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MATCH MADE IN HYDRONIC HEAVEN

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 4

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

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Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE PHCC WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION AND MASTER PLUMBERS/HEATING & COOLING CONTRACTORS OF WISCONSIN


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FEATURES

20 Match Made in Hydronic Heaven – Variable Speed

Circulators and Radiant Heating

22 Water Filtration Systems: Necessary Now More Than Ever

REPORTS 6 President’s Letter

Strengthening Our Association Through Education

8 Executive Director’s Report

Appreciating, and Working for, Our HVAC Partners

INSIDE 10 Code Corner: Backflow Preventer Selection – Utilizing Your Resources

11 Code Corner: HVAC Contractors: Are You Prepared for

Proposed Code Changes?

12 Federated Insurance Update: Could Your Employment Practices Cause You Trouble? 14 A New Deal for the Trades 16 2016 Election Wrap-Up 18 Winter 2017 Plumbing Seminars 24 News Briefs

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26 Member News

2016 World Plumbing Conference Connect 2016 Wrap-Up Congratulations! QSC Session a Success Consider Joining the PHCC Board DSG Expands Partnership with Kohler Scholarship Applications Available Thank You Rundle-Spence and Hydro-Flo PHCC Wisconsin Holds Plumbing Code “Listening Sessions” Member Benefits

2 Advertiser Index/Calendar of Events 3 3 Wisconsin Code Book & POWTS 3

34 Membership Application

2016/17 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PHCC WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin PHCC Wisconsin Association P.O. Box 833 • Germantown, WI 53022 888-782-6815 • Fax: 888-287-4116 mail@phcc-wi.org

President/Treasurer: Greg Jones (Zone #4), Dave Jones, Inc., 2225 Kilgust Road, Madison, WI 53713, 608-222-8490 • Fax: 608-222-8503, gjones@davejonesinc.com Vice President/Secretary: Carol DeYoung (Zone #10), Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 321 Wisconsin Drive, New Richmond, WI 54017-2614, 715-246-2660 • Fax: 715-246-2676, carol@countrysideph.com

Immediate Past President: Keith Schedler (Zone #5), Don’s Plumbing Service, Inc., 1003 Clifton Street, Tomah, WI 54660, 608-372-4219 • Fax: 608-372-2303, keithschedler@centurytel.net Directors: Dale Arndt (Zone #4), Arndt & Son Plumbing, P.O. Box 70, Brooklyn, WI 53521, 608-455-6392 • Fax: 608-455-2113, arndtplumbing@frontier.com Dan Callies (Zone #1), Oak Creek Plumbing, 640 E. Ryan Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154, 414-762-4060 • Fax: 414-762-3440, danc@oakcreekplumbing.com

Fred Gardner (Zone #9), Badger State Plumbing, 2507 Fortune Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54703-3898, 715-874-7777 • Fax: 715-874-7778, fred@badgerstateinc.com Jeffrey Kuhn (Zone #1), S&K Pump & Plumbing, Inc., 20880 W. Enterprise Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53045, 262-782-7190 Fax: 262-782-9642, jeff@snkpump.com

Cal Watters (Zone #6), Watters Plumbing, 1303 Midway Road, P.O. Box 118, Menasha, WI 54952, 920-733-8125 • Fax: 920-733-2713, cwatters@wattersplumbing.net Industry Partner Reps: Jon Hirsch, Auer Steel & Heating Supply, 2935 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53209, 414-349-0019, jon.hirsch@auersteel.com

Master Plumbers/Heating & Cooling Contractors of Wisconsin Rob Spence, Rundle-Spence, 2800 Industrial Drive, Madison, WI 53713, 608-222-0636, robs@rundle-spence.com

Executive Director: Jeff Beiriger, P.O. Box 833, Germantown, WI 53022, 888-782-6815 • Fax: 888-287-4116, jeff@assocmgmtservices.com

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STRENGTHENING OUR ASSOCIATION THROUGH EDUCATION It started with a single word: Relevance.

GREG JONES

CEO and owner of Dave Jones, Inc. He can be reached at (608) 222-8490 or gjones@davejonesinc.com

The PHCC Wisconsin Board of Directors was, like many similar organizations, asking itself how it would survive and prosper in the years ahead. The thing we kept coming back to was the need to be relevant. We needed to be out there and be present and maybe even top-of-mind for those involved in our industry. We looked to our strengths and decided that our point of emphasis would be education and, more specifically, coderelated education. 2015 was a good year, but 2016 was a great programming year for PHCC Wisconsin. We held six plumbing code classes around the state. Our newest additions – Janesville and Stevens Point – each exceeded our expectations for first-time programs. In our other locations – Warrens, Milwaukee, Kimberly, and Eau Claire – we saw increases in the number of participants and vendors at each.

One of the best opportunities for growth for PHCC Wisconsin is to do more to work with HVAC contractors In addition, PHCC Wisconsin held two business-related seminars during the year, one in Warrens and the other in Milwaukee. By design, these courses are meant to be smaller in order to allow more interaction with the instructor and other participants. The best endorsement for these programs is that more than 75 percent of those attending joined our PHCC Wisconsin and PHCC National. We are planning for 2017 to be an even bigger year! We will be back again with plumbing code classes, this time covering water calculations, sizing, and distribution piping. Programs include: Janesville, Jan. 27; Warrens, Feb. 10; Pleasant Prairie, March 6

