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Cortez (cort) Cate

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PLEASE read this entire introduction. I have been doing this for a long time and I have come to the conclusion that if you are not willing to take the time to write a detailed question then don't expect a detailed solution! I am getting far to many questions that do not give enough detail to warrant a good solution. I realize it is a little difficult to formulate a good question but if you want a good answer you have to give me good this entire introduction please....remember this website is world wide I have no clue where you live if you don't tell give more detail on the fixture you are having problems with...a one piece eljer 3.5 gallon flush will be totally different than a one-gallon flush toto.....details are important. I can answer most questions related to residential and commercial plumbing for many buildings. I have sufficient knowledge of the UPC and UMC. I will speculate for you if necessary. In those cases I will try to give you some guidance and you should use that to refine the question further and we, together, can seek the answer via a follow up. Plumbing codes and practices vary around the world--If you don't tell me where you live the answer I give may not fit your locality. I am giving my time to you as a way of fulfilling my perceived obligation to share. I am here to try to help you find a solution to your problem. REMEMBER, If you want a good answer you need to ask a detailed question and include where you live, type of pipes, type of building, water pressure if it is a water problem, type of heater, age of appliance & building all these and many more are variables that have an effect on various situations. Detailed information will help produce a better answer.

Experience in the area

Since 1972 a California licensed B-1 General Building Contractor, C-36 Plumbing and C-16 Fire Sprinkler Contractor; also installing and servicing Heating, Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal operating as C and C Building and Plumbing, California State License 279516. In 1995 I downsized the company to become semi-retired. Still I remain active in the construction industry. As head of a company I placed personnel and job safety as the number one objective followed closely by training and continuing education. Always seeking to stay informed of leading edge technology in the industry. Also I have spent several years as an Apprenticeship Instructor in the Pipe Trades Unions. Additionally I am a certified OSHA instructor.


United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Instruction Training, Ann Arbor, MI Bakersfield College, Bakersfield CA Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA Foothill College, Los Altos, CA California Licensed Contractor from 1971

What do you like about this subject?

I like the feeling of accomplishment that results from a plumbing system that works perfectly. Plumbing is much more complex than it may seem. Properly installed and fine tuned a plumbing system will function perfectly for many years without major maintenance.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My primary objective is to try to stay current with the new technology; know what is available, stay abreast of code changes. I also enjoy searching for historical information re: plumbing systems.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Check out "The History of the Water Closet".

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

If you are interested in the history of plumbing this URL has an excellent article by Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine. Click Here to read the article, then scroll down to the "Falling Apart" heading, for vital information on what is needed to mantain our plumbing infrastructure.

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Recent Answers from Cortez (cort) Cate

2015-07-17 Septic:

Hi Terrell,  Okay, you have most of the procedure down but I think you may be a little off on one area. I think you said you see solids in the liquid tank? If this is true then the baffle is failing or

2015-03-26 feet under full apron cast iron tub:

I am not sure. If it were me I would contact American Standard. Send then a picture and they will likely be more than happy to point you in the right direction.  You cannot have to much support. The feet

2015-02-27 Cold shower:

I only mentioned the dip tube because you do not say how much hot water you receive...??? If you are not having trouble with the hot water anywhere and there seems to be plenty at the kitchen (for example)

2015-02-23 my shower:

To repair the problem you will need to turn the house water supply off and bleed off the pressure at any faucet both hot and cold. You will need to remove the center stem and possibly you will be able

2015-02-23 Cold shower:

Hey, this is a no brainer...if you cannot regulate the water flow then I think you would need to remove the stem from the body and find out why....most likely the washer is gone but it is amazing that


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