Dave Yates

Dave
Yates
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Flint water crisis: lead is dead 
As plumbers we have been exposed to lead products for our entire careers and will continue to be exposed to lead. It is our responsibility to ensure we protect the health of our customers.
Warning — online price shopper ahead 
This guy was a true one percenter if ever there was one. You know: where 1% of the customers provide 99% of the problems you’ll have to deal with.
Recruiting future employees 
Marco Rubio made this comment during the republican debate: "For the life of me I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education.”
7 Steps to get rid of sewer flies 
Lifting the water closet to replace the gasket allowed a dozen sewer flies to take flight! Nasty looking buggers and the homeowners groaned, “We can’t seem to get rid of those pests...”
Plumbing tales: Raid saves the day 
...The tenant started to move the dishes, which caused a stampede of cockroaches streaming out of the sink!
OSHA — Contractors and confined space 
With the new OSHA regs pending, it was time to get recertified and trained. From my perspective, that meant seeking out independent outside training and passing a written test.
Feeling trapped over a missing condensate trap 
You’d have assumed I shot the guy’s dog! Man he was ticked off at me and all this over a missing component in his HVAC system that I had detailed in my inspection report for the pending sale of their home.
Time is money 
In 2003, while attending ISH in Frankfurt, Germany, I saw numerous innovative products that impressed me with their potential to save installation-time.
Twinning water heaters  2
Twinning water heaters can be relatively easy to accomplish if you pay attention to how the water lines are piped.
A plumber turned inspector? 
A friendly competitor remarked,“Dave, you should become an inspector. Because you know the code, and I believe you’d be fair and even-handed while enforcing the code.”
Reflections on ISH, Germany and U.S. DOE 
Why is the U.S. still lagging so far behind in these areas? Government regulations play a huge role.
Quieting a noisy oil burner  1
As I'm sitting here, I noticed that the boiler also cycles on and off continuously during the bitter cold weather. Bad sign! So I'm guessing (too late) that it wasn't properly sized...
Contractor businesses profit from mathematics 
A career in the trades led to night school where math once again reared its ugly head. However, this time the math had real meaning and led to resolving real-world problems. Over time, math also led to higher profits.
Snow-melt system challenges 
I am indebted to the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) for the training that enables me to provide professional designs and installations for hydronic and electric snow-melt systems.
In harm’s way: The customer's preferred option may not always be best 
Five years ago, I visited a home to find out why they were not able to maintain 68°F during colder weather.

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