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A temperature/relief valve has been plugged shut right next to a safety label urging that it not be plugged shut

Most everybody in this country had to go to school to learn how to read, among other things. Literacy is one of those basic elements considered necessary to hold a country together.

In this case, it's also necessary to hold body and soul together. Our thanks to Jack Wendel of Home Pride Inspections Inc. of northeast Ohio. He contributed this little Horror.

Somebody apparently flunked that reading test. Here is a temperature/pressure relief valve with a plug screwed into its orifice. Can you guess what the label in front of it says? The last part of it says, more or less, "Don't plug this valve."

By the way, the water heater might blow up if the valve is plugged.

We tremble for the Republic......