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96CommentsPittsburgh, areaJoined January 31st, 2011
I am a retired Journeyman Pipefiter with 43 years service, as one. It's a demanding field & not one for the 98 pound weakling. And, it's taken it's toll on my body.
  • Stainless Steel Fireplace Screen

    I have to admit, it really looks nice, pricey as hell, but nice. But, what happens when the heat of the fire hits it & it starts expanding & warping?

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  • kwhit190211 commented on MisterM's instructable Make a Beer Can Cable Car4 weeks ago
    Make a Beer Can Cable Car

    When I was in Nam (67-68) the gooks made houses out of beer cans, done the same way. Full size houses, where they lived in. Tin cans were plentiful, the weather was stinking hot & miserible and us GI's drank a lot of beer there.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on paleseu's instructable Crunchiest Carrot Chips Ever!!7 weeks ago
    Crunchiest Carrot Chips Ever!!

    Good Lord, what next!

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  • kwhit190211 commented on makjosher's instructable How to Solder Copper Pipe5 months ago
    How to Solder Copper Pipe

    No matter where your at, no matter what you write there is always a english major out there. We all know what the person meant & it's just the english majors like getting their 2 cents in. Who cares, I sure as hell don't. I know this, someone outside of my hooch is giving me a headache from burning grass. English major, you know what that means, right??

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  • How to Bend PVC & Make Incredible Shapes

    Well, that's just the way it is. There's lots of therories, shipping size etc,, it's up for grabs With the steel pipe it's no guarantee that it will be 21'. That's just the average length they can be shorter & lots of times they were. Same/same with plastic pipe.

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  • Clear Sink Clog - FAST, NO BUCKETS, NO CHEMICALS

    If you going to go through that prepartion you may as pull the trap & clean it out before you plug it up tight by stuffing the PVC down it. You only have to loosen 2 more trap nuts before the trap is out.

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  • How to Bend PVC & Make Incredible Shapes

    that's really neat! I was a Pipefitter for 39 years and during that time I installed miles upon miles of pipe. This was one product that we never bent,(plastic). God knows how much steel pipe & tubing I've bent. And, this goes on the same principal in bending steel pipe. You have to fill it up with packed sand before you bend a tight radius.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on bertus52x11's instructable Classic Heat Exchanger10 months ago
    Classic Heat Exchanger

    That's a good idea, you got there. It's very much like the ones I built one time when I broke my foot where I worked. They didn't believe in lost time injuries. So I was stuck in the shop making a lot of these things but, ours were all copper. As they were used to push steam heated oil into a blast furnance to keep the iron pool hot. The things worked like a charm.

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  • Double Rustic Barn Doors (From Framing Lumber)

    PS, so you know, I jused my method on heavy solid steel doors & it works very well. Now, I'm working on a set of steel bi-fold doors. Very safe, as I don't want anything to happen to all the young-uns running around the yard.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on makjosher's instructable How to Solder Copper Pipe10 months ago
    How to Solder Copper Pipe

    Scotchbrite? Nah!. I always use sandcloth. It's on the order of emory cloth where the abrasive is on a cloth backing. And, it comes in rolls that are 1-1/2 inch wide and in 5 yard & longer rolls. It's a much faster way to clean copper tubing as you can use it like you're buffing your shoes. Being drinking water or not doesn't matter as you sure can't clean the inside of the tube with a cloth rag. where some flux may be. You clean the outside because flux has a greasy feel to it. And, it collects dust, hair & what not. You clean the outside just for looks. And, you run hot water through the system to flush the flux and whatever bugs croaked in the tubing while in storage before it is put in a system to be used. And, un-like the person said above, if you want to go whole hog,...

