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  • Overspecialization Equals a Loss of Independence

    03/27/2018 8:25:58 AM PDT · by davikkm · 16 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Careers are becoming more specialized than ever, and with this, we as a species are losing the ability to operate and live effectively without the support structures of the existing status quo. This is a loss of independence that is only going to get worse, and the only answer, is as ever, education. But not the “pleasant indoctrination” being enforced by our regular schools. Skills training is almost frowned upon nowadays, and even when it is not, it is specialized skills that are valued. How many of us can handle basic household electrical repairs? What about plumbing, carpentry, and even...
  • Broken toilet forces plane with 85 plumbers aboard to turn around

    01/30/2018 8:13:52 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 30 Jan 2018 | DON SWEENEY
    It’s a joke with no punch line, as 85 plumbers on a Norwegian flight headed for Germany discovered Saturday when their plane had to return to Oslo because of a broken toilet, reported The Independent. The flight, which departed Oslo bound for Munich, turned back at the Swedish border.
  • Packers: Do-it-all Aaron Rodgers fixes Sam Dekker's garbage disposal

    09/06/2017 7:35:24 PM PDT · by sergeantdave · 24 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 9-6-17 | JASON WILDE
    When Aaron Rodgers — his friend, college football-watching buddy and amateur plumber — called him an “idiot” on Saturday afternoon from beneath his kitchen sink, well, Dekker had to agree with the two-time NFL MVP. “I’ve actually fixed my own garbage disposal before. There’s incredible tutorials on YouTube,” Rodgers said. “So I did that at one point. Fixed it. “Sam, he just got traded to L.A., I was hanging out with him Saturday. He was having some sink issues, asked for my help. He’s 23 years old. I know he’s engaged and taking the next step to being an adult,...
  • WH: Bathroom Controversy Started by Republicans 'Seeking a Political Advantage'

    05/18/2016 8:22:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | 10:21 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    After embracing the notion that gender is as much mental as it is physical, the Obama White House on Tuesday rejected the suggestion that it has been particularly aggressive on transgender issues. “This is a confrontation that Republicans have sought out rather cynically, because they are seeking a political advantage,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at Tuesday's briefing. Earnest said Republicans in North Carolina started the controversy by passing legislation (HB2), which negated a Charlotte city ordinance allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. …
  • NBC Pushes Trump to the Left on Transgender Bathrooms, Abortion, Taxes

    04/21/2016 10:27:35 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 64 replies ^ | April 21, 2016 | Kyle Drennen
    Trump acknowledged that he “had a feeling that question was going to come up” and proceeded toe the liberal line of political correctness: “Well, look, North Carolina did something that was very strong and they're paying a big price and there's a lot of problems....People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble.” ... Fellow co-host Savannah Guthrie turned to the subject of abortion: “The Republican platform, every four years, has a provision that states that the right of the unborn child shall not be infringed. And it makes no exceptions for...
  • Composting Toilets

    11/04/2015 3:20:20 PM PST · by rey · 66 replies
    Does anyone know anything about composting toilets? I work for someone who wants to install one of these. How many people can they handle? How do they work? What is clean up like if there is no running water through them? Are they microbial? If so, how difficult is it to keep the microbes functioning? Is there anything else I should know? Is there a plumbing ping? Do Freepers know their s***? Thanks
  • Weird Walmart plumbing problem shutting down stores across America, one in Brandon

    04/15/2015 12:01:28 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 97 replies ^ | Apr. 14, 2015 | Mark Douglas
    BRANDON FL (WFLA) - Walmart customers can't understand what's plaguing the "plumbing problems" of Walmart stores from Brandon to California. "Must be a major plumbing problem is all I can say," would-be customer Dale White said as security guards turned him away from the Supercenter on Brandon Boulevard in Brandon. The retail chain announced Monday that five stores are shutting down - one in Brandon, two in Texas, one in Oklahoma and one in California - due to clogging and drainage problems. ... The shutdown blindsided about 400 Brandon Walmart workers who must now find another store to transfer to...
  • Burst Water Pipe Reveals Century-Old Crusader Murals in Jerusalem