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10; De Pere, Sept. 15; Milwaukee, Oct. 4; Eau Claire, Oct. 13; and Wausau, Nov. 10. Additionally, we will be holding two programs on backflow prevention and cross connection control: Stevens Point, April 21; and Fond du Lac, Oct. 20. On May 4, we’ll be welcoming back PHCC National and QSC’s Beth Dobkin to present on high-level topics that can take your business from good to great! One of the best opportunities for growth for PHCC Wisconsin is to do more to work with HVAC contractors and we think that also starts with education. We’re partnering with some of the industry’s best trainers and NATE (North American Training Excellence) to bring to HVAC contractors the same type of high quality programming that our plumbers and plumbing contractors have come to expect. More information soon! And finally, there’s CONNECT 2017. It’s been a long time since Milwaukee has played host to the PHCC National Convention, but that’s our honor in 2017 as we welcome contractors from around the country. This year, PHCC National had one of its largest attendances ever for the CONNECT program in San Antonio. That’s all good and well, but we’re out to prove that not everything in Texas is bigger. We’re planning on making CONNECT 2017 the biggest and best ever! If you’re not familiar with CONNECT, it’s the industry’s largest gathering of contractors with keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, apprentice contests, awards events, and more. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had an opportunity like this to experience, firsthand, all that CONNECT can offer. With such a strong representation of industry manufacturers in our area, we expect that they will be a huge draw for people from all across the country. For its part, PHCC Wisconsin is working to include state-approved continuing education in the conference as well as other events for contractors and plumbers from our state. Plan to be there! From a single word, we’ve gone from two or three seminars a year to more and better programming than ever before. We have become relevant by becoming the industry’s first choice for quality education programs for the P-H-C industry.

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REPORT JEFF BEIRIGER

BY JEFF BEIRIGER

APPRECIATING, AND WORKING FOR, OUR HVAC PARTNERS As winter makes its way into Wisconsin, it’s time that we gave a shout out to the many contractors across Wisconsin who represent the “H-C” part of PHCC. We all know about the need for clean water and sanitation, but come on, where would we be without heating and cooling?

The story of heating begins with unheated dwellings – think caves. Eventually we start to heat those caves and, in time, homes by burning wood, something that was generally abundant. Next we burned coal, then we had oil and natural gas and we saw radiant and forced air systems. We even discovered ways to use the ground to heat our homes. What these innovations have in common is greater safety, comfort, and efficiency. As for air conditioning, I grew up in a home without it and was thankful for the day that my parents replaced the box fan in my window with a thru-window air conditioning unit. Central air was a luxury I never knew until I moved out of the house and into my first apartment. I was hooked from that point on. I learned that there really was a Dave Lennox and the Carrier name is from George Carrier. I can’t say that I read about a Mr. Trane or Mrs. Honeywell, but I’m sure there’s a great backstory there too. Few people today probably give much thought to the effect the HVAC industry has had on our country, but it’s significant. Cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Miami would likely not have developed into the cities they are today without air conditioning. During the summer, these cities would be uncomfortable if not uninhabitable. As we go about our business this winter, we move from our heated homes to our heated cars, to our heated offices, schools, and shopping centers. In the summertime, we do the same, moving from one airconditioned place to another. When it’s really hot or really cold, we talk about the weather outside while sitting comfortable inside. We suffer through minutes exposed to the elements when – without HVAC systems – we could be living with whatever nature 8

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deals us throughout the day. From a productivity standpoint, those working indoors can work as comfortably in January as they do in July. We forget that not long ago, businesses would close because it was simply too hot or too cold to be open. If work was being done on excessively hot or cold days, the output was significantly and negatively affected. Maybe you miss simpler times – running through a sprinkler, handheld paper fans, sitting on a front porch, or going to a local swimming hole – but I doubt you would give up the AC systems for this nostalgia. As a nation, we probably take for granted the work being done by HVAC contractors who are designing, installing, and servicing HVAC equipment in our homes and everywhere else we want to be. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and express my appreciation. For PHCC’s part, both here in Wisconsin and at the national level, we owe you more than what we’ve provided to this point. The temptation is to just let the letters P-HC-C roll off the tongue without giving them much thought, but it’s time to slow down and be more thoughtful about who we are as industries and as an association. There are some strong ties that bind us together. One trade is licensed and has a code, and the other requires certification and has its own code, even if that code isn’t wholly unique to Wisconsin. We are servicing the same residential and commercial customers. Quality matters. Training matters. Information matters. Networking matters. Advocacy matters. We’ve been trying to do more for HVAC contractors over the past few years, but our attempts have fallen flat. From my perspective, what’s different today is that we are looking to invest in growing our HVAC membership. We’re paying more attention than ever before to what our HVAC contractors want and need from us and now it’s time to act. At the risk of being labeled a Star Wars “geek,” I offer that Yoda said once, “Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” Maybe that’s the difference this time. We’re not going to try to service the HVAC contractor, we’re going to do it. For all you do to keep us comfortable, thank you! WINTER 2016


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Code

CORNER

SOURCE: RANDY R. LORGE, INSTRUCTOR OF PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP, FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

BACKFLOW PREVENTER SELECTION – UTILIZING YOUR RESOURCES In today’s modern world, protecting the water supply systems has seemed to grab extreme attention. You no longer need to look to 3rd world countries to realize how big of an issue it has become. The American Backflow Prevention Association estimates more than 100,000 incidents happen every day in the United States. Not every incident results in illness. But every incident poses a threat.