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    Scotchbrite? Nah!. I always use sandcloth. It's on the order of emory cloth where the abrasive is on a cloth backing. And, it comes in rolls that are 1-1/2 inch wide and in 5 yard & longer rolls. It's a much faster way to clean copper tubing as you can use it like you're buffing your shoes. Being drinking water or not doesn't matter as you sure can't clean the inside of the tube with a cloth rag. where some flux may be. You clean the outside because flux has a greasy feel to it. And, it collects dust, hair & what not. You clean the outside just for looks. And, you run hot water through the system to flush the flux and whatever bugs croaked in the tubing while in storage before it is put in a system to be used. And, un-like the person said above, if you want to go whole hog, DO NOT USE flare tubing. Because that also brings out a new set of tools, and experience that the average Joe doesn't have. And, flare or compession fittings can get very pricey very fast. Stick with soldered tubing & fittings. Besides usually, flares are used when your working with gas & soft tubing only.

    There's always a english major in the crowd. Everyone knows what I am saying. Maybe, you should pick up in using the right terminology before you go around and pick on someone that could care less how a word is spelled.

    On copper tubing, a ball of bread works best.

    I'm a retired Pipefitter, myself. I was one for 38 years & never tried that method as it has a tendency to clog things up in copper tubing. Course, I had used it when our crew of fitters had to make 60" leaded, bell & hub cast iron joint having 30 pound service water running through it.

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  • Double Rustic Barn Doors (From Framing Lumber)

    It's not a kit. Sometimes, it pays to study catalogs. You would be surprised on what kind & type of ideas that you can get from that.Sometimes to many, :) Okay, that out of the way, Yes I read how you put safetys on it, which is a good idea. As those doors are notorious for hopping off the track. & they are heavy buggers to try & get back on. I saw in one of my catalogs that type of hardware you used can be pricey, where-as a stick of strut which is 10 feet long costs about $20.00. And, the unistrut trollies go for 25 dollars each. You can get the strut from Home Depot & I always get my trollies from McMastersCarr.com.

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  • DIY Inexpensive Deck Rails Out of Steel Conduit!

    The trouble with conduit is, it rusts

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  • kwhit190211 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Router Planer11 months ago
    Router Planer

    That's a great Instructable. I did something like many moons ago when I made up my Inside the house workbench out of 4x4's that I salvaged out of a scrap pile where I worked at. I made 2 benches up like that so far. And, I have another one to make up on my To Do List. But, I like how the sticks turned out that you did, really neat.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on tassie2's instructable Tube Rounding Vice Grips1 year ago
    Tube Rounding Vice Grips

    I have no idea why you would need to use this tool. Before I retired 10 years ago, I was a Pipefitter & I have run miles upon miles of copper tubing in my 38 years as a pipefitter. I've never used a tool of this type to cut, solder, braze copper tubing. So just what do you need it for? And, also, tubing is usually round, if it's flaten you cut that piece out to get to the round stock & work with that.

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  • Spiral Staircase With a TON of Curves

    It's beautiful, they really did a good job on it. I love just how yellow pine looks even before it's finished. But, when this wood is clear coat finished only one word describes it & that word is WOW!! While a spiral staircase is nice & is great if you have limited roon, personally I don't like them. I've been up & down them a lot & to carry something up or down, their the pits. Sorry, that's just my view on it.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on Phil B's instructable Motor Made New McGyver Style1 year ago
    Motor Made New McGyver Style

    I'm glad that you fixed your motor. But lets put the honor of improvising the fix to you and you alone. Some people can improvise things and some can't, that's just the way it is. Let's leave Macgiver out of it because he had a whole gang of people to figure his way out of things. It was a good show while it lasted, but in real life, let's leave it at that.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on makjosher's instructable How to Solder Copper Pipe1 year ago
    How to Solder Copper Pipe

    Just when are you amateures going to get the nomenclature down right. It is not pipe your talking about, it is tubing. There is a huge difference between the two of them. Usually tubing is thin wall, unless you get into tubing made of steel, then it can get very thick, that's the exception. But, what you are talking about is tubing, not pipe. But, they do make copper pipe. When I was still working, since retired, we used copper pipe on hot sulfuric acid in steel pickling vats. It was much cheaper using that instead of monel pipe for it.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on CHARLESCRANFORD's instructable Stairway Bookshelves1 year ago
    Stairway Bookshelves

    That's a good idea. But, and there always seems to be a "BUT". Just wait until your knees go ka-flouie and you will see the need for the second banister.

