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The finer points of leak detection

There is an old trades’ saying that you became a plumber and not an electrician because there was too much math in electrical. Little did some of us realize that in order to become a plumber/gasfitter there would still be some electrical involved with the gas part of the trade. It is funny though, that most electricians I’ve talked to,…

About grease interceptors

Grease interceptors, or grease traps as they are often-misnamed, are frequently misunderstood and largely overlooked. After all, they are usually out of sight and therefore out of mind.

Less is more when it comes to residential venting

Since I started to teach, I have tried to keep up with the trade by doing the occasional rough-in. Last year I believed that I’d finally done my last one, as my body is getting too old for that stuff. I always tell apprentice students they are like

Add water treatment solutions to your offerings

By John Cardiff Municipalities treat water to meet government guidelines, which they should. Disinfection chemicals such as chlorine or chloramines are added to the water when it leaves the treatment plant to protect the water from harmful bacteria and viruses as it travels through the kilometers of distribution pipes. Chlorine,…

Getting a grip on pipe joining

After years of soldering pipe with varying degrees of finesse and success, I wondered when a better pipe joining technology would appear, especially in service work...

Blueprint reading in modern times

Forty years ago, Duane Paulson (a blueprint instructor legend) was teaching not-so-talented first-year SAIT students how to print in bold letters. He stressed it so much that to this day I still...

Smart products, smart choice

Now more than ever, homeowners are turning to smart home products to make their spaces more enjoyable and their lives a bit easier. According to...