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Breathe Easy: Explaining Air Filters and MERV Ratings

Shyene

Air filters work with a homeowner’s HVAC system to circulate clean air throughout the home via central ductwork. They oftentimes slide into a specialized compartment on, for instance, a furnace. Once the air is called for, the furnace pushes it through the duct where the filter is located, so any …

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Construction Camp in Austin Teaches Girls Trade Skills

Gregory

They do summer camps a little differently in Austin, Texas. Thanks to the National Association of Women in Construction, thirteen middle-school aged girls are learning the skills needed to begin careers in the construction industry and other trades.   During the week-long camp, they h…

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Ancient History: What Did We Do Before Air Conditioners?

Gregory

Air conditioners may seem like a staple of society, and many places across the country and the globe can't survive the summer without them. But what did we do before these air-cooling machines were invented?   Let's go all the way back to ancient Egypt, where, like most technological innov…

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Gates Foundation Funds Magic Toilet that Vaporizes Waste

Gregory

The Gates Foundation is at it again. They have a history of making extraordinary innovations when it comes to toilets and waste management systems.   Thanks to their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, a New Zealand company has found a way to treat sewage directly in people's homes. Scion Res…

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Cheap, Clean Water, Made by the Sun

Gregory

One of the largest issues facing the world right now is access to clean drinking water. In more developed nations, plumbers protect the public's health by providing them with safe, clean drinkable water. Other parts of the world struggle to gain access to this. But, a new device, run solely on solar…

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New ‘Super-Wood’ Becomes Cooler in Sunlight

Gregory

New research shows that you might be able to cool your home with ‘super-wood.’ By stripping the wood of its lignin before densification, it actually allows the densified wood to cool in bright sunlight.   By doing this, buildings that are constructed using this material would have a s…

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Zone Valves That Use ProPress?!

Guest

Hey all! I’ve got a small, but in my opinion, fantastic item today.   Anyone who has ever sweat a valve has done this at least once: everything is going smoothly, the valve sweats in just fine, you go to test it by closing it and the valve fails. Well, what do we do? Remove it, take a l…

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An Inside Look at Plumbing Fittings

Michelle P

Are you having issues filtering through our thousands of plumbing fittings? Trying to fix that leaky faucet, but don’t know what you need?   Then you’ve come to the right place!   We know fittings can be complicated, and our dedicated staff is here to help, so we’ve creat…

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Texas Eliminates Regulations to Become a Plumber

Gregory

  Plumbers across the country are in shock and disbelief as Texas has voted down a bill that would have kept the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners operational. Instead, aspiring professional plumbers may not need to pass exams or adhere to regulations, starting September 1st. &n…

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The Future of Leak Detection

Guest

Hey all! I’m coming to you today with a game changing product in the world of leak detection. We hear it a lot, “The future is here, today!”   Well, we are going to imitate that with a new product from Uponor, named Phyn. Phyn is a connected whole home leak detection monitor. Develo…

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Ball Pit or Reservoir in Los Angeles?

Gregory

Did you ever think it would hard to tell a ball pit from a water reservoir? Well, in Los Angeles it is.   The L.A. Water Reservoir is now home to 96,000,000 (yes, 96 million!) black balls that look like they belong in a ball pit at a kid's birthday party. But actually, they fit perfectly …

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Winston Churchill’s Birthplace to Get Solid Gold Toilet

Gregory

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England is best known for being the birthplace and home of the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Now, it will be known for a second thing: being the home of a solid gold toilet.   The toilet is set to be installed in a bathroom right near the r…

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