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Don’t do this in the bathroom!

During our Coronavirus work schedule, I've found some fun hints and tips about plumbing and health that are worth sharing. How germs spread on your toothbrush, your toilet seat and the toilet flush button are just a few examples. https://youtu.be/WMuAcGV8TJw

How is water connected to my toilet cistern?

Many modern toilets have a concealed cistern. That's the tank that holds the water that flushes the loo. Now they do look fantastic and they do save water. The small dual flush buttons are the access panel for the internal workings of the cistern. When they need maintenance, the only way to repair them is through that access panel. https://youtu.be/IjDDHEQ1AV8...

Know your water heater #2

The hot water tempering valve Knowledge about your water heater will save you money! Second in the series, This 44-sec clip will show you a typical tempering valve on a gas water heater. That's the blue valve on the side of the heater. It should be checked by your plumber annually and replaced every five years. The tempering valve is...

Get into hot water this Winter!

With the winter season underway, its time to think about hot water. Take 10 minutes to check on your water heater. Is it gas or electric Check it's location. See that it's not leaking on any of the pipes or connections. Check the cold water control feed tap, usually on the bottom left of the heater. Make sure it turns...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries. Madrigal Communications

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries has been a chance to check in with small business to find out how they have been getting on during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. In this clip, I speak with Tim Entwisle from Madrigal Communications. Tim writes tender documents for Aussie companies that are applying for large government contracts in the construction, energy and...

Know your water heater #1

Hi, Its Dave Conroy here from The Lone Drainer and Pronto As we approach the winter of 2020, my message for today is hot water. I want you to know how to turn off the water supply to your water heater. And importantly, I want you to know what a temperature and pressure relief valve is. This 1min 48 sec...

Plumbers bathroom cleaning tip #1.

Some bathrooms are a little neglected. Especially if there are boys in the house. Like many among us, during Coronavirus isolation, I've taken opportunities to catch up on a few old recipes, a stack of books and some cleaning. And, I feel sharing this cleaning tip would save everyone some time. You will need, 1. A can of the cheapest...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettorre Real Estate #3 SME advice

In this episode of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney. Subsidies are available for commercial tenants. SME's Small to medium entrepreneurs. Beautician, dentists, yoga studios, gymnasiums have lost 100% of their business income. Find out how that affects the tenants and the property owners. "It's NOT...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettore Real Estate #2 Negative Gearing

In this edition of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney about how his negatively geared owners are being affected. Investors have bought properties as AirBnB sites and now as travel is severely restricted the owners have to adjust quickly to manage the finance on their properties....

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettorre Real Estate #1 What’s going on

In this edition of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney. 2020 was shaping as a landmark year for Sydney real estate, then the Coronavirus came to our shores. Dom shares how his clients, Property owners and their tenants are responding to the rapid-fire changes to the...

Toilet paper is no longer a hot ticket. Guess what is?

The stampede on toilet paper has slowed for now But, I overheard an 18 year old chemist assistant telling her mum about the latest hot items running out the door of her pharmacy during the lockdown over the last 4 weeks that is worth sharing. She rattled off a list of items and her thoughts on why. With respect to...

Why you need a sewer diagram

As a plumbing professional, one of the handiest tools we can have is a sewer service diagram. It's a map of where the pipes run within your home. It's easily obtainable, and you can get it from Sydney Water, reputable plumbing suppliers and, even your local plumber can get it for you. It's simply an A4 sheet. It has an...

Can Coronavirus be spread through wastewater pipes in a home or hospital?

Sydney April 15th 2020 “Staying connected” has become a part of our language lately. Did you know we are all connected through the wastewater pipes in our homes? Whether you live in a single level detached home or a multi-storey building, all our plumbing fittings drain to the same city sewer. That’s your shower, bath, basin, your WC, kitchen sink,...

The Lone Drainer’s Recipe #3

The Lone Drainer’s Mushroom Sauce for Pasta (which doubles as a fabulous addition as a sauce for steak the next night, and takes care of two of the five vegetables per day you are meant to eat.) This recipe is an example of The Hardworking Plumber’s Secret Timesaving Tip: Cook It Once, Use It Twice, (tastes sensational both times!) This...

Inventor rolls out 100 years.

Milestones come and go. However, It shouldn’t pass without notice that January 23rd 2019 is the centenary of application No.9902/19 with the Commonwealth of Australia’s patent office of the “serving apparatus for toilet paper” also known as the toilet paper roll holder. The invention dispenses a product most of us use daily. Whether your favourite toilet roll is textured or...

How much will it cost to fix my toilet?

Running toilet quote.....Is all an email said earlier this week, with the attached picture. [caption id="attachment_3466" align="alignleft" width="300"] It's hard to say from this picture I said, but I tried to help the writer by asking a few simple questions Is it a close coupled suite? Or are the pan and cistern separate? Is it the inlet or outlet valve...

World Toilet Day 2018

November 19th 2018 is World Toilet Day With the population of the world now at approximately 7.7 billion people, many of us would be surprised to learn that over 4.5 billion people do not have a clean toilet or running water to wash their hands. According to a UN report, a third of schools worldwide don't have any clean toilet...

Who is responsible for my sewer pipes?

Did you know homeowners are responsible for their sewer pipes up to and including where they meet the Sydney Water sewer mains? A lot of people are shocked to find out this piece of information. If you need to renew your sewer pipe line because it has been damaged by tree roots and the pipes run out in the middle...

Giving a Crap on World Toilet Day 2017

The Lone Drainer and Pronto, Sydney will pay tribute to a unique and special observance whose goal is to install a working toilet in emergent nations. On November 19, The Lone Drainer and Pronto (TLDP), will participate in the World Toilet Day 2017 (WTD2017), a United Nations’ (UN) worldwide event that will highlight the lack of proper sanitation and safely-managed...

Wipe your bum for a good cause!

We all poop. Most of us daily, and some of us do so in style. Now your idea of style can be different to mine, but style is a luxury some simply don’t have. That’s exactly what the World Poop Day is about! You might have noticed I have been recently ranting about the ‘poop day’ or to be more...

Something to think about when you reclaim your throne!

I had a few clients and blog readers asking me questions about the upcoming World Toilet Day 2017. To recap, it’s about raising public awareness of the worldwide problem of inhumane toilet conditions that some must deal with. Today, I would like to answer some of the questions about the World Toilet Day 2017, and suggest an easy way for...

World Toilet Day 2017

A UN report claims that worldwide, at least 2.4 billion people are without basic sanitation. The report states some of the peoples of south Asia and sub Saharan Africa don't have access to a toilet or clean running water. It appears that people in these parts of the world have a mobile phone but don't have a working toilet. Living...

Make a difference during World Toilet Day 2017!

Did you know that some people must do without a toilet? In the West, we’re so used to sitting on one when we go for a number two. If the toilet runs smoothly we won’t even think about it. We take it for granted. But sitting down for number two in comfort and style is a luxury many simply cannot...

The Joy of Toilets in Coogee

Exactly 12 months ago today the Mayor of Randwick Noel D'Souza, broke ground on the new Coogee Beach toilet block. I am happy to report that these new facilities were un-officially opened 360 days later on Friday September 1st 2017. The first day of spring. And it was worth the wait! The discomfort to beach regulars and the interruption of...

World Toilet Day 2016

Today November 19th, 2016 is  World Toilet Day . What does working as a plumber in Sydney, one of the greatest cities in the world, mean to me on World Toilet Day? This is a city of contrast and we get to see mostly the top end where it's nothing for people to spend over $1000 to buy 1 new toilet....