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Sep 03, 2014

Is water a public trust or private property?

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....More
Aug 05, 2014

Over 60 years the form changes, not the intent

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....More
Jul 22, 2014

Is this the best we can do? Let’s start chanting: We’re number 13!

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....More
Jul 15, 2014

EPA overreaches in proposed lead rule extension

It made sense when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned lead in many consumer products in order to protect children. The agency banned....More
Jun 03, 2014

You can’t afford to bathe in Evian?

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....More
May 25, 2014

The political forecast is generally no with an occasional yes

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association held its annual Legislative Conference in Washington in late May and the contractors’....More
May 12, 2014

A good economic forecast, at long last

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....More
May 07, 2014

Why I think it’s important that Kohler appoints PHCC members to its Plumber Advisory Council

Contractors need to know who their friends are. Both Kohler and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association jointly announced....More
Apr 27, 2014

Radiant heat is more efficient than forced air

Radiant heating practitioners and advocates have long said that radiant heating is more efficient than forced air. The claim was based on common....More
Apr 04, 2014

‘A poisoned ball spilling a trail of filth’

It’s getting pretty easy for me to rant about Duke Energy polluting our drinking water because they keep supplying me with so much material. I was....More
Mar 25, 2014

Are you running with the big dogs?

We need your help with a project we’re working on. Are you one of the largest plumbing and mechanical contractors in the country? And by one of the....More
Mar 04, 2014

Poisoning our water supply is not ok

Everybody in this industry has heard many times, I would hope, that only 2.5% of the water on earth is fresh water and most of that is frozen into....More
Jan 17, 2014

Do we care if Google pokes around in our houses?

“That boat has sailed,” is the way Geoff Godwin, vice president of marketing for the White Rodgers unit of Emerson Climate Technologies,....More
Dec 30, 2013

The power of contractors' giving

I was flying back to Chicago after interviewing Bill and Tina Howe and their team for our Contractor of the Year story when I ran across a profile of....More
Dec 06, 2013

Our Contractor of the Year finalists are …

Wow! We received a terrific group of nearly three-dozen nominations for our Contractor of the Year award. After our first run-through, we had....More
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Bob Mader is the editor of CONTRACTOR magazine, Green Mechanical Contractor magazine, and Radiant Living magazine. He has been writing about plumbing, mechanical, green building and HVACR topics for...
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