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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.

2015 Plumbing Contractor of the Year: Jim Steinle and Atomic Plumbing

Offering careers to the next generation.
Apprentice training and excellent customer service make this Virginia plumbing company successful.
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Truck of the Month: Lake Cook Plumbing, Lake Cook Plumbing, Grayslake, Ill.

When designing the sides of the truck, Shapiro wanted to include the new logo, a house and a family.
Starting over with creative connections.
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What to consider when shopping for a radiant manifold

It’s sometimes easy to think of a radiant manifold as simply a dumb box.
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Montana cancer center benefits from radiant and geothermal systems

The team of engineers at Missoula, Mt.-based Associated Construction Engineering strives to provide the right level of comfort on every commercial application it designs for its clients.
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PM Profile: ECR International

ECR emphasizes innovations with new wall-hung products, contractor training program.
Hydronics industry’s growth tied to high-efficiency systems.
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PM Profile: Ward Mfg.

Ward Mfg. sees growth through acquisitions, product development
Manufacturer identifies trend toward more demand for U.S.-made products.
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Sustainable construction still strong at 2014 Greenbuild

Exhibitors say interest in sustainable construction still strong despite low turnout at trade show.
Exhibitors at the 2014 Greenbuild attributed the frequently light traffic on the show floor Oct. 22-23 to a number of factors: educational workshops being conducted during trade show hours; declining attendance at trade shows in general; and the location of the event in New Orleans.
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Creating an ideal balance-of-system with modern biomass boilers

Several of the pellet-fired boilers now available in North America can operate at steady state combustion efficiencies of at least 85%.
Beyond biomass boilers.
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The customer experience: Honesty and extra effort go a long way

Training your staff to provide excellent customer service consistently will boost your reputation.
Everyone has bad customer experiences.
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Product highlights from the 2014 ASPE trade show

All the other large plumbing shows have disappeared.
Some of my favorite things from the ASPE convention.
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Examples of cheating your client when servicing their hydronic systems

Eight examples of cheating your client.
Hydronicheating.
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Identify the action steps your company needs to take to succeed

You need the right call count.
Every minute counts.
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Exit strategy solutions for plumbing, heating contractors

Six exit strategy options.
What’s your end game?
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Mobile apps can help improve service businesses

Here are six ways mobile apps can improve your business.
Soon mobile field management will be a necessity.
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American household assets in free fall

For some, the 2008-2010 Great Recession has never ended.
American economy in ‘disinflation’ mode.
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When developing marketing plans, prepare for the known and unknown

The best of us approach the new year with great promise.
Are your marketing plans making you?
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Four areas of service business focus for 2015

Our clients all want to improve their results in the next 12 months.
Accomplish new and better things this year.
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Learn the differences between safety and relief valves

Each boiler requires some sort of pressure-relieving device.
I need some relief.
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Matco-Norca’s John C. Kenward passes away

Kenward passed away Nov. 26, 2014 at the age of 52.


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Magnum Energy Solutions wireless thermostat/actuator (AHR Expo Preview)

Magnum Energy Solutions’ Perfect Pair is a valve actuator and thermostat combination that can communicate wirelessly over radio frequency to deliver granular and thermostatic control, monitor occupancy status, temperature and set-point changes.
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Kohler deodorizing toilet seat (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Kohler’s Purefresh toilet seat contains a deodorizing system that utilizes a carbon filter to neutralize odorous air. An integrated fan, activated when the user sits on the seat, directs the filtered air over a scent pack located within the system.
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Tool for basket strainer installs, leak-proof waste fitting, bathroom rough-in protection

Tool Tips — January 2015
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Viega unveils new contractor rewards program

Professional installers claim rewards and achieve greater incentives at a higher status.


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Taco appoints new president/COO

John Hazen White Jr. appoints Wil VandeWiel as new president/COO to manage Taco.

VandeWiel brings depth of experience and proven track record.


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Siegenthaler and Bean to teach online courses

Siegenthaler’s “Mastering Hydronic System Design” will start March 23.
Hydronics experts John Siegenthaler and Robert Bean each will present an online educational course starting in March.
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Nexstar dedicates new Frank J. Blau Jr. training center

The center is named after Contractors 2000 co-founder, contractor and former PM columnist Frank J. Blau Jr.
The space includes 6,653 sq. ft. for further expansion, including office space for staff.
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FMI: Construction spending to reach $1.04 trillion in 2015

The North American oil and gas industry is driving growth in the industrial market.

To purchase a copy of the report, visit www.fminet.com/resources.


