Tool Tips - January 2012
Frozen wax rings
Slice through stubborn faucet nutsWhile replacing faucets, occasionally I come across ones that will not come loose. Corrosion and soap scum will “weld” the washers and nuts on. This happens to me primarily on widespread faucets.
My solution? I use a rotary tool with an abrasive cut-off wheel to slice right through those stubborn nuts and washers. It also works to cut off faucets from the top when not able to cut off from below. You can use the tool to cut commode and tank bolts that are stuck as well.
Ganske and Sons Plumbing
Fort Worth, Texas
Frozen wax rings thawed on the goThe wax rings or bowl waxes that I use are packaged in a thin plastic form. If I think I’m going to need a wax ring to set or reset a toilet during the winter, I place one or two - while still in the box - over the defroster vent on the dash of the service truck, making sure that the plastic form is facing down.
While en route to the client, I leave the defroster on high. When I arrive and have determined that I will be needing the wax ring, I remove it from the box. Leaving it in the plastic form, I float it in the lav bowl of hot or warm water, depending on how cold it still is.
Herman Plumbing Co.
Grand Island, Neb.
No bifocals, no problemI am 62 years old and do not like to wear my bifocals. Some of the tricks I’ve learned to get by include:
Ralph’s Water Conditioning
Black Creek, Wis.