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What a Week (or so) For Webinars!

On Sept. 22 and Oct. 1, John Siegenthaler, P.E., presented separate webinars on “Hydronic Options for High Capacity Domestic Water Heating: The Best Mix of Instantaneous Capacity and Storage” and “Integrating Geothermal Heat Pumps Into Hydronic Heating/Cooling Systems,” respectively.

I was fortunate enough to moderate the webinars, and like the hundreds (combined) who attended, gained some great insights into these topics.

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Let's Knock Down 5 Million Crappy Houses

Last month, three single-family homes I pass while driving to work disappeared. They were there on my drive into work. But on the way home, only a “demolished by” sign remained. It was impressive.
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I'm In A Fog

The “Gunning Fog Index” measures the readability of a sample of writing. The result indicates the number of years of formal education that a person needs to easily understand the text on the first reading. I thought about this recently while thumbing through some codes - in this case, the International Fuel Gas Code.
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Let's Bring Families to Trade Shows

From left, three generations of show attendees are represented by Steve Atwood, Melissa L'Espoir Atwood, Ethan Atwood, John L'Espoir, Elliott Atwood, and Sally L'Espoir. I was aghast the first time
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Hanging by a Thread

I rarely look out my seventh-floor window, but a few weeks ago a dangling window washer grabbed my attention. This guy - let’s call him Wally - was cleaning windows
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Can "Junk Mail"

I miss “junk mail.” It’s true. Even though I sometimes complained when digging out from a pile of mail, I actually enjoyed opening it.
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Fan Fair at the New (York City) Ballparks

I have been fortunate enough to visit both of New York City's new baseball stadiums this year. As a die-hard NY Yankee fan, it pains me to say that the new Citi Field (home of the NY Mets) is far superior to the new Yankee Stadium (ouch!).
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Katrina Revisited

In Sept. 2005, the world was mesmerized by the greatest natural disaster in the history of the U.S. Most of us were glued to our favorite cable channel or Web site, watching hurricane Katrina pound the Gulf Coast without mercy. Our federal and state emergency services were in the spotlight. How would they respond to this overwhelming storm?
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Watt Are You Talking About? Part 2 - The Summer Version

“Do the numbers made sense?” is a question that often bounces through my head. This question has once again been raised – this time with full-page ads for “…a home cooling breakthrough that uses 96% less electricity than air conditioners.” Wow, I thought, no more high rates to cool my home!
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Can A Video Save Thousands of Lives?

This past week I attended my fourth NFPA Conference & Expo, which was held at McCormick Place in nearby Chicago. Besides the usual excellent educational seminars, lively tradeshow floor and
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BNP Media's Plumbing Group Visits Grundfos North American Headquarters

BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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There's A New Lead-Free Law in Town

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND New lead-free compliance laws took effect in January—which means you’ve got a stampede of new problems to consider. So, mosey on in to learn more about the new regulations.

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