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Bruce_6 Member Posts: 67
I am stumped!!! :|

what is a "low run PVP valve" on a water heater??

this article refered to it, and I am not sure what it is!



  • Bill Nye
    Bill Nye Member Posts: 221
    I don't know

    is there such a thing? Maybe it is like muffler bearings or foo foo valves. When I started work in a shipyard , they would send kids to the tool crib for Shore Line, buckets of live steam, or left handed cross threaded wing nuts ..............
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,230
    funny valve

    Hello: Water heating is my thing and I've not heard of such a beast. It probably is a typo or misquote. Marilyn Pitts writes about all sorts of things and may not have seen that this is a "funny" valve.
  • Mark Eatherton1
    Mark Eatherton1 Member Posts: 2,542

    I think its their way of finding out whether they're dealing with a knowledgeable person, or a big BS'er.

    "Oh, sure I've installed low flow PVP valves on water heaters before... They discontinued them didn't they?"...

  • Mad Dog
    Mad Dog Member Posts: 2,595
    When I started working on the racetrack at 9 years old..........

    The first thing I was to do was: "Go over an' see Johnny Campo in barn 48 and see if we can borrow his saddle stretcher, ok!" Yes sir I gleefully replied and went on a 3 hour backstrecth tour, as the different trainers played along. When the new kid started a few months later i did the same to him. When I started in this trade @19, they tried to send me for a skyhook, bucket of steam, left-handed stillson, but I knew better. Mad Dog

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  • thats okay

    when i was in the navy, i got sent down to the boiler room for a BT punch...
    my thing was to send people to the pipe shop for a roll of fallopian tubing.
  • Mark Hunt
    Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909

    That was just plain mean, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    Mark H

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  • Mark Wolff
    Mark Wolff Member Posts: 256
    Now THAT'S Funny!

    I'm going to use that. I've heard fishermen send the new deck hands to the marine supply store for 5 gallon buckets of "prop wash" (presumably to clean their props with!
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    In Boy Scouts

    It was the smoke shifter for the fire. How about Dave ? Ever send the new kid for the smoke shifter for the camp fire ?

    Scott " Looking for the metric adjustable wrench " Milne

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  • Boilerpro_3
    Boilerpro_3 Member Posts: 1,231
    I've got some of those

    On clearance at SEARS. They couldn't sell them becasue they were metric.....Honestly. Is the America just Grand!

  • Dave Yates (PAH)
    Dave Yates (PAH) Member Posts: 2,162
    specialty smoke shifters


    No ordinary smoke shifter will do - we send em for the left-handed model!

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  • jim sokolovic
    jim sokolovic Member Posts: 439
    Left-handed sky hook...

    that's what one of our Boy Scout troop leaders sent me all around the camp-o-ree for. Got him back 15 years later - by marrying his daughter! Just lost him to lung cancer... Thanks for the memory jolt, guys.
  • BillW@honeywell
    BillW@honeywell Member Posts: 1,099
    Coast Guard rookies...

    were sent for relative bearing grease, shore line, paint reverser(for when they applied the paint wrong side out),told to watch for the dreaded sea bats...those were the days!
  • and the mail buoy

    When the new guy had some letters to mail home after a few days at sea, we told him that we pull up to the mail buoy at four in the morning.

    He was irritated to have missed it, because he still was on eastern time. He should be there at three.

    He stayed out there another night.

    Boy, those were the days.

  • MikeB34
    MikeB34 Member Posts: 155

    We used to send em for tartan colored paint.

    But once we got a scottsman who caught on quick and answer " what clan would you be wantin?"
  • JimGPE_3
    JimGPE_3 Member Posts: 240
    Ramp rats

    My favorite is sending the new ramp rats (the guys who load luggage onto comercial airliners) for an ignition key. "Captain so-and-so left his ignition keys at home. Run down to the shop and get an ignition key for that 747 over there - tail number ....."
  • Mijola
    Mijola Member Posts: 124

    Then there is my favorite, the all-purpose cleaner that goes by the brand name K9P.
  • jim sokolovic
    jim sokolovic Member Posts: 439
    Someone here on the Wall...

    actually did post information last year on horse urine being a good cleaner or verdi-whatever coating for copper pipe (you guys were talking about ornamental copper trellis or something). Was that serious, or a practical joke? That would be a "blast" to see them collecting it in a mason jar!
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    That was

    Wheels from last July. Use the Search button ("horse urine") to call back the thread.
    Retired and loving it.
  • scrook_2
    scrook_2 Member Posts: 610

    any urine, as it is a good source of ammonia. It can be used for curing skins too.
  • eleft_4
    eleft_4 Member Posts: 509

    Looks like none of us will get invited back for training!

  • Dale
    Dale Member Posts: 1,317
    Stained glass

    The medevial glass workers used urine as a soldering flux.
  • Bruce_6
    Bruce_6 Member Posts: 67
    good thing

    I am not the only one who didn't know what that was!!!!

    I had never heard of such a valve!

    some of your stories are pretty darn funny guys! I like the "felopian tube" gag, had never heard that one either!!
  • Jon_2
    Jon_2 Member Posts: 109

    winetaster's urine was perfered in France when mixing the components of black powder. Higher salt content.....
  • Bill Nye
    Bill Nye Member Posts: 221
    I once

    heard a story where the early Teamsters, stage coach drivers, would pee on their hands to keep them warm.
  • Mark Wolff
    Mark Wolff Member Posts: 256
    Pisschew Tanning

    Some native american indian tribes used to use the piss/chew method of tanning hides. Caused tooth rot though. It really stunk when you got caught out in the rain too!

    For all the auto buffs out there...

    Muffler bearings..

    "The web on your spider gear is broken." (There is a spider gear in the rear end, but no web for it).
  • Aidan
    Aidan Member Posts: 37
    It's a long-standing tradition

    The new boy gets sent to the stores for a long stand, a long weight/wait and/or a new bubble for a spirit-level. You can now order all these invaluable items on-line.

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