Thankfully we're in for mild weather in the 70's all weekend.

    Moral of the Story - Double check and triple check your plumber's work and make sure they are following proper plumbing guidelines.

    Of course, I have 99% of my man-cave installed, so I'm a pretty happy camper -

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    We've got a lot of garage storage now!!
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    I don't think you have enough outlets over that workbench.

    Wow. Nice place. I envy it.... Skippy the pack rat on the other hand would just fill it all up and start the piles on the floor again anyway.

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Matt,

    If you can still see the top of the workbench... it is not yet a workshop/man-cave.

    The last time I saw my bench top was three years ago...

    Nice set up...

    Thanks,

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimrahbe View Post
    Matt,

    If you can still see the top of the workbench... it is not yet a workshop/man-cave.

    The last time I saw my bench top was three years ago...

    Nice set up...

    Thanks,

    Jim R.
    I’ve cursed my setup for years now as the fact I cannot see the top drives me nuts!!!

    Not enough to clean it though.

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    I’ve cursed my setup for years now as the fact I cannot see the top drives me nuts!!!

    Not enough to clean it though.
    Lee,

    Every time I try and clean up, I never finish before a new project comes along, destroying any clean up attempt in the process...

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    How would you lose crucial parts and be forced to improvise or make new ones if you cleaned up?

    Those are really cool handles. I could hardly wait to make them a bit greasy and black
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Geez guys, just give me an hour -

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    And that was only from one cabinet in the laundry room where I had been squirreling away stuff for years....I haven't even gotten to my pool drawers & cabinets yet....

    Maddie,

    I worked with a guy that was a jack-of-all-trades and amatuer machinist. His cars were parked all over his front lawn because his garage was his workshop (multiple lathes in various states of operability, drill presses...yes, plural, becuase you can never have enough drill presses, etc, etc). His one piece of advice to me over the years (well, there were many but not all are PG rated) was that a man can never have enough electrical outlets!! His garage had extension cords hanging from every joist in the ceiling and he had done his own "rework" of his electrical box to get some extra 15/20 amp circuits ... he was a very "colorful" person to say the least.

    No worries guys, the cabinets will be stocked in no time. Expect another few pictures as the weekend progresses....
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    No neon beer signs = NO man Cave!
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    No neon beer signs = NO man Cave!
    There will DEFINITELY be highly inappropriate, juvenile humor signs all over....I’m currently sorting through the contenders...

    Suggestions are welcome...
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Got this for our bother-in-law (yeah that IS what we call him LOL):

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    I dunno, I like this one -

    Oakmont Personalized Pub Sign (Signature Series)

    There will also have to be a wall mounted beer bottle opener with one of these -

    Beer Cap Map of USA, Large
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    OH I HAVE to get that beer cap one for hubby and BIL! THANKS!
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Nice cabinets, Matt. They'd go perfectly with some racedeck flooring you know, like this:
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Quote Originally Posted by Swampwoman View Post
    Nice cabinets, Matt. They'd go perfectly with some racedeck flooring you know, like this:
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    Yeah, I wanted to do flooring but couldn’t justify the cost. I’ll have to settle for the concrete.

    The downside is, it’s the garage. So when June rolls around and the heat kicks in, the garage goes up to 140F on a good day. I’ll be needing one of these -

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Highly inappropriate, juvenile humor from this sophisticated crowd? Surely you jest my good man. We only engage in the most intellectual, culturally advanced conversations.
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Yeah here are some fine examples of which James speaks!!!!!
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    Highly inappropriate, juvenile humor from this sophisticated crowd? Surely you jest my good man. We only engage in the most intellectual, culturally advanced conversations.
    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Yeah here are some fine examples of which James speaks!!!!!
    I believe James was thinking more along the lines of Brian’s Wanger -

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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Ok, maybe we let a little bit humor slip by every now and again after one too many glasses of Borl & Kroff Brut.
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    Re: Check your plumber's work!

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    Ok, maybe we let a little bit humor slip by every now and again after one too many glasses of Borl & Kroff Brut.
    Does that come in 6-pack and, if bottled, is it with twist-off or pry-off caps??
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    You have to have a referral just to get on the waiting list to buy a bottle. It's not sold to just anyone.

    Some people are better suited to drinking mad dog 2020 from their Flintstones collectible glasses to wash down their Large Macs and Whoppers.
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