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ISH Frankfurt 2015: 'Comfort meets technology'

ISH Frankfurt 2015trade show will be held March 10-14 in Germany.
The theme for this year’s ISH Frankfurt trade show is ‘Comfort meets technology’.
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Troops to Trades launches web tool to help recruit veterans

Veterans can use the new website tools to learn about careers in the trades.
Troops to Trades is a nonprofit scholarship and career assistance program.
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Kohler to design closed-loop flush toilet system

Kohler Co. has collaborated with Caltech in the development of a photovoltaic toilet as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
The Gates Foundation recently approved a two-year grant to Kohler Co.
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Hansgrohe study: The brightest ideas begin in the shower

72% of people have experienced new ideas in the shower.
In fact, 14% take showers for the sole purpose of generating creative thoughts and insights.
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Clockwork Home Services offers franchise opportunities for veterans

The company is currently offering HVAC, plumbing and electrical franchises in select locations across North America.
The company is offering a 10% discount off the initial investment of one of these franchises for honorably discharged veterans.
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Worldwide plastic pipe database now available online

More than 1,000 papers are included.
The first conference was organized by the Plastics and Rubber Institute.
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Watts Water Technologies automatic washing machine shutoff valve

Watt’s Intelliflow A2CM1 automatic washing machine shutoff valve provides enhanced performance and a simplified product set-up procedure.
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Brandley commercial undermount basin

Bradley’s HS-Series Terreon solid-surface, undermount basins can be specified either as a seamless, prefabricated Omnideck lavatory system packaged ready to install, or basin-only with solid-surface countertops ready for field fabrication.
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Viessmann boiler control system

Viessmann’s Vitotronic 300 GW6B boiler control system features a smart operating interface that is easy to use with text-driven menus.
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Webstone valve line product catalog

Webstone’s easy-to-use product catalog highlights the features and benefits of the company’s valve line.
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Cloversoft flat-rate pricing system

Cloversoft’s PricePoint Advantage provides a ready-to-use flat-rate system that can be set up in minutes. It includes hundreds of tasks with a fair profit for plumbing and heating service work all ready to go.
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Legend Valve no-lead push-fit ball valves

Legend’s P-2200NL Insta-Loc II ball valves are available in Push Fit x FNPT and Push Fit x Push Fit with drop ear configurations.
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AHR Preview: Taco three-speed pumps

Taco’s family of three-speed pumps includes the 0013-IFC pump for heavy-duty installations.
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Uponor lead-free commercial ball valves (AHR Expo Preview)

Uponor’s code-listed ProPEX lead-free brass commercial ball valves for PEX-to-PEX connections are available in sizes from 1/2” to 2” and are listed to ASTM F1960, NSF 14/61, NSF 359 and the Uniform Plumbing Code.
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Navien condensing wall-hung boiler (AHR Expo Preview)

Navien’s condensing gas heating boiler is available in four sizes: NHB-55, NHB-80, NHB-110 and NHB-150, with turndown ratios respectively of 7:1, 10:1, 11:1 and 15:1.
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Diversified Heat Transfer heating and cooling coils (AHR Expo Preview)

Diversified Heat Transfer’s complete line of HVAC heating and cooling coils includes high-quality, underwater leak-tested industrial coils with stainless-steel and carbon-steel tube construction, plus steam, booster, fluid, evaporator and condenser coils. 


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Bell & Gossett suction diffuser (AHR Expo Preview)

Xylem’s Bell & Gossett Suction Diffuser Plus helps maintain a uniform velocity profile and improves flow conditions with its Flow Cone technology, which eliminates recirculation zones that can occur with diffusers.
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Noble ultra-thin bonding membrane (AHR Expo Preview)

Noble’s ValueSeal is an ultra-thin membrane for bonded waterproofing in thin-bed tile installations. It is lightweight, easy to fold and form, and holds a crease, making it ideal for showers in both residential and commercial construction.
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Viega zone valves (AHR Expo Preview)

Viega’s zone valves are available with multiple connection types for easy system integration.
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HTP high-efficient combination boiler (AHR Expo Preview)

HTP’s EFT combination boiler is highly efficient and delivers hot water for both domestic hot water and space-heating requirements.
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Kohler deodorizing toilet seat (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Kohler’s Purefresh toilet seat contains a deodorizing system that utilizes a carbon filter to neutralize odorous air. An integrated fan, activated when the user sits on the seat, directs the filtered air over a scent pack located within the system.
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General Tools & Instruments 8-in-1 functionality HVAC tool (AHR Expo Preview)

General’s Mini-Anemometer/Psychrometer with CFM/CMM and enthalpy offers the ability to measure eight HVACR-related parameters in one handheld device that is small and light enough for one-handed operation.
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Rinnai condensing tankless water heater (AHR Expo Preview)

Rinnai’s Ultra Series RUR models do not require a dedicated return line or a complex, expensive building of system components by the contractor.
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WaterFurnace heat pumps and building automation (AHR Expo Preview)

WaterFurnace’s Aurora Universal Protocol Converter is designed to incorporate the advanced features, performance and controls of Aurora-based heat pumps into commercial building automation systems.
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Dexter + Chaney field tech mobile app (AHR Expo Preview)

Dexter + Chaney’s Field Tech app allows technicians and other field operations staff to remotely access, create and update work orders in the field.
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AquaMotion high-performance circulators (AHR Expo Preview)

AquaMotion’s AquaMotionSMART Einstein Series ECM circulators feature advanced variable-speed technology that adapts to system demand to maximize performance and efficiency.
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Superior Radiant Products modulating infrared tube heater (AHR Expo Preview)

