Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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The right way to figure plumbing

A pipe in my basement has been dripping. A couple of weeks ago I finally got fed up and called a plumber. I thought it was probably just a sweated joint which had come loose and needed to be re-soldered.

No, it was a leak. A pinhole in the pipe. And look, all these other pinholes! Little spots of verdigris all over my cold water copper pipes! Why? Probably because my water is too hard. I don't have a well on-site, but my water company draws its water from local wells.

Great. So all my cold water pipes are developing pinholes. The solution? A US$1800 water softener. Was installed today. Kept me up past my bedtime, and now I'm tired and grouchy.



meaning: wield, shake, command, wag, swing

指揮棒 == shikibou == conductor's baton
指揮 == shiki == command, direction

Left radical is 'hand'. Right radical is 'army' (軍), used phonetically to express 'agitate'. This character originally meant 'to shake hands wildly'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Army hand wields command.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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