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Feb 09, 2015

Stop calling yourself a ‘plumbette’3

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....More
Housing starts, 2003 - 2015.
Jan 08, 2015

All signs point to a robust 2015

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....More
Dec 04, 2014

Every time you open a faucet, a pump starts somewhere

Every time you turn on a faucet, a pump starts somewhere. I still remember where I heard that first, at a Plumbing Manufacturers International....More
Nov 14, 2014

Are you our Contractor of the Year?10

We’re looking for nominations for our annual Contractor of the Year award. You can find the nomination form on Each year we search....More
Oct 06, 2014

A bartender saves the world6

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....More
Sep 30, 2014

The Comfortech Show builds on its successes1

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....More
Sep 03, 2014

Is water a public trust or private property?3

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 intent1

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 extension14

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 yes104

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 last3

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 air2

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