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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?!

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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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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

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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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Lead Plumbing Parts Could be Replaced by New Alloy

Gregory

A team of researchers at Purdue University might have just created the biggest advancement in the plumbing world in decades.   For years, lead plumbing has been a known issue--but only recently has official legislation come into effect to regulate its use. But thanks to the team at the …

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Game of Thrones Actor Related to Inventor of Flush Toilet

Gregory

Game of Thrones has nearly everything you could put into a TV show: war, dragons, deceit, foreign lands, zombies, magic, battling for a throne made of swords...but the one thing it doesn't have is modern plumbing. Or does it...?   Kit Harington, the acclaimed actor who plays Jon Snow, Kin…

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Koala Refuses to Leave Air Conditioned Car

Gregory

On a hot day in Australia, a winemaker got a surprise visit while working outside.   Tim Withrow left his car running and the air conditioning on so his dog could go in and out to beat the heat. But, turns out his pooch wasn't the only one who had that same idea.   A koala be…

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Should You Really Be Flushing Wipes Down the Toilet?

Gregory

There are some things most of us not to flush down the toilet, like a baseball or a sneaker, for example. But, should 'flushable' wipes be allowed down the drain? Aren't they made to be flushed? It turns out that nothing except for toilet paper should be flushed. And here's why.   There…

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Dinosaur Bones Found in Indiana, Thanks to Sewer Project

Gregory

Most of us have been to a museum, especially as kids, and looked up at the giant dinosaur displays and gasped at how large they are. Well, now imagine stumbling onto those very same enormous bones, except instead of being in a museum, you're digging up the ground at a farm.   That's exac…

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Steam Boiler is Over 50 Years Old, High School Considers Replacing Artifact

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A high school in Geneseo is still using Kewanee steam boilers originally installed in 1952 and 1963. These systems, over 60 years old, are in desperate need of repairs, which is causing the school to debate replacing them altogether.   The original steam boiler was installed in 1952 to ac…

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