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The Future of Toilet Seats?

Nick B

For too long have toilet seat designs remained stagnant.  Sure, there are ones with cushions, some that don't slam, and whatever the Numi has, but I'm talking about real innovation.  Something that will push the envelope.  Something that will alter our bathroom experience forever.  Well I think …

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The Next Generation Of Plumbers: Women.

Steffy

  The contracting industry is at a cross-roads. The workforce is growing older, and finding new talent has been an ongoing struggle. But there's a new group of emerging talent who are showing a blooming interest in the field-- women.   Nationwide, about 9,000 women plumbers, p…

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We’ve Figured Out a Solution To All of Your Drain Problems…

Steffy

        Who doesn't wish for a job well-done with half of the price tag? SureSeal Floor Drain Trap Seals do just that - they block emissions of noxious sewer gases from backing up into your living or work areas, a job usually performed by a much more expensive tr…

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Where Will We Find The Next Generation of Plumbers?

Steffy

  10 Million new skilled workers will be needed by 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure looms over the heads of the Baby Boomer generation heading toward retirement. It's tough to walk away when there is nobody there to take your place.   Attracting…

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Is ‘Greywater’ The Solution For Water Shortages on Job Sites?

Steffy

New mandates in California to cut water use are being felt at construction sites, but there may be a new budding solution. According to an article in Bizjournals, builders are finding sources of reclaimed water, or 'greywater', to use as a replacement. Water is necessary at construction sit…

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Are you ready for the new residential efficiency standards?

Steffy

The times they are a-changin', and there's no option other than to adapt. April 15th is quickly approaching, and the new residential water heater energy efficiency standards are about to be in effect.   The 2010 Department of Energy Final Rule on energy efficiency mandates a higher En…

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U.S. Manufacturing is back, says plumbing CEOs

Steffy

When six CEOs from Plumbing Manufacturers International agree, our ears perk up. These six CEO's concluded in an article in Contractor Magazine that the U.S. plumbing manufacturing industry is making a comeback.   Sustainability and water savings are top of mind for homeowners considering…

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7 Holiday Gifts For Plumbers

Steffy

What do you get your favorite plumber who seemingly has it all? Here's a few ideas that may leave them pleasantly surprised!   1. M18 Compact 1/2" Drill Driver Kit: This Milwaukee kit is the most compact drill driver in its class. It allows great accessibility in tight work spaces, an…

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How Grundfos Pumps Contribute To Global Sustatinability

Steffy

Grundfos is on our planets side. According to an article in ContractorMag, Mads Nipper, President and CEO, has a list of ways that Grundofs is trying their best to benefit people and global sustainability simultaneously. Here's some examples:   - Grundfos pioneers technologies to impr…

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Backflow Preventer’s & Why The Water Company Plays For Keeps.

Eli

The Safe Water and Drinking Act, passed by Congress, requires backflow prevention. When the water company gives us water, they play for keeps. They don't want that water back... like, ever. The facility owner is responsible for protecting the water outside of their facility (containment) as well a…

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Why Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Tells Youth to Become a Plumber

Steffy

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg suggests high school students skip college, and become a plumber instead.   Bloomberg's reasons, which he shared at the annual meeting of Wall Street trade group SIFMA, and in an article on CNN Money, were:   Being a plumber is a great job bec…

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RIDGID awards PHCC scholarships for plumbing, heating apprentice programs

Steffy

Does receiving $1,000 in tuition + $1,500 in RIGID tools sound like a scene from a really good dream? It happened... and to four lucky plumbing-heating and cooling apprentices.   Tool manufacturer RIGID awarded these four scholarships through the Educational Foundation of Plumbing-Hea…

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