So let’s talk briefly about water supply protection from the standpoint of selecting the proper backflow preventer. 382.41 lays out the code requirements for Cross Connection Control. By looking at Table 382.41-1 you’ll quickly see that the table gives guidance for selecting acceptable cross connection control methods, devices, and assemblies that are available to protect the water supply from cross connections. Table 382.412 lends guidance to “Acceptable Cross Connection Control Methods, Devices or Assemblies for Specific Applications.” Realize that it’s “protect the water supply from cross connections,” not “prevent cross connections.” There’s a big difference. Cross connections happen. Simply install a hose on a hose bib and the table is set for the perfect indirect cross connection. The plumber’s responsibility is to ensure that the correct method, device, or assembly is installed to isolate each plumbing fixture, piece of equipment, appliance, or other piping system. In the previous example of the hose, an ASSE 1019 wall hydrant, an ASSE 1011 hose connection vacuum breaker, or an ASSE 1052 hose connection backflow preventer, would be common selections to protect the water supply system. So where does a plumber begin when trying to determine which “ASSE this or ASSE that” should be installed? Tables 382.41-1 and 382.41-2 are great resources for the selection of the proper backflow protection. You’ll also find a great reference table in the appendix of 382 entitled, “A Partial Table for the Selection of Backflow Protection.” Another great resource can be found on the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) website, http:// dsps.wi.gov/Online-Services/Industry-Services/PlumbingProducts-Search/. There you can search by product name and manufacturer. Two other resources that I personally use and that I have apprentices use in the classroom are, “The Illustrated Wisconsin Plumbing Code Design Manual,” which can be purchased on the PHCC–WI webpage (http://phcc-wi.org/ code-books/) and “The Backflow Prevention Reference Manual, 3rd Edition,” which can be purchased through IAPMO (www.iapmo.org; click on its “Publications Online Store.”).

TAKE THE QUIZ

Now that you have the resources, see if you can answer the following questions using the tables I mentioned from your Wisconsin code book.

1) Using 382.41–1, which of the following would be approved for “all” back pressure / high hazard / continuous pressure situations? A. Air gaps B. Barometric loops C. Hose connection vacuum breakers D. Pipe applied atmospheric vacuum breakers Using 382.41–1, which of the following would be 2) approved for “all” back siphonage / high hazard / continuous pressure situations? A. Backflow preventers with intermediate atmospheric vent B. Hose connection backflow preventers C. Pipe applied atmospheric type vacuum breakers D. Reduced pressure principle backflow preventers 3) Using 382.41–2, which ASSE device is acceptable for use on a beverage dispenser? A. ASSE 1035 B. ASSE 1002 C. ASSE 1019 D. ASSE 1053 E. ASSE 1022 4) Using the “Partial Table for the Selection of Backflow Protection” from the 382 appendix, which of the following would be acceptable for a commercial overhead hose reel? A. ASSE 1001 B. ASSE 1011 C. ASSE 1012 D. ASSE 1013 E. ASSE 1014 5) Using the “Partial Table for the Selection of Backflow Protection” from the 382 appendix, which of the following would be acceptable for a shampoo/barber sink? A. ASSE 1001 B. ASSE 1013 C. ASSE 1014 D. ASSE 1056 E. All of these would work

Answers: 1) A, 2) D, 3) E, 4) D, 5) E

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Code

SOURCE: AUER STEEL AND HEATING SUPPLY COMPANY, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

HVAC CONTRACTORS: ARE YOU PREPARED FOR PROPOSED CODE CHANGES? As the Wisconsin commercial building code committee reviews adopting the 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC) there are many reasons why you will want to stay abreast of the pending code changes and how they could affect your business. At this point it is unclear which sections of the 2015 IMC will be adopted in its entirety and which “Wisconsinism’s“ will be added. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how ventilation is currently calculated versus what may be required under the proposed code and how that will affect the amount of ventilation air required. In our example below we will use a standard 5,000 square foot office space.

CURRENT CODE:

5000 sq. ft. x 7 people/1000 sq. ft. = 35 people 35 people x 7.5 cfm/person = 263 cfm of outside air under Current Code

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There is a dramatic difference between the current code requirement of 263 cfm and the proposed code requirement of 607 cfm of outside air. As the above example shows, if the proper code is not applied to your project during the design phase, unforeseen problems and obstacles will undoubtedly arise. Something as simple as a ventilation miscalculation can dramatically affect everything from equipment and duct sizing to electrical and structural requirements. We all know that if a project gets to this point unchecked, the dreaded finger pointing and hand wringing phase of construction is sure to follow. In summary, know the code changes when they are adopted so you as a contractor can bid projects correctly and avoid costly rework, confusion and loss of credibility. Submitted by Auer Steel and Heating Supply Company, Engineering Department.

PROPOSED CODE:

Breathing zone Vbz = Rp*Pz + Ra*Az Vbz = 5 cfm/person x 5 people/1000 sq. ft. x 5000 sq. ft. + 0.06 cfm/sq. ft. x 5000 sq. ft. = 425 CFM Single Zone Outdoor Airflow Rate Voz = Vbz/Ez Summer Voz = 425 cfm/1.0 = 425 cfm for (supply of cool air) Winter Voz = 425 cfm/0.7 = 607 cfm for (floor supply and ceiling return of warm air) The ventilation of the office requires the greater of the cool summer / warm winter air ventilation rates 607 cfm of outside air under Proposed Code.

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IMC (One air handler serving only one zone) Voz = Vbz/Ez

WHERE: -Az = Zone floor area (net occupiable) -Pz = Zone population (# of people) -Rp = People outdoor air rate (from table) -Ra = Area outdoor air rate (from table)

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-Ez = Zone Air Distribution Effectiveness

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The implications for human resource-related errors can be considerable. Average judgments associated with poor HR practices can be monetarily devastating to a business, let alone the disruption they cause. Just defending claims of this type can cost a company a significant amount of money in attorney’s fees and legal costs. It is important to consider all remedies to control the risk and costs associated with HR decisions. While insurance policies can offer protection from these costs, it also makes sense to safeguard your organization with pre-claim best practices and legal expertise to help strengthen your policies, practices, decisions, and actions. Many companies also need access to HR resources or second opinions to update or create

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new policies, or address new concerns or hot topics, such as workplace bullying. The Federated Employment Practices NetworkSM (FEPN) provides Federated Insurance clients access to both online and phone assistance for employment-related practices. FEPN also provides Federated’s employment-related practices liability clients with access to independent attorneys who can review employment law questions.

