Home Floor Buffer

home floor buffer

  • provide with, or send to, a home

  • Of or relating to the place where one lives

  • Relating to one's own country and its domestic affairs

  • home(a): used of your own ground; "a home game"

  • Made, done, or intended for use in the place where one lives

  • at or to or in the direction of one's home or family; "He stays home on weekends"; "after the game the children brought friends home for supper"; "I'll be home tomorrow"; "came riding home in style"; "I hope you will come home for Christmas"; "I'll take her home"; "don't forget to write home"

Why unions aren't ideal

Why unions aren't ideal

In the case of water heaters, there's four possible reasons to use a union: 1. To buffer between the steel of your tank and the copper of your water lines; 2. To make installation easier; 3. To make installation "possible": 4. To make future replacement easier. Let's address all four. 1. To buffer between steel and copper: Unions designed for this are called "dielectric" unions and are meant to introduce a rubber isolation washer in order to keep steel, and copper apart. When steel and copper come together and especially when a conductor like water is introduced, you've effectively made a battery that can cause premature failure of your pipes or heater from corrosion. There are alternate items that also cancel the battery effect, besides a union. For instance, some installers merely use PVC threaded nipples to go from your steel heater's threads, to copper, which is an effective dielectric buffer. My answer to that is "Niet niet," as a Russian may say (No No!). PVC threaded nipples are weak, due to the threads being cut into them and from potential stress from possible movement of your tank later on. I've seen too many PVC nipples leak, particularly where screwed into steel. 2. To make installation easier; more poppycock. You are installing a fairly "permanant" device, and ease of installation should not pre-empt reliability. Unions are a potential source of leaking, and particularly this type shown is prone to leaking. That's because they have "flats" on them that need to be on the same plane as one another, a feat that your heater and pipes will fight you on! There's 4 "flats" in this union shown, when considering both sides of the rubber washer, and both sides of the plastic collar which is suppose to seal the nut. That's 4 seperate joints, all in one fitting. Thought of in another way, that's 8 surfaces that need to "not leak." In this picture, the pipe and union halves are decidedly misalligned. I would have preferred to use a more modern dielectric galvanized nipple instead of a union. These galvanized dielectric nipples I speak of (not shown) have plastic linings that keep the water from bridging steel-to-copper.I could not find the desired nipples at Lowe's or Ace so I was stuck using the unions. Nonetheless, if properly installed and left alone, unions are fairly trustworthy. 3. To make installation possible; Unions' primary purpose is to make it possible to slide two otherwise immobile halves, together side-to-side. With the floor keeping your heater from being moveable down-wise, and possibly your celing or joists keeping your pipes from being moveable up-wise, your only choice may be to "slide" your heater's hot and cold openings, under your home's corresponding pipes. Unions allow this. Couplings, do not, unless you use a special coupling often referred to as a repair coupling. 4. To make replacement easier; More poppycock I say. Chances are when you buy another new heater 12 years from now, it will not line up with your "convenient, quick disconnect" unions. Your goal should be permanancy and reliability, not temporariness and quickness of disassembly later on. The housing bubble of the 80's ushered in down and dirty, quick methods of hooking up appliances with flex fittings and unions so that installers could deliver and hook-up dozens of heaters in homes, in a day. It became such common practice, that many homeowners and even your younger installers nowadays, believe that is the "correct" and "best practice" method, lol. The reality is that flexible corrugated copper is only a fourth as strong as rigid copper. Hoses are more prone to chemical breakdown and rupture. Not to mention all three (unions, flexible corrugated copper, and hose) all rely on rubber washers. We've all had experience with dry rotted hose washers, not to mention they have two sides, meaning they create a situation where 4 surfaces must seal. Hey, they all work, but all things being pure, I prefer galvanized dielectric nipples, connected directly to rigid copper pipe via what's called a female sweat adapter. No thin-walled flex pipe, no washers, no rubber hoses. Don't sweat it if your home uses any of the above though, they all are proven effective. It's just more a matter of frequency of failure, and how each method has greater or lesser chance of failure, even if however they all are within an acceptable range. By the way, none of the above is to be confused with flexible copper tubing that comes in a coil. Tubing is also ok to use, however, there are some things that use odd size tubing, such as refrigeration, so don't confuse the diameters. Copper tubing of the proper diameter can accept sweat fittings. I would trust the tubing over hoses or corrugated, however, tubing has drawbacks too.

a tale of woe: not all seniors are "nice"!

a tale of woe: not all seniors are "nice"!

Someone took her wheelchair!

I live in a senior facility for Independant living. There are about 150 people living here.

A few weeks ago someone left their wheelchair in the 5th floor laundry room, and then someone else took it. Now, today, she needs this chair and she cannot afford to buy another one.

so who would steal a wheelchair? I tried to put my head around that, to imagine the mindset of someone who would steal a wheelchair..
Could be....
1---a visiting relative who also has an old relative who needs a chair and this visitor has no scruples.
2----there are Hoarders in this building, just like there are everywhere, I read that up to 20%
of everyone hoards "Stuff"! I can imagine why someone would hoard a wheelchair even as they do not need one! Here in my senior Home, the ambulance comes for someone about once per week and everyone here just Knows that sooner or later it will come for them! Everyone here lives at the end of the conveyor belt and death Awaits us all, very soon and there is no way to ignore this fact, here! Thus this person might be "buffering" against death, as in, "the more stuff that might come in handy some day that you have, the more in control that you have over the coming of Mr death for you" For these people it is a matter of "survival" and survivors think of themselves first and sometimes only of self!
3---I once took my clothes to the 5th floor laundry room and when i got back, that lady, in there doing her wash, whom I never saw before or again, had left, but she took out my clothes from the dryer, hung up and ironed my shirts and then took my socks and underwear with her, never ever to be seen again!
When I asked around, i was told, "oh that must be *that* lady who never comes out of her room, she has Alzheimer's and she lost her husband a year ago and she probably thought that those clothes were his"!
A wheelchair? Some senile person might thing that the chair was her husbands as he needed a chair during the last few years. [he died three years ago!]
Anyone who care takes for an Alzheimer's person knows what i am talking about! the baby boomer's will see about a 80% increase in numbers of senile people as the wave of Boomers gets older. Soon, a senile person will not even know that she does not know, soon a senile man will ask his wife, when she comes to visit him in the memory home, "who are you"!


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