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  • Burst Water Pipe Reveals Century-Old Crusader Murals in Jerusalem

    05/14/2014 7:49:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 15 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 - http://artofmanliness.com - 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...
  • NASA Study Reveals Leaks In Antarctic 'Plumbing System'

    02/15/2007 4:09:51 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 908+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-15-2007 | NASA/Goddard
    Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Date: February 15, 2007 NASA Study Reveals Leaks In Antarctic 'Plumbing System' Science Daily — Scientists using NASA satellites have discovered an extensive network of waterways beneath a fast-moving Antarctic ice stream that provide clues as to how "leaks" in the system impact sea level and the world's largest ice sheet. Antarctica holds about 90 percent of the world's ice and 70 percent of the world's reservoir of fresh water. From December 2003 to December 2005, MODIS captured these two images showing a draw down of water in a subglacial lake (left)and the rise of...
  • Question about shut-off valve to toilet (what type to get)?

    12/11/2006 8:57:32 PM PST · by rudy45 · 37 replies · 9,228+ views
    I went to Home Depot because I may need to replace shutoff valves to the toilets in our home. We have copper pipes. I saw several different types of valves. I believe I have, right now, multiturn rather than 1/4 turn valve. However, what is the difference between a "sweat" connection and a compression connection and an iron connection? Also, the part of the valve into which the pipe stub goes appears to be unthreaded. How, then, does the valve stay on the pipe? Thanks.
  • Woman Gets Beer From Her Kitchen Faucet

    03/13/2006 1:41:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies · 713+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | Mar. 13, 2006
    Woman Gets Beer From Her Kitchen Faucet AP It almost seemed like a miracle to Haldis Gundersen when she turned on her kitchen faucet this weekend and found the water had turned into beer. Two flights down, employees and customers at the Big Tower Bar were horrified when water poured out of the beer taps. By an improbable feat of clumsy plumbing, someone at the bar in Kristiandsund, western Norway, had accidentally hooked the beer hoses to the water pipes for Gundersen's apartment. "We had settled down for a cozy Saturday evening, had a nice dinner, and I was just...
  • High-Tech Toilet Seat Selling Like Hotcakes

    12/15/2005 3:07:40 PM PST · by rawhide · 20 replies · 408+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Thursday, December 15, 2005 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO — Scott Pinizzotto is used to the giggles whenever he brings up high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people's bottoms. Yet he continues to believe he's sitting on a potential gold mine. "This is the next evolution of the toilet," Pinizzotto said of the Swash, an upscale seat made by his San Francisco startup, Brondell Inc. "We are trying to educate people that there is a more hygienic and comfortable way to go to the bathroom." Introduced nearly a year ago, the Swash is designed to transform a run-of-the-mill toilet into a bidet — a device that...
  • PLUMBING QUESTION - Changing a WATER PRESSURE REDUCER in my townhouse (Handymen/women welcome!...)

    12/12/2005 10:14:10 AM PST · by ElPatriota · 98 replies · 2,137+ views
    Hi all, All of the sudden when I was taking a shower, the pressure just increased at least by a factor or 2X... too strong!...I had to reduce the pressure from the shower head. Anyway, the water company came to check and found the pressure (78 lbs) which is normal so they said to check the "Water Pressure Reducer." (about $50.00) it seems this is what it is, although I can never be sure until a plumber looks at it. I already found out it costs $250.00. Not a lot but still.... On the surface it does not seem like...
  • Experts debating toilet standards (Pols Present Poop on Privy Policies)

    09/27/2005 3:40:50 PM PDT · by Cowman · 20 replies · 970+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 27 September 2005
    Experts debating toilet standards Toilet experts have gathered in Belfast for a conference to explore issues of public lavatory standards in countries across the globe. It is the first World Toilet Summit to be held outside the Far East. Delegates come from such sectors as public health and educational authorities, hospitality and tourism bodies as well as toilet providers. The Bog Standard campaign to raise the calibre of Northern Ireland's school toilets is also being launched. It wants to "bring awareness of the health and learning benefits of better toilets for pupils", a statement said. The campaign will also encourage...
  • Question about bathroom sinks

