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08-02-2016, 09:50 PM   #28291
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Relax, got you covered brother.
Just had a guy come to the door pushing home improvements.
I told him none needed, he kept talking, so I shut the door.
He then let out a WHEEE! sound.
I opened the door again, and practically yelled Don't get ******* cocky with me!
Haven't had fire in the belly like that in some time now, kinda felt good.
Thankfully we get very few solicitors, else it might be rough on the old ticker.


This is how I deal with pushy idiots that can't read the no trespassing signs they go by driving down the mile and a half private road that leads to my humble abode.




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you have Clint Eastwood come over and point an antique at them?
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Don't need any stinkin' gun here ...I open the door....."What the hell do you want and why are you here?" Gone every time!

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A lesson in plumbing adventures......and why a lot of newbie plumbers that have struck out on their own over the years have failed....and gone broke!

Mrs Rupert needs a new faucet...the Martha Stewart faucet I put in for her 5-6 years ago is not repairable....no parts available...I tried to tell her at the time but she wanted it..yes it is gorgeous but not practical.

So you are a novice plumber and you take a look....spout out a price ...for a new faucet and labor;......figuring labor at about 1/12 hours. Five hours later you realize you made a big mistake....it is damn near an all day job, and more difficult that you ever imagined. I know, I built the entire bathroom and installed everything in it. Nothing trumps experience......not even a ....... It's not a political statement, just a fact of life! People need to stick with what they know from experience.

So I won't be around much today....it was an easier job when I didn't have two broken feet and a twisted knee, was less demented and in a better mood......but you do what has to be done.

She will buy me a new lens of my choice for this job....she tried to pay me with some bedroom pleasures instead, but I didn't fall for it!

Looks so easy.....
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I built her bathroom over 30 years ago and did everything in it.....tile, wallpaper, plumbing and everything but the paint...I don't paint! Paint gets on my tools and me...I hate paint!





These little floor cabinets took me almost a week to build.......but "if you can't be handsome, at least be handy!"


I did it all right years ago...and have not had to do much to it over the years. New fixtures over time, little else.

Same with my new bathroom I built a couple of years ago.....and glad I did...I cold not do it in my condition now....


Regards! ...the cursing is about to begin around here...and I dread it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
the cursing is about to begin around here...and I dread it!
From the looks of your mug shot, I think you need it !!
Have fun!

ps, nice looking potties!

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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
From the looks of your mug shot,
People ask me...how did you get Mrs Rupert and how did you hang on to her all these years? I'm damn handy! You should see what I can do with a roll of duct tape!


I've watched every episode of Red Green and owe all my Big Brain Thinking to him!

Once at 3AM when I couldn't sleep I went to my office and started watching Red Green vids.....about an hour later Mrs Rupert came looking for me..."Watching Red Green again at 4AM....normal guys are sneaking around watching porn, but you aren't normal,are you?" Nope...I'm a Rupert Type!
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Gold fixtures were popular when we had our bathrooms redone several years back (wife's choice, not mine)
Now she wants antique bronze.
Son in law has replaced our chrome kitchen faucet with AB, and son has replaced the gold in our bedroom bath with AB, main bathroom next.
This Saturday son is replacing the fuel pump and fuel lines on my truck.
Removing the bed required.
One more reason I have not worked on our vehicles in many years.
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This Saturday son is replacing the fuel pump and fuel lines on my truck.
Removing the bed required.
One more reason I have not worked on our vehicles in many years.


Usually it is easier to remove the fuel tank.




Of course this is only a problem on American vehicles. The import cars and trucks all have access panels directly above the fuel tank.


Oh, and their fuel pumps last a lot longer.


My Subaru has over 130,000 miles on it, and still has the original fuel pump.


Mrs. Racer gave her 1993 Camry to her son a couple years ago when she got a new Corolla. The Camry has over 300,000 miles on it, and still has the fuel pump it rolled off the assembly line with.


When I worked as a mechanic at the electric utility the American pickups never made it past 60,000 miles before they came into the shop on a hook. I got real good at draining the gas tank, dropping it, swapping out the fuel pump and putting everything back together.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
you have Clint Eastwood come over and point an antique at them?


