Articles by Julius Ballanco, P.E.

Value engineering: Investigate changes of plumbing system without decreasing quality

The term “value engineering” has been a major part of the plumbing profession for a number of years.
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Plumbing code changes that help you

We have this tendency to curse the plumbing code.
Look for info on pumped-waste systems, trap seal protection and storm drainage sizing.
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Sell high-end plumbing fixtures to food lovers and make more money

Foodies and gourmets love gadgets.
The foodie explosion.


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Six commonly asked questions about no-lead plumbing

Are you still confused?

No-lead six months later.


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Turn food waste into renewable fuel

‘Back to the Future’ energy.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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2014 Truck of the Month

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Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

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2014 December

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