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Dead Men Tips

HeatingHelp Administrator Posts: 650
edited April 18 in THE MAIN WALL
Dead Men Tips

You can learn a lot from those who came before you. In this episode, Dan Holohan shares helpful (and somewhat peculiar) tips from the Dead Men.

Read the full story here

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  • JenniferP
    JenniferP Member Posts: 2
    This was fun.. I love trade history so very much enjoyed hearing it. Thank you.
  • cubbydog
    cubbydog Member Posts: 42
    I still use lead wool on steel heating pipe and sprinklers. Great way to stop leaks!
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 2,011
    Enjoyed the entire story. Especially the reference to manure and whether they asked to barrow some or brought their own. Made me laugh.
    It's a far cry from when I would ask a customer if I could barrow a slice of bread or a strand or spaghetti.
    Ask me. Ill respond.
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,338
    What a wonderful way to start the day! Mr. Tower has such a professorial voice, probably influenced by working so much with lead. A also like the mutual respect shown by know how, old and new. Thanks!

    Yours, Larry
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,549
    Retired and loving it.
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,113
    Weaving plumbing & heating history..love it.  Giving new recognition to the Deadmen whom we would have never heard of..Mad Dog 
  • MarjPinard
    MarjPinard Member Posts: 11
    Love Dan's writings, his books!!
    Larry Weingartenjamplumb
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 915
    What a great story and a bit of education on how things were done way before my time. Before I retired in 2007, I carried on my service van about 3-4 lbs of lead wool and concentrated iodine. By the way, I was told that having that iodine was illegal and it could not be bought anymore. Anyway, I used the iodine and lead wool to seal cracks in anything cast iron including H B Smith boiler sections. I ran out of the iodine in about 2006 and was not able to purchase it anymore. As to the other fixes in the story, my grand father was a master plumber and he had a large wooden box with many of the items mentioned in the story. He tried to explain to me how to use many of the items but I guess that I was too young to appreciate all his wisdom. I wish that I had paid more attention to him. My loss.
  • jumper
    jumper Member Posts: 2,289
    Nowadays there's good stuff for patching and fixing.
    But you have to be careful that stuff isn't junk.