Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Who is Roger M Cimbora Sr.?

Roger M Cimbora Sr. is the General Manager of Professional Piping Services, Inc.

Mr. Cimbora has been in the piping industry for over 60 years.
When a committee needs an expert to resolve issues in piping systems, Mr. Cimbora is the one they ask for. He has served on committees for American Water Works Association, American Water Works Association Research Committee, The American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Task Committee on Piping System Rehabilitation.

His writing is well trusted in the piping industry, as is his expertise as an instructor.

He has given over 1200 educational, instructional & training seminars on piping system cleaning in the United States as well as Internationally. He has sponsored, created and implemented many training and instructional programs for in house staff or those sponsored by various government agencies.

He was a primary contributor to an extensive, in depth survey conducted by the US Army Corp of Engineer for a cost analysis of cleaning and rehabilitating piping systems.

Mr. Cimbora's achievement and expertise in this field is much greater than I have described here. To put it succinctly, if you need someone who knows the piping industry, Mr. Cimbora is your guy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tampa Tree Service

Anyone who finds their way to my blog will notice that I write about my clients quite a bit. One of those clients is Mid Florida Tree Service.

The Jones family has been taking care of trees in the Tampa Bay area since 1976! In that time, they have gained plenty of experience and expertise in proper arborculture.

So much of the Tampa area is urbanized. The trees living in this urban forest can't always access the natural nutrients that would be available in a rural woods. We pave our roads, pick up our leaves and kill as many insects as we can. Because this breaks the natural cycle, we often have to fertilize our trees.

Spreading fertilizer on the surface, even if you try "watering it in", often gets absorbed by the surface plants like your grass. Mid Florida Tree Service can use Deep Root Feeding to ensure the nutrients reach their target and your trees get the full benefit of the application.

Keeping urban trees properly fertilized is vital to their longterm health and stability. Between visits from your certified arborist, keep an eye on the leaves of your tree for any signs of yellowing or discoloration which may indicate inadequate nourishment.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Internet's Blurry Truth

I was responding to a meme on Facebook about 11 things Bill Gates supposedly told a high school gathering. Part of the meme just didn't jibe with what I expect from Bill Gates, so I went looking into it and found that, according to David Mikkelson of, the first 10 are from Ann Landers with the 11th about being nice to geeks tacked on to the end.

In my response, I mentioned that I am doing my part in the battle against the internet's blurry truth. I wondered if anyone else was using that phrase, so I, of course, Googled it.

Here are some of the results I got:
How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth
The NY Times (Farhad Manjoo) says "the internet is distorting our collective grasp on the truth"

Web of lies: Is the internet making a world without truth?
The New Scientist (Chris Baraniuk) says "information and misinformation are increasingly hard to distinguish online – and none of us are immune." has been around since 1994, long before Facebook launched, so obviously the issue we're having is not new. It's just that Facebook is one of the, if not THE, fastest ways of spreading information, regardless of it's veracity.

I used to fall for this stuff ALL THE TIME! It's particularly easy to fall for fake news or misleading memes when they seem to support your own pre-existing beliefs such "Hillary is evil!" or "Dubya is an idiot.".

I started to see enough that went to the extreme that I thought "That person can't be THAT stupid..." and started checking just about everything at Snopes,, and other sites.

My "Friends" on FB might start to think I'm a jerk or that I consider myself some kind of intellectual superior. No, I'm just a regular guy that got tired of being fooled and who really wants his friends to recognize truth for truth and lie for lie!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spanish Moss Removal


There's a plant that's common in Florida, as well as other parts of the southeast and Texas, known as Spanish Moss.

It's not really moss, and it's native, not Spanish. Apparently the Spaniards and Frenchmen were trading jabs at each other by calling it "French Hair" and "Spanish Beard". Well the French version, taunting the Spanish, won out, with the slight modification to "moss" instead of "Beard". 

Spanish Moss, Tillandsia usneoides, is a bromeliad, and epiphyte. This means it is not a parasite and does not steal from the tree on which it lives.

Deomossing for appearances only is generally not recommended. The effort to remove the moss can do more damage to the tree than it's worth.

A sick tree might allow too much Spanish Moss to grow. If that happens, moss thinning might be a good choice, but one should only remove enough to allow the tree to recover.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gainsville Giant Balloon Rental

Gainsville Outdoor Advertising

I'd like to highlight one of my clients that offers Giant Balloon advertisement across the state of Florida. Specifically, I'd like to focus on the city of Gainsville.

Gainsville is best knows for the University of Florida, home of the Florida Gators.

Between 2 and 3 hundred thousand people live in the Gainsville metro area. That's a lot of potential clients. If you're a business owner in the area, you know the importance of getting the attention of the locals and the college crowd.

One way of doing that is with outdoor advertising.

Outdoor advertising includes Giant Balloons, Search Lights, Helium Blimps (offered with helium tank rental) LED signs, wind dancers and more.

When you're setting up a marketing campaign in Gainsville Florida, Consider Giant Balloon Rentals Outdoor Advertising.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Because of my client, Professional Piping Services, Inc., I am learning about piping systems.

Regardless of the type of pipes or what they carry, drinking water, waste water, effluent water, oil, gasoline, chemicals, gasses such as helium and oxygen, slurries and other substances, keeping them clean and at full flow is of great importance.

For oxygen / ozone systems, post construction cleaning is requred to ensure that the pipes and components do not contain oils, construction debris, contaminants, acids, solvents, welding slag, dirt, other foreign substance and that the pipe surfaces are not oxidized.

Failure to properly prepare these systems can result in dangerous, violent reactions inline with the potential to damage or destroy the system and equipment.

C.G.A. G-4.1

The Compressed Gas Association, (CGA), has issued a directive, C.G.A. G-4.1 to specify the implementation of oxygen service equipment cleaning.

My client, Professionl Piping Services Inc, ensures that all their oxygen system work is in compliance with C.G.A. G-4.1.
Their, personnel are trained & accredited to comply with OSHA29, CFR 1910.120, Health and Safety Training
PPSI uses specialize tools and equipment designed specifically to reliably and safely clean these sensitive gas piping systems.

Read more here