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4) Fitting: No, not a “dry” run of putting all parts together to see if they “fit”, also included here to point out another bunch of terms to look-up. …Any pipe part used to join together two sections of pipe, such as elbows, couplings, bushings, bends, wyes, etc.
5) Flow Rate: Wrong…how high water spouts out of tap when handle breaks off and water is still turned on. …Rating in gallons per minute (GPM) or gallons per hour. (GPH)
6) Nipple: Again..this is NOT anatomy …A short length of pipe installed between couplings or other fittings.
7) O-Ring: Has absolutely nothing to do with a Space Shuttle although they serve a slightly similar purpose. …It is a round rubber washer used to create a water tight seal, chiefly around valve stems.
8) Snake; All I could envision here was a real sake put into toilet to “eat” anything in its path on way to septic tank, then screams of next person “using” toilet when snake returns. …A long, highly flexible metal wire or coil used for cleaning drains. Also called plumber's snake.
9) Stillson Wrench: Not a hat that looks like a pipe wrench. …It is a large L shaped pipe wrench. It has jaws that are adjustable and will tighten as pressure on handle is increased. It is also known as a pipe wrench.
10) Teflon Tape: Not a how to video of plumbing projects involving plastics. …A fluorocarbon polymer with non-sticking properties used to wrap pipe threads to seal a joint.
11) Yoke: This is not a funny story by a Swedish plumber. …Usually a brass casting that holds both hot and cold valves and mixing chamber for water.
If you have a plumbing problem and are not sure about how plumbing works, this is not a time to experiment. Take it from personal experience, disasters you can create are not worth need to say “humph who needs a plumber..I can fix this!” Do yourself a BIG favor and consult a plumber. If it is a small job that you can confidently fix yourself I have but one piece of advice to give…shut off water first!!!!!!!
...and that is about it except for these final words that my late father always said:
A good flush beats a full house every time.
Henry Morgan is a computer technician who spends his spare time doing odd jobs as the community "Mr Fix It" He is sponsoring this site: http://www.plumbingworks.info