Tag Archives: Plumbing

11 Plumbing Safety Tips from the Pros

Every job comes with hazards so we take the appropriate precautions and wear the appropriate PPE. Many safety precautions are the same across industries and trades because the same body parts are at risk no matter what the job entails. But each job has hazards that are more common than others, so it’s wise to […]

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Bosch Greentherm 9000iSE Smart Water Heater Preview

When you think about smart homes and smart appliances, you may not immediately think of a smart water heater. That is, until you see the Bosch Greentherm 9000iSE Smart Water Heater. We got to see this new product at the 2017 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Vegas. With the Bosch Greentherm 9000iSE you can use an app to switch the water […]

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Milwaukee M18 Short Throw Press Tool – Updated

Milwaukee Tool recently introduced the new RedLithium-powered Milwaukee M18 Short Throw Press Tool for residential PEX installation up to 1 inch. It requires no calibration interval and uses unique jaws compatible with Viega PureFlow Pex Press Systems. The press tool features a pre-press battery check that ensures the tool can complete the press and an Auto-Cycle […]

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Bosch Impact Tough Titanium Drill Bit Set

Drill bits are a staple of the jobsite because, well, something always needs a hole in it. You may think you need more drill bit information like you need a hole in the head, but not all coatings and treatments are well-suited for every job. I’ll use just about any bits, but I usually find myself […]

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DeWalt Metal Folding Sawhorse

It makes sense when manufacturers innovate and improve saws, drills, nailers, or any other tool that we use on site. We want more power, lighter weight, longer runtime, this feature, and that feature. The big tool manufacturers continue to deliver those things. Then there are tools don’t come to mind as innovation candidates like the new […]

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Milwaukee Cheater Adaptable Pipe Wrench

Have you ever noticed how a little context can make a big difference? If we got caught cheating in school, we’d go straight to the principal’s office. But today if I run into a tough fitting that just won’t budge, I’m supposed to cheat. Go figure! I’m talking, of course, about the industry-first Milwaukee Cheater […]

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Milwaukee 1-Inch Mini Copper Tubing Cutter

Copper tubing has been used in plumbing applications for millennia. Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt had copper plumbing in palaces and temples. I’m not sure how installs were done back then, but now you don’t often have the luxury of space when cutting copper tubing. Sometimes you may not even be able to fully see the […]

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Milwaukee M18 Force Logic Brushless Press Tool

Milwaukee M18 Force Logic Brushless Press ToolThe newly re-designed Milwaukee M18 Force Logic Brushless Press Tool facilitates the plumbing industry’s shift from sweat and solder to press connections. It is smaller and lighter than its predecessor thanks in part to a brushless motor and offers a long calibration interval at 50,000 cycles. The full-sized press tool features a pre-press battery check to […]

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Empire e75.72 72-Inch Box Level

Empire e75.72 72-Inch Box LevelFor as long as builders have wanted their structures to stay upright they’ve wanted their materials to be level. Ancient Egyptians used an A-frame tool with a plumb line to find horizontal level. Then around 1661, Melchisedech Thevenot invented the spirit level – so named for the alcohol in the vial – that used a bubble to indicate levelness. […]

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Milwaukee 18-Inch Aluminum Pipe Wrench

Milwaukee 18-Inch Aluminum Pipe WrenchNo tool is more iconic of a trade than the pipe wrench is for plumbing. But the pipe wrench is a relatively new tool even though indoor plumbing has been around for millennia. In 1869, machinist Daniel Stillson patented what became known as the Stillson or Stillson wrench. Apparently it’s the best design for the job required, because a […]

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