MAKE A PLAN

“Employment practices” is a broad term that covers hiring, firing, and everything in between. As an employer, you are undoubtedly aware of employees’ rights to file discrimination charges. However, you also should be aware of your right to protect yourself against this type of exposure. Having employment policies and procedures that have been reviewed by an attorney, and which are supported by consistent enforcement, can act as a safety net to protect your business from defense costs and business disruption. Complete and accurate documentation is an effective way to record events and procedures. Augmenting your employment policy with insurance designed to protect you from the costs of litigation can also help shield your business from expenses that could significantly cut into your earnings. Not having a plan when it comes to “hiring, firing, and everything in between” could set you up for HR-related litigation. An effective employment policy isn’t a “nice to have,” it’s a “must have.” Planning, implementing, enforcing – these best practices work in tandem to help guide your business toward positive employment experiences while helping to deflect risk and exposure to avoidable litigation. Some of the client services referenced are provided by third party organizations wholly independent of Federated, and are provided with the understanding that neither Federated nor its employees provide legal or other expert advice.

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A NEW DEAL FOR THE TRADES There exists a national catastrophe that requires nothing short of a national cultural pivot: something akin to Theodore Roosevelt’s Square Deal or Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, in which a national crisis required a transformational shift in national priorities to protect the health and safety of the American people. As was true in 1910 and in 1933, we now need a national movement to attract and educate enough skilled tradespeople to fix the declining economic health of the construction trades industry and crumbling infrastructure.

While the narrative is slowly changing from “College Readiness” to “Career Readiness,” we have to overcome what has been a cultural norm, e.g., “For two or three generations, the focus has been to go to college, get a degree and in doing so you will ensure a brighter future with more access to employment.” (Joshua Wright, “America’s Skilled Trades Dilemma: Shortages Loom As Most-In-Demand Group Of Workers Ages,” 2013). However, according to the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE), 85 percent of the jobs in America do not require a college degree, but do require post-high school training. Tangentially, according to a study from the Brookings Institution, the volume and frequency of student loans increased significantly from 2002 to 2012, with loans spiking 77 percent. The price tag for attending even an in-state, public four-year college leapt by nearly 32 percent in the same period. (Leah McGrath Goodman, “Millennial College Graduates: Young, Educated, Jobless,” 2015). Anthony Carnevale, a director and research professor for Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the

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2016 ELECTION WRAP-UP The traditional political/ pollster minds were not only challenged in the recent elections; they were up-ended.

We all know by now: Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. Republicans will continue to control both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate (though some races are still too close to call – control of the House and Senate is locked for the next two years). But what do the elections mean for p-h-c contractors? There are two separate, yet intricately intertwined, actions that will soon begin to take place in Washington, D.C. The first will be the transition and creation of a vision for a new administration. The second will be the organization of the 115th Congressional Cycle (2017 – 2018). The first: the new administration will attempt to outline a vision – a “wish” list for the short and long term for the next four years, and assemble a new team (Cabinet, etc.) to help carry out that vision. This vision is conveyed to Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and the American people. The challenge? The vast array of issues it needs to address – and the expectations it creates. A new administration, whether new or re-elected, tends to focus its vision on the “first 100 days.” President-elect Trump has signaled to Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and the American people that he is building a list of priorities (though it is still early) for his first 100 days, including:

• Review of an issue that has been around for as long as Congress has – Congressional terms limits; • Address illegal immigration – build a wall;

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• Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare);

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• Address the issue of the deterioration of military bases

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• The appointment of federal judges including the Supreme Court. An ambitious list, yet not completely unrealistic. Within that list of priorities is infrastructure spending, an issue that he already has bipartisan support on. From roads, bridges, and highways to infrastructure spending for proper water supply (Flint, Michigan), the infrastructure of our nation continues to decline. Look for President-elect Trump’s priority list to become more detailed over the next two months. We can also expect a much less aggressive regulatory process – or at least a regulatory process more conducive to partnering with business. No one will scale back all of the regulations this industry is facing, however, we can expect agencies (regulators) will move to work in a more cooperative fashion with the industry. PHCC will continue to champion the need to reduce regulations that hinder our member’s ability to thrive. Mark R. Riso is director of government relations for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association; he can be reached at riso@naphcc.org.

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MATCH MADE IN HYDRONIC HEAVEN Variable Speed Circulators and Radiant Heating By John Barba Residential Training Manager at Taco. Inc

Variable speed circulators are very cool things. They’re often referred to as “smart pumps,” but I think that’s an unfortunate name because it gives consumers the idea that all they have to do is stick one of these things into a system and it’ll figure out what it needs to do entirely on its own. Let’s be clear: variable speed pumps are sorta/kinda smart. The algorithms programmed into each circulator’s control are pretty sophisticated, but they don’t do the thinking for you, nor do they take the thinking out of circulator selection. Don’t get me wrong. These circs do have some brains, but for goodness sake they’re not Miracle Pumps, OK? Should you use a variable speed circulator on your radiant heating jobs? The answer is a definite yes. That is, if you know why you’re using it and what you’re hoping to achieve for your customer. There are quite a few misconceptions out there about exactly what these clever little devices can do when installed in radiant systems, so before we get into the why and what, let’s dispose of the mythology. MYTH #1: Variable speed pumps always give me the right flow, so I don’t have to know much about circulator sizing. No, they don’t. And yes, you do. Variable speed circulators operate based on algorithms. Delta-P type circulators vary their speed to try to maintain either a fixed (or proportional 20

