Plumber Product News: March 7, 2017

Here are the latest product offerings for the plumbing industry.
Plumber Product News: March 7, 2017
The selection of ball valves from Watts includes models in brass, bronze and stainless steel, as well as materials for specialty applications.

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Watts ball valves
The selection of ball valves from Watts includes models in brass, bronze and stainless steel, as well as materials for specialty applications. End connections include solder, threaded, press, PEX and quick-connect. Handle kits such as lever, extended, tee and memory stop are available on select models. To meet different application requirements, the Watts portfolio includes full port, standard port, gas and electric actuated ball valves. 978/688-1811; www.wattswater.com.

Little Beaver attachments for horizontal boring
The two styles of Little Beaver horizontal boring kits — wet and dry — turn mechanical and standard hydraulic earth drills into versatile machines for precise horizontal boring applications, including installing wiring, cable and telephone lines. The dry kit attaches to the drill to create bores as long as 5 feet. It includes a 3-inch by 5-foot auger, a horizontal drill key and a 5-foot extension with a universal wiggle joint. The wet kit includes a choice of a 2-, 3- or 4-inch water drill bit plus a swivel adapter, swivel assembly and horizontal drill key. 800/227-7515; www.littlebeaver.com.

RIDGID battery-operated PEX-One tool
The PEX-One tool from RIDGID is designed for one-handed use and for easy and accurate press connections anywhere on the job. Weighing 5 pounds, it can press three sizes and features a compact design that frees up space in the toolbox. The PEX-One provides power through 150-plus presses per charge with a 5-second crimp cycle. It can press multiple size fittings up to 1 inch and has interchangeable dyes with a quick-change system. 800/769-7743; www.ridgid.com.

A.R.E. commerical truck caps
Deluxe Commerical Unit truck caps from A.R.E Accessories fit a wide selection of pickups and are made of fully welded aluminum. There are more than 200 options available, including door and window configurations, toolboxes, ladder racks, interior lighting and power box options, side panels and cap heights from 23 to 36 inches. Custom paint finishes are also available in any OEM or fleet color code formula. All caps feature BOLT one-key lock technology in folding T-handles on doors for added security. 800/649-4273; www.4are.com.

Franklin Electric PowerSewer System
The redesigned FPS PowerSewer System from Franklin Electric is a low-pressure system that pumps residential and commercial wastewater to a collection or treatment area, providing an alternative to gravity sewer systems and septic tanks. The float tree is spring-loaded and easily removable, with a progressive lift handle to simplfy pump removal. The system also features an isolated pump support that can accommodate heavier pumps for expanded applications. 260/824-2900; www.franklinwater.com.

Armstrong Fluid Technology Tango pumps
The Tango line of pumps from Armstrong Fluid Technology range from 1 to 10 hp and feature Armstrong’s iECM permanent magnet motors with integrated drive and controls that deliver IE4 levels of energy efficiency. Built-in parallel sensorless pump control capabilities provide best-efficiency staging and built-in redundancy to deliver savings over traditional duty-standby approaches. Tango pumps have both wireless and wired connectivity and onboard web services. 800/356-9845; www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com.

GPS Insight Hours of Service solution
The Electronic Logging Device solution from GPS Insight provides an alternative to paper logs and provides messaging, navigation and GPS tracking for fleet management. The ELD provides an Android tablet hardwired to a GPS tracking device. The management portal is web-based, secure and accessible via PC, tablet and smartphone. 866/477-4321; www.gpsinsight.com.

Milwaukee Tool TRAPSNAKE porcelain auger system
The TRAPSNAKE from Milwaukee Tool is designed to unclog toilets, urinals and floor traps. The M12 TRAPSNAKE Driver delivers power and speed to work through tough clogs in tight traps, while protecting the delicate fixture from damage. With optimized electronics that deliver low rpm and low torque, the user is able to feel when engaged with a blockage to retrieve it with control. 800/729-3878; www.milwaukeetool.com.

J.C. Whitlam TALON water-soluble Paste Flux
J.C. Whitlam’s TALON water-soluble Paste Flux is a flushable, acid-free, lead-free, self-cleaning flux that is suitable on all types of tin solder and their alloys. Its self-cleaning action will solder dissimilar metals and works on older or tarnished copper without having to brush or sand the surface. It leaves no residue and will not transfer taste or odor in water coolers and potable water systems. It meets ASTM B-813 and is Eco Brass friendly and is available in 2-, 4- and 8-ounce brush-top and 1-pound sizes. 800/321-8358; www.joinpipe.com.

Uponor ProPEX connections for water services
Uponor’s ProPEX connections for water service applications for single-family homes and multifamily submetering are available in engineered polymer straight or angle fittings, and lead-free brass straight or angle valves for connecting 3/4- and 1-inch AquaPEX pipe to 5/8-, 3/4- and 1-inch water meters. Both fittings and valves feature NPSM swivel connections and include mounting brackets to support the water meter system. 800/321-4739; www.uponor-usa.com.

Powers/Watts HydroGuard press connection for mixing valves
The press connection option for HydroGuard mixing valves from Powers (a Watts brand) create a watertight seal that is strong and consistent. With the press option, valves can be used in new construction and renovation projects as an alternative to a solder joint. It avoids soldering issues such as fire, smoke and the need for fire watches. 800/669-5430; www.powerscontrols.com.

Webstone Valves Pro-Pal
Webstone’s Pro-Pal product line includes three more items: T-Drain, Union Ball Drain and Press x FIP Ball Drain. These new items offer single-body brass designs that save space, time, leak paths and are compatible with all popular press tools. 800/225-9529; www.webstonevalves.com.

Matco-Norca stainless steel insert stiffeners
For use in potable water installations involving IPS/CTS polyethylene piping/tubing, Matco-Norca offers stainless steel 304 insert stiffeners in five sizes up to 2 inches. Designed for insertion into the inside diameter of tubing, they feature an interlocking tab design to prevent the collapse of piping/tubing ends. The stiffeners are available in both flanged and dimpled configurations in sizes ranging from 3/4 up to 2 inches. 800/431-2082; www.matco-norca.com.

BainUltra Nokori Collection oval tub
BainUltra’s Nokori Oval 6737 is an oval-shaped iteration of a geometric line of freestanding baths that are dedicated to wellness and relaxation. The Oval has the Thermomasseur option, using hydro-thermo massage to relax the body and the mind, relieve back pain and muscle aches, stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxins. Forty strategically placed air jets, optional LED lighting, Geysair warm air jet technology, WarmTouchShell heating zones and a control pad let users customize every aspect of their bathing experience. 800/463-2187; www.bainultra.com.



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