Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2017

Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2017

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As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular stories on If you missed any of these, now is your chance to catch up. Enjoy this look back at 2017.

10. Picking the Right Pipe Wrench
A pipe wrench is a staple of a plumber’s toolbox. This article provides tips for industry newbies about making the right selection.

9. Reinventing the Plumber Education Model
A San Diego plumbing firm, like so many others, struggled to find skilled workers. So in March, it decided to do something about it — launching its own plumbing and HVAC school.

8. EPA Looks to Bolster Lead-Free Requirement for Plumbing Materials
Plumbing materials used for drinking water have had to meet lead-free requirements since the 1980s, but in the beginning of the year the EPA started accepting public feedback on a new proposal to improve lead-free labeling on products as well.

7. Replenishing the Plumbing Ranks
In May, Richard Trethewey of This Old House fame spoke to Plumber magazine about the skills gap issue in the industry and what he and his colleagues are doing to help.

6. Applying PEX to Residential Repipes
Well over half of the homes in the U.S. are more than 30 years old. That means there is a growing market for repiping jobs. This article looks at the benefits that can be achieved by doing those repipes with PEX.

5. The Hard Truth About Hard Water
If your customers don’t understand how hard water affects their plumbing, this article provides a basic tutorial that you can give them.

4. 6 Plumbing Uses for an Oscillating Multi-Tool
When oscillating multi-tools were invented in the 1960s, they were primarily used for the safe removal of plaster casts from broken limbs. Today, they are much more versatile. This article looks at how they can be applied in the plumbing industry.

3. Becoming a Master Plumber
This article provides an overview of everything you should consider first if you’re a journeyman plumber looking to take the next step.

2. Getting the Job Done When the Water’s Still Flowing
Repairing a waterline that cannot be shut off is common practice for experienced professionals, but for those just entering the field, it may be a challenge. This article provides tips on how to make active waterline repairs a little less intimidating.

1. The Pride of Being a Plumber
In the most-read story of 2017, master plumber Anthony Pacilla of Washington, Pennsylvania, put into words what many people in the industry likely feel. Pacilla is a new contributor to Plumber magazine, and you can expect to see more articles from him in 2018.


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