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  • #16
    Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

    Used to soak my rope runner for a week in cutting oil before using it for the first time.

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    • #17
      Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

      Originally posted by APHCO View Post
      .......and then rub the just cleaned joint with a plumbers candle to keep it from oxidizing and to act as a flux while you are wiping. A plumbers candle is the big fat candles that contain alot of stearic acid.
      Got any pics? Does it look like a regular candle that you light?
      Buy cheap, buy twice.

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      • #18
        Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

        I got to the hammers and all I thought was:

        Hammer
        Hammer
        Hammer
        Hammer

        I know none of the technical names.

        J.C.

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        • #19
          Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

          Originally posted by rookie plumber View Post
          Used to soak my rope runner for a week in cutting oil before using it for the first time.
          How come, I never heard that...could ya teach me why

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          • #20
            Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

            I still have some of those tools, mostly use them for other things like gardening and tinkering around the shop.

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            • #21
              Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

              Originally posted by TozziWelding View Post
              I have the lead tools, I use them for making bullets and fishing gear
              I pour a lot of fishing stuff too...
              411 Plumb Appliance Stimulus Package

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              • #22
                Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
                Got any pics? Does it look like a regular candle that you light?

                I'll take some pictures in a few days of some tools, wiped joints and candles. The candles are just large candles with wicks. There are other things the old timers used as flux but I have only used candles.

                Are the instructions for posting pictures on a sticky or somewhere else? While I can wipe lead joints, I don't know how to post pictures. Time to learn!

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                • #23
                  Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                  You can put a lobster pot on the lead burner, works super!

                  Still teach lead joinery. Kids love it. Playing with molten lead, great fun.
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                  • #24
                    Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                    Originally posted by rookie plumber View Post
                    Used to soak my rope runner for a week in cutting oil before using it for the first time.
                    Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                    How come, I never heard that...could ya teach me why
                    Softens the runner and keeps the lead from sticking to it. Sticky lead is bad

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                    • #25
                      Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                      Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                      Softens the runner and keeps the lead from sticking to it. Sticky lead is bad
                      Ahhh Thank you , I never knew that

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                      • #26
                        Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                        Plus it stinks the house up to high heaven. I seem to recall some commercial prep that didn't stink so bad nor catch fire the first couple of pours but I can't remember the name.
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                        • #27
                          Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                          Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
                          You can put a lobster pot on the lead burner, works super!

                          Oh thats a good idea Mmmmmmm...Lobster

                          Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
                          Still teach lead joinery. Kids love it. Playing with molten lead, great fun.
                          Thats cool, I used to love when my shop teachers etc would do the "cool stuff"

                          I remember this one shop class I took in Bayport NY, they let me make a grappling hook,. It was kinda neat

                          Going back on topic, Glad to see that the art is not yet lost

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                          • #28
                            Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                            You can still pick up the tool kits, here is a partial kit for sale:

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                            • #29
                              Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                              My first partner was a Chicago plumber. He was my age, but I was a 32 year old first year apprentice, and he had been journeyed out for several years. He had several old timers during his apprenticeship. They taught him "old school." He caught me caulking a joint using my claw hammer, he kindly told me to stop what I was doing, and use a ball peen hammer. I asked why, and he said that was how he was taught, and that's how I was going to learn. I used a ball peen hammer as long as we were partnered up, but I haven't used one since.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Plumbing has Kinda Changed Huh?

                                Originally posted by Bogart View Post
                                My first partner was a Chicago plumber. He was my age, but I was a 32 year old first year apprentice, and he had been journeyed out for several years. He had several old timers during his apprenticeship. They taught him "old school." He caught me caulking a joint using my claw hammer, he kindly told me to stop what I was doing, and use a ball peen hammer. I asked why, and he said that was how he was taught, and that's how I was going to learn. I used a ball peen hammer as long as we were partnered up, but I haven't used one since.
                                When I went down state for my test, lots of the guys lost a few points for having the wrong hammer. They want a 16oz ball peen hammer, which I knew since I was taught by the old timers as well. I got a laugh when I broke up my joint and returned to the examiner with my lead and oakum, and he said Oh you must be from Chicago, these southern boys do not do much lead work.
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