IEric Carlson began pressing pipe 20 years ago when the
practice was largely unknown in this country. Working for
others gave him the opportunity to experience the
technology’s speed and reliability.
When he set out on his own five years ago, the master
plumber knew pressing would give him the ability to compete
against larger companies.
“When you look at your biggest expense, it’s always labor,”
he said. “So, if you can use something that lets you do
something faster, you use it.”
He bought a used pressing tool and got busy, focusing on
residential work in his hometown of Hanover, Mass. Using
MegaPress let him win work because even as a one-man
operation he could do the job faster than competitors still
using more traditional methods of joining pipe.
Tests show MegaPress is up to 90 percent faster than welding
and 65 percent faster than threading. Pressing also lets a
single person do work that used to require two people.
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keep up with technology or you get passed by,” Carlson
said, adding that he also appreciates pressing’s
reliability and the fact that there is no flame.
“It’s safer and homeowners like that,” he said.
There’s another reason Carlson likes pressing – it’s
This picture of a residential boiler system demonstrates
how important a clean, well-designed installation is to
“If you want it done right and you want someone who’ll
agonize over it, I’m your guy,” he said.
Carlson said his goal is to make every boiler
installation attractive enough that the homeowner will
drag houseguests down to the basement to look at it the
way they might show off a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
For this particular retrofit, Carlson laid all the parts
and pipes out on the basement floor to make sure they
would come together the right way. “I care that it looks
good and looks clean,” he said.
That’s another reason for using Viega fittings. “You
don’t have any solder drips and the fittings don’t turn
green,” he said.
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