A real test of stu­dents’ met­tle

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Chris Denham cden­ham@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1549693

Plumb­ing com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Craig Bun­ney

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