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Are trades job fairly portrayed in movies?

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Hollywood's portrayal of blue-collar workers is all wrong. — Mike Rowe

Posted by ATTN: on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

We strive to change your mind on the stereotype!

  1. We wear clean crisp uniforms
  2. We respect your time
  3. We respect your home

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Are there really no good jobs left in America?

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mike Rowe/mikeroweWORKS Foundation have been teaming up! We have a major skills gap happening right now!

“The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.”

In episode 1 Mike will debunk the myth “There are no good jobs left in America”!

 

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Tallgrass Prairie

If you have driven past our shop lately you might have noticed that we have made many improvements.  We have new pavement in front and gave the building a new coat of paint. We also added two native flowerbeds to our landscape! Our newest of the two is a tallgrass prairie. It is small but has attracted so many visitors! Bees, ants, monarchs, and more can’t keep away and it is amazing. I took the photo below on Friday. Look close, you can see the bee’s pollen basket (corbicula) for storing the pollen before the bee returns to the hive.

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Did you know… “the tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet”*. And that some of these plants can get up to 7ft tall. I have some New England Asters in bloom in my our front yard that are almost 7ft tall. Below you can see Sweet Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, Prairie Blazing Star, Wild Quinine, Hoary Vervain, and more. You can also see the two grasses Big Bluestem and Indian Grass.

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As you can see below we also added Butterfly weed, although not part of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

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We are so excited to see what it will all look like over the years to come, 7ft tall New England Asters are a site to see! Below is a view from this morning you can see the asters a bit and right in the middle the Prairie Blazing Star!

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We love to shop for native plants at Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, MN and also right in our own town at Eco Gardens in Northfield, MN. Native plants very easy to care for, require less maintenance and attract pollinators.

Also new, we have an instagram account, benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld

And as always feel free to contact us with any of your plumbing needs 507-645-4037!

*and thanks to prairie moon nursery for that bit of knowledge!

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Summer is Coming to a Close

Summer is starting to coming to a close and it’s almost time for the kids to get ready for school. As you adjust to changes in your schedule, it can be difficult to keep track of your water use. We here at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® want to help you conserve and get the most out of your water usage during this back-to-school season.

An area that gets a lot of use this time of the year is the bathroom. Minor adjustments, like installing a low-flow showerhead, showering in the evening, shortening your shower times, and splitting up your shower times in your household are ways that you can reduce your water use.

Turn any running water off when it’s not being used directly. For example, remind your kids to turn off the faucet when they’re brushing their teeth or you can even turn off the shower while shampooing your hair.

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For more money and water saving tips visit our facebook and also check out Water Use It Wisely.

 

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Happy World Plumbing Day!

Happy World Plumbing Day

Did you know in the United States that it was only a little less than two hundred years ago that plumbing was still not considered a necessity? Only fancy hotels and mansions had indoor plumbing. In fact the White House didn’t even have indoor plumbing until 1853. And even then, “…there were no toilets, showers, or tubs for the servants.

“Running water, not yet considered a necessity, was available only where it could increase the servants’ efficiency—in the pantry on the main floor, in the hall of the basement, in the upstairs hall.”*

Plumbing is still a luxury in some parts of our world, so when you turn on the tap today be thankful! It provides us with clean water, and keeps our houses and streets free of waste! Thus stopping the spread of disease.

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And Happy Whimsical Wednesday! Here are some our favorite blog posts about plumbing to honor World Plumbing Day….

Did you know that The Indus Valley Civilization (what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India) were the first peoples to use plumbing 2700 B.C? They used earthen pipes with asphalt to prevent leaks for their bathhouses and potable water. Later the Romans would use lead piping and aqueducts around 300 BC.

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To Read more…
http://benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com/blog/indus-valley-civilization/

Who had the first bathtub in the White House? Well that is greatly debated, Madison, Monroe, Fillmore, Pierce….?

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To Read more…
http://benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com/blog/bigbill/

 

Did you know that people used hollowed logs for pipes?

 

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To Read more…
http://benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com/blog/hollowed-logs/

*http://www.whitehousehistory.org/history/white-house-timelines/workers-1850s-1890s.html
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Holiday Tips! Less Stress….

The holidays can bring stress for only you, but also your plumbing. Here are some tips from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Northfield, MN to help keep things running smoothly:

  • Never pour cooking oil or fats down your drain. Oil can solidify and clog your line. Pour oil and fat into a container or jar and then throw it in the trash.
  • Use your garbage can instead of your disposal to get rid of drippings and leftovers. Fats, bones and fibrous foods can clog or damage your drain and disposal.
  • Have your kitchen drain line and plumbing lines maintained by a professional plumber regularly to prevent problems during heavy usage.
  • Bathrooms can get a lot of extra use. Try and wait 10 minutes between showers and consider a tankless water heater to have hot water when you need it. Remind guests not to flush paper towels or large, bulky items down the drain.

