Plumbing News

courtesy of the Education and Information Network of the Washington State Energy Office – 9/23/95
by Mike Nelson

Most household water systems are enclosed in a well house or a well box. An effective enclosure would be well insulated and have a built-in heat source, such as a heat lamp. Some enclosures are built below …

Continue reading How to Protect Well From Freezing

courtesy of The Seattle Times, 8/26/95
by Charles Ornstein, Dallas Morning News

In 1913, Death Valley was the site of the highest temperature ever recorded in this country, 134 degrees. And in 1974, the mercury topped 100 degrees for 134 straight days before dipping into the double digits. No records have been set so far …

Continue reading Death Valley: A Warm Feeling

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 …

Continue reading Diane Sawyer on Plumbers

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. …

Continue reading GAMA’S SAFE GUARDS Now On the Net

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

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 Americans shower rather than bath. A bath has …

Continue reading The Stand-Up Bath

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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