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Breaking into the Industry: Female Plumbers are on the Rise

Gregory

Plumbing is one of those trades, like construction or even being a CEO, that used to be seen as only a male-oriented job. That’s no longer the case, and female students at Victoria College’s Liberty Street Industrial Training Center in Victoria, Texas, are proving that.   [caption id=…

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HVAC Companies Partner to Fund Repairs for a Homeowner’s Heating System

Raquel

We are partnering with HeatingHelp.com, a forum-based website for homeowners and contractors alike, to help a homeowner in need. On December 14th and 15th, 2018, contractors and businesses are donating their time and resources as a way to come together for Sterling, CT resident Michelle Leone, …

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World’s Largest Handmade Toilet Seat Museum Sold to Dallas Eatery

Gregory

For members of the plumbing world, there typically aren’t many attractions or art showcases tailored to their profession. At least not since Marcel Duchamp’s urinal sculpture “Fountain” became an icon in 1917. Perhaps that’s where Barney Smith’s muse came from for his own one-of-a-kind h…

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Trade Tuesday Promotion Finishes with Record-Breaking Sales

Gregory

Last week, we offered a 5 percent off site-wide sale for Trade Tuesday, our version of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Taking place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, customers were eligible for discounts on products from fittings to boilers and everything in between.   [caption …

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TradeLife – A Fitting Tribute

Raquel

Plumbing, baseball, and a tightly-knit community formed the basis of a lifelong friendship. Meet Porky: a baseball fan who honored his recently deceased childhood friend, Roy, in a uniquely appropriate way. Although flushing Roy's ashes down toilets at 17 baseball stadiums and venues across the coun…

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5 Things to Know Before Installing a Shower Drain

Guest

"Be prepared" isn't just a motto for Scouts—plumbers know all too well that it pays to have a plan for every worst-case scenario. Before you begin what may seem like a simple drain replacement, brush up on the possible challenges and equip yourself appropriately so you won't be left without a work…

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In Hot Water: The Know Before You Buy Guide to Boilers

Nick B

Boilers are the most common heat source for a hydronic heating system.  They use natural gas, propane, oil, wood, or electricity to heat water or produce steam, depending on what is available.  Burning their fuel of choice, the system then circulates the heated water or steam through a network of…

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How to Replace an Anode Rod

Mark

Anode Rods Steel rusts and corrodes when exposed to water for extended periods of time.  This, along with the acidity of water, leaves water heaters vulnerable to a more rapid corrosion process and bad smelling water.   By installing an anode rod you can delay this process and extend …

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Don’t Flush Your Contacts!

Nick B

Pop quiz: you just took out your contact lenses and are ready to dispose of them.  Where do you put them, in the nice little trash can, or the toilet?  If you said toilet then you need to stop.  The toilet is not a trash can, so if it's trash, don't put it in there.  And yes, that includes cont…

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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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Pump It Up: Moving Water The Right Way

Nick B

Pumps, or circulators, are used in hydronic systems to move water through the system at a desired rate.  There are many important factors to consider when purchasing a pump, such as GPM, head range, voltage, and horsepower.   Two Quick Terms -GPM - An acronym for “gallons per minute,…

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SupplyHouse Stress Test: Milwaukee M12 Airsnake

Nick B

Ever wanted to take your tools and really see what they can do?  Well recently I got to do just that with the Milwaukee M12 Airsnake.  This innovative tool uses compressed air to blast tough clogs out of pipes without having to take anything apart or run a traditional drain snake.  The Airsnake …

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