A real test of students’ mettle
PLUMBING is not just a matter of getting water from one place to another – it can be a matter of life and death.
Plumbing students at South Kent College were challenged to master one of the more difficult skills in the business last week in a competition.
The task of building a crossover looks difficult enough but is made worse when you consider the consequences of a mistake.
Hot and cold water pipes have to be kept separate, usually with the cold on the bottom and hot on top. Should they touch, there is a danger of the deadly Legionnaires’ disease as the cold pipe warms up.
A crossover sees a valve put in on one pipe and another pipe leading off, up and over the neighbouring routes.
Organiser Dean Dowsett explained: “They have to do it without touching the other pipes. There were four in a row and they had to be military. The service pipe had to go over the others and it is not easy to do.
“They all had pipe benders and did it all themselves. They had just enough pipe to do the job and that was it, so they couldn’t get it wrong.”
There were several prizes from PTS plumbing and Denne con- struction and the winner of the event, Craig Bunney won a pipe bender, supplied by Denne.
With plumbing equipment so expensive, such a prize would be a bonus for young tradesmen starting out at a difficult time.
Plumbing competition winner Craig Bunney