As I See It http://contractormag.com/blog/7603/feed en Stop calling yourself a ‘plumbette’ http://contractormag.com/blog/stop-calling-yourself-plumbette <div class="node-body blog-body">When Lillian Ann Baumbach of Arlington, Va., became the first woman in the U.S. to hold a Master Plumbers license in 1951, all of the newspaper accounts, as a matter of course, referred to her as “pretty.” It was also noted that she corresponded with hundreds of GIs serving overseas and became a pinup girl for an infantry company in Korea. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/stop-calling-yourself-plumbette" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/stop-calling-yourself-plumbette#comments Management Plumbing As I See It Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:48:00 +0000 405781 at http://contractormag.com All signs point to a robust 2015 http://contractormag.com/blog/all-signs-point-robust-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">This is going to be a good year. The general economic indicators point to a much better economy, and our interviews with leaders in the plumbing and hydronic heating industry specifically point to a strong 2015. Moreover, we conducted our interviews before the news broke that Q3 GDP was revised upward to 5% and that 321,000 jobs were created in November.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/all-signs-point-robust-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/all-signs-point-robust-2015#comments Management As I See It Thu, 08 Jan 2015 21:59:00 +0000 404521 at http://contractormag.com <p>Graphic by Dale Stroud, Uponor.</p> Every time you open a faucet, a pump starts somewhere http://contractormag.com/blog/every-time-you-open-faucet-pump-starts-somewhere <div class="node-body blog-body">Every time you turn on a faucet, a pump starts somewhere. I still remember where I heard that first, at a Plumbing Manufacturers International meeting from Gary Klein, Gary Klein & Associates, back when he was still with the California Energy Commission. Water means energy, and for some of the water distributed in California, it means a lot of energy, Klein explained, because it has to be pumped over mountains.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/every-time-you-open-faucet-pump-starts-somewhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Plumbing As I See It Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:42:00 +0000 39251 at http://contractormag.com <p>Irrigation water. David McNew, Getty Images.</p> Are you our Contractor of the Year? http://contractormag.com/blog/are-you-our-contractor-year <div class="node-body blog-body">We’re looking for nominations for our annual Contractor of the Year award. You can find the nomination form on contractormag.com. Each year we search out a contractor who is doing something so well that it’s worth emulating.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/are-you-our-contractor-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/are-you-our-contractor-year#comments Management As I See It Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:34:00 +0000 38521 at http://contractormag.com A bartender saves the world http://contractormag.com/blog/bartender-saves-world <div class="node-body blog-body">That’s not a facetious headline. Yes, Doc Hendley is (or was) a bartender and he’s done more good in the world bringing clean drinking water to the third world than most people, even huge foundations. There are rich, well-known foundations that I don’t need to name working in Africa and Asia to bring sanitation and clean water to villagers who have none. None of them, however, has done as much as Doc Hendley. And I’m sure none of the millionaires and billionaires behind them have ever been shot at by the Janajaweed in Darfur like Doc Hendley has.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/bartender-saves-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/bartender-saves-world#comments Plumbing As I See It Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:34:00 +0000 37241 at http://contractormag.com The Comfortech Show builds on its successes http://contractormag.com/blog/comfortech-show-builds-its-successes <div class="node-body blog-body">I thought our Comfortech Show in 2013 in Philadelphia was really good, but the one I recently returned from in Nashville was even better. Attendance as better in Nashville and the seminars were outstanding.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/comfortech-show-builds-its-successes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/comfortech-show-builds-its-successes#comments Comfortech As I See It Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:17:00 +0000 37121 at http://contractormag.com Is water a public trust or private property? http://contractormag.com/blog/water-public-trust-or-private-property <div class="node-body blog-body">I like water. The way I look at it, the readers of CONTRACTOR move fluids — it could be medical gasses, liquid soap or beer, but my favorite is water, which is why I get riled up over people poisoning our drinking water. I’ve written a lot about coal ash ponds from power plants spilling into rivers in West Virginia and North Carolina.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/water-public-trust-or-private-property" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/water-public-trust-or-private-property#comments Green As I See It Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:27:00 +0000 36281 at http://contractormag.com Over 60 years the form changes, not the intent http://contractormag.com/blog/over-60-years-form-changes-not-intent <div class="node-body blog-body">In January 1954, our founder Herb Walther published the first edition of his news tabloid, THE CONTRACTOR. All of the principals in the new magazine had been with Plumbing & Heating Business, the official publication of the National Association of Plumbing Contractors, now Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/over-60-years-form-changes-not-intent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/over-60-years-form-changes-not-intent#comments Management Plumbing As I See It Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:16:00 +0000 35651 at http://contractormag.com Is this the best we can do? Let’s start chanting: We’re number 13! http://contractormag.com/blog/best-we-can-do-let-s-start-chanting-we-re-number-13 <div class="node-body blog-body">The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has released its efficiency rankings of major global economies and the U.S. places 13 out of 16. Seriously, folks, the only major economies that are less energy efficient than us are Russia, Brazil and Mexico. