Candidate for the Dumbest Idea I Have Heard

If you don't think too good, don't think too much.

— Ted Williams

Figure 1: Illustration of Typical Home Plumbing Vent System.

Figure 1: Illustration of Typical Home Plumbing Vent System (Source).

My coworkers and I often discuss our home remodeling/repair adventures. This morning, a coworker described how a neighbor in his home town used a rifle to solve a common plumbing problem. I do not condone this approach and I am appalled at every possible level that someone would even try it.

His neighbor had to run a vent pipe (see Figure 1, vent pipe in red) from an interior room to the roof. Running a vent pipe requires putting holes in walls and floors so that you can run the pipe to the roof. Generally, I solve this problem by taking careful measurements, drilling unobtrusive holes to verify my location, etc.

My coworker's old neighbor came up with a unique solution. Why not just shoot a rifle vertically through your house to mark the path for your vent pipe?

My mouth dropped when I heard this.

 
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2 Responses to Candidate for the Dumbest Idea I Have Heard

  1. Dr. Goulu says:

    maybe a laser pointer could combine the advantages of both proposed methods ...

     
    • mathscinotes says:

      I use a 5-point laser level myself (i.e. top, down, front, right, left). Some folks don't want to spend a money on laser levels. However, a rifle is certainly not the correct measurement tool.

      mathscinotes

       

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