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How to Find a Plumber at the Weekend

We found a Dublin plumber that came to our rescue. My husband and I were able to get a new home right after we got married which is something that the majority of newlyweds can’t do. In reality we could not believe that things worked out the way that they did. We had planned to move right into an apartment after we got married, my then fiancée had a friend that worked in real estate, and he told us that that it was the best time to purchase a home. My fiancé and I did not think that we would be able to afford a home at that present moment, so we told him that we would get in contact with him in about a year or so. He really thought that we should give it more consideration, so he kept talking to my fiancé about the possibility of buying a home. He told us that it was possible to get a home that had already been foreclosed on, and that made us think a little bit more.


Finding A Home

We went to go see three homes that were not far from where we work living. One of the homes was our absolute favorite, but it needed to get some work done on it. The cost of the home was so incredibly cheap that it was worth it to buy the home and get some repairs done on it because it was basically a steal. My fiancé and I closed on her home, and two weeks later I moved in. We have many friends that worked on our home, because a lot of my husband’s friends worked in construction and so does he. The only thing that we had to hire outside contractors for was the plumbing. There were a few plumbing problems in our home, so we got them repaired. We did not really like our plumber he did not seem like he was that trustworthy and he charged us a lot, so we knew that we would not ask him to help us again.

After The Move

About five months of past and my in-laws were going to come and stay with us for the weekend. I was very excited, because it would be the first time that I had my in-laws to my home. I had my house completely and totally spotless, and the next morning they were going to be coming in. The next morning my in-laws came in and we had an awesome breakfast and we really had a great time together. We all went out for a walk, and we got to talk for quite some time. That afternoon something horrible happened to our toilet. It was ridiculous, because there was no way to fix it. We didn’t think it was going to be anything serious, so we just turned off the water source to the toilet, and we tried to use a plunger. To our dismay that was not enough.

My husband and my brother-in-law were working on the toilet for about an hour when they realized that they were not gonna be able to fix it. We have a small house, and we only have one bathroom so things were gonna have to get fixed. We wanted to find a trustworthy plumber but we did not know where to go.

Looking For Our Plumber

The plumber that had originally come into work on her house was not our favorite, so we knew that we did not want to go with him. We did a few searches on the Internet for different plumbers in the area, but in reality we would have much rather preferred for someone to give us a recommendation. Some of our neighbors were really nice and they gave us recommendations for plumbers. We called the plumbers that they referred us to but they were not open on the weekend. We really did not know what to do, so we called a few of the plumbers that we saw on the Internet.

Our Plumber To The Rescue

We were kind of frustrated with the whole bathroom thing, and since we were having no luck finding a good plumber we decided to go and get some lunch. We went to a nearby restaurant, and we ate and enjoyed ourselves, and of course we all used the bathroom. We were talking to the waitress about our afternoon and we told her that we were looking for a plumber. To our surprise she told us that her husband is an independent plumber, and she said that he was free that day. We asked her for his number and we called him and in 20 minutes he was at our door. Her husband was extremely professional, and he came with two other gentlemen and they were able to fix our toilet literally within one hour. They were very inexpensive and they were cordial as well. We took down all of his information and we decided that we were going to make him our permanent plumber. We were so happy that we were able to talk to that nice waitress on that Saturday afternoon, because her husband saved our weekend.

What is Instrument Calibration?

Calibration has always been an important topic when it comes to technology and economic activity throughout recorded history. As human societies grow ever more dependent on technology and mass production, companies are under increasing pressure

to keep their instruments calibrated to retain the same high production standard, regardless of trade and the specific product in question. This article takes you through the basics of instrument calibration and how it affects your business.

What is calibration?

In its International Vocabulary of Metrology from 2008, The International Bureau of Weights and Measures defines calibration as an “operation that, under specified conditions, in a first step, establishes a relation between the quantity values with measurement uncertainties provided by measurement standards and corresponding indications with associated measurement uncertainties and, in a second step, uses this information to establish a relation for obtaining a measurement result from an indication”. What this complex definition means for instrument calibration is the following: you need to check your instrument’s output against an established standard and verify it is accurate. In reality, most calibration efforts cannot achieve a perfect match between instrument and standard, but they rather keep instrument error within certain narrow boundaries which are considered acceptable to the end user.

When do you need to calibrate?

The short answer is: as often as possible. Many circumstances require instrument calibration. Whenever you get a new instrument, you should check that it behaves according to the standard your company subscribes to. The same goes for older instruments which have recently undergone modification or repair, or instruments which have experienced unusual and potentially function-altering conditions (bumps, shocks, vibrations, irradiation, changes in the immediate environment, and other damaging alterations). Consistently observing instrument performance is of primary importance, and it can give you good reason to perform a calibration, such as a sudden change in an instrument’s measurements with no identifiable external causes or a mismatch between instrument indications and output. Many instruments also come with manufacturer recommendations or even legal regulations on how often you should calibrate them. Nevertheless, it pays off to observe your instruments’ behavior carefully even when you have a stringent calibration schedule.

Why calibrate?

Instrument calibration is an important part of quality assurance. Making sure the tools of your trade, however simple or complex they are, fulfill their specifications and abide by the accepted standards is a central building block of your business. Apart from the obvious legal regulations which your company must follow in that regard, regular calibration helps make your equipment traceable (i.e., its performance numbers upon calibration and how they match against the test equipment). The aggregate traceability data can be useful to determine an instrument’s reliability, and consistently low performance is a warning sign that it is time to change equipment.

Know what you calibrate!

Companies often perform calibrations to please auditors rather than to paint a real picture of their instruments’ performance. Before you invest in calibration, make sure you understand all of your instrument’s attributes, which you are calibrating, and spread your calibration effort evenly. Following auditor demands alone will often have you over-calibrate here and under-calibrate there.