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– if used with thermostatic radiator valves) pressure differential, or Delta-P, in the system. If the circulator is programmed to maintain a fixed 10 feet of head pressure differential in the system, well then that’s what it’s going to do. It’s going to work on a fixed performance curve at 10 feet of head. As zones open and close, the system curves of your zoned radiant system will move left or right along that 10 foot of head performance

curve. The point where those system curves intersect the performance curve is where the circulator will work. But the circ has no idea whether that’s the right flow for the system. The only thing the circulator will do is go faster when more zones are open and

slower when fewer zones are open. There’s considerable value to that, but a fixed speed circulator with exact same performance curve would give you the exact same flow rates – the only difference is that it would use a little bit more electricity. On the other hand, a Delta-T variable speed circulator will vary its speed to maintain a fixed Delta-T, or supplyreturn water temperature differential, in your radiant system. This will get you a good bit closer to giving you the right flow, but that has to be taken with a grain of salt as well. Let’s say the Delta-T circulator is serving a multizone radiant manifold with actuators. You would use the balancing valves on the manifold to, in effect, trick the water into thinking all of the loops are the same length. Will a Delta-T circulator give each loop the exact right amount of flow? Nope – it can’t. No circulator can. What a Delta-T circulator will do is make sure the water temperature difference between what enters the radiant manifold and what leaves the radiant manifold is what you’ve designed the system for – usually a 10 WINTER 2016


degree Delta-T for residential radiant. Delta-T uses sensors strapped to the manifold’s supply and return piping to monitor the supply and return water temperatures. With all zones calling, the circulator will be running at a certain speed to maintain that Delta-T. As a zone or two closes, it’s logical to expect the Delta-T to get smaller, since we’re not taking as much energy out of the fluid. The sensors pick up on that almost instantaneously and the circulator will slow down to bring the temperature difference back to what it was designed for. The biggest difference between the two in this example is that the performance curve with a Delta-T circulator will actually move to meet the flow and head requirements of the radiant manifold, which changes as zones open and close and as outdoor conditions change. This will give the manifold close to the right flow for much of the time, but each loop will be getting an equal amount of flow – whether it needs that amount of flow or not. In either case, the installer needs to program each circulator correctly for the application, and to make sure it has the flow and head capacity to handle the situation. There’s no magic button to push that will let the “brains” figure it all out for you. MYTH #2: I have loops of different lengths on a single zone manifold, a pressure regulated variable speed circulator will even that out. We’ve heard this one more than once, which is why it’s included in this list. Residential variable speed circulators fall into the Delta-T or Delta-P categories. They’re similar in that they’re both circulators, but are very different in how they go about actually varying their speeds. As mentioned already, Delta-T circulators vary their speed to maintain the designed-for Delta-T, or supply-return water temperature difference, in whatever it’s circulating through; for this example a radiant manifold without balancing valves. Sensors tell the circulator if the return water temperature changes, which in turn makes the circulator go faster or slower to keep the supply-return temperature difference constant. A residential Delta-P variable speed circulator has no sensors. It uses changing resistance against the impeller, and the resulting changes in motor amperage, to go faster or slower along its programmed algorithm. Simply put, when a zone closes, the impeller WINTER 2016

encounters increased resistance to flow and it ultimately slows down to whatever degree its programming says to slow down. If a three-loop radiant manifold represents one single zone (no actuators), and one loop is 200 feet, another loop is 250 feet and the third loop is 300 feet, there’s no way either circulator – or any circulator, for that matter – can possibly know that.

Variable speed circulators in zoned radiant systems have tremendous benefits, especially in heavily zoned systems. When a Delta-P pump is on, the impeller is “feeling” a specific system resistance, and that resistance never changes. It will run at a fixed speed all the time, because the pressure differential in the entire manifold never changes. The flow through the manifold will be the same as if we had a fixed speed circulator; the short loop will get most of the flow, the middle loop will get some and the longer loop will get very little. The Delta-P circulator can’t possibly “fix” this. A Delta-T circulator, in this same application, will do essentially the same thing. Loops with lengths differing by more than 10% require balancing valves on the manifold to, as stated

earlier, trick the water into thinking all the loops are the same length. MYTH #3: If each manifold is a single zone, then a variable speed pump is useless. It depends on your definition of useless. And, of course, which circ you use, and what you’re trying to accomplish. As we alluded to earlier, a Delta-P circulator – when used as a zone pump – will never change its speed, because the pressure differential within that zone will never change. What you will have, however, is an ECM circulator operating at least 50% more efficiently than a circulator with a standard efficiency motor. Before we start spending the kids’ inheritance, understand that with the small, wetrotor circulators we use in residential applications, that’s not a ton of money saved – perhaps anywhere from $15 to $30 annually, depending on your KwH rate. Not a nest egg, perhaps, but not bad. A Delta-T circulator, however, may very well change its speed when used as a zone pump. Remember that it’s varying its speed to maintain a fixed Delta-T in whatever it’s pumping through – in this case a radiant zone. What could cause that Delta-T to change? In this example, only one thing: a change in outdoor temperature. As the temperature decreases, the BTUH head loss of the zone increases. That would cause the return water temperature in the system to drop ever so gradually, which, in turn, would cause the Delta-T circulator to speed up, ever so gradually. Is there benefit to that? Some – greater comfort perhaps, and potentially higher boiler efficiency. SO, NOW YOU KNOW! Variable speed circulators – either type, Delta-P or Delta-T – in zoned radiant systems have tremendous benefits, especially in heavily zoned systems. Yes, your customer saves electricity, which is nice. More importantly, you can smooth out overall system operation and enhance both the comfort and potentially the overall efficiency of the system. However, it’s important to remember that just because lots of folks refer to these things as “Smart Pumps,” it doesn’t mean they do the thinking for you, or take the thinking out of it. That’s why you’re there. And since this isn’t Hogwart’s, there’s no such thing as magic. The Wisconsin PHC Contractor

