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Take that you whippersnapper!

Take that you whippersnapper!

To walk or not to walk?

To walk or not to walk?

Downtown Raleigh has certainly changed in the last decade or so.

We now have the occasional Bentley (Picture Link) or Elise (Picture Link) or Google Photo Car (Picture Link) visit.

Cars without any license plates whatsoever are relatively common.

The Occupy Crowd has literally set up camp at the gates of the city.

As they go about their daily business pedestrians are much more likely to be clobbered by the not so infrequent bicyclist, skateboarder, rollerblader, Segway, lone elderly jogger, flock of teenage joggers (really 10-12 at a time!) or even motorized rough terrain wheelchair (all of whom somehow take a very possessive attitude toward the common thoroughfare) than they ever were in the recent past.

But sign wars? That really is a new one on me.

WRAL did a story the other night. (Video Link)

Sorry about the blurry picture, some modern technology still baffles me.

1968 Era Vintage Valve Stem

Ace (hardware store) really IS the place- as in legacy plumbing parts! For those situations where mere replacement of the rubber washer just does not do the job to stop the drip, drip, drip, some people (me) ride to the thrill of the chase, others say why bother?

So what are the odds replacement valve stems for a bathtub faucet installed circa 1968 are still available at the local hardware store?

Well ….. seems the odds are really pretty good!

Two local Ace Hardware outlets each had exactly one (correct) valve stem still on the shelf!

The plastic on one package was visibly yellow with age but inside the brass parts were still shiny and new, and even included a replacement valve seat!

So why bother? All other things equal, with two replacement valve stems and seats this bathtub shower valve is good for another 45 years of service!

Well worth the effort when compared to the cost and aggravation a modern replacement valve would
have been.