I own the same rifle.


Clint stole the idea from me.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Usually it is easier to remove the fuel tank.
The tank is full, so he will make that call when he checks it out.
The lines are the problem, but figured it's best to replace the pump while he's at it.
He was an auto mechanic, but now works on the electric Metro trains.
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Takin' a little break.....I only have the wall mount bolts out so far......

I will go back with a Kohler..Delta...or American Standard faucet. Brushed nickel is the best for long term durability and I like the appearance too. That's what's in my bathroom for everything ...light fixtures faucets, switches and towel bars.

I used to get complaints about the kitchen sink basket strainers I used.....solid nickel. They can last almost forever...30 40 years is not uncommon...the chrome ones start turning black in less than a year in some water. Yes, the nickel ones are well over double or triple the price, but if you want me to do the job that's what you will get and why you will get them!

Regards!

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I used to get complaints about the kitchen sink basket strainers I used.....solid nickel. They can last almost forever...30 40 years is not uncommon...the chrome ones start turning black in less than a year in some water. Yes, the nickel ones are well over double or triple the price, but if you want me to do the job that's what you will get and why you will get them!
Quality isn't expensive, it is priceless.
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If you want to see a really handsome Otis before he starts drinking this morning look here.....he won't look like that for long!
Otis never looked better, or more sober!
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Quality isn't expensive, it is priceless.
Otis assumed you were replying to his wonderful profile shots! Not necessarily the IQ of the shots, but his extreme handsomeness!

Short long story before I head out to Home Depot...

In the old days at the Plumbing Supply House the other plumbers used to ridicule me for buying the best parts. I always explained that they cost me nothing, and no I didn't steal them. I have faults but stealing them has never been one since I was 3 years old and stole some candy at the grocery store...my Mom taught my hiney a lesson I can still recall to this day..."you have a name to protect ...we don't steal anything for any reason...and now you are about to remember it for the rest of your life"...and I did!

Back to the short long story......This one guy we called "Yank" from way up in New England someplace was always making a big case out of it and laughing at the profit I was missing by "splurging" on the best wen I could be charging more and spending less on parts.
One day I was buying a batch of stainless flex toilet water supply lines.....I put in tons of new toilets when the water usage requirements on toilets became law. He noted that a copper line and the washers/nut connection were only pennies in comparison. I explaind that they were prone to blow out in sudden high pressure conditions and took longer to install if you flared the copper line to prevent blow out. He replied that he never flared the line...they don't blow out...after all he is from New England, not Texas and there they have real plumbers.

OK..whatever suits you, but I am safe not sorry. If the flex line blows out the Mfg is liable, not me. (Had that happen once and the Mfg paid for the damage!)

Fast forward to one cold winter day when I went into the Supply House and there was the Yank with a long face. Yep, his customer in Tolar, down the road from here, ahad been gone for the weekend. They opened the front door when they came home and water ran out......toilet line the Yank put in for their new toilet had blown. They called their insurance agent.....line did not meet code and they were suing the Yank. Over $27K in damage if I recall correctly.

Didn't see much of old Yank after that.

You can save money on a loaf of bread or by shopping at Aldis, but some places, cutting corners is ill advised.

Regards!
BTW- There was only one plumber in all of Hood County that could go in the back swinging double doors and gather his own parts.....lots of very expensive and small parts back there....Yep, old Rupert might tell a few dirty jokes back there.....or pee on the floor if no one is looking....but he doesn't steal. That from an owner that wasn't even much of a Rupert fan.....but he knew me!

If someone will request a few more short Rupert stories, I can put this job for Mrs Rupert off for another day...or more!
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I can put this job for Mrs Rupert off for another day...or more!
No, we don't want to hold you up. We know how much you're looking forward to the job.
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Otis assumed you were replying to his wonderful profile shots! Not necessarily the IQ of the shots, but his extreme handsomeness!
Nope.

My comment was in reference to (quality) merchandise, not miscreant squirrels.
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