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/best-we-can-do-let-s-start-chanting-we-re-number-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/best-we-can-do-let-s-start-chanting-we-re-number-13#comments As I See It Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 35341 at http://contractormag.com EPA overreaches in proposed lead rule extension http://contractormag.com/blog/epa-overreaches-proposed-lead-rule-extension <div class="node-body blog-body">It made sense when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned lead in many consumer products in order to protect children. The agency banned lead in gasoline, in paint and in plumbing products that convey drinking water. This all started in the ‘70s. When lead was found to be harmful, lead was first banned in gasoline in 1973 and then in other products. Lead paint was banned in 1978. Lead was banned in 50:50 tin/lead solder used for potable water pipe in the late 1980s and finally in brass plumbing fittings this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/epa-overreaches-proposed-lead-rule-extension" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/epa-overreaches-proposed-lead-rule-extension#comments Plumbing As I See It Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 35231 at http://contractormag.com You can’t afford to bathe in Evian? http://contractormag.com/blog/you-can-t-afford-bathe-evian <div class="node-body blog-body">According to Now magazine (dontcha just love British gossip rags?), the singer Beyonce spent $5,000 so that she her baby, Blue Ivy, could bathe in Evian water. Unfortunately, the good people of West Virginia and North Carolina don’t have that kind of money. If they did, they wouldn’t have to worry about corporations like Duke Energy poisoning their drinking water.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/you-can-t-afford-bathe-evian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/you-can-t-afford-bathe-evian#comments Plumbing As I See It Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:12:00 +0000 34011 at http://contractormag.com The political forecast is generally no with an occasional yes http://contractormag.com/blog/political-forecast-generally-no-occasional-yes <div class="node-body blog-body">Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association held its annual Legislative Conference in Washington in late May and the contractors’ lobbying efforts were a slam-dunk. From what I heard from the contractors who lobbied on Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans agreed with them. First of all, the contractors asked for a reauthorization of the Perkins Act, a block grant program to the states for funding career and technical education. It’s a jobs bill that addresses American competitiveness. How can you be against that? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/political-forecast-generally-no-occasional-yes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/political-forecast-generally-no-occasional-yes#comments Industry Event News As I See It Mon, 26 May 2014 02:03:00 +0000 33771 at http://contractormag.com A good economic forecast, at long last http://contractormag.com/blog/good-economic-forecast-long-last <div class="node-body blog-body">I had gotten awfully weary reporting mediocre economic news every year when I put together our annual Book of Giants issue. There were too many times when a couple percent looked much better than being down for the year. But now, finally, we have an economic forecast that’s optimistic.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/good-economic-forecast-long-last" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/good-economic-forecast-long-last#comments Management As I See It Mon, 12 May 2014 21:15:00 +0000 33561 at http://contractormag.com Why I think it’s important that Kohler appoints PHCC members to its Plumber Advisory Council http://contractormag.com/blog/why-i-think-it-s-important-kohler-appoints-phcc-members-its-plumber-advisory-council <div class="node-body blog-body">Contractors need to know who their friends are. Both Kohler and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association jointly announced that five PHCC members are serving on the manufacturer’s Plumber Advisory Council for 2014. The council, now in its third year, was established to bring the top plumbing professionals together to share best practices, industry knowledge and feedback to better serve Kohler’s customers and the end consumer. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/why-i-think-it-s-important-kohler-appoints-phcc-members-its-plumber-advisory-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/why-i-think-it-s-important-kohler-appoints-phcc-members-its-plumber-advisory-council#comments Management Plumbing As I See It Wed, 07 May 2014 17:29:00 +0000 33341 at http://contractormag.com Radiant heat is more efficient than forced air http://contractormag.com/blog/radiant-heat-more-efficient-forced-air <div class="node-body blog-body">Radiant heating practitioners and advocates have long said that radiant heating is more efficient than forced air. The claim was based on common sense: If you heat up water to a maximum of 120°F with a condensing boiler in order to heat a radiant surface to a maximum of 85°F, coupled with the fact that hydronic heating is easily zoned, it only goes to reason that radiant is more efficient. What was lacking was data. The radiant heating industry has that data now thanks to its Canadian friends from Beautiful Heat.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/i-see-it">As I See It</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blog/radiant-heat-more-efficient-forced-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blog/radiant-heat-more-efficient-forced-air#comments Hydronics As I See It Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:57:00 +0000 33161 at http://contractormag.com