Overdeveloped nations: the plumbing scam

Posted: July 26, 2006 in Politics

I remember some of my home improvement projects back in the U.S. Plumbing was always an issue in older homes, what with old galvanized plumbing in many homes, sometimes copper repipe, sometimes an ugly combination of the two. Plumbing jobs were usually messy and sometimes small repairs turned into big jobs as corroded pipe kept breaking off farther and farther into the wall. And copper pipe is expensive and difficult to work with. Plumbers pull down big money.

The entire country of Thailand is plumbed with PVC pipe. It’s strong, reliable, fast, cheap, doesn’t corrode and is easy to install; exceedingly easy to install. Cut it with any type of saw that is handy, slather some PVC glue on it, slap the joints together, and in 10 minutes it is ready. It’s so easy that there are virtually never issues with bad joints, unlike copper with troublesome solder joints. It comes in several thicknesses; the standard one is rated at 13 bars (13 atmospheres of pressure). So it is plenty strong enough for all but extreme high pressure uses.

Why can’t PVC plumbing be used in the U.S.? (rhetorical question) It’s a scam of course. It is so easy and reliable that plumbers are not needed. The labor unions would have none of that. By working the U.S. system of what I call “legalized graft” consumers are forced to pay exorbitant rates for plumbing materials and labor. One of the plethora of legal scams in <b>overdeveloped</b> countries like the U.S. Overdeveloped – as in over legislated, over unionized, and over priced.

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