PVC trap trick

When snaking a sink drain, I use an extra 2”, 1 1/2” or 1 1/4’ PVC trap that I cut a hole out of the top of the waste bend. I replace the existing trap, feed my cable in the hole and this enables me to run some water so I know when the stoppage is cleared. It also helps in flushing the line out while I’m snaking.

Michael Stefans

Vine’s Plumbing & Water Restoration

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Easy lifting

When removing or moving heavy items such as furnaces and water heaters, I have found it to be extremely easy to move equipment by using golf balls — no mater how heavy the item. Actually, it happened by accident. I removed the bricks holding up a large furnace. I didn’t check under the furnace, so when I kicked out the last brick, the furnace didn’t fully fall to the floor. Disappointed in myself for not checking under the furnace before kicking out the bricks, it turned out to be a good thing. The furnace landed on some golf balls, and low and behold, I pushed that large furnace around the basement with ease! It turned on a dime with little to no effort what so ever. Now my tool pouch always has some golf balls inside!

Dennis Zoromski

Denny’s Heating & Cooling

Thorp, Wisconsin


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