Tool Tips - August 2010
Commercial Floor Drain Debris
Cutting Holes In Corrugated Steel
Closet Flange HelpWhen roughing a bathroom and you need to hold the closet flange up for cement board and tile, say 3/4 inch, cut three pieces of 1/2-inch copper pipe 3/4-inch long. Stand them on end under the flange where screw holes are (not the bolt slots). Run a screw through the center of the copper and your flange is set at 3/4-inch and tight.
Thomas H. Matson & Son
Commercial Floor Drain DebrisMost commercial kitchen managers swear their employees don’t drop foreign debris into floor drains. But without removing debris, it can be difficult to convince them. So I use my wet vac to vacuum the water and debris from the p-trap first. Then I use a full-size blade to thoroughly clean the pipe. The wet vac removes all sorts of debris, such as glass and silverware, that normally would be pushed downline.
John Driscoll Jr.
A to Z Statewide Plumbing
West Park, Fla.
Cutting Holes In Corrugated SteelEver try to cut a hole in a corrugated steel deck with a large hole saw? Instant disaster! After breaking the pilot bit seven times, the hole saw won’t stay still anyway.
The solution: Cut the same size hole in a small piece of 3/4-inch plywood. Screw it down tightly over the deck location and use as a guide. Don't use any type of pilot bit. Instead, a clutched right-angle drill is better.
Happy Home Plumbing and Heating