Lives A Day Without Shoes


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Today, 10.10.14, we made the choice to work without our shoes. Why? To support Barefoot4them, an effort to raise awareness for those who have been affected by wearing inadequate footwear.

Want to join the movement? Take off your shoes! You can also donate shoes to those in need here.


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Merit Brass Stainless Steel Fittings and Welded Nipples On The Site!



We have added some Stainless Steel Fittings and Welded Nipples manufactured by Merit Brass to  Merit Brass are one of the biggest manufacturers of quality nipples, as well as being a master-distributor of related fittings, pipes and other parts.

Our Stainless Steel Welded Nipples category contains a large amount of sizes and lengths, ranging from  1/4″ to 2″ diamater, and Close to 6″ lengths.  Take a look through the category here.

The Merit Brass 304 Stainless Steel Fittings include elbows, couplings, bushings, unions and lots more. They can be viewed via our unique Fittings Finder. Don’t forget to also check out our extensive Pipe Fittings & Nipples section.

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W21: Helping You Protect The Water Supply Of Our Future



Humans can only survive from 3 to 5 days without water. Look around you right now. The person sitting at the desk next to you probably has a water bottle they sip on throughout the day. The runner on the treadmill next to you at the gym carries a bottle to stay hydrated throughout his/her workout. Even dogs and cats need a bowl of fresh H20 to drink throughout the day. Without water we would all die.

Luckily, with your help we can live. The International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) strongly supports legislation in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that aims to help communities nationwide better prepare for the future of our water sources, according to an article in Plumbing Engineer.

W21: Water in the 21st Century would:

  • Expand rebates and grants for water conservation and efficiency
  • Support local investments in water recycling
  • Improve groundwater and storage
  • Invest in research into water-saving technologies and desalination
  • Establish an open water data system
  • Help local communities take steps to become better prepared for drought.

If this legislation is passed, our local tradesmen will be given the tools to help us all participate in water conservation! How do you conserve today?

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This New Standard For Health and Safety Will Benefit Tradesmen



The old adage ‘safety comes first’ should always be top priority, but according to some plumbing contractors, including Ron George, that was not always the case out on the job, especially in hospitals.

Many contractors came forward with stories about being exposed to bacteria, germs and diseases when working on existing plumbing systems, according to George.

Soon after, the board at ASSE developed a standard to protect your health and safety, titled ASSE SERIES 12000 (now available for purchase), which was then approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

This New Standard For Health and Safety Will Benefit Tradesmen; Here’s How:

  • The critical nature of blood-borne pathogens and other diseases that present health hazards to you is now being addressed, and not ignored.


  • It sets minimum criteria for your (plumbers/tradesmen) training and certification on how to safely work in an environment with potentially deadly diseases.


  • It helps you identify and manage potential hazards.

There is no code requirement to follow this standard… yet – however it is an industry consensus standard that provides a minimum level of training for you.

What are your thoughts on this new standard? Were you ever in a situation that you felt was hazardous to your health, and what did you do to protect yourself?

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WhisperGreen Select Bathroom Fans: They’re Customizable!



If you, or the homeowner you are working with are searching for the perfect fan to fit special needs and air flow requirements, we think we’ve found it. The WhisperGreen Select bathroom fans have a fully customizable vent fan for virtually any application.

The WhisperGreen Select fan includes energy efficient DC motors (allows for varied speed and torque), fast and easy installation using the Flex-Z fast bracket, Integrated dual 4” or 6” duct adapter, and is UL listed for shower/bath installation. It comes with a 6 year warranty on the DC motor and 3 year on replacement parts, just in case.

The “Pick-A-Flow” speed selector gives you the ability to select the required air flow with the flip of a switch.   The Plug N’ Play modules provide unbeatable features for the base model fans. These easy to connect modules allow for further customization of the fan by choosing a multi-speed operation, motion sensor, and/or condensation sensor, which is great for stopping unwanted growth of mildew and mold. We’re not done yet– an automatic LED Night Light is there to aid in night vision! We know, it’s almost too good to be true.

Panasonic’s WhisperGreen Select series are customizable to fit the homeowners’ needs and make everyone more comfortable. These fans can also be customized to comply with ASHRE, LEED, Cal-Green, and energy star for homes 3.0 initiatives.

So, what are you waiting for?

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3 Free Android Apps for Contractors and Tradesmen We Suggest


Last week we shared 3 awesome & free apps for the iPhone to make your job (and life!) easier. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you Android users! Below are some extremely useful apps on the Android for contractors and tradesmen.

1. Handyman Calculator



  • Feet and inches calculator with all conversions included
  • Fraction calculator
  • Lumber, Concrete and Asphalt calculator
  • Helps you figure out the amount of materials you need for a job

2. Contractor Estimate & Invoice




  • Allows you to estimate, invoice, record, process payments, and manage projects from anywhere
  • Send your client an estimate before you leave
  • Build estimates and invoices quicker by selecting from your list of commonly used materials and labor rates.
  • Create, organize, and store valuable client info

3. CamScanner



  • Use your phone camera to scan and digitize all kinds of paper documents: receipts, notes, invoices, etc.
  • Easily share documents in PDF or JPEG format in various ways: send attachment or document download link through email/ text for customers
  • Instantly print out any documents in CamScanner with nearby printer via AirPrint.
  • Great way to send customers receipts, bills, etc!

Are we forgetting any? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!


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