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  • Residential Fire Sprinklers

    Your state may be the next to mandate these systems, so it’s a good idea to understand how they work .

  • Deep Traps

    My client's kitchen sink has a shallow 6-inch-deep bowl, and the drain connection is located in the wall rather than the floor. She would like to replace the sink with one that has a much deeper bowl, but that will place the bottom of the bowl at nearly the same level as the drain opening. Is it...

  • DeWalt DWD460 Stud and Joist Drill

    Every plumber has a tale about being beat up by his right-angle drill, so any model that improves user safety is worth a look.

  • 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?

  • Stanly Virax Pressing Tools

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

  • Plumbing and Straightening Walls

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • In the News

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