    05/14/2014 7:49:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-14-14 | Stephanie Pappas
    Wall murals portraying Crusader knights and symbols of medieval military orders have been rediscovered in a Jerusalem hospital thanks to a burst water pipe and a storeroom reorganization. These paintings were the works of a French count, Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat, who believed himself to be a descendant of Crusaders. The count was a frequent visitor to Jerusalem and had the Saint-Louis Hospice built between 1879 and 1896, naming it after St. Louis IX, a king of France and leader of the Seventh Crusade between A.D. 1248 and 1254. . . . . . . .. . ....
  • It’s World Toilet Day and It’s No Laughing Matter

    11/19/2013 12:46:19 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Ben Gittleson
    It’s World Toilet Day today — not as much a celebration of the porcelain throne as a call to action to help the 2.5 billion people worldwide who do not have access to a basic, clean toilet. One in three people around the world do not have access to proper sanitation, according to the United Nations, putting many of them at risk of diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhus, and a host of other health problems. About 2 million people — many of them young children — die every year from diarrheal diseases, according to the World Health Organization....
  • Looking for plumbing advice (trees breaching into our pipes through the cities connection)

    09/27/2012 4:17:45 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 59 replies
    We recently had some sewage make it's way up from the drains in our basement. When plumbers were called out, they found that where our pipe connects with the main sewer line, the terra cotta junction has been breached by tree roots. Keep in mind this is out about 10 feet into the street from the curb and our pipes are intact......the only part which has been breached was the city's terra cotta junction to the main sewer line. And this was shown by a camera sent down into the pipe. When talking to the plumber's however, we were shocked...
  • Pipe Blockage's Furry Culprit (Wombat)

    06/16/2012 4:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Mercury ^ | June 15, 2012 | Zara Dawtrey
    A SUSPICIOUS pipe blockage had Launceston stormwater experts stumped until a remote-controlled camera robot came face to face with the furry culprit. Launceston City Council engineering development officer Sonia Smith said anyone developing a new subdivision was required to ensure all stormwater pipes were working. "They do that by conducting a remote video camera survey, and they then send the videos in to us," she said. But no one expected to find a wombat 10m below the ground, in a cosy stormwater pipe "burrow" in the outer Launceston suburb of St Leonards. The wombat can be seen on video attempting...
  • Plumbing the rest of the Perry record

    08/18/2011 10:54:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 8/18/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Yesterday, the Washington Post asked me to comment on conservative concerns about Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s records. Here is what I told them in full: “The Gardasil debacle is just one of many concerns a wide range of grass-roots conservative activists have about Perry’s record as governor. He’s soft on illegal immigration despite a few recent nods to border enforcement. He’s prone to crony capitalism. And as the vaccine mandate scandal shows, he demonstrated Nanny State tendencies that are anathema to Tea Party core principles. A clearer, more forthright apology about the Gardasil executive order would have helped. But...
  • Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF

    02/28/2011 6:33:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 28, 2011 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink. Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months. The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem. Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite -...
  • Vanity, help please, frozen sewer pipe

    02/19/2011 4:37:30 PM PST · by SaxxonWoods · 95 replies
    SW | Feb. 19, 2011 | SaxxonWoods
    Water sitting in my vertical clean out. I ran a garden hose down it, got almost the entire hose in right about to the edge of the street (75 feet), then it stopped. The main is on the other side of the street. There is a manhole on the other side of the street. I've got good snow cover until the street. I was thinking of linking a second hose to the first, attaching that to my kitchen sink and sending some "ice melt" and hot water down there. Any other ideas? Thanks!
  • Need Help with a Plumbing Question (Vanity)

