Volume 45 Number 1
Website of the Month: Aplomb with the Idea of Plumbing—Two Sites Pipe Up about the Industry
A few sections of this site require membership, which can be done in a couple of minutes…for free. A variety of new technologies is also listed. Some of these are just too good to pass up. A composting toilet, a flushless and chemical-free urinal and, as a sign of the times, a terror-resistant air conditioning system. Of course, there are some other standard fare products from companies such as Pentair, Hanna Instruments and Osmonics.
According to the website, a few new features have been added. One of them, called "points to ponder," gives me the impression of an extension of more inspirational quotes from other famous people. Nowhere close. The ideas presented here look similar to our Creative Marketing column and are designed to lend water treatment dealers and plumbers some tips on how to run their businesses better. Topics include how to beat procrastination, becoming a great leader, sales management, among others. Lastly, a country profile section highlights a different country each week, but little of the text involves the plumbing industry.
For the DIY public, many tips can be had at the site. It even breaks it down for you among types of rooms/areas—bathrooms, electrical, floors and kitchens. In addition, some more plumbing site links and bathroom sites are at a visitor's fingertips. Easily overlooked, other nuances include a dictionary, a news section, a web search and even a weather button. I guess you might want to know if it's the right time to work on the sauna's gazebo roof before heading out with your tools.
Not to be outdone by plumbing-info.com and its quote of the day, this site gives us this: "The Romans used lead pipes, and the word plumber comes from the Latin word for lead, plumbum." No, this won't help you in clearing the clean-out, but it may win you a certain type of beverage at your favorite watering hole. If frustration should ever overcome you at this site, feel free to buy some stocks at the business link under "all subjects." Actually, this may only put you deeper asunder. Better yet, check the latest updates on your favorite college basketball team (sports) or read the latest 411 on Hollywood celebrities (society).
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