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Old 02-12-2009, 09:20 PM   #16
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This is a DIY site, and a lot of our visitors and members don't know the basics of plumbing or other trades. Yes, there's a lot to learn but lots of people learn it by doing it. No reason to make discouraging statements or questions.
My point was, if the guy has no clue what to do with pipes that are capped, he obviously is in over his head.

Dealing with removing the sweated on caps is the easiest part of the job, if he can't figure them out, what is going to happen when he runs into something more difficult?

I have been hired by some HO's who started a project, screwed it up and not only does it cost them a bunch of their time and wasted money on the work they did, I charged a premium for cleaning up their mess.

I have seen HO's build a fireplace and have the chimney terminate below the soffit of a second story roof, want to guess what happens when they use the fireplace?

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Old 02-12-2009, 11:30 PM   #17
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My point was, if the guy has no clue what to do with pipes that are capped, he obviously is in over his head.

Dealing with removing the sweated on caps is the easiest part of the job, if he can't figure them out, what is going to happen when he runs into something more difficult?

I have been hired by some HO's who started a project, screwed it up and not only does it cost them a bunch of their time and wasted money on the work they did, I charged a premium for cleaning up their mess.

I have seen HO's build a fireplace and have the chimney terminate below the soffit of a second story roof, want to guess what happens when they use the fireplace?
You're missing the point, BWally.

The point is that trying and failing and picking one's self up and trying again is the very essence of learning any new skill, whether it be playing tennis, playing the piano, playing chess or installing a carpet.

You may see someone who's in over his/her head.

I just see one more new homeowner who's about to take the "Rite of Passage" into DIY-dom; which is learning how to solder.

Learning to solder is the North American equivalent of jumping out of a tree with a vine tied to your ankles. But, instead of it being the rite of passage of a boy into manhood, it's the rite of passage from the carefree life of an apartment dweller into the burdens and responsibilities of home ownership and maintenance. It's scary, but we all eventually go through it. NolanKyle will too.

See, that's the way ya gotta look at it.
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:22 AM   #18
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A lot of people have learned how to solder by visiting this site, and have successfully completed projects that people told them were over their head. This is DIY.com, not gohireaprofessional.com.

Nobody's going to get killed by making mistakes when learning to do a little plumbing. We're not talking electrical, we're talking soldering.

Nolankyle, if soldering is too intimidating you can cut the caps off and install a compression-type valve, which only requires a couple crescent wrenches to install. Very DIYer-friendly option.

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