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Old 10-15-2015, 07:50 AM   #241
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Wet vac also good for catching the glug glug when replacing w/h gas control valves and elements. Only had issues once or twice over the years, once when the element had ruptured/exploded and wouldn't come out the hole and I had to break it off inside (now if it doesn't come out first try I put it back in and drain) and once on a whirlpool elect when, I saw the 1 3/8 element sticker and thought "ok so what?" so what indeed all others are 1 1/4 but I didn't know it yet. What a pain oddball reverse thread thermocouple and oddball elements hate whirlpool
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I use self clumping kitty litter on toilet removals. Add in 2 cups gets all the water in the trap. Scoop out what you can (unless replacing toilet). sprinkle a cup into the tank too, only if your replacing the tank. Otherwise it can get messy.

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Seems to me a wet vac would be a lot less messy than wet kitty litter...
A guy has to keep his edge. If he followed your advice he would have to change his avator to just plain Max718.
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Best trick I've learned about plumbing.....hire a plumber.
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:14 PM   #244
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Best trick I've learned about plumbing.....hire a plumber.
It's a lot cheaper to do it before you try to do it yourself, you save the aggravation fee.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:59 AM   #245
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Seems to me a wet vac would be a lot less messy than wet kitty litter...
I bought a bucket vac just for that purpose.
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You still have to dump the wet vac. And now you have a wet... vac. With poop water. Which now you have to clean. or have it slosh around. And then let dry. otherwise it will grow mold. And its clumping kitty litter!

I've also used a travel john (its a nylon mesh filled with diaper crystals in a barf bag basically). Take it out, drop it in with mesh. In 1 min, it will soak up all the water.

Just costs more to use than clumping kitty litter.

We get a lot of odd folks in NY. I guess Im one of them. One guy I worked with loved smashing toilets. Just didn't make sense, makes a huge mess, with shards of pieces everwhere, and water everywhere. Just.. nasty. He'd demo the toilet before the rest of the bathroom.

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I bought a bucket vac just for that purpose.
You mean one of those 5 gallon bucket attachments? I never thought of that for some reason. Does it work well?
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I can't tell you how many times I've fixed a slow or clogged drain by plugging up all the other drains in the room and putting a shop vac over the drain in the sink with a work glove wrapped around the joint to make a good seal.

Sucks the clog back out the way it came in, and beats the crap out of snaking a line more times than not.
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You mean one of those 5 gallon bucket attachments? I never thought of that for some reason. Does it work well?
Works awesome!
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You still have to dump the wet vac. And now you have a wet... vac. With poop water. Which now you have to clean. or have it slosh around. And then let dry. otherwise it will grow mold. And its clumping kitty litter!

I've also used a travel john (its a nylon mesh filled with diaper crystals in a barf bag basically). Take it out, drop it in with mesh. In 1 min, it will soak up all the water.

Just costs more to use than clumping kitty litter.

We get a lot of odd folks in NY. I guess Im one of them. One guy I worked with loved smashing toilets. Just didn't make sense, makes a huge mess, with shards of pieces everwhere, and water everywhere. Just.. nasty. He'd demo the toilet before the rest of the bathroom.
I would bet that the water in the toilet is cleaner than most light switches.
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I use a suction gun for the water in the toilet. It's small and I don't waste a vac on it.
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Seems to me a wet vac would be a lot less messy than wet kitty litter...
Ya I have 5 shop vacs, no cats and zero kitty litter.

I have pussy close by but I don't make it poop and pee in a box.
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I use a suction gun for the water in the toilet. It's small and I don't waste a vac on it.
I bought the bucket vac at HD with an extended warranty.
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Strap wrench for slip couplings in tight spaces
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Keep a couple 5' sections of fence posts from an old galvanized link fence in the truck to use as a strong arm. Simply slip the the steel tubes over the handle of your pipe wrenches to out muscle those rusted couplings. They are lighter and easier to use than black pipes.

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