Superior Radiant’s SRP Modulus, an adaptive modulating infrared tube heater, provides thermal efficiencies in excess of 80%.
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AHR Preview: Spirax Sarco wireless steam trap monitor

Spirax Sarco’s wireless steam trap monitoring system, STAPS Wireless, is designed to deliver accurate wireless monitoring and reporting of steam trap performance around the plant.
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AHR Preview: U.S. Boiler Co. high-efficiency condensing boiler

U.S. Boiler’s Burnham K2 condensing boiler has an AFUE of up to 94%.
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AHR Preview: Malco Products PEX-to-wire-grid tool

Malco Products’ SmartTool stapling system makes installing a PEX floor radiant heating layout on a wire grid and foamboard base 80% faster.
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Delta Faucet smart toilet with overflow protection (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Delta’s FlushIQ toilets offer peace of mind with overflow protection, touch-free flush and leak detection.
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Moen traditional faucet collection (KBIS/IBS Preview)

The Wynford suite from Moen features a strong silhouette and traditional styling and offers a wide variety of faucet configurations and finish options.
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Niagara Conservation water-saving showerhead (KBIS/IBS Preview)

The Hot Start showerhead, available in January 2015 from Niagara Conservation as part of the Stealth System, is a temperature-controlled, EPA WaterSense-certified showerhead.
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Onset Bluetooth-enabled data logger

Onset’s MX1101 data logger measures and transmits temperature and humidity data wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart technology.
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Danze digital kitchen faucet (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Danze introduces two new styles of digital kitchen faucets. Branded under the Hands Down product name, both styles feature an infrared sensor for easy activation.
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Rohl lavatory faucet (KBIS/IBS Preview)

ROHL introduces an exclusive new finish, Satin Gold, for the ROHL Michael Berman American Moderne Graceline lavatory faucet.
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Aquatic customizable modern tubs (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Aquatic adds eight new modern-style, drop-in tubs to its best-selling Serenity series.
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Perlick residential flow-control beer faucet (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Perlick introduces its first flow-control faucet for residential use as a new standard feature — for its entire line of outdoor and indoor Signature Series beer dispensers.
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Eemax electric tankless water heater (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Eemax’s HomeAdvantage II is an electric tankless water heater with a wide variety of sizes, from 8kW to 36kW.
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Geberit concealed tank and carrier systems (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Geberit’s concealed tank and carrier systems with single- or dual-flush actuators are easily concealed in standard 2’ x 4’ or 2’ x 6’ wood or metal frame walls.
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Gerber Plumbing compact elongated HET (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Gerber added more compact elongated models to its Viper product line. The current bowl also is available with interchangeable tanks — 1.28 gal. per flush (HE-28-570) or 1.6 gpf (VP28-595).
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General Pipe Cleaners video inspection system with WiFi (KBIS/IBS Preview)

General Pipe Cleaners’ 12-lb. Gen-Eye SDW video inspection and location system features WiFi that can send video to smartphones or tablets.
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Woodford Mfg. anti-rupture faucet (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Woodford’s Model 19 freezeless and anti-rupture faucet prevents bursting — even if the hose is attached.
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Noritz condensing tankless water heaters (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Noritz’s NRCP line of residential tankless water heaters combines condensing technology with hot-water recirculation.
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Toto high-efficiency flushing (KBIS/IBS Preview)

TOTO’s inclusive-height UltraMax II 1G — with its Double Cyclone technology — delivers ultra-high-efficiency flushing using only 1 gal. of water.
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Watco Mfg. flexible overflow connection (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Watco’s Flex924 provides a solution for the misalignment between the bathtub overflow and the bathtub drain connection.
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Tjerlund Products multilevel home air transfer system (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Tjernlund’s “Balance Booster” reversible transfer fan consists of a high-performance fan and Easy Flip chassis that are installed in-line with the duct.
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Swanson Tool round surface tape measure (KBIS/IBS Preview)

Swanson’s Savage GripLine tape measure features a patented rotating tip designed to hold rounded edges up to 2” in diameter.
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Flood Buzz water leak alarm

Flood Buzz’s Pro-02 is a water leak alarm that was created specifically for use in condensate pans.
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J-B Weld epoxy putties for wet repairs

J-B Weld’s WaterWeld (pictured) is a specially formulated epoxy putty that can be applied to a wet, leaking or underwater surface.
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Matco-Norca lead-free, pull-down faucets

Matco-Norca’s lead-free, single-handle, pull-down faucets are available in three styles: chrome, stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze.
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Presto Geosystems construction mats

Presto Geosystems’ Geoterra GTO is a fast deployment construction mat and is ideal for work platforms, tracking pads, and temporary and long-term storage.
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Zurn Industries stainless-steel backflow preventers

Zurn’s 375ASTDAR stainless-steel replacement reduced-pressure detector assembly and 350ASTDAR stainless-steel replacement double-check valve assembly are available in sizes from 2 1/2” to 10”.
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