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WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS: Necessary Now More Than Ever

With the prevalence in the news of lead pipes and contaminated water, it follows that homeowners are becoming more concerned about the quality of water they drink. In fact, consumers are buying bottled water in record numbers. Everyone is familiar with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but in Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee is facing its own dilemma with many of its water infrastructure consisting of lead pipes. Replacing miles and miles of lead pipes is not only costly to the taxpayer, but it is not a quick fix and may take decades to implement. In the meantime, A.O. Smith and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, through a partnership with Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department will provide Aquasana-branded water filtration products to city residents living in homes with lead service lines. Clean water is not just a Milwaukee problem. Residents throughout the state face potential contaminants found in groundwater, wells, or drinking water, including arsenic, copper, lead, radium, and VOCs. Kathleen Herzog, a member of the Water Quality Association (WQA) and a representative for WATER, Inc., and Michael Lange, Area Counter Manager-Wisconsin for

Ferguson, answered questions from the Wisconsin PHC Contractor Magazine about the growing relevance of water filtration systems. “Considering recent headlines, people are far more aware of the quality of the water they drink and what is in the water they use to shower and cook with. Flint is not isolated in the issues municipalities face across the nation. Chromium-6 is in many water supplies coast-to-coast, borderto-border. The EPA testing is restricted to the most prevalent contaminants while there are over 60,000 known to affect our water supplies,” Herzog said. “Also, many municipalities are restricting the use of salt conditioners due to difficulties with environmental, agricultural and water treatment issues associated with salt concentrations.” Consumer awareness is on the uptick, said Lange. “As a result of all the recent national news stories, we are indeed seeing an increased level of consumer awareness about water quality issues and are receiving questions about what consumers can do to protect their families. Both point of entry and point of use filtration systems can play a role in making sure that customers have clean safe water in their homes.” he said.

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Filtration vs. conditioner

“Whole house systems offer multiple configurations that include changing out media or a cartridge over time while a salt water conditioner requires replacing salt consistently, sometimes purchasing monthly,” Herzog said. “Salt is corrosive over time, so although a softener is 50 percent effective at removing scale and providing some protection to appliances, no chemical contaminates are removed or reduced. Filtration is substantially more effective at reducing both scale and WINTER 2016


contaminants for health benefits and protecting home appliances. Contractors can compare these costs with the client to determine the benefits of the recommended systems with the client for the best outcome.” According to Lange, while whole-house systems provide many benefits for domestic water, few whole-house systems are designed to provide clean, safe drinking water. “The role of most whole-house systems is to remove particulates, sediments, and minerals that can cause problems for the plumbing and water-using appliances in the home. Other types of whole-house (aka point of entry) cartridge systems remove/reduce taste and odors from domestic water supplies. “Water softeners are used to remove various minerals (including calcium and magnesium) from water. These “hardness” minerals cause a host of problems for plumbing products and water-using appliances,” Lange said. “These minerals cause scale build up and premature failure of plumbing products. In addition, hardness minerals build up inside water heaters causing them to use more energy or fail prematurely. Other whole house filters are designed to correct pH levels or remove other problematic minerals from water including: iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, etc. Most often, a water test provides the blueprint for sizing and applying water softeners and backwashing filters.”

Other options

“In areas that do not have a lot of hardness minerals, other types of filtration can often improve the quality of the water significantly,” Lange said. “These ‘cartridge style’ filters, are easy to size and install and can be used to remove sediment as well as chlorine taste and odor. Most consumers will see noticeable improvement in water quality with the addition of a whole-house cartridge system but again, these systems are not normally designed to provide drinking water. Also, these systems do require cartridges to be changed periodically.”

When speaking with customers, Lange recommends bringing up water quality. “Be sure to mention water quality and ask customers if they have questions and concerns. With very little effort, contractors can help their customers take more ownership and control of the water that comes into their homes by offering very simple product solutions that can help them to improve water quality and protect their families,” he said.

Learning more about water filtration

Most contractors have the required education and skills to physically install these products but, for most, filtration and treatment is not a focus, so training is recommended. Manufacturers and distributors often provide easily accessible training sessions, often, these sessions qualify for license CEUs. Also, organizations such as the PHCC and WQA offer certified installer courses. Many filtration product manufacturers also offer tools and training for the contractor. “Water use and health are integral to our daily lives, from the first shower in the morning to making the bottle for the baby to a glass of water before bed,” Herzog said. “Planet Earth is truly a misnomer; Planet Water is more appropriate, as water usage commands far larger daily interaction in our lives.”

Source of revenue

So with this intensifying interest in water contaminants, it would follow that water treatment systems can be a lucrative source of revenue for plumbing contractors. “Yes,” Herzog said. “But every system starts with a water test to determine the best configuration of treatment. Once the test results are known, options are available that accommodate the client budget. When a contractor works with the vendor or counter sales to provide a water test from the client location, the homeowner will enjoy the advantage of a correctly designed system specifically for their requirements. Satisfied customers are the best referral network for business,” she said.

