Here are the latest product offerings for the plumbing industry
General Pipe Cleaners Model 88 sectional drain cleaner
The Model 88 sectional drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners features a heavy-duty 3/4 hp motor as standard equipment and drives a 3.5-to-1 ratio gear head for plenty of power. It has a longer frame to protect the drive coupling, and a larger front caster wheel. The cleaner spins 8- or 10-foot quick-coupling cable sections at distances of 200 feet or more. The cables self-feed while the operator stands behind the machine as the cables screw into the line. Standard equipment includes a safety clutch, air-actuated power switch, ground fault circuit interrupter, folding handle, 10-inch wheels and a cable-feeding tool. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.
Picote PVC chain
Picote PVC chains are available as the Cyclone and Original designs, and do not have carbide inserts, making them safe for use inside PVC pipes. The chains are used with the Picote Micro or Mini Miller machines, utilizing the 1/3-inch-diameter shaft in 2-, 3- and 4-inch-diameter pipes. When used with the Midi and Maxi Miller machines with a 1/2-inch shaft, the chains can be used in 4- and 6-inch-diameter pipes. 219/440-1404; www.picotesolutions.com.
SJE-Rhombus Tank Alert Solar Alarm
The Tank Alert Solar Alarm from SJE-Rhombus is powered by a rechargeable battery via a 12-volt DC, 10-watt solar panel. In full alarm, the unit will run for about 24 hours. Idle use without any solar charging will run for about five days. It features a NEMA 4X indoor/outdoor rated enclosure with integral mounting tabs for convenient installation and features LED indicators to show power on, reverse battery polarity and battery charging. Lithium-ion batteries provide backup power. 888/342-5753; www.sjerhombus.com.
Reelcraft spring-retractable high-capacity hose reels
The G9000 Series high-capacity hose reels from Reelcraft are designed to be compact and allow for longer lengths of large-diameter hose. The redesigned gooseneck can be removed from the reel for easier hose attachment. An external drive spring allows for convenient access to the spring components and improved servicing of the reel. The roller bearing inside of the pillow block produces a smoother spool rotation and easier operation. Models are available for 1 1/2-inch I.D. by 50-foot low-pressure air and water hose, and 1-inch I.D. by 75-foot and 3/4-inch I.D. by 75-foot for medium-pressure oil hose. 800/444-3134; www.reelcraft.com.
Armstrong Fluid Technology COMPASS R circulators
The COMPASS R from Armstrong Fluid Technology has a high-efficiency dry rotor design, optimized hydraulics, replaceable mechanical seal, bolt-for-bolt connection compatibility with a range of installed 3-piece circulators, and an onboard control panel for easy selection of the appropriate operations mode and flow. It is available in 0.25 hp to 1.5 hp models with a maximum flow rate of 225 gpm and maximum head of 65 feet. The COMPASS R complies with EEI<0.22 and a large wiring chamber. 800/356-9845; www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com.
Noritz EZ Tankless Series
The EZ Series of high-efficiency, condensing tankless water heaters from Noritz America are designed for the North American residential market and offer top-mount, hot- and cold-water connections. There are four different venting options, including outdoor, direct vent, single vent and 2-inch flex vent, which utilizes the existing B-vent formerly used by the tank water heater that is being replaced. The units have two stainless steel heat exchangers that have a greater resistance to corrosion and scale buildup than copper. 714/433-2905; www.noritz.com.
Clean-Fit Products Blue Monster PVC cement
Blue Monster 1-Step PVC Cement from Clean-Fit Products is a self-priming glue that requires no additional primer, and is now available in a clear formula. It can be used on all classes of rigid and flexible PVC pressure pipe, including Schedule 80, up to 6 inches in diameter, and 8-inch diameter on nonpressure PVC pipe. The cement is low VOC and meets or exceeds ASTM Specification D2564. 800/321-3598; www.cleanfit.com.
A. O. Smith 540P tankless water heater pump
A. O. Smith’s 540P condensing tankless water heater features an integrated recirculation pump that provides instant hot water in residential applications with dedicated recirculation lines. The pump is controlled with a user interface, and multiple pump settings allow for customized operation to both meet hot water needs and maximize efficiency. It has an aquastat to govern water temperature and pump control built inside. The onboard computer modulates combustion to yield an Energy Factor of 0.95 while meeting strict gas emission standards. 800/527-1953; www.hotwater.com.
Saniflo Sanicom 1 Drain Pump
The 1 hp Sanicom 1 simplex drain pump from Saniflo is designed to pump graywater away from demanding commercial applications. It handles up to 194-degree water, great for commercial kitchen applications where dishwashers must operate at exceptionally high temperatures to meet health and sanitation standards. Graywater enters through one of two side inlets, both measuring 2 inches, before being pumped to the drainline through a 1-inch rigid discharge pipe, which can remove up to 33 gpm. The unit vents through a 1 1/4-inch vent connection located on top. 800/571-8191; www.saniflo.com.
Taco Comfort Solutions 0015e3 circulator
The Taco 0015e3 three-setting, ECM-powered circulator is ideal for hydronic systems zoned with circulators or zone valves, and provides three maximum-feet-of-head pressure settings to match system requirements: low (5 feet), medium (10 feet), or high (18 feet), with a maximum flow of 16 gpm. The BIO Barrier protects the pump from system contaminants, especially black iron oxide, that otherwise can collect around strong ECM magnets. It is double insulated, which eliminates the need for a ground wire. 401/942-8000; www.tacocomfortsolutions.com.
Flood Buzz by Archetype
Archetype’s Flood Buzz is a small water-leak alarm that sounds a loud 110 dB alert when water touches the two prongs on the bottom of the unit. A sealed battery helps eliminate installation time — just place the alarm next to any potential leak location. For best protection, replace the unit by the three-year replacement date. 888/797-6688; www.floodbuzzpro.com.
Milwaukee Tool lightweight WORKSKIN performance shirts
WORKSKIN lightweight performance shirts from Milwaukee Tool are designed to address the need for performance and durability specific to construction environments. Available in both long and short sleeve, the shirts utilize CoolCore Fabric Technology which regulates sweat evaporation to move moisture away from the body and provide a cooling effect. Extended fast dry sweat zones accelerate wicking in key areas: under the arms and across the back. UV protection helps block harmful rays for those working long hours in the sun. The shirts come in both gray and high visibility and in sizes S through 3XL. 800/729-3878; www.milwaukeetool.com.
John Guest JG ProLock Fitting Range
Designed for use in the water softener and domestic plumbing markets, the ProLock Fitting Range from John Guest is available in 3/8- to 1-inch CTS sizes. Made from engineered plastic with EPDM O-rings, the fittings can be used with any combination of copper, PEX or CPVC pipe without the need for any tools. The push-to-connect fittings use Twist-to-Lock technology, which provides extra security, and are code approved and approved for behind-the-wall use. 973/808-5600; www.johnguest.com.