    09/20/2005 11:02:05 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 22 replies · 567+ views
    self
    Friends of ours moved into a home recently. To my surprise, when I went to a bathroom, I found that the sink had NO overflow protection. Wouldn't you know it, a few days later, I learned that someone had stopped the sink but left the faucet running. The overflow caused damage to the ceiling below the bathroom. I called Home Depot and they said the only sinks they sell are ones WITH overflow protection. Are there any code requirements regarding overflow protection for bathroom sinks? Thanks.
  • Artist plunges deep into toilet seat fixation

    01/11/2005 6:51:08 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 8 replies · 481+ views
    The Dominion Post ^ | 2005/01/11
    ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas -- Commodious it is not, but the world's only known Toilet Seat Art Museum is nevertheless an impressive sight. More than 720 decorated toilet seats line the walls and hang from the rafters of Barney Smith's garage in suburban San Ant onio, a testament to one man's lifelong love affair with plumbing. Flush with artistic inspiration, Smith, an 83-year-old retired master plumber, has created on toilet seats what a lesser artist might have merely committed to canvas, or at least velvet. The facilities include toilet seats commemorating momentous world events (World War II; the fall of the...
  • FBI & Probers Targeted / Say terror sheik's Staten I. aide found (Agents) homes

    04/23/2002 2:07:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 74 replies · 732+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/23/02 | GREG B. SMITH
    A Staten Island mailman who was a follower of the blind terror sheik tracked down confidential addresses of FBI agents and prosecutors pursuing Al Qaeda, according to court records and federal sources. Ahmed Sattar, described by federal prosecutors as a point man for a major terror group in America, was spotted by one federal agent near his home. The agent moved his family from the area.Sattar also was put on the federal payroll, receiving thousands of dollars to be a paralegal for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman during his 1995 terror trial, government officials said.Even though federal investigators became suspicious of...
  • Privy to secrets of Monticello/Operation of privies a mystery (T Jefferson Indoor Crapper Design)

    08/10/2003 7:39:25 AM PDT · by putupon · 13 replies · 431+ views
    <p>CHARLOTTESVILLE - It might not be the mystery of the century, but historical researchers at Monticello are puzzling over just how Thomas Jefferson's elaborate but primitive system of privies operated both inside the great house and out.</p> <p>Was the waste meant to be flushed away by water or hauled out by a wheeled device called an "earth car?" Were the privies locked for use only by the select? Were they used according to gender or station? What was used for toilet paper? Did they wash their hands after? What was the purpose of the long tunnels connected to the privies that Jefferson referred to as "sinks"? Why did he call the privies "air closets?"</p>
  • Cafe Toilets Get Makeover

    05/13/2003 11:53:13 AM PDT · by Carpet Kitten · 17 replies · 480+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 12 | Catherine Bremer
    Ask any tourist to describe a Paris cafe toilet and prepare for a toe-curling account of the horrors of squatting over an impossibly small hole in the floor of a squalid, cupboard-sized cubicle. The smell and the fear of splashes, the lack of soap or towel, the timer light that leaves you in darkness after a minute -- and the indignation of having to pay for the ordeal, has left its mark on generations of visitors to France. Not surprising then, that a handful of imaginative young designers decided to take the matter in hand. Using custom-built steel fittings and...
  • Real Florida: The postmodern privy

    07/22/2002 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 618+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 22, 2002 | JEFF KLINKENBERG
    "A rattlesnake isn't good company when you're sitting on the john," declares 79-year-old Jim Parkhill, born in Louisiana and a longtime St. Petersburg resident. "But the main thing I don't miss is the spiders. They could bite you on a tender spot. Before you sat, it was always smart to light yourself a little old torch and wave it under the seat. That way you could scare away the black widows hid there." FORT WHITE -- The rest of the country is tearing down outhouses and shouting hallelujah. Stephen Henry, modern guy, has no complaints about indoor toilets either....