Articles by Julius Ballanco, P.E.

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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Plumbing Ghost of Christmas Past

Don’t let past mistakes hinder your future. 
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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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More lead requirements

Plumbing manufacturers are the focus of these rules, not plumbing contractors.
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New UPC 2012 code requirements

Alternate water systems take center stage.
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In this issue you’ll find The NY Red Bulls soccer team’s radiant system and incoming PHCC President Kevin Tindall.

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