John Mesenbrink, editor-at-large for Contractor magazine, recently jogged my memory banks about innovations and resistance to change within our trades. In 1972, I was an apprentice plumber here at F. W. Behler Inc. and on a jobsite assisting Paul Strayer, journeyman plumber. I was assembling chrome lavatory drains. We did not have tapered nylon slip-joint washers and not all chromed trap goods came with friction-rings to allow compressing the rubber slip-joint washers without twisting them ...

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