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Major Plumbing Breckthrough!

     Traveling salesmen and saleswomen have always been around----whether roaming around the country in horse drawn wagons,  in “Pink Cadillac’s,” or going door-to-door as, Avon Calling.”  Their stocks of toilet waters, potions, and lotions were considered snake-oil by some and worth more than gold by others.  I am sure the horse and buggy guys, hawking their wares, would have loved to have had the option of today’s Lingerie Parties in their bag of tricks. (Sorry guys----I know you were hoping for a “live” link.  And, how come I have never been invited to one of these parties yet?)

     These potions and lotions were “guaranteed” to:  enliven, enlighten, whiten, brighten, straighten, deaden, and even frighten. 

    Of course they would take the kinks out of anything that needed the kinks taken out of them. 

     Especially hair.

     So it was with delight that I also came to learn that Breck Shampoo could also be used to take the kinks out of plumbing pipes----who would have ever guessed?

Still snake oil to me

     Certainly not this Seattle Home Inspector.

 

Charles Buell

 

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Comment balloon 37 commentsCharles Buell • April 24 2010 07:38AM

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American Ingenuity at it's finest.

Posted by Scott Baker, Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area (www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell) over 8 years ago

Creativity is a wonderful thing! I would have never thought of that. Now I am armed with a new idea!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

that's one way to take up the "slack"......that's very funny.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 8 years ago

LOL! That's so funny Charles. It seems like one out of five home inspections we have gets sited for similar annoying little plumbing problems. Great McGiver on the spot fix.  :-)

Posted by Rob & Jeannie Steward - Realtors®, We Work TWICE As Hard For You! - Ashton Group (RE/MAX Advantage) over 8 years ago

Now that was not what I expected --- great humor!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

Love it

As long as it was empty, it was just there version of saving energy (why bother to undo it)

and less material for the land fills

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) over 8 years ago

Scott, indeed :)

Gary---I doubt that I would have thunk of it either

Barbara, I had a hard time not smiling when I saw it

Rob & Jeannie, might not even be a problem :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Joan, it would take quite an imagination to expect this fix :)

Don---it seemed to be doing the job for sure.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

How funny....I am sure you realize every day that just when you think you have seen it alll.....well some thing surprises you!  LOL

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 8 years ago

Charles...

It seems like we have see quite a few of these DIY plumbing solutions these days!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Deborah, I am constantly surprised by what I find.

Richard---gotta love it :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

I wish I'd known that trick back when I was a plumber's friend. Oh, that's right. We didn't have the flexible vinyl tubing then.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Glenn, I remember the flexible pipe days myself----and a few kinks :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Charles, that's one sure way to keep the kinks out. Whatever works!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Morning Charles,  I remember attending a county fair where they had a guy selling stuff off the back of a big truck.  It was all gadgets and housewares, etc.  He would get a big crowd and once he had a buyer would manage to parlay that sale into several others.  He was as entertaining as he was artful.  I watched him work the crowd and saw people buying stuff they didn't need and enjoying being part of the experience !

 

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 8 years ago

C'mon Charles; you're too mean!  Give them points for creativity!  Imagine how proud this Fix It Person was when they came up with this 'solution'.

Posted by Vic Steele, Broker/Consultant (Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863) over 8 years ago

If you read the Breck instructions, it does say, "Lather, Rinse, Repeat, Un-kink plumbing."

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 8 years ago

Michael---I really can't see the harm in it

Bill, yes---most of them were "entertainers"

Vic, I do give them lots of points :)

Richard----I didn't read that close :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Yes, Charles! Don't you just LOVE innovation? LOL

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 8 years ago

Ingenious, what will they come up with next?  =)
I hope you're having a good weekend Charles,
Paul

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 8 years ago

You just have to love good old American ingenuity!

Did these folks actually think this was not going to be called out on your inspection report?!!!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

So good to see recycling in action.  A shampoo bottle has been repurposed into a plumbing fixture.  Great innovative repurposing and one less bottle thrown into the trash!  :-)

Posted by Michael J. O'Connor, Eastvale - 951-847-4883 (Diamond Ridge Realty) over 8 years ago

Craig, it would be interesting to hear what other inspectors think of this "ingenuity."  I had a very difficult time (while finding it VERY interesting) could not figure out a way to see it as a defect worthy of making it into the report.  :)

Michael----and look at the blog fodder as well!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi CHarles, Too funny but somehow not unexpected. Home made remedies are the forerunners of new inventions I suppose. Can't imagine what this would lead to. " Keep your pipes and hoses smelling fresh and well conditioned?" hehehe

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 8 years ago

William, looks like a good place to recycle some old typewriter tape reels :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Charles, I like to think that homeowners do this on purpose just for us inspectors to give us a good chuckle. jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) over 8 years ago

Cjharlie,

I saw some of those the other day that are so twisted the water would only seep out.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jay, they do indeed.

Steve, you need to email them right away and tell them about the Breck Bottles.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Charles,

Very interesting and quite creative.  Thanks for the tid bits!  Who would of thought... Shampoo bottles!  Now I have to go to your last blog and find out what the pipe sticking out of the wall is all about!

Dawn

Posted by Peter and Dawn Smith (Circle Shot Media) over 8 years ago

Thanks Peter and Dawn---no shortage of tid bits here :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

If the shampoo works so well, imagine what the "conditioner" would do!  Thnaks for today's photo.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 8 years ago

Now i think that was just ingenious. Hooray for the woman in this house.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) over 8 years ago

Tom, yes---for sure----should be much better

Robert, yes, otherwise it would have had to have been a deodorant stick or something

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

And so thick it causes pearls to take a long time to travel through the pipe.

Or is that VO5?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, will hopefully it stays "outside" the pipe :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Charles - Sometimes the simplicity of a "fix" is as inventive as the fixer.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Claude, so true

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

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