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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...

Russ Rose, formerly of Heatway and Watts Radiant, would jokingly call the manufacturer’s representatives he worked with reptiles. Chances are, you have met a great...more...

I have met many people who are in favor of solar energy, but are put-off by the way the collectors look, and some even think...more...

It’s one-part comedy and two-parts tragedy. While California homeowners have had to cut their water use by 25 percent, nearly 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan...more...

Try as we might, fire protection engineers are often victims of a truism often applied to the fire service in the times before their great...more...

Spring is here and that means it’s time to head out to attend the model code hearings. In April and May, the two major model...more...

As if we didn’t already have enough to do, I’m sure many of you are familiar with and frequently hampered by the concept of pull...more...

Access to clean water is a basic necessity for human life. The key word there is access. Treated water doesn’t magically fall from shower heads....more...

In college, for a brief span, I decided I wanted to major in chemistry.  I have always been intrigued by how and why different elements...more...

In this column, I will presented a wide variety of issues related to the design and installation of solar heating systems in buildings, A.K.A. solar...more...

There’s a lot to think in regards to Flint, Michigan. But before you think about anything else, think about this.

For the sake of...more...

The design of firestop systems is quickly becoming a highly complicated and highly specialized area. A particular building design may have the need for several...more...

The year was 1886. The place — Wayne County, Michigan. This is the story of “Rose 2d of Aberlone,” perhaps the most famous cow in...more...

The city of Flint, Michigan has been all over the news.  I listened to the Congressional hearings, and the information brought out there was very...more...

Some of you readers know that I am separated and in the process of divorce. Separation and divorce create a dramatic life change. Having been...more...