JAM News

Friday, April 2, 2021

A Manual on Retrofitting Manual to Touch-free Restroom Products

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded everyone just how quickly bacterial and viral infections can spread through touch, especially “high-touch” surfaces in the restroom.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Dan Holohan: Learning from history - Hydronic tidbits from the past.

We’ve come a long way since the days of gravity-hot-water heating. The physics haven’t changed a bit, but the systems sure have. Trapped air was a challenge back in the day before we had effective air separators and circulators. The Dead Men would slope their big horizontal pipes slightly upward to encourage the air to rise out of solution when the water got hot. It usually floated up into an open expansion tank in the attic. Have you ever seen one of those? They were often riveted at the top and bottom; most had a gauge glass. Some of those tanks were made of copper. I’ve known a few contractors who licked their lips at that sort of scrap history.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Virtual Emerging Water Technology Symposium Announces Program, Opens Registration

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC), announce that registration for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) is now open. The event takes place May 11-12, comprised of a three-hour program beginning each day at 10 a.m. ET.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tackling Root Intrusion Requires a Solid Plan

Root removal is never easy, but drain cleaning equipment and a jetter will help you get the job done. Cleaning a residential sewer line with roots can be a challenge. If you have traditional drain cleaning equipment and a jetter you have many advantages over companies who only have one or the other.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Physical Water Conditioning An Alternative to Traditional Water Softeners

Physical water conditioning is of interest to plumbers, homeowners, multifamily/hospitality developers, management companies and others with hard water challenges and questions regarding where water softening chlorides come from.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

VRF versus hydronics - Comparing HVAC technologies and associated costs

With a considerable volume of contradictory information in circulation regarding the application of different technologies for HVAC systems, this article seeks to explain some of the technical aspects of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, and offer comparisons on the basis of cost and performance to more standard hydronic systems. While some of the material presented here are drawn from industry literature, the majority is drawn from peer-reviewed studies conducted by recognized industry professionals.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

President Biden Recognizes World Plumbing Day

President Joe Biden Thursday in a letter to Tom Bigley, chairman of the World Plumbing Council recognized World Plumbing Day, acknowledging the essential service plumbers and those in our industry provide to people worldwide to ensure their access to clean, healthy water and safe sanitation. In the letter extending greetings to all observing World Plumbing Day — March 11, Every Year, Everywhere — the president wrote:

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Half-Bath Solution

Designer and home décor blogger Kristine Abram adds a basement bathroom by using a macerator pump system.

Monday, February 22, 2021

NYC Restaurants and Residents Clash Over Some Sprawling Outdoor Dining Setups

Tensions are rising as restaurateurs and residents argue if the pricey structures take up too much space on the sidewalk and streets

Monday, February 22, 2021

How Eric Adams Would Run New York

A series of interviews with the candidates who want the job of running America's biggest city, published as lightly edited transcripts.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

New York City businesses are barely hanging on

Nearly one year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, parts of the Big Apple look more like ghost towns, lined with shuttered storefronts, empty office buildings and businesses teetering on the edge of closure.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Conversation With the Mayor of New York

In an extended interview, Bill de Blasio looks back at the city's Covid year, assesses the moment and offers a job description for his successor.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Amazon heads to LIC for latest delivery station—not second headquarters

Amazon, which canceled plans to build part of its second headquarters in Long Island City, wants to put a delivery station in the neighborhood. The e-commerce giant has signed a lease for about 20,000 square feet at 38-50 21st St. in the Queens neighborhood, it announced Tuesday. It plans to open the delivery station there during the second half of the year.

Friday, February 12, 2021

De Blasio Pledges Last Gasp Property Tax Reform Effort

After getting "derailed" by the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reviving one of his earliest and most delayed mayoral commitments: to reform an out-of-date and unequal property tax system.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

New York City’s World Trade Center Site to Get a Residential Tower

Silverstein Properties and Brookfield Asset Management will lead the development of 900-foot-tall residential tower

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

New York Stock Exchange Threatens to Leave NYC Over Transfer Tax

The president of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) claims that she may be forced to move trading operations to a more tax-friendly locale if the state legislature imposes a stock transfer tax, according to an op-ed published yesterday in The Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Democratic Mayoral Candidates Offer Albany Agendas, Strategies for Accomplishing Them

Eight of the top Democratic mayoral candidates appeared at a virtual forum on Monday to outline their legislative and budget priorities at the state level, and their strategies for achieving those goals. To varying degrees, they laid out tactics for partnering with, even opposing, Governor Andrew Cuomo and corralling the state Legislature to their side.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Plumbing Foundation to set out new rules, regs on gas safety

The Plumbing Foundation City of New York is set to host a virtual seminar aimed at educating building owners and managers on new gas safety and inspection requirements.