Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA, AU
I would have utilised that underbench space for a cupboard to provide storage while hiding the plumbing. The saving on wall tiles, and substituting plastic waste pipes would more than pay for the cupboard. The cupboard could be suspended off the floor to give some illusion of space. A win-win.
the only thing I wanted out of this article was how to prevent water coming through the deck from reaching the ceiling – nothing :-(
Surface tension creates a U-shaped meniscus in each end of the tube. For accuracy, the two people need to agree on using either the upper or lower reading.
Some food dye in each end helps, especially in bright sunlight.
Bob Guthrie, Sydney Australia
Please be aware that as a poor conductor, if there is any moisture in the sheet it may explode. It was standard practice for us as children to throw some into bonfires. Most of us survived :-)
I'm in Australia so I don't understand what I am sure are these good arguments against the theme of the article.
I was in the MGM Grand Casino fire in 1980 and saw the disadvantage of penny-pinching by not having a sprinkler system (IIRC the cash area was protected but my room wasn't). It was the helicopters that woke me!
I am in favour of smoke alarms in homes and I think any sprinkler system would be good for my home. I am on rainwater but on the power grid.
I'm less concerned about insurance credits than saving my life and those of my family. I cannot see any atgument against a builder offering it as an option.
I would like FHB to do an article on the how to DYI retrofit a system to some areas in a home. While you're at it, add a section on an external sprinkler system on the rooftop for forest fires,
Good luck getting the article past your lawyers.
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