Robert P. Mader

Robert P.
Mader
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We Tried to Destroy This Kyocera Phone And We Failed 1
Contractors are rough on their smartphones. We ran a test to see if we could destroy one type of Android phone. It took the punishment!
Can a shower valve become a future problem?  1
What’s behind the wall and can it get you in trouble? If it’s an old shower valve, it might. That was one of the many issues debated by members of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials Green Technical Committee meeting here in August.
Recruiting, education are the big issues, says PHCC’s Kevin Tindall  1
In December 2012, CONTRACTOR named Kevin and Kathy Tindall, Tindall & Ranson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Princeton, N.J., as the CONTRACTOR magazine Contractor of the Year. A big reason was for how much the two have given back to the industry and their community, and they are still going full blast.
Water reuse a necessary, rapidly developing field 3
DES PLAINES, ILL. — Water reuse will become increasingly necessary. It’s necessary now, such as in Orange County, Calif., where they are using reclaimed water to recharge the aquifer to prevent Pacific Ocean salt water from leaching into the drinking water supply.
Explore the Salt Lake City Transit Authority (TRAX) Project
Hidden Peak Electric worked on the signalized traffic intersections for the trains and the street/station lighting, while Mass Electric Construction Co. handled the systems work, installation of fiber-optic cabling, and train control, including the overhead catenary systems (OCS).
Hydronics manufacturers decide to fight back  1
Manufacturers of hydronic heating and cooling equipment for the commercial market see a usurper taking market share away from them and they have decided to fight back. Their opponents are manufacturers of variable refrigerant flow air conditioning and heat pumps who, the hydronic manufacturers contend, are appealing directly to building owners by glossing over some important facts.
2014 Book of Giants — This is Going to be Good 2
Viega LLC is the sponsor of this year's annual CONTRACTOR Book of Giants.
WaterSense flushometer, commercial bowl certification
WaterSense chief details progress of flushometer, commercial bowl certification  2
CRYSTAL CITY, VA. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue a draft WaterSense standard for flushometer valves and commercial water closets some time this summer, said WaterSense Lead Engineer Stephanie Tanner and EPA contractor Robert Pickering, environmental engineer, Eastern Research Group Inc. Tanner and Pickering provided a WaterSense program update at the International Emerging Technology Symposium here in late April.
Field crews need mobile information 1
Your employees are connected to the Internet most of the time, so why should they not be when they’re at work?
MCAA’s Chuck Fell talks about workforce issues 
HOUSTON — Chuck Fell, the president of CFI Mechanical here, takes over as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America at the close of the association’s annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. in mid-March.
Will 2014 be the year for the hydronics market? 
CHICAGO — Just in time for Christmas, Time magazine’s business section gave us an early present when it ran the story, “Why The Home Building Industry is About To Take Off” (http://ti.me/1cTTnWD). The article noted that seasonally adjusted housing starts in November 2013 topped a million units and quoted a Goldman Sachs analyst who said housing construction could add 300,000 to 500,000 jobs in 2014.
At Contractor of the Year Bill Howe Plumbing, They Know Howe 2
A week before Christmas Bill Howe Plumbing was throwing a customer appreciation lunch where every customer who showed up with a new toy for the Toys For Tots campaign would get lunch courtesy of Mastiff Sausage Co.
Product Gallery from the Greenbuild Expo 1
Product Gallery from the Greenbuild Expo
New toilets, lavs, water heating products seen at Greenbuild

PHILADELPHIA — The Greenbuild Expo still had its share of oddball items, but CONTRACTOR saw plenty of practical items for plumbing and mechanical contractors.

PHCC Connect 2013: Make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience
LAS VEGAS — Buying plumbing and heating equipment from you may not be as memorable as their wedding day, but customers must be left remembering the happy details. “People want to feel good about the experience,” trainer Frank Besednjak told members of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association at the group’s CONNECT 2013 event here.

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