Recurring income

“Many plumbing contractors find the water treatment business to be a lucrative source of revenue and there is no part of the country where the products are not needed, especially in the case of drinking water systems,” Lange said. “In most cases, the plumber is the first person the consumer is going to call when they have a question or are faced with a water quality problem. Most systems are easy to install and have yearly replacement or service requirements. We speak to many plumbing contractors who install water treatment products who enjoy the revenue as well as the recurring income generated by annual maintenance and proactive cartridge replacement programs. Many also like that they stay connected to their customers and have a reason to have contact with them annually.” WINTER 2016

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future looks bright thanks to our talented employees and our In 1953 Frank Meier with wife, Sue, two young kids, and dedicated customers,” said Andy Meier, Hydro-Flo President. one on the way, came to Wisconsin from Morton Grove, Illinois, Hydro-Flo offered eight free technical presentations where Frank had started out working for Bell & Gossett (B&G). Frank was hired as the serviceman for the Frank Hackett ranging in topics from pump service to boiler piping and control considerations. “I appreciate Company, the B&G factory representative Hydro-Flo laying out the pros and cons at the time. Frank worked long hours, for variable primary flow thru a boiler taking on more and more duties. Sue took versus primary-secondary flow. Typically parts calls and filled orders from inventory a speaker is weighted one way or the stocked in their rented duplex garage. other, but having both presented neutrally In 1958, Frank joined forces with Forrest was refreshing,” said Jeremy Bartell, Otto and Ed Lindergrin, and the new B&G Pearson Engineering. rep agency, Hydro-Flo Products, was In an effort to help the professional formed. engineering community achieve their Fast forward 60 years and Hydro-Flo Professional Development Hour (PDH) Products is a premier manufacturers’ requirement for ethics, Doug Nelson P.E./ representative in Wisconsin & Upper MSOE professor presented a two-hour Michigan’s commercial, residential, and Frank Meier’s family: grandson Charlie, son Dave, wife Sue, and son Andy. Ethics in the Construction Industry class. industrial HVAC and plumbing markets, “That was the best ethics presentation I led by Frank’s sons, Andy and Dave. In have attended; kudos,” commented Vicky celebration of their 60-year anniversary Sievert, P.E. North American Mechanical. (and B&G’s 100-year anniversary), Hydro-Flo hosted their 2016 Other Flo Show festivities included vendor trade show Flo Show on Sept. 15. “It’s an incredible honor and blessing to with 15+ manufacturers in attendance, a pig and chicken be serving this terrific industry for this many years and the

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BRIEFS roast, raffle prizes and fun! The Flo Show is best summed up by Ken Ahler, P.E. Butters Fetting Company, “The Flo Show has always been a great opportunity to meet and greet all of the great people at Hydro-Flo and their equipment manufacturers. It’s an informal setting, where you can feel comfortable and welcomed into the Hydro-Flo home. The seminars are very beneficial and a great source for continuing education. Looking forward to the next one!” Good service was always extremely important to Hydro-Flo founder, Frank Meier. Present day, Hydro-Flo has two full-time service technicians on call 24/7, and providing good service remains a priority. “I can remember many Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners, where our dad would have to excuse himself to open up the shop. He always made sure our customers had the emergency parts they needed to prevent a home or building from being without heat.” said Dave Meier, HydroFlo Vice-President. Looking ahead, Hydro-Flo plans to continue their exceptional service and educational opportunities. Mark your calendars, the next Flo Show is scheduled for 2021 – HydroFlo’s 65th anniversary. Hope to see you all there!

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In September, I had an incredible opportunity to attend the World Plumbing Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa. There I had a chance to speak on behalf of Team USA about the projects we’ve worked on in both Nashik, India (Nov. 2015) and Diepsloot, South Africa (July 2016) as part of the Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC). The World Plumbing Council (WPC) among others was instrumental in developing the CPC. If you’re like I was a little over a year ago, you probably didn’t even know such an organization existed. WPC is an international organization which aims to develop and promote the image and standards of the plumbing industry worldwide. The WPC mission statement is: “To promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the world plumbing industry, for the benefit of all.” The WPC also initiated World Plumbing Day (WPD), an international event on March

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knowledge along those same topical areas. The Cape Town conference consisted of plumbing industry leaders from around the world discussing the regulations for sustainable plumbing and the case for international standards. Breakout sessions were led by Domenico DiGregorio – President, Plumbers Without Borders; and Sun Kim – Programme Officer Transformative Technologies - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Keynote speakers were: Dr. Doulaye Kone – Senior Programme Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Shayne La Combre – CEO, Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre and newly named Chairman of the World Plumbing Conference; and Dave Viola – Chief Operating Officer, IAPMO Group. This is just a small sample of those in attendance at the event. My presentation was to explain as a Team USA Coach the importance of CPC and how it not only effects the recipients of the new sanitation systems we’ve installed this past year, but how it has changed the young plumbers and engineers who have joined together from around the globe to solve these challenges. Their views of the importance of safe plumbing systems, the protection of human life as a result of these systems, and the need to find ways to continue to work

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together globally to address these problems, will forever change them and those that they work with for the better. As it has for me. Randy Lorge is a PHCC-WI member and instructor of plumbing apprenticeship at Fox Valley Technical College.

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CONNECT 2016 WRAP-UP

The PHCC community met in San Antonio, Texas, for CONNECT 2016 Oct. 19-21. Nearly 800 attendees, including a group from Wisconsin, brought positive energy and a true desire to collaborate with their peers and industry partners on pressing needs, from keeping up with technology and government regulations to hiring and retaining skilled workers.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT INCLUDED:

From left, Dale Arndt, Carol and Jim DeYoung, and Jeff Kuhn enjoying some downtime.

• More than 25 education sessions on topics such as succession planning, consumer financing, data-driven marketing, fresh air treatment and filtration, and more.

PHCC-WI President-Elect Carol DeYoung and Jim DeYoung

• Keynoter John Spence shared how emerging trends – computer speed, robotics, virtual reality and more – are impacting the p-h-c industry.

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• Inaugural QSC Business Excellence Day covered everything from inspiring performance through great leadership to the power of selling an experience. • New officers installed: President, Patrick Wallner, Redding, California; and Ken Nielsen, Vice President, Reading, Massachusetts. • More than $9,500 contributed to the PHCC Political Action Committee. • 20 plumbing apprentices and 12 HVAC apprentices vied for top honors during the PHCC Educational Foundation’s Apprentice Contests. • Contributions totaling $39,500 for the Invest in Your Future campaign. • PHCC Auxiliary and Educational Foundation announced scholarships totaling nearly $134,000 to 72 students. • New recruitment tools including videos and a resource guide to help members find and recruit qualified employees. • Launch of Water Supply Calculator App, which determines water support fixture units and minimum fixture branch sizes for common plumbing fixtures, as well as other calculations. The app also serves as an all- in-one membership engagement tool that allows members to directly access PHCC information and resources on their portable devices.

