Water Quality/Safety & Plumbing

NOTE: Some publishers are sensitive about the placement of electronic reprints on websites other than their own. We ask that you freely browse these article placements, but not to make copies of them. Thank you!

  • This article by Rachel – nicely promotional of DeadLevel trench drains – focuses on a state-of-the-art car service garage in Toronto.
  • Our multi client cover story promotes effective, super-efficient technology on a demanding residential job site.  It entailed broad use of geothermal, hydronic, electronic and water treatment systems.
  • Dan’s article about Randall’s Plumbing won the top spot in the June/July issue of Plumbing Perspective magazine.
  • April/May 2016 Southern PHC – Our Taco cover story is a full page longer than previous features in this magazine.  Focus is new management, vision and energy products and technology.
  • Mechanical Business, April ’16 – Dan’s truck wash story promotes the viability of contemporary water treatment for high-volume water use.
  • Dan’s cover story about the California drought and one contractor’s helpful solution is a timely reminder to those in the trade that hot water recirc can play a valuable role.
  • John’s article about water quality technology is written for water quality pros who prefer a “lighter side” read about residential treatment options.
  • Dan’s truck wash article looks at the challenge of meeting the water treatment of a commercial truck was facility.
  • Rachel’s “Avanti” contractor profile looks at water and energy savings technology in the heart of PA.
  • Our commercial drainage tech article shares insights about some of the latest technologies available.
  • This contractor profile by Rachel stemmed from our trip out west in ’13.  These guys do some amazing work. No job is complete before the Gold Seal goes on it.
  • Our article about a commercial rainwater harvesting system points its innovative use as a coolant to improve HVAC efficiency.  That’s a smart use of a natural resource!
  • Common Ground worked closely with Watts to develop this lengthy Wholesaler magazine feature recognizing Watts Water Technologies’ 140th anniversary.
  • Our “Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza” feature gets big play in the May/June issue of Commercial Construction & Renovation – it’s a big win for Watts and OneFlow water treatment technology.
  • Rachel’s “Heritage of Hudson” case study offers a detailed look at how a state-of-the-art health and rehab center in the middle of Amish country received a $3 million mechanical systems overhaul.
  • John worked closely with Watts Canada’s Paul Ethier to develop this 1st-in-a-2-part series on water treatment. Part one (this one) examines traditional treatment technologies. The next looks specifically at template-assisted crystallization.
  • John’s article about Gilbert Plumbing’s staunch refusal to let a down economy or horrid water conditions ruin lives there, won the cover story spot.
  • February ’14 Water Quality Products – Our Pier 27 “Green as it Gets” article for Watts’ BRAE rainwater harvesting technology at San Francisco’s Pier 27 tells about a precedent-setting installation for a city determined to go green.
  • John worked closely with Watts Canada’s Paul Ethier to develop this water treatment article that appeared in the Jan/Feb ’14 issue of Mechanical Business.
  • Blood from an autopsy table in a hospital’s drinking water?! John’s article explain the importance of backflow prevention; it appeared in the Jan. ’14 issue of Water Quality Products  magazine.
  • John worked closely with plumber Bill Riley and Taco to develop this hot water recirculation feature.
  • Rachel’s “Young at Art” museum/rainwater harvesting article offers a detailed look at how one state-of-the-art facility took a big step toward LEED certification.
  • Our feature story about a troublesome water treatment challenge at Fort Sill – with a solution in the form of Watts OneFlow – became the inaugural cover story for this magazine’s fist in-print issue.
  • Rachel’s “Aqua Science” installer profile appeared in the September 2013 issue of Contractor magazine. The Phoenix-based water quality experts know the vigors of water shortages and diminishing water quality.
  • Dan worked closely with water quality expert Steve Callahan to develop this technical brief about template-assisted crystallization water (TAC) treatment; it appeared in the September ’13 issue of Reeves Journal.
  • We won a Taco cover story in the October/November issue of Southern PHC magazine. The article promotes Taco products, technology, training and expertise.
  • It’s all about lead-free. This cover story for Plumbing Perspective tells trade pros about the implications of lead-free legislation.
