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We all know how bad the drought is in California. I never found out the precise differences among the terms “severe,” “extreme,” and “exceptional” drought, but every single...more...

I am what could be described as a thermostat nerd. I enjoy walking into mechanical rooms where boilers are modulating along with some sort of smart control driving...more...

(Note: To view the figures, read Bristol's column in the July digital edition of Plumbing Engineer!)

In this column, our focus is on Solar Thermal Hydronic Combisystems...more...

While supporting a design-build team preparing bids for a project to provide a new warehouse building, we almost fell into the ESFR trap. I feel...more...

Engineers are showing less detail on the drawings for valves, strainers, pressure gauges, temperature gauges and other piping accessories. They are showing less information on...more...

Recently, I’ve been involved in an unusual project that proved to be quite a challenge with our local authority, the Los Angeles Department of Building...more...

Recently, I spent the better part of a day trouble shooting the hot water circulation system on a building we designed and built back in...more...

The last code development cycle for the International Codes brought about a code change that was submitted to the model codes by a manufacturer of...more...

Did you know that fire protection engineers played an important role in helping the allies successfully win the strategic air wars over Germany and Japan...more...

Solar Thermal Hydronic Combisystems, like all hydronic systems, owe their very existence to the quiet, humble yet reliable centrifugal circulator pump. These pumps are at...more...

Is a colony on Mars a reasonable option for humans? What would be different about harvesting energy on the red planet compared to Earth? Maybe...more...

In a long-awaited ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals recently held that a homeowner’s association could not remove a stipulation from its declaration mandating arbitration...more...

Let me introduce myself by telling you about the greatest guy I never met. Charlie Horton founded two trade magazines, and I had the pleasure...more...

In this series of articles over the years, I have been making the case that the key ingredients for solar/hydronic design and installation can be...more...

Nathaniel Whiting patented the first grease "trap" in California in 1884. Whiting’s design was basically the same then as today’s passive or gravity type grease...more...

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is aproblem.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin​

One of...more...

In January 2014, the accidental activation of a high expansion foam system in King Aircraft Hangar at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Fla,. resulted...more...

Last month, Part 1 of this article discussed the requirement for a permit for an inspection if you replace a water heater. In most cases,...more...

Litigation is an expensive enterprise. Just ask anyone who has ever paid an attorney’s bill. Smart businesspeople consult with attorneys before the deal, with the...more...

As a manufacturers’ rep, I get to see the best and the worst heating professionals the mountains of Colorado have to offer. I’d like to...more...