Who are we?
Well a good deal on this part of the forum are mostly licensed plumbers but I'm sure some no pro's read here also and that's great.
We don't take any kind of oath to uphold public trust or safety. No hand on the bible. No swearing to god. We answer only to ourselves and the public we serve. We have had a motto for about a hundred years now. Plumbers Protect the Health of the Nation. It's a good motto, short and to the point. It doesn't say we give the public a good deal or great service. It doesn't say we give the public quality products or free advice either. It just says we protect their health. In my opinion, giving certain plumbing advice to people that do not have the schooling, license or experiance to to the job correctly and thouroughly is irresponsible as best and dangerous at worst. So who decides the level of experiance and knowledge? In our state the Plumbers Board does. If you are qualified, you get a license. A man who judges himself is always qualified in his own mind. I want all of you to really think about the dilemma next time a homeowner wants to know how to pipe the water or dwv for his new addition or bath remodel. Is this guy going to follow the code? Will the piping be properly supported and protected. Will he know how to recognize a potential cross connection or backflow situation that could effect the entire neighborhood? Does he really know enough about proper trhreading and assembly procedures as well as testing of gas piping? Worse and most likley of all, will he pull a permit and have the job inspected. Pleas do not assume that he will just because he assured you that he would on the forum. I don't know about you, but if I spend several days replying to him and advising and fine tuning and then he screwed it up and blew the house and his family up in the process I would feel somewhat responsible.
Since Mr Love has decided to post my E mail and name on his site because I had the audacity to question his readers abilities, I can only say that I hope to god that his readers and contributors take steps to protect themselves from either a tragic accident or liability. I've said it before and I'll say it again. As plumbers we must be very carefull to protect the health of the nation and not just the health of our wallets.
This is for Mr. Love; Terry, I hold no animosity twards you or your forum. We have deep differences in opinion and I doubt that will change. Posting my mail and name is not a problem. I, unlike you will gladly answer any and all that wish for a reply. I hope you will do the same, but experiance tell me that is not likley.