Make Trades Great Again

#164 Bonus 6-pack of nipples

November 01, 2022 Eric Aune, Andy Mickelson Season 5 Episode 164
Make Trades Great Again
#164 Bonus 6-pack of nipples
Show Notes Transcript

Andy see his first nipple pack in this week's bonus episode.  Things get dicey but there's a lesson to be learned from one of Eric's recent materials order. 

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00:01.30
Andy
I was going to say we were just talking about breakfast right? So there you go Nipple tree nipple packs. What what is it.

00:01.50
Eric
We're recording. What are you gonna say? Yeah, yeah, yeah, we were just talking about breakfast and now we're gonna talk about nipples nipple trays. Yeah nipple packs all right. That's that's our bonus today nipple packs. Um. Some people listening to this are not going to know what a nipple pack is you don't know what a nipple pack is really oh my gosh. This is okay, cool. Well so um, black like so for like our gas pipe black iron right.

00:19.48
Andy
I Don't know I don't know what a nipple pack is so you're gonna have to enlighten me. No, what's an nipple pack.

00:33.80
Andy
Okay, yeah, yeah.

00:36.88
Eric
Most consistently on my end because a lot of things are high pressure half inch and three quarter inch nipples need a ton of them for near your appliances all yeah okay I mean if you do what we do, you know exactly what I'm talking about you need some nipples. They're small pipes. They're not long pipes. They're small pipes they're called nipples.

00:41.97
Andy
Sure true.

00:49.55
Andy
Yeah, yeah, right? yeah.

00:55.83
Eric
I Love the plumbing and heating trade because of our terminology we have silkcox we got balcox and we got nipples. Well, we also have nipple packs and then nipple pack is ah, an assortment of nipples from one size to another yep like and um.

01:03.14
Andy
That's right.

01:08.51
Andy
Ah, okay, so like 1 of each size like half half inch step increments like close to 6 or something or.

01:13.68
Eric
You could. You could get a one. Yeah yeah, that's great that you said that one of each size. Yes and then you can also get a a 3 pack of each size and then you can get a 6 pack of each size.

01:20.47
Andy
Um, okay.

01:27.41
Andy
Um, God you got you you, you're like a luxury over there in the midwest.

01:31.24
Eric
No, this is not a midwest thing. You can just buy these these manufacturers that make nipples that you are buying already. They sell em in packs. You don't have to buy them in dozens and individuals and whatnot. Okay, so just look it up nipple tray or nipple packs look up a 6 pack of nipples.

01:36.47
Andy
Yeah, by yes, Okay, yeah.

01:49.20
Eric
Okay, and a 6 pack of nipples is this whether it's get black or galvanized and you I suppose you could do this? Maybe they do it in like brass or stay in this too. But we're talking black and galvanized 2 of the most normal reasons to buy nipples or the normal type. Um you'll get from close to six inch

01:52.40
Andy
Okay. Sure.

02:04.81
Andy
Yeah.

02:08.10
Eric
And like you said you could do ah a single nipple pack so that'll be 1 of each size in that category right? And then you can get a 6 pack or a 3 pack and a 6 packs then you could get 3 of each size close to six inch

02:13.58
Andy
Okay.

02:20.87
Andy
Yeah, okay.

02:26.20
Eric
And then you can get and there's maybe other combinations then you can get a 6 pack which is 6 of each size close to six inch pretty self-explanatory now right? and ah and I could show you a picture of this because they typically come in a cardboard box that looks like a nipple tray but it's cardboard. It's wedge-shaped.

02:32.60
Andy
Sure, Yeah, yeah.

02:42.14
Andy
Um, okay, yeah, yeah, this is like like mind blowing to me because I have never seen one. Yeah and I know.

02:45.25
Eric
Because ah nipples are standing up straight in it and it's kind of like in a little organizer right.

02:52.52
Eric
So this that is mind blowing to me because you're gonna start buying nipple packs now and you're gonna be like where have these been my whole life except except the fact that now they cost $1000000000 they didn't used to.

02:59.96
Andy
Ah, well yeah.

03:09.71
Eric
$1000000000 okay and that's the point I want to rant today because I just lost my mind a couple like a week or two ago. Um I was just ah, normal routine stuff I was ordering a boiler in some parts and then I was like oh crap I got to look through.

03:17.73
Andy
Ah, yeah, um. Okay.

03:29.29
Eric
And I need I know I need I was really low on half inch black fittings and I'm always really low because I don't stock a lot of them half inch galvanized nipples and fittings and so I thought I got to put a little bit of stock order in with this peel for this boiler.

03:32.71
Andy
Sure.

03:42.10
Andy
Brett.

03:46.71
Andy
Sure.

03:49.40
Eric
And I my go to as ah, um, we talked about 1000000 times I go to a you know, ah call up my or I send this order into my salesmen previous to that I had to get a ah I didn't know I couldn't find in their system. The nipple packs.

03:57.41
Andy
Okay.

04:06.32
Andy
Okay.

04:07.94
Eric
And I'm like okay well what? what's a galvanized note. What's a code number or like so you know what I mean their inventory number and I'm looking I'm looking I can't find it and finally so I text John my sales guy and I'm like John what's a half inch nipple packck galvanize and it gives me the number and so I just add it to my order.

04:10.85
Andy
Um, yeah.

04:24.26
Andy
Right.

04:26.29
Eric
Didn't look into it or anything and it comes and it's I'm looking for my nipple pack I'm looking for this 6 pack of nipples which he called it a 6 pack but I'm like it was ended up being a small box of 6 nipples half through six inch right

04:39.89
Andy
Um, okay, okay, yeah, close close to closer 6 sure.

