Any suggestions on how to free up an overwound ratchet strap?
Der lazywebz only produces results that either say "it's corroded" (it isn't) or "pull really hard" (I tried).
I was thinking about using the truck to pull on it, but that sounds like it could be dangerous.
Cut the strap!
But before I got to do my Toonces routine, I discovered that this particular ratchet allows for turning the bolt with a wrench while the ratchet is disengaged.
With sufficient leverage that loosened it.
A ratchet strap, a piece of rebar, a 10' piece of wood, and my garden tractor were very helpful in re-leveling the ground where I set up my pool every year.
There's normally a small lean on one side, and that's no longer acceptable because I scored a deal on a permanent hard-sided pool. Once it's up, it's up for good, and it's got to be completely level. At the end of last season I decided to leave my Intex up for the winter because the connectors had rusted too much to take it apart and put it back together without breaking. By the time I made that decision, though, I had already emptied it. Late in the winter, a strong wind blew it apart. I think if I had left some water in it, we'd have gotten at least one more season.
For this season, I'm going to hack together some fittings to use my Intex filter pump and SWCG on the permanent above-ground pool. Once it's up, though, it'll provide me with several seasons worth of fun improvement projects. Hard plumbing to an equipment pad in another location. A nice little deck around the pool. Pool and landscape lighting.
Redneck pool heater. It's going to be fun.
This weekend our vacuum cleaner started giving off a magic-smoke smell, so it's probably close to the end of its life. I'm actually giving a bit of consideration to buying a central vac. Has anyone played around with those?
Apparently the hoses are ridiculously long so I'd only need one or two inlets on each floor, and they're plumbed in with what looks like ordinary PVC pipe.
Never thought of it that way, but sweeping is kind of therapeutic in an instant gratification sort of way.
We had a central vac at the home in Ohio.
We ended up using a Dyson. Well, we hired a housekeeper, and I have no idea what she used.
I'm moving my pool equipment from the side of the pool to a dedicated pad and I want to put some unions in for serviceability.
2020-08-29 11:40 from IGnatius T Foobar
Hey, weird question if anyone happens to know a bit about plumbing.
Are all unions compatible with each other? For example, if I install a
union in a pipe today, and then a few years from now I have to replace
everything on one side, would I have to make sure I get the exact same
manufacturer and model union, or could I count on one side of a new
union to be compatible with the other side of the old one?
I'm moving my pool equipment from the side of the pool to a dedicated
pad and I want to put some unions in for serviceability.
I don't consider myself a plumber, but for the most part, that is correct. Standard parts with standard diameters are interoperable. At least I have never had issues when attaching things from one manufacturers to things from another.
Last year we had a wind storm that knocked all the leaves from the trees and blew the leaves out of the yard. I was hoping this would happen each year.