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History of Plumbing

Topics cover ancient plumbing, waterborne diseases, early-American innovation, the history of hydronic heating and more.

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The $35 CD (which includes articles not on this website) features more than 60 pages of plumbing and heating history with illustrations, photography and renderings of ancient fixtures and historical PHC systems.

Sponsor: General Pipe Cleaners.


Greatest Plumbing & Heating Inventions

April 3, 2008
People take for granted devices such as the T&P valve, kitchen disposal, flush toilet and so many of our industry's other useful gadgets that have made lives safer, healthier, more comfortable and convenient.
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Editorial: The History of Plumbing & Its Meaning Today

July 13, 2000
American plumbers have accomplished more in two centuries than the Romans did in 10.
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Thomas Crapper: Myth and Reality

July 13, 2000
The debate over who Thomas Crapper was - or even if there was a Thomas Crapper at all - continues.
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The Evolution Of Industry Terminology

July 12, 2000
One of the legacies of the old Trade Extension Bureau that remains alive today was its effort to standardize industry vocabulary.
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The Men That Made The Water Closet

July 12, 2000
Plumbers have given way to scientists as modern inventors.
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The Men Who Built Boilers

July 12, 2000
These are the Dead Men that PM columnist Dan Holohan holds in high esteem.
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Living Legends: The History Of Our Nation’s Oldest Plumbing Companies

July 12, 2000
Plumbing and mechanical contracting companies have been the birthright of generations.
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Greatest Plumbing & Heating Inventions(1900-1950)

July 12, 2000
The nature of plumbing is such that its most clever innovations usually are obscure to the public eye.
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Greatest Plumbing & Heating Inventions (Prior to1975)

July 12, 2000
The essence of plumbing is its mechanical genius.
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Reflections From The Past

July 12, 2000
People commonly misconstrue the work of a writer/historian.
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Plumbing and Mechanical

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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