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Hydronics – Warming up wide open closed spaces

Hydronics - Once again we are well into our Canadian heating season and faced with the challenge of keeping our work spaces warm and comfortable for the people and equipment in those areas.For homes and offices, the doors leading into these spaces are not kept open very long on a cold winters day, and often even have a double door…

Drain cleaning – A tool for every clog

Drain cleaning - How convenient would it be if every clogged line could be addressed in the same way? Just show up, grab the drain cleaning machine from the truck, drop the end down the line, fire it up, hand over your invoice, and you’re off to the next stop. And then the alarm on the nightstand goes off and we climb out of bed and get…

Brett Wilson: Finding Balance

One of Canada’s top investment bankers, a co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp., and currently chairman of Canoe Financial and Prairie Merchant Corporation, Brett Wilson wears many titles and hats: philanthropist, television star and, more recently, author. The things that matter most to him these days, however, have less to do with the…

Legionnaires’ disease: Controlling the hazard

Legionnaires’ disease - Not everyone who is exposed to the legionella bacteria will develop legionnaires’ disease, but every case of legionnaires’ disease is the result of exposure to the bacteria, and in almost every recorded case of legionnaires’ disease, the illness has resulted from exposure to a contaminated building water system,…

Tankless Water Heaters: In Search of Endless Hot Water

Tankless Water Heaters - Homeowners love hot water. Want proof? Call them right after their nice hot shower has run cold and you’ll be sure to get an earful. Hence the plethora of sales pitches making the promise of endless hot water.Unfortunately, the wrong- sizing of units and improper installation practices have left some early…

Mike Rowe: Live, without a net

By Adam Freill Asking Mike Rowe to describe his occupation is an interesting task. As the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Network and Discovery Canada, he’s tried his hand at more than 300 careers, and boy have his hands gotten dirty. “I’m an apprentice, a perpetual apprentice, and Dirty Jobs is Ground Hog Day in a sewer,” he laughed…

HVAC – Rethinking duct design practices

HVAC - With recent changes to the CSA F280 Standard – Determining the Required Capacity of Residential Space Heating and Cooling Appliances, we are going to see the use of smaller furnaces and air conditioners in homes, and the rethinking of appliance sizing should also lead to a rethink of duct sizing as well. The new metrics will take…

The benefits of recovering water

By Chris Thomson Reusing water is good for the environment and reduces the burden on municipal infrastructure. Reduction in fresh water demand and the load on municipal treatment systems are important benefits. For the property owner, benefits may include a financial payback achieved through the reduction of water and sewer costs, but…

New boiler legislation now in effect

By Carol Fey As of September 1, national legislation went into effect requiring that all new boilers have energy saving controls. The purpose, of course, is to reduce energy usage. Fortunately, with these controls a boiler can indeed use less energy and still deliver the same amount of comfort to the customer. This is excellent news for…

Geothermal: Exploring renewed frontiers

By Denise Deveau Most contractors will tell you that taking on a job midstream isn’t an ideal way to make a living. But the fact that a building was halfway through construction didn’t faze Walter Lehmann and his team at Frontier Refrigeration and Mechanical Services in Winnipeg. Lehmann was called in at the last minute when a…
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