Hal Conick

Content Producer,
Penton Media
Rural areas may have a difficult time drawing new, talented plumbers.
Finding help in the heartland: America’s next generation of small town plumbers
Jackman, Maine, and many other small, rural areas have felt the squeeze of the plumbing talent shortage.
San Francisco is the 2nd highest paying city for plumbers.
Top 10 paying metropolitan areas for plumbers 1
We wanted to take a look at some of the best paying metropolitan areas for plumbers, as told by the most recent data (May 2013) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Showerheads can be a key area for leaks in the household
It’s ‘Fix a Leak Week’: 6 things to know about household leaks
A running toilet. A drippy faucet. A cracked irrigation system. These are just some of the ways a customer’s home can unnecessarily lose water.
400 billion gallons of water is used across the US each day.
8 things you need to know about water 1
There’s a growing concern for the amount of usable water we have in the U.S. and our clean supply seems to be dwindling each year.
A lot has changed in the past 85 years, but General Pipe Cleaners is still here.
Three generations of work, 85 years of quality at GPC 
One constant over the past 85 years has been the existence of General Pipe Cleaners, a manufacturer of equipment that helps easily open up clogged drains.
Work as a plumber is great, but it is not without its hazards.
Top 10 safety hazards of working as a plumber 1
One thing many people may not realize is just how dangerous plumbing can be if you aren't careful.
“If I could do it all again, I’d be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein and 8 other famous people who could have been plumbers 1
“If I could do it all again, I’d be a plumber.” This quote, according to Goodreads and many other quotation websites, comes from famed German physicist, philosopher and Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein.
lumbing has played a prominent role in Jessie Cannizzaro’s life.
Why are there still so few women in plumbing? 
“Gender stereotyping begins at a very early age ... Women don’t know much about the careers or benefits of the career. It’s just not presented as an option to women, either as students or adult students looking for work.”
New rules call for rated flush volume of equal or less than 1.28 GPF
WaterSense releases new specifications for water efficiency of Flushometers

WASHINGTON — With demands for performance improvement, energy efficiency and water savings, the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program has released new specifications for flushometer-valve toilets.

From this year's Taco hospitality party after Monday of AHR.
Faces in the crowd at AHR 2015
AHR Expo 2015 came, saw and conquered. Even if you only took a short stroll through the aisles at this year's event, it was clear that everyone was into the spirit, atmosphere and ethos of AHR.
William Hite accepting the Meany Award Tuesday evening.
First Chicago-area George Meany award given to UA President William Hite
It’s no small coincidence that William Hite, president of the United Association of Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Technicians (UA), received the first ever Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council AFL- CIO George Meany Award. After all, Meany, the award’s namesake was a plumber himself.
7 ways to avoid a winter plumbing disaster 3
After last year’s polar vortex assault, many plumbing contractors saw the results of what happens when homeowners and businesses forget to protect their plumbing system against the dangers of freezing-cold winter weather.
First ever page of Contractor Magazine, 1954.
6 pictures from the first-ever editions of Contractor Magazine 3
On January 1, 1954, almost exactly 61 years ago, the first Contractor Magazine was released. Ever since, we’ve strived to cover all the news fit to print about the plumbing, piping and contractor industry.
Interactive videos can help contractors learn on the go.
The art of improvement: Video training can help make contractors better
Keeping employees up to date with their craft is a must to ensure the best results on the job.
We love the 1970s: A throwback to some Contractor Magazine classics
Let’s take a look back at some of the funkiest ads from one of the most super fly decades in contractor and U.S. history.

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