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Plumbing

  • Seniors Get It All

    CHAMBLEE, GA. Once a storm water runoff site for a manufacturing plant, this lot has become a popular living space for low-income seniors thanks to a public-private partnership among the city, DeKalb County, and nonprofit affordable housing developer Mercy Housing.

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Commercial-style range for less; slate-look porcelain tiles; lightweight thinset mortar; PEX plumbing connections

     
  • 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?

     
 
 
 
 
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