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    Product Review: MPT multi-thread pressure tester

    Every once in a while a “head slapping” tool comes across my radar. This simple but versatile MPT Tester by Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group is one of the better ideas I have seen in some time. It was invented by a plumber to replace the …

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    Iowa Wesleyan College

    In its distinctive role among the many institutions of learning in America, Iowa Wesleyan College adheres to the ideals of its founding vision of social justice and human welfare on the local and international level by seeking to decrease its carbon footprint. In an attempt …

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    New Hampshire rental relies on wall hung boiler to slash energy bills

    Last winter, residents of Claremont, NH, faced 72 inches of snow, with a walloping 31 inches that fell in February alone, creating a huge heating challenge for property owners like Mark Limoges. All that weather contributes to a hefty 7,800 heating degree days — 2,000 …

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    Grainger’s Illinois distribution center strikes LEED platinum; succces hinges on automation, logistics and safety

    Recently, select media members were invited to tour the LEED Platinum Grainger Distribution Center, located southwest of Chicago. According to information provided by Grainger, the company, with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America’s leading broad supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products. The …

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    Boiler Combustion Analysis 101

    Boiler Combustion Analysis 101 By: Roy Collver Roy’s Background and Upcoming Class Roy Collver teaches an advanced 5-week class on Mastering Condensing Boiler Design in Hydronic Systems with the folks at HeatSpring. If you need to increase your skills and confidence around selling, quoting, designing, …

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    Ford EcoBoost Challenge offers ‘hands-on’ driver experience

    Last month, Ford extended an invitation to media members to get a chance to get their hands on the wheel of some of its fleet featuring EcoBoost, Ford’s cutting-edge, sustainable, and green technology. At the test grounds in Arlington Heights, Ill., Mechanical Hub was part …

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    Homeowners, ask yourself: Why hire a plumber?

    With electrical repairs, it’s immediately apparent if something didn’t go quite right—there are sparks, the lights go out, maybe a little zap. Plumbing repairs are different.  Problems often don’t appear for weeks—when the little leak from the poorly sealed pipe becomes a giant, dripping wet …

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    Caleffi names ‘Excellence’ winner

    The perfect win-win situation! Intent on providing customers with the best and most economical heating and renewable solutions in the market, Steiner Plumbing, Electric & Heating (River Falls, Wis.) with assistance from J.H. Larson (Hayward, Wis.) delivers the winning combination. A 40-unit Community Based Residential …

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    Viega Wins PPI ‘Project of the Year’

    Wichita — Viega was awarded Plastic Pipe Institute’s (PPI) 2013 “Project of the Year” award in the building and construction division for its Sun Valley Ski Resort snow melting system project. Each year, PPI, a manufacturing-based trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe …

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    South Florida commercial building illuminates advantages of UV lighting for HVACR systems

    When you compete for premier office tenants in a high-rent market like south Florida, your building better have the best finishes and systems to stand out from the competition. That’s an ongoing challenge that motivates Bunnie Willis in her role as Vice President, Senior Property …

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