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    Good work!

    As for the clutch

    How hard can it be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Thank you, however the truth remains it is upside down and merely an adequate job.
    Easily fixed. More tape. Not the pipe tape. A wee bit of chrome tape over the Hang bit and all is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    This is Thailand. Mai pen rai.
    I am getting there. Slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    chrome tape
    More YouTube time perhaps? What is chrome tape and does it destroy the blue pvc millings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    What is chrome tape
    Tape that looks like chrome to tape over the upside down Hang brand name on tap.

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    That's erm... a lot of excess pipe there

    Have you tried Yellow Pages?

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    It doubles as an extended bum gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Getting small problems resolved can be problematic.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    One example is a casual worker to do grunt work around the garden. Two years into the conversation and still we have no help.
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    She has told me that one reason she is cautious about tradesmen/workers is that I have a tendency to grumble about the quality of the work done. That's a fair cop,
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    she still cannot or will not help me to find a different mechanic to fix it.
    Kind of been there.

    You want your stuff made/fixed properly.

    She can't guarantee that.


    You 'grumble' and can't keep your face.

    Makes her lose face too

    Better to be avoided

    Clever girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post


    That's erm... a lot of excess pipe there

    Have you tried Yellow Pages?
    I've been working in a bathroom trying to fit new taps and a shower head and all the plumbing is so far out of square making it impossible to fit the new hardware without making changes.

    Then it come to fit a bath tub and the walls are so far out of square I have to cut each tile halving the error over 90 degrees.

    Normally a 1 day project is in its 4th day.

    Why Thai builders cannot use levels and squares let alone lasers is beyond me.

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    with Thai pipe threads you have to work from the tap backwards, i shit you not or as Shutree found out it all goes Pete Tong

    PS

    also all the blue pipe is routed through the wall to outside, floors raised and never buried and therefore all Hong Nams are at the back so you don't see the pipes running along the wall

    pps

    did i mention P and S traps and 8 degree runs, fuk 5 degrees
    Last edited by malmomike77; 29-09-2022 at 03:10 AM.

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    ^ I am not a plumber and I have never fitted a bathtub before so for me it was quite a challenge from the get go.

    Whatever I do I like to plan and always determine penned texter datum lines before I start.

    With the walls out of square by 30mm over a 1 metre length it was a huge challenge.

    Then coming to tiling around the top of the fibreglass rectangular bathtub surround the 4 corner radiuses were different in size so I could not make a common template for all and had to fit the tiles individually.

    Anyway by halving the error the job looks OK without looking stupidly bad. Well the missus thinks it looks good so job done.
    Last edited by Loy Toy; 29-09-2022 at 03:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    With the walls out of square by 30mm over a 1 metre length it was a huge challenge.
    i spent time explaining Pythagoras to get squares and pretty much gave up, just plotted it all myself and invest in lasers

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    ^ I made a square template 1 metre by 1 metre that I use if I lay bricks myself and have a long straight edge which ensures I can get walls square within reason.

    Once again to get the first 2 bricks square and level as a datum everything else is simple.

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    ^ Hmm not over the remaining distance but good luck with it. I like doing basic building in Thailand its a cake walk compared to the cleaning sub-contract work i do in my day job.

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    ^ If I'm out by a 1mm over a 1 metre length it is not good enough.

    One thing I noticed when I was running the engineering shop in Bangkok was that a lot of the workers had poor eyesight so I tested everyone and purchased glasses so they could see what they were doing. Accuracy improved immediately.

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    One of my biggest moans here in regards to plumbing is they have not adopted NPT fittings. Everything is straight thread so you have to put Teflon tape on everything or in some cases epoxy. Ever spin on a new spigot only to find its not properly aligned when it bottoms out?

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    I had a bathroom redone in the last couple of weeks. I had the plumber take out the old PVC thingies in the wall and put in brass couplings. (You should have heard him moaning about that.) I hope it will mean less leaks in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    brass couplings.
    I have been recently trying out the PVC with the brass threaded inserts in them (Male and female). Better then the plastic but again still straight thread so ya never know where the spigot lever will end up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    That's erm... a lot of excess pipe there
    It's the local standard, off the shelf arrangement for a water heater and a 2-headed shower and, yes, it is unsightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    still straight thread so ya never know where the spigot lever will end up.
    That is how I finished up yesterday. I want the outlet pipe at the 6 o'clock position, that would be the tidiest position. However, when I tighten it as far as I dare it ends up at 3 o'clock, which just looks wrong. If I then back off 3/4 turn it leaks. So the compromise is 1/4 turn back to 12 o'clock. It works, no leaks overnight, so that might be the end of the project.
    There was a more expensive tap in the shop, about B700, which I noticed had a longer thread. Maybe that is an option. On the other hand, if it ain't broke why fix it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    unsightly
    By my last count I have ten thumbs, so yours looks very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Better then the plastic but again still straight thread so ya never know where the spigot lever will end up.
    yep i went down that road and its really no better, its like the male and female are different species

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    On the other hand, if it ain't broke its martini time
    exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    you have to work from the tap backwards
    FWIW, after I pulled it out I could see in the back of the tap that it has a sort of a disc valve. There is no washer, which is probably why the locals didn't understand my wish to change the washer.

    I have never dealt with ceramic disc valves. Of course this Thai tap has no ceramic, I am guessing plastic and metal. I just have to throw away the whole tap. The real ceramic can look like this:

    Daily Moan-discvalve-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    By my last count I have ten thumbs, so yours looks very good.
    You have ten thumbs?!

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