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  • Double Rustic Barn Doors (From Framing Lumber)

    Fancy! But in my case I made up these kind of doors a few times. I never use the barn door hardware as it is to easy to pop them off track. And, flatening a kid would be my end. So I use something much more safer. I use uni-strut or what brand you have in your location & depending on the size & weight of the door I use 2 uni-strut dual trolleys per door. This system is a whole lot more safer than the barn door hardware system. As the uni-strut trolleys are totally enclosed by the strut & will not hop off the track. I can remember when I was a kid my grandfather always saying how easy the barn door trolleys popped off the track. And, the door weighed a ton & was hard for him to put back on. It got to the point where he just removed it & hinged the doors.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on diymontreal's instructable Copper Pipe Table Lamp1 year ago
    Copper Pipe Table Lamp

    I wish you people out there would stop calling tubing-pipe and pipe-tubing. There is a big difference between the two.

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  • The Single Most Effective Way to Get Rid of a Sunburn

    I never tried this method for sunburn, sounds interesting. But, what I use for sunburn is what I also use for burns. Use baking soda & water, mix it into a paste. Slop it on a piece of cheese cloth & apply it to the burn. Takes the sting right out. You can skip the cheese cloth but I have to warn you. When it dries it can get messy, hence the cheese cloth.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on icreatable's instructable How To Build A Floor For A House1 year ago
    How To Build A Floor For A House

    In fact, when I submitter the building plan to the building inspecter. He told me that they don't build houses like that anymore. Maybe I'm old school,but when I put something in, it's in to stay!!

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  • How to Make Your Own Security Pins

    3 pins, mean that you can master key it.

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  • How to Solder a Proper Plumbing Connection

    Nix to the steel wool for cleaning the tube. Use sand cloth instead. Much easier to use and easier to clean the tube of sand instead of the steel wool particles. To clean the fitting use the proper sized fitting brush. So much easier to use & much faster. After both tube & fitting is cleaned, use nokorode paste on both, join them together, heat, solder, wipe with a rag, go to the next joint & do the same.

    Paste wise, no. You can use the same paste as you do with regular solder. You just need to use sil-fos as well.

    Tytower, if you prep the copper first, paste the tube & the fitting both, heat the joint with propane torch, add solder the joint will hold pressure. The only time oxy accetylene & silver solder is used is when you are working on refridgerant lines. Silver solder is rarely used on city water. If you have to go back & work on it again, dealing with silver solder is a pain. If you don't know silver solder was used, heating with a propane torch won't get you anywhere, as propane won't get the solder hot enough to remove the fitting

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  • kwhit190211 commented on Luca Gerda's instructable Eerie glowing jars!2 years ago
    Eerie glowing jars!

    Take a look at Amazon. You can get poli glow there.

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  • kwhit190211 commented on makjosher's instructable Simple Sheet Metal Brake: No Welding2 years ago
    Simple Sheet Metal Brake: No Welding

    And, maybe use counter sunk bolts as well. To counter sink the metal there are 2 ways to do it. But the cheapest way is to use a larger bit to counter sink the hole. Just take out enough metal to make the bevel & not drill all the way through the stock.

    You might want to invest into a 4 1/2" hand held angle grinder. You can get thin metal & masonary cutting disks for it as well as grinding wheels of all types, flap wheels, diamond cutting wheels & etc. It's a lot faster then using a hacksaw and even safer, as long as your cautious

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  • Scrap pipe Towel/Coat rack.  Practice your soldering techniques with plumbing scraps!

    Fried, They always seemed to hang up on the valve handles. Never failed to do so. That's on these smaller valves, but on a flanged gate valve with a rising stem, I always hung it on the stem, no problem with that. But, it's hell to make a clothes rack out of 2 1/2" and above flanged rising stem gate valves.

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  • Scrap pipe Towel/Coat rack.  Practice your soldering techniques with plumbing scraps!

    Nice idea, but let me tell you this, in my 38 years as a Journeyman Pipefitter I have hung my coat/shirt/jacket on tons of valves over the years. On small valves like these, your clothes always hang up when you go for a quick snatch to take them off. Looks nice, but I wouldn't do it.

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