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    The chicken or the egg? Advanced piping technologies vs. skilled labor

    When it comes to new piping technologies that some say are ‘degrading’ the trade, is it the product that’s causing a reduction in skilled labor? Or is it the lack of skilled labor that’s moving the plumbing and heating industry towards faster, simpler products? I’ll …

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    Clothes make the tradesman

    I have been on a lifelong quest to find the perfect work attire. My wardrobe over the the years has changed, with the styles of course. At one point I wore the work shorts similar to Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Reno 911. Hey, they worked …

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  • Jaime Jimenez

    Water Quality & Your Water Heating System

    While factors such as efficiency, performance, and cost-savings are carefully scrutinized in the process of purchasing and installing water heating systems, the issue of local water quality seems largely overlooked by comparison despite its significance. The degree of attention that is given to water quality …

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  • Clay

    3 Reasons You Can’t Miss the 2018 AHR Expo

    The 2018 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 22-24, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago As a contractor in the HVACR industry, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of the AHR Expo, the world’s largest industry event that draws in upwards of 65,000 attendees and 2,000 …

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    First Look: Empire level em78.1

    Here’s a quick look at the Empire Level True Blue magnetic billet torpedo [model# em71.8] I got this from Acme Tools, cost is $19.89. I wanted to try this because I’ve always had a hard time with the standard yellow vial in low light conditions. …

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    Review: ISOtunes PRO Noise Cancelling Ear Buds

    I’ve had the new ISOtunes PRO noise cancelling earbuds for a couple weeks, now I’ve been testing them in the shop at home and also on a handful of job sites. I had been wearing the Plugfones, you might remember my review from earlier this …

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    Are you ready? Sept 23rd OSHA rule is here.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica takes effect September 23, 2017. This rule directly effects the construction industry. Information published …

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    Low Pressure Low-Down: Next Generation of Steam Heating Applications on the Rise

    Historically, steam has been a powerful resource for space heating in homes and commercial buildings. Steam has proven extremely effective at providing controlled, consistent heat to distribute throughout a building without the need for pumps by simply using a durable steam boiler. In fact, the …

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  • Dain Hansen

    IAPMO’s industry update: Hurricane woes

    Dain Hansen is vice president of Government Relations, The IAPMO Group. He lends his frequent perspective of Capitol Hill, and the plumbing industry. Here is an edited version of his update September 15, 2017 Congressional Update. This week: The House passed a comprehensive bill to …

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    OSHA Silica Standard Compliant Tools: Bosch GDE18V-16 Dust Collector

    Sept 23 is only days away. Are you ready for the new OSHA Silica Standard? Here’s a full walk thru on the Bosch Tools GDE 18V-16 add-on dust collector. This tool specific dust collector is the first of many we will be showing in the …

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