Articles by Julius Ballanco, P.E.

Six commonly asked questions about no-lead plumbing

Are you still confused?
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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No-lead six months later.


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Turn food waste into renewable fuel

‘Back to the Future’ energy.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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The word “anaerobic” means absence of oxygen.


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Plumbing vs. process piping

One part is regulated by the plumbing code; the other is regulated by engineering design.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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Know where the separation line is ó donít get stuck paying higher fees.


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Designing a walk-in shower

Door, curtain or naked.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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A little more than 25 years ago, I promised my wife an addition to our house. When we bought this house, we loved it. However, the master bedroom was nothing spectacular.


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Tips on controlling water pressure when needed

Too much pressure.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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One of the first things we learn in the plumbing profession is the allowable water pressure for a water distribution system. A maximum pressure of 80 psi was beat into my head at an early age. Some area of the country with high-rise buildings will allow up to 100 psi, while in other areas the pressure was lowered to 60 psi in an effort to conserve water.


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Have a Merry, No-Lead Christmas

Make sure to cull your leaded inventory before Jan. 4, 2014.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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By now, you are probably tired of hearing about the new no-lead legislation. The days are counting down until Jan. 4, 2014, the effective date of the law.


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

20, 40, 60 years.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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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.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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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.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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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?
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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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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In the August issue of PM, read about the continued construction and renovations being made to hotels and restaurants. Find out the focus of this year's ISH China show will be, who made this month's Truck of the Month and read what Elkay has to say about their commercial construction expansion. Also, read the latest news and discover the newest products being used by professionals in the plumbing and mechanical industry.
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