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    Oil-to-gas boiler retrofit — Portsmouth, N.H, — Hart Plumbing and Heating

    An 1800′s home with a very inefficient oil boiler sounds like trouble. That’s what Kevin Hart, service and install manager, Hart Plumbing and Heating, found when his crew was called to the Portsmouth, N.H. residence. “By using the outdoor sensor and setting the temperatures to …

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    The sights of 2014 ASPE Convention & Expo

    Although I don’t have the official attendance numbers of this past week’s ASPE Show in Chicago, the majority of exhibitors I spoke with were extremely pleased with the turnout and qualified leads they were getting. ASPE, or the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, celebrated its …

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    New commercial water heating systems designed for the times

    Not long ago, contractors, engineers and building owners were routinely challenged by an inability to easily place and locate commercial water heaters.  The limitations of atmospherically-vented systems, facility design, aesthetics and close proximity to other buildings all factored-in. Today it’s not uncommon for managers, late …

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    Canadians warming to in-floor heating designs

    “Kiss your cold feet goodbye.” It’s the slogan that Paul McRoberts and his firm, iFH Designs and Installations, has used as a calling card since 1984. It’s a fitting expression because when Old Man Winter makes himself at home in their area for six months …

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    Solar by Summer, Wood by Winter: Ways to combine solar collectors and wood gasification boilers

    Solar by Summer, Wood by Winter: Ways to combine solar collectors and wood gasification boilers © Copyright 2014, J. Siegenthaler, all rights reserved As anyone with a solar thermal system in a challenging winter climate knows – you need a backup heat source during much …

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    Florida data center finds security with PP-R piping system

    There’s nothing more catastrophic for a business than a major data loss. Natural disasters, computer viruses and even basic equipment malfunctions can cost millions in data disaster recovery, redevelopment and user notification. And if a company suffers a breach of customers’ personal information, it could …

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    Geothermal & ERV system answers the call in New York home

    Will Wallace, owner of Will Wallace Construction, has been working for years with Scott Lankhorst, alternative energy specialist, Advanced Radiant Design (ARD), for all of his energy efficient buildings, so it was natural for him to turn to ARD for the mechanical systems for his …

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    REVIEW: Flir One Infrared Camera for iPhone 5

    A Home Inspector’s Review of the Flir One Infrared Camera for the iPhone About a year ago, I heard about an Indiegogo funding campaign to develop an infrared camera that would attach to a smartphone; it was called the Mu Thermal Camera .  I was sure this was …

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    Milwaukee Tool — Delivering end user solutions to the core trades

    Imagine a tool company that considers itself a solutions provider rather than a power tool company. That’s just one of the key messages conveyed at the annual Milwaukee Tool Symposium held last month. “We are not just making a minor change to an existing tool. …

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    RW Zant Commodity Sales relies on tankless retrofit

    CPCO Inc., La Habra, Calif., replaced a 26-year-old, 1,000,000 BTU boiler at the R.W. Zant Commodity Sales working poultry processing and packaging facility. Branden Blanke, vice president, and his team of two prefab workers and three onsite installers were contracted to perform this work because …

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