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Tim McElwain
Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,608
for a plumbing fix.

<a></a><strong><span style="font-size:12pt">Oil Leak Containment Plumber Comes Forward

</span></strong>The case of the "mystery plumber" appears to have been solved.

Joe Caldart, a plumber and father of five who lives in St. Francis, Kan., told the Christian Science Monitor he anonymously sent sketches to a UC Berkeley professor that improved upon a containment cap BP had unsuccessfully tried to use to stop the runaway flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The professor, Robert Bea, forwarded the sketches to the U.S. Coast Guard and a panel reviewing ideas from the public. In addition to being a civil and environmental engineering professor, Bea helps manage engineering crises.

Caldart told the Monitor that the design is "a steel cap, and underneath it is the internal plug and on top of that is a piston and the flow tube in the middle, and coming down the left side is the warm water inlet tube. I made that sketch on May 25."

Caldart said he initially sent sketches to BP, but felt that they were ignoring him. That's when he said he started e-mailing the sketches to people everywhere.

He told the Monitor that his wife was apprehensive about him going public, but he ultimately decided, "People should know that here an average guy submitted something that maybe helped."

Bea could not be reached for comment to verify Caldart's claim that he was the mystery plumber


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,736

    I haven't followed this very closely- was his design the one that worked? 
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  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,608
    I am not sure if his

    design solved the problem but from what information I have seen he might have just had the solution. To the best of my knowledge the cap that was instaleed used warm water to keep from having the freezing that was taking place before so he may just have been the one.
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