Finishing Touches

There are a lot of reasons it’s not easy to be a plumber. We don’t have to go into them now- we are used to being us at this point. There are a lot of good things about our job too. It’s just that a lot- no most- of our good work gets buried, and the only reason you know it’s right is that you don’t ever think about it. It doesn’t leak, smell or make noise. It does what it’s supposed to do, when it’s supposed to do it.

When we do get a chance to leave our work exposed, it’s a cause for celebration and some pride. One of the places our work shows is in the outlets for high efficiency boilers that penetrate the outside of our customer’s houses. There are some pretty hideous examples of how not to do it, but we thought we’d share some that show how well it can be done.

Pipelines, Inc. Plumbing Project
Pipelines, Inc. Plumbing Project

This is a Buderus stainless steel outlet. When there is enough ground clearance, we can use this. We mount the fixture on a block which is flashed and caulked into the siding so that it is completely sealed and weatherproof.

This customer has an historic house and requested cedar siding and lead flashing to match his house. We needed to space the outlet box beyond the soffit, and our carpenter produced this for us. Now the job is done.