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Where Does the Word Plumber Come From?


Ever since we all started social distancing, a lot of us have a lot more time on our hands to answer life’s bigger questions. “Where is my life going?” “How can I achieve my goals?” and “Where does the word plumber come from?” Ah yes, the big three. While we can’t help you nail down the first two, we can certainly take a stab at the third. So, use some of your newfound free time to learn a little more about some of the hardest working people around.  

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Pieces of PVC piping you can use for DIY projects | Terry's Plumbing Pittsburgh

What to Do with Extra PVC Piping


PVC piping is the backbone of any home’s plumbing system. It’s lightweight while still extremely durable—not to mention pretty cheap. Whether you’re overhauling your entire home or just taking care of a few minor repairs, you’ve probably amassed a little extra PVC piping along the way. It’s probably just collecting dust in your basement. So, what can you do with extra PVC piping?

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Bathroom Nicknames Explained


Let’s be honest, the bathroom is one of (if not the most) important rooms in your home. From taking care of business to simply preparing for the day ahead, all of us spend quite a lot of time in there. As with all things we care about, we’ve developed affectionate nicknames for our favorite room. But have you ever wondered where these alternative turns of phrase come from? Let’s explore some of them. 

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Plumbing Horror Stories | Terry's Plumbing

Plumbing Horror Stories


It’s nearly Halloween, and there’s fear in the air…especially for plumbing pros like us. We’ve seen it all, and have the plumbing horror stories to back it up. Check out some of the craziest stories from around our industry.

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Crazy Things Plumbers Find | Terry's Plumbing

Five Crazy Things Plumbers Find on the Job


Fixing plumbing problems isn’t all sunshine and roses. It’s hard work, and often pretty dirty, too. Every once in awhile, though, we can’t help but step back and chuckle at the oddities we encounter along the way. Here’s just a sampling of some of the crazy things plumbers find on the job. 

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Best Places to Swim in Pittsburgh | Terry's Plumbing

Best Places to Swim in Pittsburgh


Summer is upon us, bringing thoughts of cookouts, cocktails and outdoor play. But what about when you just need to beat the heat? Splish-splash in some of the best places to swim in Pittsburgh! The area is home to more than its fair share of watery retreats that are just the ticket to relaxation.

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally


One of the great things about springtime is Easter. So much fun and candy, plus egg dying! It can be so much fun and there are so many different ways to do it. Check out some of these great ways to dye your eggs this year.

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How Do They Dye Rivers Green for St Patrick’s Day?


St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and across many cities, people will be seeing their rivers turn green! How does it happen? Whether related to the holiday or not, everyone likes things to be green for St. Patrick’s Day. We like to take a break from our day-to-day work life and use this as an excuse to drink, dance, wear ridiculous amounts of green and even dye our rivers!

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Football Stadiums and Plumbing Systems


When you go to a football game, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the plumbing. A toilet is a toilet, right? Wrong! At Terry’s Plumbing, we’re awed by impressive plumbing fixtures and systems, and during football season, we like to reflect on the amazing feat of engineering and design that makes up the plumbing system of an average football stadium. When you’re building a stadium that holds as many as 69,000 spectators in one event, it’s not enough to simply supply a few bathrooms for all the people inside. Quantity of toilets makes a difference, and in the […]

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How One Document Solved The Great Toilet Paper Debate

How 1 Document Solved The Great Toilet Paper Debate


It’s the eternal debate between newlyweds and roommates: which direction should the toilet paper hang? Does the loose end drape over the top or hang from the bottom? Which one is better? Until just recently, it seemed like this giant question in the sky would be forever unanswered and left to opinion. Today, new evidence suggests that there actually is a right and wrong way to hang your toilet paper on the roll. Seth Wheeler’s 1891 Patent Toilet paper has been in use for centuries, but not always in a form that our modern society would recognize. According to Wikipedia, toilet […]

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