Articles by Julius Ballanco, P.E.

This Old Plumbing

My wife assumes that by now every plumber in the world knows that air chambers don’t work.
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Becoming Better At Soldering

Plumbing contractors are becoming very familiar with the new standard, NSF 61.
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Proposed Change to 1.6 GPF Is Not A Panacea

With 435 members of Congress elected from across the country, it is hard to keep track of all of the names.
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A Look Into My Crystal Ball

Keeping these boneheaded predictions in mind, here is what I see in my crystal ball for the future.
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Solving Weird Occurrences

Sometimes the weird things that happen in a plumbing system are hard to explain.
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What Is Ecoflex?

There are three main product lines available in the U.S.
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Something Old, Something New

We always need to keep something old, but we also need to try something new.
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The Most Misunderstood Fixture

Of all the plumbing fixtures ever designed, the bidet has to be the most misunderstood fixture.
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Horizontal Drainage Is Wimpy

The International Plumbing Code is making its way across the United States.
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Anything Is Possible In The Plumbing Code

The Big Picture: Sometimes the simplest examples are easiest to put things into perspective.
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The January issue of PM features cover story: 2015 Plumbing Contractor of the Year: Jim Steinle and Atomic Plumbing.

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