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[#] Thu Jun 08 2006 21:03:03 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Unlike the majority of Argentine buildings I have excellent water presssure.
My water tank is about 50' up the hill and holds 20,000 liters. The pipes are 60+ years old and rotted out.

The only reason they're rotted out is the previous owner lived here 20 years and fixed nothing unless it was life-threatening. there was a leak in a kitchen faucet that went unrepaired for two decades, the water followed the pipe through the concrete foundation rotting it and others nearby.

My daily dining room has a hole in it two meters by two meters by 30cm deep full of mud. Eventually I had planned on replacing all these pipes anyhow but when time permitted, not now with a bunch of projects in progress...



Photos in a few days.

[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 05:57:40 EDT from girthta @ Uncensored

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wow. That sux.


[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 09:29:30 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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majorly... few people on here can say they fixed a 2 meter hole of mud in their dining room...

[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 11:25:22 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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If somebody said to you "I have a house to sell you in argentina" exactly what would you think you'd be getting?

[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 11:33:01 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The Biltmore Estate.

But then, I'm delusional.

[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 17:46:01 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I have water in two of three bathrooms, the kitchen, kitchen office, old kitchen, garage and all of the property. Only one bath is without water.

It's easy to see the path of leakage from that one, old, faucet over the years and the progression of rust. Nearby the pipes were swiss cheese, five meters away they're rusted but usable, 10 meters away they're fine.

Great lesson, if I were someone who didn't fix stuph.



[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 18:23:01 EDT from "hjalfi" <hjalfi@uncensored> to curly surmudgeon <curly_surmudgeon@dogpound2.citadel.org>

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Your pipes rusted? How old are they?

(Pipes here are either copper or plastic downstream of the stop-cock, and nearly always plastic upstream of the stop-cock to the house boundary, although occasionally you still get some ancient legacy cast-iron stuff that hasn't been replaced yet.)



[#] Fri Jun 09 2006 23:59:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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(Heh. Heh-heh. He said "cock")

[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 00:18:45 EDT from harry @ Uncensored

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In the US, We call them "valves". I am assuming that a "stop-cock" is a device to stop water flowing through the pipes.



Although it might also refer to a faucet, according to google.


[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 11:32:31 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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It's a chastity belt.

[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 12:39:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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<grin>

[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 15:35:17 EDT from "hjalfi" <hjalfi@uncensored> to IGnatius T Foobar <ajc@uncensored.citadel.org>

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Stop cock.

It's a specific type of valve intended to control the entire water flow onto a property.

...

Tell you what, I'll just wait over here until you get your minds out of the gutter...




[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 17:54:18 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Ball valve, sometimes called a "globe" valve...
needle valve...
butterfly valve....

never heard of a "stopcock" before.

[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 18:21:08 EDT from harry @ Uncensored

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I think "stopcock" is therefor in USA parlance a master valve at the street usually, just past the water meter.

At least that's what it sounds like.

I've had to use that once or twice when something majorly bad happens to our house plumbing.

Most of the time, I've never had to touch it.


[#] Sat Jun 10 2006 23:03:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Umm, yeah, it's just a valve on the water main for a building. I thought it was obvious but the double entendre was funny anyway.

[#] Mon Jun 12 2006 20:41:50 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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A "stop-cock" is called a "gate valve" in the USA.

hjalfi: These pipes are 65 years old.

http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h73/CurlySurmudgeon/ are a few, bad, photos taken during the process. Three rooms are torn up.

[#] Tue Jun 13 2006 05:42:57 EDT from "hjalfi" <dg@uncensored> to curly surmudgeon <curly_surmudgeon@dogpound2.citadel.org>

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We have gate valves too --- they're different.

Okay, so being 65 years old is a reasonable excuse for using iron pipework; I'd still be inclined to simply rip the whole lot out and start again from scratch. (As I suspect you're doing from looking at the photos...)



[#] Tue Jun 13 2006 14:16:50 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Today I went to greenburgh town hall and picked up my slopes survey, and my watershed something or other forms. They didn't give me my $100 back like they said they would.
So now I just await the architects stamp and I can Apply For My Building Permit.
wheeeeeeeeeeee......... I love bureaucracy.

[#] Tue Jun 13 2006 17:33:27 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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Maybe William Cecil would make you an offer, fleeb.

[#] Thu Jun 15 2006 12:29:08 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Got my nice stamped paperwork from the architect. woo hoo.
All I have to do now is make some photocopies fill out some names and addresses and submit the form to get the really royal screwing from the town of greenburgh. I can't wiat.

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