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Old 06-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #46
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Just thought I'd post a pic of my son doing pipe thread.....

"Dad- How come the threads look all jacked? Shouldn't we put some oil on it?
How do we connect steel to all the PVC we ran?"
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #47
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"Dad- How come the threads look all jacked? Shouldn't we put some oil on it?
How do we connect steel to all the PVC we ran?"
Oil? We don't need no stinking oil.....

PVC? Some RTV and a lot of duct tape should do the trick.



eplumb....the oil pump on that threader was not working....I was having to pour the oil on it manually....and that stuff does stink...
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #48
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And I'm sorry to disagree with your disagree......

I realize you don't know the abilities of my son...but....I was supervising his every move.....and that 'spinning' pipe is not spinning very fast. With all the pipe I have cut and threaded....about the only way to get hurt is if you stick you finger in the pipe and get cut by a burr on the inside....or drop the pipe on your foot.

Besides....how is a kid to learn if you don't let them try it.

Would I let him help me roof the house? No...

The best analogy I can give to teaching kids is with how do you teach a kid that fire is hot? We can tell them all day long but they won't believe us until they try it for themselves.

A good parent lets them get burned a little (1st degree)....a bad parent would let them get 3rd degree. All my kids have had 1st degree burns...and they stay away from hot things....and I don't have to tell them.

My kids are NOT going to grow up being part of the 47%.
Im sure you know your child better than me. Sorry.

The picture just gave me the willies for a bit. At least one kid will know how to thread pipe in the future.

And you are right, I had my own son up on the roof at his age, teaching him every step of the way. He is now 33, and he went out on an Infrared survey with me the other night. He was putting up the ladder and I started telling him what to do. He stopped, turned around and said "Dad, you told me the right way back when I was 8 years old, now can it, will you"!

so sorry, nobody cares more about that kid than you do, Im sure.
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when i was that age, i was humping foundation forms, digging for footings, guiding concrete trucks while working the shoot. i helped my dad roof the house. oh and cutting down 50+' trees. and other things o don't even remember now.
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In the not so distant future that machine will be unfortunately in a museum along with a lead kettle spoon and leading tools.
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The American craftsman is already in the museum. I am amazed at the lack of good people entering the trades.

We are going to have to continue to import people into the US to build homes and they are hardly professionals in 95% of the cases.
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