Julius Ballanco: Plumbing Primer

Progress has been made to reduce fire deaths but work is still needed

20, 40, 60 years.

Three magical numbers: 20, 40, 60 years. But let’s start with 40. This year marks the 40th anniversary since the federal government issued the document, “America Burning.”

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Oversized drain lines pose problems in plumbing systems

The ‘bigger is better’ mentality.

One of my favorite plumbing trivia questions is, “How many water closets can you connect to a 3-in. drain?” The answer is 16. 

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Bottle your own water

Turn the reusable water bottle trend to your advantage.

It seems the latest trend is to carry your own bottle to use for drinking water. All my children carry a water bottle. Even my wife carries a water bottle.

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New contract documents eliminate unnecessary change orders

Are you a Hertz or a Payless?

I had a recent family trip to Denver. Normally when I travel, I rent cars from Hertz. I know the company, it gives me good cars, the staff is quick and efficient, and there are incentives for returning renters. Plus, Hertz has a great reputation.

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Small and large graywater systems

Such systems are viable options for your green-conscious customers.

 First, a clarification. You will find the terms “graywater” and “greywater” used to describe the reuse of certain waters. Whether you prefer an “a” or an “e,” it is the same water. It’s dirty but not disgusting.  

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Rain, Rain, can I use you again?

Rainwater catchment systems do require periodic maintenance.
“Do you want a rain barrel?” My answer was an emphatic “No!”
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Let it snow, but please keep the rain

A new report questions the accepted methods of sizing storm drainage systems.

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Is green a good public policy?

Should all water-saving practices be added to the plumbing codes?
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Good-bye ASSE

The merger seems inevitable with a majority vote needed this fall.
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Press on once more

These fittings are the joining method of the future.
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2015 January

The January issue of PM features cover story: 2015 Plumbing Contractor of the Year: Jim Steinle and Atomic Plumbing.

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