Plumbing Is Rocket Science

Monday, July 01, 2013

I work in engineering. I’ve been in and around construction for 35 years. I read NASA ‘Engineer Tech’ magazine monthly. I love a challenge.  

I’m a get it done guy. I’ve built a number of houses, remodeled many and done at least 2.000 projects over the years, I never took on completely plumbing a house for both the drains and water lines. I always hired it out. This time, after gutting a house I decided I could easily do it. 

Ten months later, I’m still writing down what I need, checking it two or three times, going to the hardware store, coming back and finding I got the wrong thing or didn’t get what I need. My mind can’t wrap this stuff around itself. I can build anything, no matter how complicated. But the angles, lengths, sizes, threads, PVC, Pex, compression, crimp, drop, flow, pressure …. This is NASA stuff. 

Plumbers – have no fear. I’m out of your business for good. You’re safe.  I’m no threat after this. From now on, I call a plumber. Plumbing IS rocket science.

Pete Burnette
Chattanooga

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