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HYDRONICS – Diagnosing a boiler system by ear

HYDRONICS - Now I’m not advocating that your ears should be your default method of system diagnosis, but sometimes they can be a major troubleshooting tool on a jobsite. When there’s a very obvious sound, it can help to have some idea of…

Plumbing – Mechanicals keep Ripley’s in business

PLUMBING - Featuring some 5.7 million litres of water and more than 100 interactive displays, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada instantly became the nation’s largest indoor aquarium when it opened its doors this past October.With that much water,…

Hydronics – Is that my heat I hear?

One of the biggest selling features of hydronic heating or cooling is its quiet operation. At least that is one way we differentiate hydronic or “hot water heat” from the forced air heating method. The customer or building occupant should…

Chewing the fat with the judges of MasterChef Canada

MASTERCHEF CANADA - Where can someone witness a plumber, chemical engineer, realtor, journalist, personal fitness trainer and a stay-at-home mom working together and competing side-by-side? The MasterChef Canada kitchen, of course! Selected…

HVAC/R – Underground ice hockey in Montreal

HVAC/R - When the City of Westmount, Que., decided to build a recreation centre in Westmount Park with two NHL-sized ice hockey rinks, local residents were concerned that their view of the landscape would be obstructed by bricks and…

Options expand with new vans

COMMERCIAL VANS - For the past two years we’ve talked about the Ford full-size Transit coming to Canada and it’s been a bit of a wait, but wait no longer, it is finally here. Look for this to be the Mercedes Sprinter’s greatest competitor,…

Darryl Sittler: A class act, on and off the ice

Although Darryl Sittler wore No. 27 throughout his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the former captain is more synonymous with the number 10 in some hockey circles. The former Maple Leafs captain has the distinction of holding one of…

HVAC – Gas fireplaces offering style and function

HVAC - Once used simply to provide warmth in a home, the fireplace has evolved from utility to become a fashion statement, and many of the latest gas fireplaces to hit the market offer the ability to merge both form and function, dressing…

Plumbing – Combatting basement flooding

Even prior to the flooding experienced in several parts of the country last summer, a number of Canadian municipalities had put in place, or were discussing, bylaws mandating the use of backflow and backwater valves to protect against…

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