Earlier this week a 14 year veteran of the plumbing industry created an open forum on popular website, Reddit.com, asking for any and all plumbing related questions from the community. More than 8,400 comments later, he certainly got his questions.
Reddit.com is a website built around user submitted content and smaller communities of users with similar interests. For example there are numerous groups centered on different forms of comedy, groups that share pictures of their dogs, and even groups that just talk about their city. One of the most popular and largest examples of these communities is “IAma” or “I am a…” where people of interest spend some time answering questions from the Reddit community. On a typical day you would see an actor, TV personality, or other celebrity receiving the most interest here, but a seasoned veteran by the user name boomboomsaIoon captured the internet’s fascination.
With thousands of questions and 28,400 upvotes, term for a positive vote in Reddit’s community powered sorting process, this post became bigger than this plumber could have ever expected. Days later, boomboomsaIoon is still answering questions, hundreds down but even more to go.
Some answers were directly plumbing related.
Some were a bit more interesting.
There was a bit of career advice.
And some questions I think will go unanswered.
But this story did not here. A much more niche community on Reddit centered only on plumbing noticed this post.
And they were not too happy about it.
These people questioned the original poster’s knowledge and pulled a few specific answers to prove their point.
Here’s one example.
And another just general comment on the plumber’s know how.
They even used memes!
So the internet became fascinated with this plumber and asked every question under the sun. The user answer many questions, but was eventually called out by other pros. Was this person a real pro with a few, choice slip ups out of hundreds of answers, or are the other plumbers right to call them a hack? Click here to see the post for yourself. Regardless I feel like it is always a good thing for the industry when a situation like this occurs, highlighting the good side of plumbers that isn’t typically shown by mainstream media.
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