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Articles by Julius Ballanco, P.E.

Plumbing vs. process piping

One part is regulated by the plumbing code; the other is regulated by engineering design.
April 22, 2014

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.
March 17, 2014

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.
January 23, 2014

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.
December 19, 2013

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.
October 18, 2013

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.
August 22, 2013

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.
July 18, 2013

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?
June 25, 2013

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.
May 29, 2013

 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.
March 15, 2013
“Do you want a rain barrel?” My answer was an emphatic “No!”
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.


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March 2014

2014 March

In the March issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, read about the 'living in place' movement and learn how to make your space stylish and comfortable. PM catches up with MCAA president Chuck Fell and spoke with him about his goals for the year. Also in this issue, see the top products of 2013, see who is the March Truck of the Month, and read the latest Tool Tips.
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