Tool Tips - November 2007
Parking Your Service Vehicle
Kerosene Hand Pump
Nut And WasherWhen installing a toilet, I’ve found it is much easier when you install the Johnibolts to tighten a nut and washer on them both before you set the toilet. That way they stand straight. It’s very helpful to set the toilet.
Jerry Slifka Plumbing
Back UpThis tip regards the largest tool you have - your service vehicle. I instruct all my service techs, if at all possible, to back into a customer’s driveway. At that time, they can see both ways and, of course, they need to make sure it’s clear of all small children.
Most vehicles are accessed from the rear. And it also makes it much easier to drive out after completing the job.
Easy OutWhen we needed to get the water out of the toilet, we sponged it out. But we’ve now found that a kerosene hand pump powered by two D batteries works fast and clean, and we’re on to the next one.
Interstate Plumbing & Drain Cleaning
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