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Your Jobsite Superstitions?

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RayWohlfarth
RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
I have a couple of job site superstitions. The first is I never ever try replacing a leaking nipple on a condensate pipe on a Friday afternoon. I will try patching it until Monday. There is no worse feeling than putting a pipe wrench on a fitting and it collapses, especially on a Friday.

My second superstition is I never like testing a boiler pop safety or relief valve on a Friday afternoon. They will surely leak and I am running all over town to find one.

Im curious if you have any superstitions like mine
Ray
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  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,955
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    No compressor changes on Friday unless your the on call guy. 
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    @pecmsg LOL that makes sense

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  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,696
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    I'd call those just good judgement, not superstitions!

    CLamb
  • realliveplumber
    realliveplumber Member Posts: 354
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    never touch a gate valve on a Friday…..

    Mad Dog_2
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,716
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    No BMS programming on a Friday

    known to beat dead horses
    Mad Dog_2
  • jumper
    jumper Member Posts: 2,331
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    I get the creeps from new customers who want to pay in advance.

    Solid_Fuel_Manttekushan_3
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,241
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    Never use a pipe wrench, to goose a gate valve wheel JUST that little EXTREE...ANY DAY of the week! Mad

    STEVEusaPAIntplm.
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,241
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    Don't ever solder deep down in a wall

    Or floor joists without a fire 🔥 extinguisher AND a 5 gallon bucket of water next to you! Mad

  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,241
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    Don't call for a gas pressure test until you've had the system holding tight for ATLEAST 6 or 7 hours...Mad

  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
    edited March 2023
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    @ratio It could be called good judgement Didnt think of it like that

    @realliveplumber I have been there done that

    @neilc Sounds like experience talking there

    @jumper Never had that happen to me

    @Mad Dog_2 You are more supstitious than me LOL

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  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 930
    edited March 2023
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    I never had any superstititions about doing repairs on a Friday or any other day. If it needed fixed or repaired it got done reguardless of the time or the day. For your information, I loved my job and I got paid "portal to portal". If I drove 6 hours to Philadelphia, Pa, I got paid from the time I left my house until I got back to my house less any down time and got reimbursed for my room and food. I never padded my time sheet in 35 years and was on call 24 hours a day, every day. There were other guys on call but I was available to them anytime, if they needed me. There was never a job too far away if the customer was willing to pay the rate.

    Mad Dog_2
  • Shane_2
    Shane_2 Member Posts: 192
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    Never put away the sweat gear until pressure testing is complete.

    You know you're in trouble if the customer says "This should be a quick one"

    Mad Dog_2SuperTechEdTheHeaterManaircooled81
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,835
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    No start ups of commercial boiler on a Friday, or any boiler for that matter unless absolutely necessary

    Mad Dog_2
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,716
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    damn Fridays

    known to beat dead horses
    Mad Dog_2
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,241
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    Only if you're supposed to be OFF on Saturday...if not, it might as well be any night. Mad Dog

    nate379
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
    edited March 2023
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    @retiredguy You are rare now my friend. Good for you

    @Shane_2 LOl Thats one of mine too Forgot about it

    @EBEBRATT-Ed I agree

    @neilc LOl

    I did have one other superstition. When I go out of town for a boiler service call or startup, I alwasy bring an extra combustion analyzer. I had one fail mid startup and I scrambled around trying to find one.

    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 930
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    As @neilc wrote, I forgot to mention that I always carried the latest electronic combustion analyzer that was available plus a back-up set of Bacharach Dumb Bells. Somewhere in my truck for you very old guys, was an Orsat gas analyzer that I just could not discard.

  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    @retiredguy I remember those.

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  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,915
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    No superstitions.

    If the job needs to get done it needs to get done.

    Have confidence in your work, know what you're doing and get it done.

    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
    nate379
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,696
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    It's not superstition to avoid starting big projects on Fridays, when parts might be several days away. It's a judgement call to be sure, but I've always liked to have ready access to everything I might need to finish the job even if things go sideways. Sometimes that meant waiting until Monday to dig in. Sometimes there's no reason to wait, or it can only get better, so I'd go ahead & start.

    CLambmattmia2
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    @ChrisJ I believe in Murphys Law I guess. I have tried replacing my share of leaking nipples and finding much more of the piping is destroyed. If I find a leak like that, I will patch it and grab some fittings on Monday. If its an emergency, I will repair it and hope for the best

    @ratio I agree if its a danger or emergency, I will jump in. One time I was replacing pipe fittings in a building in a very rough neighborhood until 1am. Scary going back and forth to van

    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,166
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    Never work for someone named Murphy.

    That is about half of the family since my grandmother's maden name was Murphy. But two of her siblings were Clergy. That leaves only 7 that got married and had kids.

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    @EdTheHeaterMan LOL thanks for the advice

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  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    @nahihua535 Thats a great way of doing and I never bring up accidents Dont want to jinx anything

    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,388
    edited March 2023
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    Hi, If I put away the tools before turning on the water, something will want to drip. If I leave the tools out, all is dry. 🤠

    Yours, Larry

    PC7060mattmia2ttekushan_3
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    LOL thats so right

    Ray Wohlfarth
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  • HomerJSmith
    HomerJSmith Member Posts: 2,511
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    No superstitions, but a lot of misconceptions.

  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,552
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    @HomerJSmith depends on your definition LOL

    Ray Wohlfarth
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