Yearly Archives: 2009

Water or wine. Is there bacteria in water?

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't, remember this during the festive season: As Ben Franklin said; "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom,  in water there is bacteria." In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end...

S_ _ T Happens. Short Guide to Comparative Religions

Every now and then, things come across my desk that I must share, and those of you who follow the Lone Drainer and Pronto blog know that S_ _T is, something that, well  it happens. At Christmas, this is a tongue in cheek twist on "our subject": Taoism                         S _ _ t happens. Buddhism                     If S _ _t happens, it’s not really...

Plumbing emergencies during the Christmas season

Today's post is on behalf of all our team, we wish you Peace, Happiness and Family togetherness during the festive season. Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love and the ones who love you. May 2010 be your Best Year Ever. During the festive season, if  you need help with a plumbing emergency, Just call!

I can’t turn my water meter off!

If you have a plumbing emergency, or you have water running all over your house, or a split tap washer, or burst water heater and  your water meter won't turn off, you may be in trouble! If your meter tap has a tee-head on it, turn it off in a clockwise direction as firmly as you can. Firmly; don't overdo it. If your...

HELP! I’ve got a burst pipe in my bathroom!

This post is relevant to a Randwick plumbing emergency that happened yesterday. We had an SOS from a long term client "Joan". You could hear the panic in her voice. "Come quickly, we have a burst water pipe under our vanity basin and we can't turn the water off" screamed Joan. "Is your floor waste drain clear?" we asked. "Yes" Joan replied!...

What’s that smell? A pig of a gas leak

As licensed gasfitters,we have electronic equipment  that detects  gas leaks from all sorts of gas appliance, gas pipelines and gas meters, but this one  is unusual.... A big pig with flatulence sparked a "gas emergency" near the Victorian city of Bendigo last week when the smell wafting from a  120kg oinker sparked fears of a potentially dangerous gas leak. Two...

Stylish French @ Reims and Beaune Hotel

Sydney builder Steve Miller and his wife Carmel were on a working holiday in France and visited this beautiful hotel. If  you think your kitchen sink tap  or mixer tap needs replacing or  the gooseneck spout  over your tubs is old, then check out this "Gooseneck" spout that made up the plumbing in the hotel kitchen sink. Steve says it's...

Expensive Kitchen Sink Repairs

During  Advanced Business Mastery I had the pleasure to meet Peter August  from Australian Bullion Company www.austbullionco.com.au. Peter's knowledge of Gold and other precious metals, his wealth of experience, and his stories about the mystical and precious metals he deals in, had us all amazed. In the early 1980s, when the price of gold was around $400 per ounce, I was...

Holy S_ _t! A Gondoliers impressions

Today's post comes courtesy of  the World Famous Venetian Gondolier, my mate Giovanni Giudice I met Gio in the summer of 07 -08. He was visiting Australia, learning to surf and was escaping the Venetian winter because "business is slow". Gio was staying in Coogee at the home of a client who funnily enough had a blocked drain. We hit it...

A Sign of the Times?

A Picture paints a thousand words. We really enjoyed these photos, and hope you will as well.... https://www.thelonedrainerandpronto.com.au  

Green Loans

Green Loans have been set up by the Australian Government in order to provide subsidised loans to assist in making houses more environmentally friendly. This is a great way to provide financial assistance to households to gain access to the resources they need to invest in energy and water efficient technologies, and hence reduce total greenhouse emissions from domestic households.  After...

Are you Ready for Spring?

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! This means footy finals, Spring Racing and cricket! You don't have to change your sleep habits to watch the games, and you can start planning a good old BBQ with family and friends. This also means that people will want to get their backyard into shape, and the NSW State Government is helping with...

Overlooked Grand Final Heroes – Plumbers!

With a crowd of nearly 100,000 spectators expected to cram the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday for what is obviously one of the biggest annual sporting events in Australia, it puts a large burden on the grounds personnel and infrastructure. Included in this challenge is the upkeep of the ground's 546 urinal stalls, 166 individual urinals and 345 toilets. Whilst this may seem...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto!

