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The Archaeology of Plumbing [Oct. 25th, 2018|10:18 am]
Tony Grist
 I asked Peter if- as a side job- he'd fix the leaking tap out by the sheds- and then felt guilty because it took him so much longer than I thought it would. But the way he tells it he was having fun. He'd found a buried stopcock and water meter that didn't look as though they'd been touched since they were installed in the late 1960s- and he loves that sort of thing because he's an enthusiast for the archaeology of his craft. Steel piping had been used- and no modern plumber would do that because it corrodes. 

Inside the house- where he's working on the main job of refitting the cloakroom- he found stainless steel piping- which is top of the range but tiresome because it can't be welded. His predecessor had wedged a scrap of newspaper between two pipes to stop them knocking- and Peter unwrapped it carefully to see if there was a hidden message- and found a date in 1987. Had his predecessor chosen that particular scrap deliberately ?  I'd like to think so. I suggested to Peter that he should date his work in the same way. 
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-10-25 02:37 pm (UTC)
...He'd found a buried stopcock ...

Here be treasure!

I love those time capsules workmen leave.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-25 03:25 pm (UTC)
When we had the paper stripped off our living room in Oldham we found the message a plasterer had left in 1921. And it so happened the guy who did the stripping for us was the plasterer's nephew.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-10-25 05:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! How wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-10-25 02:41 pm (UTC)
Leaving traces of our existence behind...
rather like the stonemasons of old.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yes. Exactly. We shake hands- as it were- across the centuries.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-10-25 03:07 pm (UTC)
wow
I love that sort of thing too
been writing notes on the back side of boards

"2 norse finns and a pensylvanian dutch voyageur rebuilt this 2018 C.razy E.ra."
Or 'if you can see this you've drunk too much and you're under the deck"
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-25 03:28 pm (UTC)
And one of these days someone will find the messages and wonder who exactly you were...
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-10-25 04:03 pm (UTC)
there's been an underground movement
by artists here and there
making fantastic artifacts
to make archeologists nuts in the future
;8^) think its a form of stress relief.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-25 05:46 pm (UTC)
Nice idea. I wonder if they'll be fooled.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-10-26 02:14 am (UTC)
depends on how well the folks in control
manage to get rid of education

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-10-25 08:09 pm (UTC)
I went to Toronto to a wonderful place - Casa Loma - former home of Sir Henry Pellatt. I spoke about it to another friend, who makes his living as a plumber. He told me how excited he'd been to see the bathrooms - and I admit they were amazing, but I wasn't nearly as excited about them as Doug was. Perhaps the nature of the plumbing business.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-26 08:53 am (UTC)
I'd never spent much time thinking about plumbing before. I took it for granted. Same with electrics.
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