I received a notice too. Stores closing 8pm instead of 9pm so
employees can spend more evening time with their families.
Train your mind to test every thought, ideology, train of reasoning, and claim to truth.
There's often the official reason and the real reason. Economics are the
real reason, but it's being sold as the official reason.
I've been in some stores (not just HF) during their last hour, and things
were really slow. I don't blame them for not staying open if there's no
one interested in shopping.
A long time ago, I came across two very good pieces of plumbing advice:
1. Don't begin a project when the store is closed.
2. Make sure you have plenty of pipe caps. That way, even if the store is
closed you can at least cap off the pipe and get the water back on.
We visited my MIL about 360 miles away. She had a couple of dripping
faucets. The main valve has not been turned in years. We usually
visited on weekends. It bothered me seeing the drip but I was not about
to tackle it on a weekend in case the water had to be turned off at the
street. They still dripped when she eventually sold the house.
Any time I replace a faucet or toilet I bring a new 1/4-turn ball
shut-off valve with me.
The valves that are ubiquitous around here for the average ages of the
home are what I can "infinity-turn" valves. :-)
You know, the ones that always get stuck in the on position from
corrosion and feel like they're going to break off in your hand when
you're turning them. And when you finally do get them turned off, they
don't feel like they are stopped because the rubber washer seal is also
corroded and torn or squished up. Then while you're working on
replacing the faucet or toilet, you notice a little puddle under the
valve because it never actually shut off all the way. And when you hook
it back up to a new water supply hose, and turn it on it again feels
like it's going to break off in your hand.
So you're left with the option of rebuilding the valve with a new rubber
washer and stem packing or just putting a new valve on the water pipe.
If you don't do one of these you're going to get called back when the
old valve springs a leak (and it will) because you were the last man in.
Putting on a new valve isn't that much more considering the parts and
labor involved with rebuilding an old one.
I always try to talk my clients into letting me install a new 1/4-turn
ball valve that I already have with me and will do for much cheaper than
a plumber would charge, because it will benefit them by removing a huge
potential for future water damage, *and* benefit me by making the
sink/faucet/toilet replacement easier and less stressful. After hearing
my explanation of the scenarios I described above, they usually see the
wisdom in it.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I was lucky. Bought my first house in 1966. Where I worked we built
HVAC products for industrial, commercial, school use. The guys showed
me how to solder, braze, weld materials. Another guy came to my house
to do a little job for me but took the time to show me some basic wiring
techniques. They saved me a bunch of money over the years.
I know how to repair plumbing but something always breaks or leaks and
shutoffs never do. If I can cut it out and replace, I'll do it. I
repair nothing more than toilets (replace working bits).
Residential electrical is easy, by comparison. I've done everything
short of replacing entrance panels (I've installed many sub panels).
I've found several of the pros I've called are willing to show me stuff. I
watched one guy clean the flue pipes on the boiler, he showed me what he
did and I just added the procedure to my annual start up.
Unfortunately, no one ever bothered to tell me I needed to put oil in the
Little Red Booster Pump. A bottle of compatible oil costs less than $5 and
you only need about a tablespoon or so annually to prevent problems.
That's downright cheap compared to the price of a new pump!
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