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Plumbing

  • Flexible Fittings and Plumbing Codes

    Q: No-hub rubber couplings with band clamps on the ends are handy for making all sorts of plumbing connections, but are there limitations on where they can be used?

     
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    Soundings

    Storm-Water Regs Grow Up

     
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    Stanly Virax Pressing Tools

    Press-on plumbing fittings install fast, don't require a dry pipe, and make torches unnecessary.

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Water filtration; towel warmers

     
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    Plumbing and Straightening Walls

    This quick, accurate method prevents problems with the framing and finishes that follow.

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Backsplashes; showerheads

     
  • Exposed Gas Line

    Q: A client wants to install an outdoor gas fireplace. The most logical route for the gas supply extends from a roof-mounted furnace 60 feet along an exterior parapet wall and then down. Are there any requirements for lightning protection in such an expos

     
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    Muddy Waters

    Few dispute that construction-site erosion poses a significant problem. Muddy roads and cloudy streams tied to a decade-long nationwide building boom have left many residents eager for a clampdown, especially in coastal areas, where water quality is a crucial issue. For contractors, the upshot is...

     
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    The Truth About Thomas Crapper

    It sounds like a straightforward trivia question: Was the flush toilet invented by a Victorian Englishman named Thomas Crapper, and is his name the source of the slang expression for that invention?

     
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    Heating a Home With a Tankless Water Heater

    Even in a cold climate, these efficient units can provide both domestic hot water and whole-house heating.

     
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    In the News

    Small builders join forces; California bill slashes lead in plumbing; more

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Kitchen sinks; high-performance showers

     
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    Toolbox

    Bosch PS20 Pocket Driver; Pipe Shredder; plumbing tools; job-site security

     
  • Letters

    Proper water-heater temperature; performance guidelines; preventive maintenance; more

     
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    Breakline

    Water Woes

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Showers; high-pressure laminates

     
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    After Katrina: One Year Later

    A year after Katrina: voices and impressions from a region rethinking how to build

     
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    Proper Water-Heater Temperature

    Q: I recently learned that building codes in my state now require that newly installed water heaters be set at 140°F. But up until now, with concerns about energy conservation and scalding safety, 120°F was the normal setting. Why the change?

     
  • Protecting Water Heaters With Expansion Tanks

    Q. We recently had to replace our relatively new gas-fired water heater when its internal flue tube collapsed, ruining the thermostat and causing hot combustion gases to spew out the front. The installer, who claimed that the water heater was ruined by thermal expansion, added a thermal-expansion...

     
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    Plumbing Problem-Solvers

    These devices tackle common plumbing predicaments without breaking the budget.

     
 
 
 
 
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