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    One in A Millennial

    “Can you believe some of the things that young man was saying?” was the question I overheard during a lunch conversation among a group of plumbing and heating business owners. “He’s going to tell me how to run my business?” That guy was a millennial …

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    First Look: Lochinvar Noble Combi-boiler

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    Review: Diablo Tools Diamond Cutoff Disc

    Many pro tradesmen and women work with grinders daily, with the advancement in battery tool technology cordless grinders have become a favorite tool for many trades because of the speed and versatility they offer. Small grinders fit into hard to reach areas and offer the …

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    Top 5 questions answered about PEX for hydronic piping applications

    While the commercial industry is seeing a growing interest in the use of PEX for hydronic heating and chilled water applications, some professionals are still skeptical that a plastic piping system can actually perform as well as traditional copper and steel. Let’s turn some of …

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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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    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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    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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