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  • The plunger that saved thanksgiving

    my last call before thanksgiving was to clear a stopped up kitchen sink drain.

    the referral customer was visiting from boston and doesn't own a disposal. so when she decided to dispose of the veggie peelings, she had no idea that you can't stuff it in and turn it on

    she managed to plug up just the disposal side and not the strainer side.

    the sink drains through a common 2 part waste divertor 1.5'' tee.

    i get there to find the plunger in the sink and water standing in the disposal side.

    just a straight 1' run to the tee.

    grab my vice grips to clamp off the 7/8'' dishwasher air gap hose from the disposal. this allows me to use my "grapefruit" plunger to open the stoppage at the tee and allow the sink to drain.

    remove my vice grips, test both sides and the dishwasher and off to install joey's new oven just in time for turkey

    knowing how to use the plunger and vice grips is what got me through in seconds and home faster than joey could call and ask when i'm coming home

    happy plunging tomorrow

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

    Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
    my last call before thanksgiving was to clear a stopped up kitchen sink drain.

    the referral customer was visiting from boston and doesn't own a disposal. so when she decided to dispose of the veggie peelings, she had no idea that you can't stuff it in and turn it on

    she managed to plug up just the disposal side and not the strainer side.

    the sink drains through a common 2 part waste divertor 1.5'' tee.

    i get there to find the plunger in the sink and water standing in the disposal side.

    just a straight 1' run to the tee.

    grab my vice grips to clamp off the 7/8'' dishwasher air gap hose from the disposal. this allows me to use my "grapefruit" plunger to open the stoppage at the tee and allow the sink to drain.

    remove my vice grips, test both sides and the dishwasher and off to install joey's new oven just in time for turkey

    knowing how to use the plunger and vice grips is what got me through in seconds and home faster than joey could call and ask when i'm coming home

    happy plunging tomorrow

    rick.
    HACK!

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    • #3
      Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

      Just kidding, you guy have a nice time with your families Thursday and Friday.

      Mark
      "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

      I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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      • #4
        Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

        90 day warranty

        happy customer

        $55. thrilled customer

        i guess i could have sold her a c/o and a snaking and ruined her holiday visit

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

          Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
          Just kidding, you guy have a nice time with your families Thursday and Friday.

          Mark
          you know why i'm going early to joey's brother house

          to assemble the new turkey oiless fryer

          but first need to finish the oven install

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

            Rick, my last call of the day was similar. The drain-baffle was so packed though that I had to disassemble it to get all the junk out. I also replaced their kitchen sprayer while I was there. Oh no, a sale! They were so thankful that I presented that opportunity to them.
            I charged well more than double what you did, and the couple thanked me profusely for showing up so fast. The wife asked for a handful of business cards and told me that I was now their plumber forever!

            Making people happy, and making money in sales go hand in hand.
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            • #7
              Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

              Disposal stoppages are where I use my plunger a lot. Actually, that is about the only place I use one!

              Rick, good luck with your oven install. And have a great Thanksgiving! Fried turkey is amazing, I wish we were doing that this year.
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              • #8
                Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                I rarely....should say never use a plunger on a sink because those compression ferrules will have a tendency to leak shortly thereafter.


                You can effectively clean that piping when removed because what you'll find is a scaling on that disposer arm that's causing the waste matter to hang up most times, along with the baffled tee that has crud buildup over the years.



                Taking it apart will send you to the bathtub or outdoor hose faucet to spray it clean or just replace it all to save the effort of cleaning.


                Tubular piping under a sink is never designed for pressurizing whatsoever, just gravity type drainage.


                Just a slight backup can cause those compression ferrules to leak, let alone vigorous plunging.
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                • #9
                  Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                  Eeeuuuwww!!!! you put that nasty toilet plunger in her kitchen sink?

                  90 warranty? excellent! you'll be back there before Christmas fixing leaks and trying to unclog the vent that's full of food debris

                  Obviously, you've never had a trap blow off doing that

                  Did you check the discharge hose between the clamp and disposer for goop?

