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.

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Greatest Plumbing & Heating Inventions

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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

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

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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

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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

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Plumbers have given way to scientists as modern inventors.
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The Men Who Built Boilers

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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

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

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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)

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The essence of plumbing is its mechanical genius.
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Reflections From The Past

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People commonly misconstrue the work of a writer/historian.
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2014 August

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