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The other day one of our estimators ran a gas system design past me that came across his desk from another engineering firm. It was...more...

NFPA recently published the report summarizing the results of this workshop.  Sponsored by NFPA, it took place December 14-15, 2015, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida....more...

I have had several discussions with people who are concerned about proposed water conservation legislation in California and the city of Los Angeles.  The proposals...more...

In an election year, politicians usually tell you what you want to hear. They say your hometown will see lots of new jobs. This seems...more...

The scorched-earth approach taken by both parties in the presidential primaries will make reconciliation impossible. What happened to the days where Republican Ronald Reagan could...more...

Flat-plate solar heat collectors are most often mounted facing the sun at some fixed tilt and orientation. The same is true for evacuated tube collectors....more...

In this world of entropy, where everything constantly gets more complicated rather than less, water hammer arrestors are no exception. For the new engineers and designers...more...

My April column on the One Meridian Plaza Fire discussed the fire’s impact on the use of pressure-regulating hose valves on standpipe systems. To recap,...more...

There are many types of water heaters, and there are many sizes and fuel options available. The number of types, sizes and fuel combinations create...more...

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﷯Have you stopped to notice all of the heat sources in your client’s’ homes and businesses? Things like desktop and laptop computers, appliances, lights and...more...

Think of a construction contract  as a “prenuptial” agreement between parties. The termination provisions in a construction contract address the parties’ rights and responsibilities in...more...

Still think that Facebook is a fad? It’s easy to think that. The social networking service has only been around for a decade to most...more...

In my recent move to the East Coast, I realized how much trash is associated with relocation. By the time we finished unpacking and buying...more...

One of the most popular and practical uses for “extra” solar heat in summer is to heat a swimming pool without the use of fossil...more...

When I first started writing this column back in September of 2002 my very first article was on open parking structures, and the fact that...more...

Reminiscent of Paul Harvey, this is a story of a connection. In the book “The Go-Giver,” by Bob Bourg and John David Mann, a key...more...

By the time you read this, the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) Technical Committee meeting will be under way or just concluding in Denver, Colorado.  The...more...

The following graph got my attention during a general session on the economy at the 2016 Uponor Connections Convention. This every-other-year networking event was attended...more...

In the summer of 1983, the Glen Canyon Dam began to shake. The structure fought to hold back a surging Colorado River. A winter of...more...

The 1973 hit song, which this column’s title references, walks listeners through a man’s internal debate about approaching a woman. He describes the lady as...more...