The Green River: From Plumbing Disaster to Yearly Tradition

Nick B

Do you like St. Patrick's Day?  Do you like watching the news?  Are you a fan of water being a color it usually isn't?  If you said yes to any of these questions then you probably already know about the yearly tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day, but did you know tha…

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The Beast from the East Can’t Stop Band of Builders

Nick B

Sadie Jenkins is a two year old toddler from the UK who has already had to overcome a variety of obstacles in her life.  At birth she faced a range of complications that left her hospital bound for 10 months.  After all that, Sadie finally was able to come home, but still required special care an…

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Out of Retirement: Mario’s Back to Plumbing

Nick B

6 months ago the plumbing community saw a true legend hang up his coveralls.  With an update to his official profile, Nintendo announced that Mario had retired from plumbing.  Well (as you may have seen in the title of this post) he's back in the business!  With another update to his official pro…

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How To Replace Your Window AC Unit With A Mini-Split In Just 5 Steps!

Nick B

Window AC units can be annoying.  You have to take them in and out every year, they never seal right, and birds poop all over them (at least that's the case with mine).  A mini-split system seems like a good solution, but going through the process of replacing what you have with one seems way too …

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Toilet Troubles Ground Plane of Plumbers

Nick B

If you ever found yourself surrounded by seven dozen plumbers you would at the very least feel comfortable that there wouldn't be any plumbing problems, right?  Well unfortunately for the passengers of a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight earlier this year, that was not the case.  Soon after takeoff an …

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Ever Been Paid Via Painting?

Nick B

On February 1st an almost 460 year old painting will be put up for auction in New York and it can be yours for a cool $2-3 million.  How does this relate to plumbing and the trades?  Well the painting, "Saint Margaret" by 16th century artist Titian, was given to John Embry, the royal plumber of Ki…

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Want to Talk to your Toilet?

Nick B

Have you ever found yourself standing in your bathroom thinking, "I really wish I could talk to my toilet"?  I would like to think that we all have been there and now, thanks to the bright minds at Kohler, we can!  Earlier this month they chose the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unvei…

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Thief Steals Church’s A/C Unit, Contractors Save the Day

Nick B

Earlier this year a Colorado's church was the target of thieves.  They didn't steal money, small valuables, or computers, but instead targeted the A/C unit.  The intercity ministry, known for their community outreach programs, was unable to shoulder the financial burden of replacing the stolen bu…

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DeWalt vs. Milwaukee

Nick B

DeWalt vs. Milwaukee.  Team Red or Team Yellow.  A debate as old as time (or at least as long as power tools have been around.)  Which brand is better?  Which brand is tougher?  Which brand could beat the other brand in a fight.  I'm sure you've at least seen this debate before and I want to …

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PSA: Pumpkin Guts Bad For Plumbing

Nick B

With Halloween around the corner there will be enough frights, don't let your plumbing become one too!  No Halloween is complete without a valiant attempt at the perfect jack-o-lantern.  If you are anything like me, that involves starting with some complicated design, creating some monstrosity t…

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Who’s This Bathroom For?

Nick B

When there's one bathroom for men and another for women the signs to tell you which is which should clearly tell you which is which, right?  Seems like a simple qualification for the bathroom sign to do literally the only thing it is made to do, but that is not always the case apparently.  Englis…

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Introducing Pick Up Stix: A Plumber’s Best Friend

Mark

Pick Up Stix are the back saving, germ fighting, toilet moving solution every plumber needs.  Stop grabbing the dirty toiler bowl and penguin walking it out of the home, Pick Up Sticks keep you clean and makes moving a toilet a breeze.  The spring-loaded handle is easy to use and stays fir…

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