  • Dan’s “ITEC” article tells about a very interesting partnership between Taco and Bradford White in the development of Bradford White’s new training center.
  • We worked closely on this technical article about commercial water heaters – system design & maintenance – with Paul McDonald, Bradford White Canada, for the April 2013 edition of Mechanical Business.
  • John wrote this commercial drainage feature, promoting Watts technology, that appeared in the inaugural issue of HVAC/P 2013.
  • We developed this advertorial to promote Taco’s SmartPlus hot water recirculation technology.
  • John developed this hotel water treatment article with Watts Water professional Steve Callahan. It appeared in the November ’12 issue of PME.We developed this article about the current lead-free movement, interviewing several wholesalers who were glad to share their opinions on the issue. It appeared in the Sept. ’12 issue of Wholesaler magazine.
  • John’s technical feature about backflow prevention – looking at both positive and negative facets seen within the industry today – appeared in August ’12 issue of HPAC Engineering. Watts products and expertise are promoted.
  • Reeve’s Journal August ’12 “TechTopic: Pex Tubing” promoted  Watts technology and expertise. Our role was to build-in their participation.
  • Dan’s “Futuristically Green” article educates readers about a very unusual, ultra-green project with BRAE rainwater harvesting.
  • John’s lead free technology cover story for the June ’12  issue of Phc News, starring cover guy/Minnesota contractor Eric Aune, won the top spot for Watts.
  • This feature article, written by John, appeared in the Federal Construction magazine’s Feb/March 2012 issue; it tells about the use of Watts technology to secure water supplies for thousands of Indians in the Laguna Pueblo reservation in remote New Mexico – one of the world’s most arid climates.
  • Our “Steel isn’t Just for Bars” article covers the installation of Watts BLÜCHER  drains in the kitchen of the Orleans Parish Correctional Complex in LA – a cookery that can prepare more than 25,000 meals in a 12-hour period. It appeared in the Jan. ’12 issue of Federal Construction Magazine.
  • This cover story for the Feb. ’11 issue of Chief Engineer sheds light on a unique commercial installation of high efficiency water heaters near Pittsburgh.
  • Dan Vastyan hit one outa’ th’ park with his Eric Aune cover story which inaugurated Phc News‘ big, redesign overhaul.
  • John developed this “latest lead-free plumbing” article with Watts expertise  on tap.
  • John developed this Nov. ’10 HPAC Engineering article about new, “template assisted crystallization” commercial water treatment technology.
  • We doubt this is what Peter, Paul and Mary were singing about when radios were belting-out “When I had a hammer” as a Top 10 hit back in ’62. Maybe Dan’s article about water hammer will achieve equal success.
  • Dan Vastyan won a big cover story with his Kimbel Mechanical article, published in the August ’10 issue of Phc News.
  • John developed this commercial water heater cover story for RSES Journal’s February 2010 issue.
  • The editors of Commercial Building Products turn to John routinely to develop “round-up” articles; this Building Power supplement cover story reviews new and emerging technology prior to the big, 2010 AHR Expo.
  • Water Quality Products magazine asked John to develop this technical water treatment feature for their January ’11 issue.
  • Dan’s story about Canadian contractor, Custom Vac’s home safety program, won some great coverage for Taco in Plumbing & HVAC’s September ’10 issue.
  • Our ICON technology story, pointing to new safety technology from Bradford White, was published in the August ’10 issue of Phc News.
  • The January ’10 issue of Contractor carried John’s log home story, part 3, focusing on solar thermal installations.
  • The Dec. ’09 issue of Contractor carried John’s log home story, part 2, focusing on an ultra-green geo-to-radiant system, rainwater harvesting and high-efficiency HVAC.
  • In part 2 of Home Power magazine’s log-home-goes-green article, John focuses on Dave Yates’ installation of solar thermal systems.
  • This PHC Newsindustry round-upcover story was a winner for Bradford White, thanks to our professional photos and information. Note the no-safety-glasses disclaimer on page 2.
  • This Southern PHC magazine cover story tells the Taco story.