04:43.17
Eric
Or there was 11 nipples in it. But either way I don't know why close? Yeah yeah, sorry sorry throwing a lot of terminology out there. I'm so excited about this because I'm just pissed up anyway. I'm looking for this wedge shape. Box that should weigh about £20 full of nipples. But I find this little tiny box and I'm like what the heck is this and it's got like 11 nipples in it I'm like that's what oh that's not what I wanted I wanted a 6 pack meaning 6 of each size close through six inch so I'm like stocked for the next. months on my van. Okay so I'm looking at it I'm like no this is not it what shoot you know like I really needed that nipple pack because I had a bunch of gas I have to run in the outside of this house and um, so then days later I'm looking at that I finish a job. Whatever I'm looking at.

05:34.14
Eric
Cleaning up my truck and I'm like oh that's right I restocked those nipples and everything I go and I find that box again and then then I'm disappointed again. I'm like how in the world did this this is just poor communication. So I call up John I'm like you sent me a box of 11 nipples and he's like yeah you asked for 6 pack or whatever he called it and I'm like that's not. What I'm talking about and he's like well oh you wanted the big, the big pack and I'm like yeah, he's like well that's not I didn't I'm sorry you know and he apologize and then I'm like looking at the packing slip I found it for the order and um, my packet slipper the prices and I'm like well wait a minute John. You gave me 11 nipples and this was $66 he's like yeah I'm like what $66 for 11 pieces of pipe that are really short. You know what? I mean like I'm like this is this can't be right.

06:24.59
Andy
Right? right.

06:29.73
Eric
And he's like no, that's it I'm like well then how much is your your fulls size like 6 packck nipple tray and he tells me it's like oh that's that's like two hundred and thirty dollars and I'm like what and like no, it's not and he's like yeah, that's it I'm like what in the covid and so I get on and I found.

06:42.28
Andy
Yeah.

06:49.71
Eric
Ah I just recently bought a 6 pack from a different supplier. So I go on my account there and I look and you know what I paid for a 6 pack over there was like a hundred dollars less than what John has telling me and I'm like this is something's up right? So then of course you go on Supplyhouse and so here I am going? No this what in the world is going on.

06:59.15
Andy
Yeah.

07:09.90
Eric
And my point isn't to complain about one supplier or the other my point is this know what the hell you're ordering and make sure you like don't just assume what your is in your head is like common knowledge to everyone else. You know what? I mean because I think I think of things in my head.

07:12.91
Andy
Um, yeah.

07:24.42
Andy
Right.

07:28.88
Eric
That are like I'm so I'm so convinced I'm correct and yet I'm probably really wrong. You know what? I mean like this I'm telling John I need this little pack of nipples. Well he thought I needed this little pack of and I never expected to be sixty something dollars

07:44.30
Andy
Right? Yeah, just stop just looking at it I was just trying to find the.

07:46.20
Eric
Are you looking up the nipples right now.

07:50.54
Eric
Yeah, you can buy so this other supplier I bought the black half inch half inch black close through six inch you get a whole box. You get the 6 each and it's like hundred and twenty bucks

08:07.35
Andy
Ah, that's yeah, right, right? Yeah, you can refill your own your nipple tree I That's interesting I know I mean it it makes total sense. We've always just had.

08:08.83
Eric
Sounds like a lot of money. But if you you walk away with every nipple you like stock your box is what that is yeah, you didn't know about this.

08:24.89
Andy
And near as I know I mean I've never seen a nipple box or nipple pack like that I've never never seen it at a cardboard box I mean I've obviously yeah I'd I'd be curious.

08:31.67
Eric
Yeah I should send you this picture. The people listening to the people listening to the podcast are like this is riveting you're talking. Um, this is so fun I know it's not I don't know we needed something to talk about that's the bonus episode Damn it.

08:39.52
Andy
Ah, right? yeah.

08:47.74
Andy
Ah, the nipple packs there's there. It is here. Okay.

08:48.91
Eric
You should have that in your ah nipple packs man $66 I honestly god when I maybe I even have the other picture because what you'll see did it coming through yet.

08:59.16
Andy
Well I mean here's a three inch black three inch three inch close to six inch black eighty seven bucks yeah that's what it says.

09:08.75
Eric
Um, no three inch no but that's just like how many one of each.

09:17.24
Andy
Well yeah, I'm sure close to six inch but they're three inch nipples are huge right.

09:20.91
Eric
Yeah, three inch diameter yeah I think I just I think it just sent you a video to did you get the picture. Yeah, that's a nipple pack. It's do see. It's 2 sided on that box that you're just looking at one side.

09:29.70
Andy
You Ah you sent me a picture. Yeah, no that that makes yeah no that that's that that is that's super cool.

09:39.95
Eric
That's like a hundred bucks for that. Yeah.

09:43.68
Andy
And it looks like it's a ah burly box you know and you carry that thing around for a little while before it falls apart right.

09:47.78
Eric
Yeah, until it's inside door of your van and you leave the door open and starts raining I mean I don't know I may have happened. It may not have Yeah yeah, so anyway, more of the story know what you're ordering. Don't be a dummy like me.

09:52.47
Andy
Um I did Mayor cannot confirm nor deny that I Yeah yeah and leave her leave your vanors closed.

10:07.23
Eric
Yeah, yeah, if it's gonna rain close your door. That's all I got and Andy learned about nipple packs today.

10:12.30
Andy
Ah, well I learned about nipple packs He this is the this is the moral of this story is is you should learn something new every day That's my take away go learn something right.

10:23.13
Eric
That's your takeaway and if you're listening this far I'm sorry I apologize. There's always next time. That's what I it's There's our thanks for? Yeah, thanks for listening.

10:31.24
Andy
Course? Yeah, well, there's always next time. Yeah, next time will be better I promise.

10:40.90
Eric
There's always next time all right man see you.

10:43.40
Andy
Ah, later.