Articles by Julius Ballanco, P.E.

Hot Water - How Fast?

When you turn on the hot water faucet, how fast do you expect hot water to arrive? Better yet, how long does your customer expect to wait?
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Green Plumbing Material

The argument about environmentally friendly materials continues.
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Healthy Plumbing And Aerators

One comment that I will never forget was a doctor telling me that when you're sick, the worst place to be is in the hospital. At first, this statement made absolutely no sense. But this doctor went on to explain that, in a hospital, there are germs all over the place. If you are sick, your immune system may not be able to fight off all of the other germs in the hospital.
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The Pipe Joint Conundrum

Code approval has become a problem area. But you cannot always blame the code-writing organizations. Many times, it is the standard writing organizations that have been delaying the acceptance of new joining methods. They are the groups that need a kick in the butt.
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Work To Play

Like many of you, I have been called a workaholic. However, this couldn't be further from the truth.
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Pause To Celebrate

This has been a wild year. The day after Christmas last year, everyone learned what a tsunami is and the destruction it can cause.
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Deadly Sewer Gas
Julius Ballanco, PE

Confined spaces can be deadly when combined with hydrogen sulfide.
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The More Things Change
Julius Ballanco, PE

You can learn something new by studying history.
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Wonderful Educational Opportunity
Julius Ballance, PE

Ask and ye shall receive - ASPE's Technical Symposium.
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Lab Waste Systems
Julius Ballanco, PE

Know your limits before installing new material.
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2015 January

The January issue of PM features cover story: 2015 Plumbing Contractor of the Year: Jim Steinle and Atomic Plumbing.

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2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

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