  • This Jan. ’09 Phc News cover story looks at an Ohio contractor’s recipe for success.
  • This Pittsburgh school wisely chose eF water heaters for their ultra-high efficiency and quiet operation.
  • PhcNews carried John’s in-depth article about hi-tech submersible domestic water pumping systems.
  • PhcNews wrote a water heater “round-up” based on interviews with experts; we saw to it that Bradford White was well represented.
  • National Driller magazine asked John to develop a 2-part, 2009 series about a leading NE driller. Their ideal recipe includes ClimateMaster geo and Grundfos pumps.
  • The new generation of high efficiency commercial water heaters: an asset to building owners and engineers alike.
  • Water Mission International turns to sophisticated solar-powered pump stations to deliver pure water to Third World populations.
  • We were tapped to arrange for Bradford White’s participation and key presence in this commercial water heater “industry round-up.
  • Contractor magazine asked John for this high efficiency water heating story. Bradford White has helped to put the green into 232 year-old inn.
  • Ever heard of smart submersibles? Here’s the skinny on ‘em.
  • John wrote and placed this July ’07 HPAC Engineering cover story about a high rise pressure boosting system in LA for author Steve Dickson, Grundfos Pumps. This “e-reprint” includes Grundfos letter and ad, a nice touch.
  • Fine Homebuilding magazine ran this article with substantial help from John Vastyan and Dave Yates. It helps to present the Grundfos solution to domestic hot water recirculation.
  • John developed this new hot water heater market trends feature for Phc News, September ’07.
  • John developed this chemical dosing pumps article for Grundfos with authorship to Rob Baur, Clean Water Services.
  • John prepared a “Rigors of Alaska” radiant heat/domestic water feature for Contractor magazine’s Sept. ’07 issue.
  • Plumbing & Mechanical magazine Editor Steve Smith asked John to develop this hot water recirc article; it features Grundfos technology.
  • Plumbing & MechanicalEditor Steve Smith developed this article with a lot of help from Common Ground following our visit with Partusch Plumbing in Anchorage.
  • Phc News editor John Mesenbrink called with an urgent need to fill a page. This is what we delivered within the hour for Bradford White and Laars.
  • John developed this reverse osmosis cover story for WaterWell Journal’s June ’06 issue.
  • National Driller magazine published Part 1 of John’s lengthy submersible pump installation article as a cover story.
  • The continuation of John’s submersible pump feature in National Driller picks up here, with Part 2.
  • This U.S. EPA case study placement for ECR Technologies, developed by John, ran prominently in a wide variety of magazines.
  • This April ’05 Contractor magazine cover story promotes the advantages of Grundfos hot water recirculation technology.
  • John developed this practical guide to domestic hot water recirculation for JLC magazine.
  • If you’ve ever been burned in a hotel shower, here’s why. John worked with Powers to develop this powerful cover story which strirred industry debate for months.
  • John developed this reverse osmosis article for author Derek Sajdak, appearing in PHC News.
  • Common Sense Plumbing”, a lead feature developed by columnist/associate Dave Yates for Contractor magazine, tells how he used the right technology to protect systems at a BSA camp. We provided photo support.
  • John supplied the cover photo for PHC News’ March ’04 issue based on the strength of Common Ground’s professional photo archives. Shown: installation of Watts Radiant’s RadiantPEX product at a new home in Santa Fe, NM.
  • John supplied the cover photo for PHC News’ April ’04 issue based on the strength of Common Ground’s professional photo archives. Dave Yates is pictured during a plumbing stub-out, an installation of Watts Radiant’s WaterPEX product.
  • Profiles In Courage”, Along the way to telling of a new program for PHCC, John encountered an inspiring story about a plumbing professional who was buried twice, but wouldn’t surrender.
  • Update: Aaron Wentz, Sometimes Accidents Can’t Be Prevented”,
    Plumbing & Mechanical
    – A trench accident almost took a professional’s life. It wasn’t avoidable.
  • Two articles in Smart Homeowner magazine by Dave Yates and John Vastyan: new heating technology with a focus on boilers and indirect-fired water heaters.