Sweating the Big Stuff: Professional Plumbers Debate ProPress vs. Soldering a Pipe Joint

A few months ago, we discussed Sharkbite-type push-on fittings as a reasonable alternative to soldering for do-it-yourselfers. Despite the ease of use and ability to withstand common pressures, most professional plumbers are appalled, offended, and even insulted if you mention using them on a job.  There is, however, another alternative to soldering- and it seems…

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The PEX Tubing Debate: Is Cross-Linked Polyethelyne All That And A Bag Of Chips?

My old friend John T. loves to describe people who seem a just little too full of themselves with the phrase, “he thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips.” Some sellers of PEX tubing want plumbing buyers—especially do-it-yourselfers—to believe PEX tubing is the greatest thing that’s happened to plumbing since running water, but…

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A Plumbing Circle Christmas Part 2: A Plumber Christmas Carol in Los Angeles

Before continuing, we must note that this is a fictional story, and that in reality Jim and Dave Schuelke are as festive and cheery as any of us. They run a good business and enjoy a wonderful working relationship with their whole staff. ‘Tis merely a fable… Picking Up Where We Left Off Yesterday- Click…

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Plumbing Circle Christmas Part 1: A Plumber Christmas Carol in Los Angeles

Before beginning, we must note that this is a fictional story, and that in reality Jim and Dave Schuelke are as festive and cheery as any of us. They run a good business and enjoy a wonderful working relationship with their whole staff.  ‘Tis merely a fable… It’s Christmas time in L.A.  All around the…

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