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May 07, 2015
Lagging economy is troubling
I’m troubled by the lackluster performance of the economy this year. On this page last year, I repeated all of the forecasts that I had heard about....
Mar 31, 2015
Bringing Emerson’s dictum to your life
What can I say about Weldon Long that hasn’t already been said by Candace Roulo? That said, I’m turning into a big Weldon Long fan and I hope that....
Feb 09, 2015
Stop calling yourself a ‘plumbette’
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....
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....
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....
Nov 14, 2014
Are you our Contractor of the Year?
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....
Oct 06, 2014
A bartender saves the world
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....
Sep 30, 2014
The Comfortech Show builds on its successes
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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’....
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....
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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