Plumbing Fun Facts

Should Lead Pipes Have You Worried?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

The city of Flint has brought attention to an important issue: water quality and the presence of lead pipes. Heavy metal lead pipes are buried in city systems all across the United States. Water authorities add certain chemicals to prevent corrosion of…

The Plumber Who Saved Washington

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

In 1865, the half-day rate for a plumber and assistant was $3.25 and lead sold for 60 cents per pound. But this Civil War-era invoice reveals a much bigger tale. “See how they used to do this?” said my father…

History of InSinkErator

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

It was 1927 and John W. Hammes, a Racine architect, was in his basement trying to make life better in the kitchen.  After watching his wife clean up messy food waste after dinner, he had an idea.  What if food…

Christmas Wreaths Made from Plumbing Supplies?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Check out this blog, “The Art of Doing Stuff”, by Karen who makes Christmas wreaths out of plumbing supplies. The Square Christmas wreath is assembled out of: 5 – 6 feet of thick garland or 12 feet of cheap, sparse…