October 2015

Our Best Plumbing Story

Read this plumbing story and laugh. 

"As a guitarist, I play many gigs.  Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man.  He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the back country.  As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.  There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.  I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place.  I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.  I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.  I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace', the workers began to weep.  I wept, we all wept together.  When I finished I packed up my guitar and started toward my car.  Though my head hung low, my heart was full. 

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I've never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently, I'm still lost...."

Courtesy of "Acoustic Guitar Forum" 







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yard trap plumbing

Take a look at this picture.  Notice the boundary trap shaft. Do you have what looks like this in your yard near the sidewalk?  If your home is more than 50 years old that is likely a whole house yard trap.  These were installed in yards just upstream from your home's sewer connection with the municipality to prevent municipality sewer smell drifting into the home.  Now, all fixtures in homes have p-traps directly below or, like toilets, built into the fixture.  Yard traps can present a maintenence problem, as that is where clogs can often stop, and back-up the sewer in the home.  Check with your plumber.  It may time to remove that yard trap, and replace it with a standard clean-out. 

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