FIRST PLACE We recently bought a new tool that is normally used to unplug 1 1/4- to 4-inch sewer lines with air pressured up to approximately 80 pounds of air. Recently, we had a no heat call and found that the oil line was clogged with debris. We didn't have the tool we would ordinarily use in this case so we improvised. We adapted the sewer line tool's 1/2-inch male iron pipe threads and screwed a female iron pipe by male flare fitting to hook up to the oil line.
Clearing Oil Lines
We then filled it with approximately 60-70 pounds of air with our small air compressor and blew the oil line back to the tank. Needless to say, it worked perfectly.
Now we not only keep all types of fittings for plugged sewer lines, but all types of fittings to adapt to oil lines as well.
Shaun M. Campbell
Nut Divers Vs. ScrewdriversI am a master plumber and gas fitter, as well as an HVAC contractor. In the HVAC industry, every tech has a set of nut drivers, and most of them probably have the type with cushion grips. But I have yet to see them in a plumber's bag. Consider using them. I use mine every day, mostly for plumbing - 1/2 inch to bolt tanks to bowls; 9/16 inch to bolt bowls to floors; 7/16 inch for lav faucets; and 3/8 inch for the bolts on garbage disposals.
If you're a plumber, give them a shot. Nut drivers sure beat a screwdriver or basin wrench.
Sealy Mechanical Services
Oil Filter Wrench?When installing kitchen sink strainers, have you ever had your pliers slip off the large basket strainer nut? Instead of cutting up your knuckles, here's a good tool that works better.
I use a common automotive oil filter wrench, the ones with jaws like pliers with good teeth. The wrench is the perfect size for basket strainer nuts under the sink, allowing you to tighten and not worry about slipping off the threads.
J&M Plumbing Co.
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