Government Standards for Pipes

Government Pipe Specifications

1. All pipe is to be made of a long hole, surrounded by metal or plastic, centered around the hole.

2. All pipe is to be hollow throughout the entire length — do not use holes of different length than the pipe.

3. The ID (Inside Diameter) of all pipe must not exceed their OD
(Outside Diameter) — otherwise the hole will be on the outside.

4. The pipe is supplied with nothing in the hole, so that water, steam or other stuff can be put inside at a later date.

5. All pipe is to be supplied without rust; this can be more readily
applied at the job site. (NOTE: Some vendors are now able to supply
pre-rusted pipes. If available in your area, this product is recommended
as it will save a great deal of time at the job site.)

6. All
pipe over 500ft (150m) in length should have the words “LONG PIPE”
clearly painted on each side and end, so the contractor will know it’s a
long pipe.

7. Pipe over 2 miles (3.2km) in length must also
have the words “LONG PIPE” painted in the middle so the contractor will
not have to walk the entire length of the pipe to determine whether it
is a long or short pipe.

8. All pipe over 6ft (1.83m) in
diameter must have the words “LARGE PIPE” painted on it, so the
contractor won’t mistake it for a small pipe.

9. Flanges must
be used on all pipe. Flanges must have holes from bolts that are quite
separate from the big holes in the middle.

10. When ordering 90
or 30 degree elbows, be sure to specify left-hand or right-hand,
otherwise you will end up going the wrong way.

11. Be sure to
specify to your vendor whether you want level, uphill or downhill pipe.
If you use downhill pipe for going uphill, the water will flow the wrong

12. All couplings should have either right-hand or
left-hand threads, but do not mix the threads. Otherwise, as the
coupling is being screwed on to one pipe, it is being unscrewed from the

13. All pipes shorter than 1/8in (3mm) are very
uneconomical in use, requiring many joints. They are generally known as

14. Joints in pipes for water must be watertight. Those pipes for compressed air, however, need only be airtight.

15. Lengths of pipes may be welded or soldered together. This method is not recommended for concrete or earthenware pipes.

16. Other commodities are often confused with pipes. These include; Conduit, Tube, Tunnel, and Drain. Use only genuine pipes.

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Inspiring Words of Wisdom

Inspiring Words of Wisdom

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 2″ in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The students laughed as the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things — your family, your partner,your health, your children — things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”

There was total silence as the students absorbed the lesson.

“If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

The students started nodding in agreement at the professor’s profound wisdom .

“Take care of the rocks first,” the professor finished — “the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

But then…

A student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a bottle of beer –and then another! Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.

The moral of this tale is:

That no matter how full your life is, there is always room for a beer or two.

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Metric Measurements

Lesser Known Metric Units

Despite never having adopted the metric system for day to day life, Americans are familiar with the basic units, like grams(especially kilograms), meters and such. But when it comes to lesser known units, they’re clueless, so we thought we’d help the educational process along a bit.

Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2,000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton

Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1bananosecond

Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour =Knotfurlong

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

Shortest distance between two jokes = 1 straight line

453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone

2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles

365.25 days = 1 unicycle

2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

52 cards = 1 decacards

1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton

1,000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen

1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

10 rations = 1 decoration

100 rations = 1 C-ration

2 monograms = 1 diagram

4 nickels = 2 paradigms

2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League


100 Senators = Not 1 good decision

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