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Re: [APD] Sources of DIY Material

Odd that the plumbing folks you have run into aren't at all
familiar with bulkhead fittings since they are used on all
kinds of tanks that hold liquids -- aquaria make up just a
small portion of the types.

In plain terms, a bulkhead fitting is any fitting designed
to penetrate a "watertight" bulkhead, a panel, without

While common in industrial uses where tanks are employed,
they are not commonly used in residential plumbing,
*except* on waterheaters, which at least a few residences
have been known to have.

It's a doggone shame that any shlemiel can stand behind a
counter and pretend basic knowldege in a subjectd. Sadly,
you need to find a better class of plumbers and plumbing

Scott H.

--- Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz> wrote:

> Rex Grigg wrote:
> > Ahh... you want color.  Find a dealer that carries 3M
> ColorQuartz.  It's 
> > designed for swimming pool use and many people have
> used it with great 
> > success in planted tanks.
> I just want a natural gravel/sand that isn't white. I
> have spent all day 
> calling and driving to every place that could conceivably
> carry sand or 
> gravel with no luck. Even the landscaping places who
> should specialize 
> in aesthetics do not carry anything except white. When I
> ask them where 
> someone might get gravel or sand that is not white they
> sound confused, 
> like I have just asked them where they hide the aliens.
> If you want *real* comic relief, walk into a plumbing
> supply place and 
> ask them where their bulkhead fittings are. I'm not even
> talking about 
> wasting your time at Home Depot, but in an actual
> plumbing supply place. 
> One guy asked me what a "bull head" was. I have not yet
> run into a 
> single person at any store that even knows what a
> bulkhead is. When I 
> try to explain that a bulkhead is how you connect a pipe
> to a water 
> tank, they invariably say something like, "Oh, we don't
> sell tanks." I 
> even tried a different approach and said, "If a customer
> walked in here 
> and told you they needed assistance connecting a 1" PVC
> pipe to a water 
> tank, what would you tell them." Their answer? "I don't
> know."
> I am stunned. I don't have any other words for today.
> Unbelievable. 
> There has to be other people on this list from the Los
> Angeles area. 
> Please tell me it doesn't have to be this difficult. I am
> definitely 
> motivated to produce a list of sources so no one has to
> go through this, 
> but I don't have one single place to put on the list yet
> ... well, there 
> is one: You can buy a 55G plastic barrel at the aptly
> named Apex Drum 
> Company in Commerce for $50.
> -- 
> Jerry Baker
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