At The Lone Drainer and Pronto we're not like other cowboy plumbers... We fix your blocked drains, leaking taps and toilets with Silver bullet speed and without making a mess. And before we start, we provide you with our legendary no-surprise fixed quote that blends over 40 years of plumbing experience, technology and training so good.... even other plumbers seek...

Even Wizards need a Plumber

To be a plumber is to be a Wizard (ace, adept, champion, genius, hotshot, magician, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whizz, wiz) This was taken from the Sydney Morning Herald on 26th August, 2009. SSSSSire CCCCertainly SSSSSounds like a job for The Lone Drainer and Pronto https://www.thelonedrainerandpronto.com.au/index.php

Plumber rescues Puppy

In early June this year, a young boy in Britain decided to give his one week old puppy a bath using quite an odd method; putting him in the toilet bowl and giving it a flush. The dog was sent down the pipe, well out of reach from the fire brigade who were first on the scene in an attempt...

Eradicating tree root problems

Tree roots are a very common cause for blocked drains, however the extent of damage that roots can create before a problem is recognised can vary greatly. To get rid of a tree root problem you must know the condition of the pipes. The Lone Drainer and Pronto has a great number of weapons in its arsenal to combat those...

S_ _t Happens. The Most Functional English Word

Well, it's s_ _t . that's right, s_ _t! S_ _t may just be the most functional word in the English language. You can smoke s_ _t, buy s_ _t, sell s_ _t, lose s_ _t, find s_ _t, forget s_ _t, and tell others to eat s_ _t. Some people know their s_ _t, while others can't tell the...

Why you should ‘Dial Before You Dig’

Before carrying out any excavation for plumbing repairs, your licensed plumber should do a "Dial before you Dig" check on your property and surrounds. This process shows where gas, water, sewer, stormwater, telecom and electric services owned by all utilities are located. Although this is an extreme case, check out what could happen if you don't know what lies beneath:  ...

Plumbing or Art?

Artist Clark Sorensen, the man who created the urinal/sculpture of former U.S. President George W Bush has many other wonderful plumbing creations which can be used as functioning wash basins and urinals. For examples of creative plumbing products and further information check out: http://www.clarkmade.com/ https://www.thelonedrainerandpronto.com.au/

Aussie Bidet Toilet Seat

Recently The Lone Drainer and Pronto were called to repair a leaking toilet cistern in Bondi Junction, I was surprised to see this toilet not only had a flush button but came with a remote control as well. The client informed me that this toilet actually contained a bidet built into the toilet seat, complete with retracting heated water spout, air dryer, and...

Plumbing Emergency – Now, that is Pronto!

The fastest dispatch and delivery of a plumbing emergency was...yesterday morning! Our previous plumbing emergency had a setback because another sustained downpour had flooded the local streets making visibility and comfort levels very poor. We had stopped for some morning tea, a hot coffee and some sustenance along a well known fast food strip, as we were finishing our break...

George Bush Toilets

The reign of US President George W Bush has come to an end, but as this piece of urinal art proves when it comes to "Dubya", many people will never grow tired of taking the piss.... The creator of this fantastic piece is a subscriber to "toilet humour". His bathroom creations are unbelievable; I will soon share with you some of his...

Toilet Humour

A toilet is a plumbing fixture and disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of bodily wastes: urine and faecal matter. Additionally, vomit and menstrual waste is sometimes disposed in toilets in western societies. The word "toilet" can be used to refer to the fixture itself or to the room containing the fixture, especially in British English. In Canadian English,...

PVC Pipes Blocked by Hills Weeping Fig

The Hills weeping fig (ficus microcarpar var.) is a beautiful tree which in some cases  provides a shady archway for many streets in our Sydney Eastern suburbs. But why are the residents of these streets pulling out their hair? The Hills weeping fig is like Jekyll and Hyde. Dr Jekyll brings shade in summer; tree lined streets become a breezeway,...