Plumbing News

courtesy of The News Tribune – USA Weekend Magazine

Q:…but 7 million a year is a huge sum, on any scale. Is it just that at a certain point making $3 million and making 7 million are virtually the same? I think most people think the money is an amazing unintended consequence of a marketplace …

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The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association and its SAFE GUARDS consumer awareness campaign are now accessible via the Internet, thanks to an enterprising plumber in Washington state. Internet pioneer Hill Daughtry of Hill’s Plumbing in Vashon Island, Wash., claims to have created the first plumbing oriented home page on the Net in the spring of 1995. …

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On A Roll

Colors Magazine, published by the Italian retailer Benetton, devotes an article to toilet paper and how it differs from one country to another.

In the Ivory Coast,, for example, different brands are named for American soap operas, such as Santa Barbara and Dallas Jumbo.

In Britain, a moist toilet tissue called Andrex …

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The Men That Made the Water Closet

courtesy of Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, July 1994

They were the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of their day. They were the ones who tinkered alone and envisioned a world well beyond the grasp of their contemporaries.

They were the toilet makers – the men who understood with incomplete knowledge that there was a better …

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from Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, July 1994

American Virginia Stool Shower – Developed in 1830s

The need to be clean hasn’t always been as pressing as it is today. In fact, the United States is one of the few nations of the world where a daily shower is a must for most citizens. Indeed, most …

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Thomas Crapper: Myth & Reality

courtesy of Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, June 1993

The debate over who Thomas Crapper was – or even if there was a Thomas Crapper at all – continues. His contributions to the plumbing industry are even more suspect. But with this article we intend to replace myth with fact, for we have found a cadre …

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When 1.6 toilets were introduced, there was resistance to limit the water closets only to residences. Here’s the news story on what the ASPE Research Foundation found.

courtesy of Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, August 1992
by Jim Olsztynski

1. 6 Water Closets Questioned For Commercial Applications

Ultra-low flush water closets should be limited to residential …

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By Robert Walker, P.E. [Uni-Bell PVC Pipe News, Summer 1990]

Many of you have expressed a curiosity about the historical development of PVC pipe. In response to your requests, we provide you with this brief early history of PVC pipe and fittings.

PVC was discovered as early as 1835, but the first definite report of …

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Examples of ornate Victorian closets at the Gladstone museum.

courtesy of Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, July 1989

Testaments to the ancient plumber echo in the ruins of rudimentary drains, grandiose palaces and bath houses, and in vast aqueducts and lesser water systems of empires long buried. Close to 4,000 years ago, about 1700 B.C., the Minoan Palace of Knossos on the isle of Crete …

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