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Technologies Transforming the Plumbing Business

Going GreenGreen living is another way technology is transforming the plumbing industry. For instance, according to Hardware Retailing, 47 percent of retailers who sell plumbing products report customers are actively seeking green products. Seeing this trend, companies like Barker and Sons Plumbing and Heating in Anaheim, California, promote energy-efficient plumbing installations such as tankless water heaters, solar water heating systems, water-saving shower heads and faucets, and low flow toilets. Mike Barker, owner of Barker and Sons Plumbing and Heating and a 35-year veteran of the plumbing industry, says the green aspects of doing business extend beyond plumbing products to include…


18th-century Saltbox Remodel

18th-century Saltbox Remodel 2 × 18th Century Saltbox 18th Century Saltbox Photo by Laura Moss Since 2013, Jaime has fearlessly finished and furnished her family’s saltbox-style farmhouse to make it, well, just the way she wants it. For Jaime and her husband, Mark, that means a bright, casual home that celebrates its age while functioning flawlessly for a 21st-century family with three active kids. Somewhat serendipitously, it has also meant a new part-time career for Jaime as a blogger. Shown: Dating to at least 1740, the Samuel Brown saltbox is one of the two oldest houses in Port Chester, NY.…


Join This Old House at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas!

This Old House is honored to be co-hosting events with NAHB and the NKBA at Design & Construction Week to help bring needed attention to the single biggest issue facing our industry today: the skilled labor gap. We hope you’ll join us to hear how This Old House, NKBA, NAHB, Professional Builder, and our partners are working to refuel the pipeline, and that you’ll take away ideas that will help you find and attract new talent in your own community.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019 | The KBIS Next Stage  3:00-4:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Attracting and Training the Next Generation Panel…


Profile: Doug Lanzo, Lanzo Plumbing and Sewer Contractors, Hackensack, NJ

How did you get started in the plumbing industry?My father was a plumber who had his own business, and I worked with him through my teens. I went to school to become an engine rebuilder, and did that for a few years. But one day my father called. It was only him and a helper, and he asked me to do a job that would take about a week. That week has lasted about 30 years now!My father was an old-school guy, though; he'd have his coffee in the morning and then have to have his lunch exactly at 12…


Most-Wanted Tools and Accessories | Gift Guide 2018

Most-Wanted Tools and Accessories | Gift Guide 2018 1 × Festool TS 55 Track Saw Festool TS 55 Track Saw PHOTO: FESTOOL This saw rides on a guide rail, or track, providing accuracy and versatility. The TS 55 track saw delivers precise, splinter-free, glue-ready cuts and only takes seconds to set up. Breaking down sheet goods? Cutting at an obscure angle? No longer is there a need to design a complex jig or move heavy material to your large shop equipment. See the Festool TS 55 Track Saw in action here. About $590; Festool 2 × Fiskars Precision Hammer Fiskars Precision Hammer PHOTO: FISKARS Striking…


Best Educational Toys | Gift Guide 2018

Best Educational Toys | Gift Guide 2018 1 × Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Project Workbench Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Project Workbench PHOTO: AMAZON Kid-sized workbench includes a functioning vise, tool rack, wooden tools, and hardware. Includes inspirational project ideas. For ages 3 years and up. About $70; Amazon 4 × Step2 Deluxe Workshop Step2 Deluxe Workshop PHOTO: AMAZON Workbench with large work surface includes 50-piece accessory set with drill, drill bits, screws, nuts, saw, hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, screw driver and 17 "wood" pieces. And, check out the adorable "pegboard" wall storage!  For ages 3 and up. About $120; Amazon 5 × Hearth &…

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