Cheers to Plumbing with PEX

Let me tell you about my new bottle opener. It's made with the same technology found in much contemporary plumbing—namely PEX tubing. Short for Cross-Link Polyethylene, PEX tubing is increasingly used in place of copper and other metal piping, because the plastic material is easier and more flexible to install. Rather than soldering or threading … Continue reading Cheers to Plumbing with PEX

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Skills On Display: A Visit to 1220 Exhibits

A few months ago, my talented cabinetmaker classmate left the Building Construction Technology classroom at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville for a work-study program at 1220 Exhibits. Now, instead of coming to class, he gets school credit while getting paid to learn on the job. I recently visited my classmate at work in the … Continue reading Skills On Display: A Visit to 1220 Exhibits

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

Today, the main office at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville requested that each class provide three ornaments to adorn a school tree. Our class brainstormed for about 75 seconds about what might capture the spirit of Building Construction Technology. There was a suggestion that we simply attach wire ornament hangers to some junk from … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…