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Old 05-21-2011, 12:18 AM   #351
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Thanks, Top. Nice work you're doing too. You'll like the PEX.

Doug, as far as I can tell, RVIA code calls for double flares on the copper but I'll bet more trailers are using single flares. I used forged nuts as well and they seem much stronger than the normal flare nut.

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Old 05-21-2011, 07:09 AM   #352
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I used forged nuts as well and they seem much stronger than the normal flare nut.

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The heavy forged nuts are all that should be used, I have replaced a lot of the light duty ones that have cracked. Not sure why they even make those?

Looks Like you will be on the road soon.
Stop by if you are ever coming through Wisconsin.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:40 PM   #353
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Island Girl's Systems are Go

Not much actual work today, but a big step forward. Yesterday I moved the trailer near a faucet and filled our fresh tanks. Today, the water pump and water heater got their electrical hookups done. Note to self: always make sure that you've hooked up the wires to the circuit breaker panel before you wonder why the pump doesn't work.

No leaks at all in the PEX. There's a drip at the water heater drain that needs attention and one at the strainer basket in the sink. Easy fixes. I will never like plumbing, but the PEX with the copper crimps and brass fittings works really well.

So we've now got heat, a cold fridge, hot and cold water, and a stove all functional.

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Old 05-26-2011, 09:15 PM   #354
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Not much actual work today, but a big step forward. Yesterday I moved the trailer near a faucet and filled our fresh tanks. Today, the water pump and water heater got their electrical hookups done. Note to self: always make sure that you've hooked up the wires to the circuit breaker panel before you wonder why the pump doesn't work.

No leaks at all in the PEX. There's a drip at the water heater drain that needs attention and one at the strainer basket in the sink. Easy fixes. I will never like plumbing, but the PEX with the copper crimps and brass fittings works really well.

So we've now got heat, a cold fridge, hot and cold water, and a stove all functional.

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Awesome, Steve. I love the "running water shot." For me it's right up there with the "standing on the ground through your trailer's frame" shot. Both are satisfying in their own way, though I probably have to give the edge to running water because it generally means we're closer to camping.

Keep it up!

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Old 05-26-2011, 10:47 PM   #355
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Thanks, Marcus! Yeah, the problem with the standing in the frame shot is that you aren't really sure at that point that you're actually going to finish. At least when the water's running you can be pretty sure the finish is coming.

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Old 05-26-2011, 11:41 PM   #356
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I love the "running water shot." For me it's right up there with the "standing on the ground through your trailer's frame" shot.
Dang it! I forgot that shot during the brief period I had the plumbing finished. I'll have to remember that tomorow when I reconnect the toilet.

Seriously though Steve. Everything is looking great on your trailer and I can't wait to see it in person. We should try and meet sometime this summer.

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The running water shot is awesome! It marks a big accomplishment!

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I was recently workin on my "other" project... Aka the house and drove a nail thru a pressure line. It was a stub right at concrete level and I was dreading the whole sweating of copper, no room to work and coupling affair. Needless to say, I hoofed it over to Lowes and picked up a couple of Gatorbite fittings and some Pex. I kept my fingers crossed and dove into the job. No lie!... 5 minutes later and everything was right with the world. I LOVE those GatorBite fittings! Made me feel like a hero.
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Dang it! I forgot that shot during the brief period I had the plumbing finished. I'll have to remember that tomorow when I reconnect the toilet.
Ha! Isn't that the way of it?

Right now I have my water heater bypassed, since it sustained some freeze damage here in Austin over the winter. The gas valve and pilot assembly were just about shot anyway, so I've purchased a new water heater but have yet to install it. Not going to happen before my beach trip this weekend, either.

But I figure, with temps around 100, we won't really need the hot water anyway.
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But I figure, with temps around 100, we won't really need the hot water anyway.
241 days in a row below 70 degrees here.

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241 days in a row below 70 degrees here.

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I love the heat down here, but wouldn't mind trading for a day or two anyway.
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Thanks Top! Our two plumbing projects have pretty well been going on together.

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Seriously though Steve. Everything is looking great on your trailer and I can't wait to see it in person. We should try and meet sometime this summer.

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Yep, we've got to do that Norm!

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Pretty sexy wheel covers too! I am looking to the polish thing now my self
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Hehehe, they belong to a buddy of mine. I keep taking them off and he keeps putting them back on.
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