Joe the Plumber would be the first to say, that next to electricity itself, there’s probably not a more important resource in our house than running water. It’s something that we all take for granted, unless, for some unknown reason, it stops working. Then what do we do? That’s right, call... Joe the Plumber. Here’s a chance for you to impress our readers, and Joe, with your knowledge of basic plumbing principles.
Domestic use of running water has been around for centuries, just ask the Romans. But no other civilization has enjoyed it quite like we do, thanks to Joe the Plumber. From hot showers and baths, to automatic dishwashers and laundromats, to a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day and a dip in the pool, to the great white throne itself, we have come to expect that water will always be there when we need it... on demand. In fact, we’re quite put out when the magic stops and our precious H20 is nowhere to be found, or worse yet, it’s everywhere it isn’t supposed to be.
Take a few minutes and talk the walk of a plumber (just keep your pants hitched up). Share everything you know about plumbing. Give a simple, yet detailed, explanation of exactly what happens to this precious resource from the time it leaves the huge tanks, or underground wells, from which it is drawn, to the time it ends up at it’s final destination ready for another trip through the recycling process. Explain how we have mastered total control over the water molecule and enjoy it’s full benefits and convenience as no other civilization ever has.
By the way, if you have had an experience where the plumbing in your house didn’t exactly work like it was supposed to, we would sure love to hear the narrative... in detail. After all, it is said that one person’s misery is another person’s pleasure (when reading from afar). Good luck in your plumbing adventures,and watch those cuss words!
Word Bank - pvc pipe; water meter; water pump; water line; gravity flow; pipe wrench; rubber gloves; air lock; back-flow; backup; bathtub; bleed; cesspool; coupling; drain; elbow; fixture; float ball; O-ring; pipe dope; plunger; stand pipe; tank; p-trap; toilet; sink; siphon
May we prompt you?
1. I say plumbing you say what?
2. Would you rather go without electricity, or running water in your house?
3. Do you know someone who is a plumber?
4. What makes someone really good at what they do?