                  The plunger is my last choice...not my first
                  Last edited by plumberscrack; 11-27-2008, 09:58 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                    Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                    Eeeuuuwww!!!! you put that nasty toilet plunger in her kitchen sink?

                    90 warranty? excellent! you'll be back there before Christmas fixing leaks and trying to unclog the vent that's full of food debris

                    Obviously, you've never had a trap blow off doing that

                    Did you check the discharge hose between the clamp and disposer for goop?

                    The plunger is my last choice...not my first
                    Excellent...
                    I love GOOD conflict.

                    He has two hanging on the backdoor of the truck.I don't know if they are both used for cross contamination.

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                    • #11
                      Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                      Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                      Eeeuuuwww!!!! you put that nasty toilet plunger in her kitchen sink?

                      do you really think i put the toilet plunger in the sink?
                      that's why i carry 2. thanks adam

                      90 warranty? excellent! you'll be back there before Christmas fixing leaks and trying to unclog the vent that's full of food debris

                      it didn't leak when i left, why would it start now? there are only 2 slip joint connections that were affected. vent doesn't come into play, air gap was pinched off and disposal and dishwasher was tested prior to leaving
                      plus i schooled the owner and owners sister in the proper use of a disposal

                      Obviously, you've never had a trap blow off doing that
                      trap was never part of the stoppage. only the branch of the diverter tee and slip joint of the disposal.

                      Did you check the discharge hose between the clamp and disposer for goop?
                      stuck my finger in thereand test run the dishwasher and cleaned out the air gap of food from their attempts

                      The plunger is my last choice...not my first
                      i guess i could have bailed out all the water into the other compartment and disconnected the tail piece from the disposal and tee, reached in there and grabbed some veggies and prayed the disposal connection was not rotted

                      i made the right choice

                      rick.
                      phoebe it is

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                      • #12
                        Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                        Whatever Rick

                        It's the day before Thanksgiving and you were the hero just by being lazy

                        I would never second guess your methods. If it works for you and the customer that's all that matters, right?

                        You need to post a pic of this now famous Grapefruit Plunger

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                        • #13
                          Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                          Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                          90 day warranty

                          happy customer

                          $55. thrilled customer

                          i guess i could have sold her a c/o and a snaking and ruined her holiday visit

                          rick.
                          WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! Didn't you learn anything from your Best friend Leonard Jack. You LOST MONEY! YOU PAID THEM TO DO THE JOB! You said it yourself. Leonard Jack and his company are the "real deal".

                          No debate here. JC is getting hungry. JC wants to go see friends and family. JC wants turkey & football. Then JC will go to Bourbon Bob's and shoot BB guns.

                          Happy Thanksgiving!

                          J.C.

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                          • #14
                            Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                            Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
                            WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! Didn't you learn anything from your Best friend Leonard Jack. You LOST MONEY! YOU PAID THEM TO DO THE JOB! You said it yourself. Leonard Jack and his company are the "real deal".

                            No debate here. JC is getting hungry. JC wants to go see friends and family. JC wants turkey & football. Then JC will go to Bourbon Bob's and shoot BB guns.

                            Happy Thanksgiving!

                            J.C.
                            right and wrong

                            leonard would have done it for $45, but then crawled under their house with a camera and taken pictures

                            i did it in minutes and didn't take pictures or had to crawl
                            but i did write a novel about it

                            truthfully, leonard is the real deal. he does what he preaches

                            rick.
                            phoebe it is

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                            • #15
                              Re: The plunger that saved thanksgiving

                              Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                              right and wrong

                              leonard would have done it for $45, but then crawled under their house with a camera and taken pictures

                              i did it in minutes and didn't take pictures or had to crawl
                              but i did write a novel about it

                              truthfully, leonard is the real deal. he does what he preaches

                              rick.
                              You don't have to tell me anything. I believe he does EXACTLY WHAT HE PREACHES.

                              Alot of old people have canceled checks for thou$ands to prove it.

                              JC needs a biscuit.

                              J.C.

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