Finding Historical Pieces Should Lead You to Think About the Industry

As you find historical treasures, it’s important to know how to keep your company from becoming old and out of date as well

Finding Historical Pieces Should Lead You to Think About the Industry

I want all of you to think back to when you were kids — playing in the yard, in the sandbox, and just digging around. How awesome was it when you found a hidden treasure?

I remember as a kid that my brothers and I used to bury our Hot Wheels cars, then forget about them and a few months later find them while digging. It was like we found a pile of gold.

Do you still get that way? You know, working on a customer’s remodeling project or service call when you run across a hidden gem and you can’t believe what you’ve just found. Or have you found real hidden treasure like a ring or other jewelry that was flushed down the toilet or dropped in the sink?


Recently, I was at a friend’s house where a local plumbing company is helping with a bathroom remodel. The plumbing crew was taking out an old claw-foot tub — which was about 100 years old. As soon as they removed it, an old drain cover was revealed.

It was a neat cover forged by The Monarch Brass Co. in Cleveland. The plumbers on the job were excited about the find. It was awesome seeing them get pumped over something like that.

It’s not the first time I’ve seen excitement from those in the industry. I’ve seen postings on plumbing Facebook groups that show other finds — everything from 100-plus-year-old pipes to unique ways to connect pipes and so much more.

All of these treasures tell the history of plumbing. That history is important — knowing how far the industry has come, why codes continue to change and why the technology continues to advance.


As a contractor in this industry, you must be able to adapt to some of these changes. If you don’t, then your company might end up becoming history itself.

El Plomero Latino, based in Orlando, Florida, and featured in this issue, has adapted to changes as the company grew. Owner David Sierra started with just himself and one truck, but now has four service trucks and six people, including his wife, working for the company. He’s also added equipment and tools through the years to help his staff work better.

Even with the growth the Florida company has seen, it has continued to provide the solid customer service Sierra expects. 

Remember this as you find historical pieces in the jobs you are working. Is your company keeping up with the times with equipment or policies? If not, it might be time to reevaluate your company.


I’d like to hear what you’ve found at a job site that interested you so much that you have it hanging at your shop, at your house or in your truck. Tell me the story behind finding it. Email me at or call 715-350-8436.

Enjoy this issue! 


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