Jim Eberhardt, left, and Nancy Eberhardt, second from right, at the opening ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Carol DeYoung and PHCC National.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Paul Wilke who was honored by Federated Insurance with a 2016 Chairman’s Career Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Federated marketing representative. Paul serves Milwaukee area clients.

QSC SESSION A SUCCESS

On September 28, PHCC Wisconsin and the Plumbing Contractors Association of Southeastern Wisconsin welcomed QSC Business Coach Beth Dobkin to town to present a Pricing for Profit program. These are smaller classes designed to give attendees the chance to interact with the instructor and other contractors attending. The results can probably be best measured this way: More than three-quarters of the nonmembers attending the program that day decided to join PHCC Wisconsin and National that very day! The event was also sponsored by PHCC, the PHCC Education Foundation, and A.O. Smith who hosted a tour of their research facility immediately following. WINTER 2016

CONSIDER JOINING THE PHCC BOARD

PHCC Wisconsin recently modified its bylaws to move away from a Board of Directors whose membership was driven by geography to one that takes geography and a number of other factors into consideration. Under the old bylaws, the only opportunity to move into a Board position is when a Director coming from that same general area of the State left his or her position. When local associations were more active, it was easier to develop a succession of leaders. With fewer active local associations, we needed to look for a better way. So what does that mean to you? If you are a member company and have an interest in Board service, please contact the PHCC office and we can talk with you about Board service and the nomination process. The Wisconsin PHC Contractor

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DSG EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH KOHLER

Dakota Supply Group (DSG) recently expanded its partnership with Kohler. DSG now offers Kohler products at all of its plumbing locations with more than 30,000 items available for order.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE PHCC Wisconsin Auxiliary Scholarship applications are available online at www.phcc-wi.org. Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded early next year to deserving students in college programs studying in a program related to business or our industry as well as a student in one of our apprenticeship programs. Applicants must have a member sponsor to be eligible but do not have to otherwise be related to or work for a PHCC Wisconsin member contractor.

THANK YOU RUNDLE-SPENCE AND HYDRO-FLO

Thanks to Rundle-Spence and Hydro-Flo for inviting PHCC Wisconsin to be a part of your recent events in Fond du Lac and Brookfield respectively. We really appreciate the chance to tell our story around the state.

PHCC WISCONSIN HOLDS PLUMBING CODE “LISTENING SESSIONS”

Although the State Plumbing Code Advisory Committee has yet to meet, PHCC Wisconsin has held a statewide conference call “listening session” along with a session hosted jointly with Plumbers Local 75 in Milwaukee. Members of the Code Advisory Committee attended each of these meetings. Additionally, we’ve been taking time at each of our code seminars to talk about the upcoming code meetings, discuss what we’ve heard so far, and listen to additional ideas from those attending.

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BENEFITS

• Company Listing on www.phcc-wi.org

• Savings on Grandy & Associates Programs for

• Legislative & Regulatory Representation

• Networking with Other Contractors

• Coupons Offering Discounts on Products & Services • Representation on Code and Licensing Councils • Monthly Newsletter

• Discounts on Plumbing Code Books and POWTS

Business Owners/Managers

• Networking with Wholesaler and Manufacturer Reps • Networking with Business Partners Including Legal, Banking, and Accounting Professionals

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• Access to Federated Insurance Member Programs

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• Retirement Planning Services

• Discounts on NFPA 13D Manuals and Plumbing Design • Discounts on Technical Education Programs (Continuing Education)

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• Scholarship Programs with Preferences for

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Hydro-Flo Products, Inc. www.hydro-flo.com

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Auer Steel www.auersteel.com

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Jim Murray, Inc. www.jimmurrayinc.com

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Bradford White www.bradfordwhite.com

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Metropolitan Industries www.metropolitanind.com

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Burton-Anderson & Associates www.burton-anderson.com

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Mid-State Supply www.mssupply.com

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Crest Precast, Inc. www.crestprecastconcrete.com

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Plumbing Creations Company 262-349-0744

DSG/W.A. Roosevelt www.dakotasupplygroup.com

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Federated Insurance www.federatedinsurance.com

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Proficient H2O www.proficientH20.com

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Ferguson www.ferguson.com

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Rundle-Spence www.rundle-spence.com

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First Supply www.1supply.com

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Soderholm & Associates www.soderholmrep.com

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Goodin Company www.goodinco.com

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Taco Comfort Solutions www.TacoComfort.com

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Hot Water Products Inc. www.HotWaterProducts.com

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Calendar of Events 2017 JAN. 27

Code Class (Water Sizing) Janesville

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Code Class (Water Sizing) Warrens

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Code Class (Water Sizing) Pleasant Prairie Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control Stevens Point Business Education (w/Beth Dobkin of QSC) Milwaukee Code Class (Water Sizing) De Pere

OCT. 4

Code Class (Water Sizing) Milwaukee

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CONNECT 2017 Milwaukee

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Code Class (Water Sizing) Eau Claire

OCT. 20

Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control Fond du Lac

NOV. 10

Code Class (Water Sizing) Wausau

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Email________________________________________________________________________________________________ Return this form and payments to: PHCC-Wisconsin Association, P.O. Box 833, Germantown, WI 53022-0833 Toll Free: 888-782-6815 • Toll Free Fax: 888-287-4116 • www.phcc-wi.org 34

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