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28th January 2021


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I’m thinking that one of mankind’s failings could be good news for the KBB industry…

According to a recent report, fast food restaurants, churches, warehouses, and other types of businesses are reporting more and more thefts of plumbing parts from their washrooms.

One reason for this: The price of copper often used in pipes or pipe fittings remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen.

The report, published on DigitalJournal.com, says that along with copper, the thefts typically involve flush valves and handles, outdoor pipes, toilet parts, and motion control sensors that trigger toilets and urinals to flush. While some of these parts are relatively inexpensive, the motion control sensors can be quite pricey.

Many of the thefts take place during business hours, take only about three to five minutes, and happen even when other people are in the washroom, which I find quite incredible.

While theft angers me, it occurred to me while reading the report that there’s often a silver lining somewhere and in this case it’s in the need for replacement parts to be manufactured…





Jan Hobbs


28th June 2013

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