To find out more about how to best prepare your plumbing for the holiday season, visit www.benjaminfranklinplumbing.com or make an appointment with a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield, MN at 507-645-4037. And remember we offer 24 hour emergency service.

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“Big Bill’s” bathtub

Who had the first bathtub in the White House? Well that is greatly debated, Madison, Monroe, Fillmore, Pierce….?

Some say Pierce because he was the first to install a bathroom with hot and cold running water.

But, I think we can all agree the most famous bathtub was that of William Howard Taft nicknamed “Big Bill,”. Our 27th President was a large man weighing in at around 330 lb and was 5’11”. If was rumored that he got stuck in the bathtub and that is why he had a custom bathtub brought into the white house. It was so large it fit four grown men. It was 7 feet long, 41 inches wide!

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http://www.potus.com/fpierce.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Howard_Taft
http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/floor2/master-bathroom.htm

If there is any delay it’s you we pay. We offer 24 hour emergency service. No job to BIG or too small!

Thanksgiving: How not to invite your plumber over

Winter is here. Make sure your plumbing systems are not only prepared for the cold weather, but also for the influx of family guests this month.

With the holidays coming down the pipe soon (pun intended), families and friends will be traveling from around the country to share meals together. As you’re cooking and disposing of leftovers, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield encourages you to be mindful of what you’re throwing down the garbage disposal. Surprisingly, many typical holiday dish remnants including cooking oil, grease, bones, veggies, pasta, coffee grounds, and fruit pits can hamper a disposal and back up a drain.

Additionally, as a host for holiday celebrations, it’s important to be aware of what guests are flushing down the toilet especially if you have an older or weaker plumbing system. Let them know what your toilet is capable of handling. Some of the most common items that should never be flushed include cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, cotton swabs, and facial tissues.

 

  • Did you know that starchy or stringy veggies should NOT go down the garbage disposal?
  • Pasta or rice can expand with water and clog up your garbage disposal. It is best to throw it in the trash.
  • Some toilets aren’t even made to handle facial tissue. Keep it to regular, ol’ TP.
  • Bathrooms can get a lot of extra use. Try and wait 10 minutes between showers and consider a tankless water heater to have hot water on demand when you need it. Remind guests not to flush paper towels or large, bulky items down the drain.
  • Never pour cooking oil or fats down your drain. Oil can solidify and clog your line. Pour oil and fat into a container or jar and then throw it in the trash.
  • Use your garbage can instead of your disposal to get rid of drippings and leftovers. Fats, bones, and fibrous foods can clog and damage your drain or disposal.
  • Have your kitchen drain line and plumbing lines maintained by a professional plumber regularly to prevent problems during heavy usage.

 

And don’t forget, we offer 24 hour emergency service. If you run into plumbing trouble during the holiday season, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield is always here to help. 507-645-4037

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Thank You Veterans!

Thank You Veterans!

In honor of Veteran’s Day we would like to share with you our two favorite quotes and our two favorite veterans!

“How Important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

Did you know…
The owner of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield Gary Kes’ father Myles served in Japan as an MP for the United States Military during WWII? – such a good looking guy (picture below) but we might be bias! Also Gary’s brother Ron served as an United States Marnie in the Vietnam War.

Did you know….
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Many other counties celebrate the day still as “Armistice Day” including Canada and Great Britain.

Thank you to all who have served.

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Winter is Coming: Tips for Keeping Your Plumbing System Safe

 

 

Yes you read that right! Snow this weekend!

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Each season puts different demands on home systems. Regular maintenance and upgrades are necessary throughout the year to ensure you stay safe and your home equipment works as efficiently as possible.

 

For example, frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing problems in the winter, and without proper preparation, can lead to costly repairs. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield, Minnesota recommends taking precautions both inside and outside of your home to protect your pipes.

 

For starters, disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected during freezing temperatures, water in hoses could freeze and expand causing connecting faucets and pipes to potentially break. Also, inspect the faucets that are outside to make sure they’re not dripping, and then cover them with an inexpensive insulation kit.

 

Inside your home: check out pipes in basements, attics and other sparsely-used areas of the house to make sure frost or ice hasn’t accumulated and cracks haven’t developed. Also, be sure to run water from every faucet or valve in your house regularly during the winter. This will help provide relief from the excessive pressure that builds between the faucet and the ice blockage if freezing occurs.

We are always here to help! Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing today at 507-645-4037. And remember we do provide 24 hour emergency service and answer the phones live!  Have a great weekend.