    11/24/2009 7:00:50 AM PST · by Alberta's Child · 61 replies · 1,329+ views
    Self | November 24, 2009 | Alberta's Child
    Sorry for the vanity, but I'm looking for advice from someone with a good working knowledge of plumbing issues and I've never been disappointed with the advice I've ever gotten here on FreeRepublic. A little background . . . 1. My situation involves a finished basement in a small commercial building with a kitchen sink against a wall that is shared with a bathroom. The building was originally designed with the bathroom on a platform that also functioned as a stairway landing. The kitchen is at "ground" level (i.e., on the concrete floor), 2-3 steps down from the bathroom level....
  • How to Unclog a Toilet Like a Plumber

    09/05/2009 4:12:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 50 replies · 2,919+ views
    The Art of Manliness ^ | September 3, 2009 | Brett & Kate McKay
    - The Art of Manliness - - How to Unclog a Toilet Like a PlumberPosted By Brett & Kate McKay On September 3, 2009 @ 9:49 pm In Manly Skills | 23 Comments Welcome back! Enjoy your stay, and don't forget to man up [1]! [2]It’s every man’s worst fear. You’re at someone’s house, you finish doing your business and flush the toilet, but instead of going down, the water comes up along with whatever you just deposited in the bowl. Would you be paralyzed with panic in that moment? Or do you know what to do?For some reason,...
  • (Milwaukee Mayor) Barrett recovering from attack after leaving State Fair with family

    08/16/2009 8:57:34 AM PDT · by Last Dakotan · 31 replies · 3,566+ views
    JS Online ^ | Aug. 16, 2009 | Nicholas Penzenstadler
    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was recovering Sunday morning after he was beaten with a pipe after leaving the Wisconsin State Fair with his family Saturday night. The mayor is said to be in good condition this morning. Patrick Curley, Barrett's chief of staff said the mayor was resting at the hospital Sunday morning. Although he could not give details on the injuries, Curley said there were "no signs of major trauma." "He's exhausted obviously, but he's resting," Curley said. "All his vitals are good - he can carry on brief conversations." The incident occurred about 10:45 p.m. in the 8800...
  • back-porch dentistry

    04/21/2009 10:03:16 PM PDT · by franksolich · 19 replies · 647+ views
    conservativecave ^ | April 21, 2009 | self
    Some years ago, when I was young and green in judgement, just graduated from college, I moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, so as to be closer to aunts and uncles and cousins. I myself had been born and raised in Nebraska; the parents and older siblings had been born and raised in Pennsylvania and New York, before moving to Nebraska, a trek for which their families never forgave them. The parents and older siblings took to Nebraska like ducks to water, but I myself had always dreamed of, fantasized about, living among hordes of wonderful caring loving relatives. And so when...
  • Instead of Harvard -Try Welding and Plumbing College Instead

    04/26/2008 10:35:16 AM PDT · by slackattack19 · 35 replies · 234+ views
    The Uncommon Sense Blog ^ | 4/25/08 | Dan Taylor
    As a parent, I am reevaluating the merits of the 160K investment I am about to finish making in my daughter's education at the University of Texas. It's not that UT isn't a fantastic school and that my daughter has not done well in her double major of Psychology and Spanish ( 3.95 GPA) it's just that I'm trying to figure out what she does in a year or so to get that back or to even leverage on it in the world that she will find herself.. Perhaps she can be a sort of Dr. Phil for Telemundo going...
  • Study: Toilets Need Radical Redesign

    07/30/2007 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Millee · 70 replies · 1,048+ views
    Live Science ^ | 7/30/07 | Corry Binns
    The Western World's dependence on flush toilets could be its environmental downfall. Toilets that use less water, such as the "squat toilet" in which one squats over a hole in the ground, are prevalent in parts of Asia, Europe and Africa, but a new historical study suggests that after decades of flushing, it will take radical innovations for the mainstream West to adopt any new system. "Most people can hardly imagine that other ways of handling human waste have ever existed," said study author Maj-Britt Quitzau, an environmental sociologist with the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark. "But actually, systems...