Product Focus - July 2020

Product Focus - July 2020

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Bath Tubs

BainUltra Tulipa

The Tulipa free-standing tub from BainUltra is proportioned to welcome a single bather into a generously deep soak. Therapeutic baths are available in the THERMOMASSEUR category featuring the Geysair hot-air system with 35 strategically placed air jets and a heated backrest, as well as a soaking tub, where WarmTouchShell technology offers three heating zones from the seating to the headrest. Both categories offer Illuzio chromatherapy, bringing natural colors to the bath to enhance the restorative and healing experience of the bather. Crafted from durable acrylic, it comes in a glossy white finish that is meticulously detailed for long-lasting beauty and easy maintenance. The distinctive metal feet, along with integrated waste and overflow, are available in a choice of six finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, polished nickel, satin brass, black chrome and matte black. 800-463-2187; www.bainultra.com.


Mansfield Plumbing Products Lana Duo

Lana Duo free-standing bathtubs from Mansfield Plumbing Products are designed to make installation easier. With two pieces, use the outer skirt to set the position of the tub and align the water supply, before setting in and connecting the interior bathing well. Accented color options on the outer skirt provide additional styling options for homeowners to coordinate with the rest of their bathroom. They include high-gloss, easy-to-clean acrylic with fiberglass reinforcement for added strength and rigidity, with adjustable legs for simple leveling. Linear waste and overflow is included. It has a spacious bathing well for one- or two-person comfort, along with a spacious area to mount the faucet on the deck. It is available in two sizes: the model 3466, which is 66 by 34 by 21 1/4 inches, and the model 3260, which is 60 by 32 by 21 1/4 inches. 877-850-3060; www.mansfieldplumbing.com.


MTI Baths The Blake

The Blake free-standing tub from MTI Baths was created in collaboration with Studio DB, an acclaimed architectural and interiors company, as part of an upscale Brooklyn, New York, condominium project. This sleek tub is notable for its distinctive lip that accentuates its elegant silhouette and invites adding a contrasting exterior color. It is available in white or biscuit, in either matte or hand-finished deep high-gloss, with eight optional exterior colors including sapphire blue and stratus gray. This tub is a suitable choice for those who want to add colorful contrast to an all-white bathroom. It is crafted from SculptureStone, a 70% mostly organic mixture of natural minerals mixed with high-performance resins to create a molded stone appearance that is solid, nonporous and resistant to stains, mold and mildew. Measuring 66 by 32 by 22.5 inches, it includes graceful lines and a versatile simplicity that complements both modern and traditional decor. 800-783-8827; www.mtibaths.com.


Boilers

Dunkirk DCBF-125

The Dunkirk DCBF-125 combi and space heating boiler has Artificial Intelligence Control Technology. With this innovation, the boiler automatically calibrates with the touch of two buttons. The onboard combustion control recognizes natural or LP gas, then continuously monitors the flame signal and adjusts gas and airflow to optimize efficiency and fuel savings. It has a stainless steel heat exchanger and offers AFUE of 95%. The firing rate modulates up to 7-1 turndown ratio in domestic hot-water mode and 5.7-1 turndown modulation ratio in heating mode. It is rated at 125 mBh in central heating mode. 315-797-1310; www.dunkirk.com.


LAARS Heating Systems Pennant

Pennant boilers and volume water heaters from LAARS Heating Systems include the LAARS Linc intuitive control system with color touch screen. It has an easy-to-navigate icon control structure, quick-start option, USB input, BACnet connectivity and performance metrics displayed on the home screen. Also included is an auto cascade feature that automatically configures up to eight Pennant units. The cascade feature includes auto redundancy — if the lead unit drops out, the remaining will continue to operate. They are available in seven sizes from 500 to 2,000 mBh, natural or LP gas, thermal efficiency levels up to 85% and stage firing of up to 4-1. Systems also qualify as low-NOx emission-rated, below 10 ppm. They can be vented from the top or back, installed indoors or outdoors, and racked on top of each other for up to 4,000 mBh in a small footprint. 800-900-9276; www.laars.com.


Coating/Lining/Sealant

Pipe Lining Supply Quik-Coating System

The Quik-Coating System from Pipe Lining Supply allows a single service technician to inspect, open, clean and coat indoor drain, waste and vent piping without the need for a full crew. The system allows the operator to insert a drain opening tool with a high-speed cable machine to see the clog and open it without pulling the cable out of the pipe. After opening the drain, the tech can explain the problem to the customer, offering a range of solutions, including descaling and root removal, as well as coating of the pipe. This system can rehabilitate more than 50 feet per hour. There is no need for a crew, making it a revenue opportunity. 888-354-6464; www.pipeliningsupply.com.


Controls/Control Panels

FloLogic System

The FloLogic System is a comprehensive and smart leak control solution that works in virtually all homes and businesses with 3/4- to 2-inch water service. It offers real-time leak detection abilities beginning at 1/2 ounces of water flow per minute, thanks to its EverWatch leak-sensing technology. When a leak is detected, the water is shut off automatically and the users receive an alert through a smartphone app. The CONNECT module has a thermometer, allowing low room temperature alerts and automatic water shut-offs. 877-356-5644; www.flologic.com.


SJE Rhombus VARIOspeed N1

The VARIOspeed N1 control panel from SJE Rhombus controls a three-phase pump in constant pressure control applications, including booster pump, deep-well submersible pump and irrigation pump applications. It offers a variable-frequency drive and display in a NEMA 1 enclosure with locking latch for indoor use. As flow and head conditions change in the pumping systems, the VFD automatically controls the pump speed and maintains a constant discharge pressure. The desired set pressure is entered on the display inside the control panel. The pressure transducer measures the pump discharge pressure. It includes vents for VFD cooling, run dry protection, high-pressure protection and system fault log. The standard package includes a zero to 200 psi pressure transducer. The entire control system is UL listed and has dual safety certification for the U.S. and Canada. It is not for use with sewage pumps. 888-342-5753; www.sjerhombus.com.


Drains

Infinity Drain Site Sizable low-profile linear drain

The Site Sizable low-profile linear drain from Infinity Drain further simplifies the shower installation process, with its lower profile helping minimize the floor height needed to achieve a curbless entry. In addition to its lower profile, the PVC channel option has been designed with a new mortar lock to ensure it stays positioned firmly in the mortar bed floor. Sold as a complete kit, the drain enables modifications to the length and outlet placement to be made on site. 516-767-6786; www.infinitydrain.com.


QuickDrain USA tub-to-shower conversion kit

Tub-to-shower conversion kits from QuickDrain USA help contractors economically adapt to numerous commercial job site irregularities, including unexpected plumbing configurations and structural constraints when constructing spalike curbless or curbed showers for hospitality, health care and institutional applications. Contractors can select from among several linear drain bodies and multiple waste-outlet orientations together with presloped pan kits to achieve near-universal adaptability. The kits affordably accommodate finished shower dimensions between 32 and 72 inches. 800-321-9532; www.quickdrainusa.com.


Faucets

Barber Wilsons & Co. Brigade

The Brigade faucet from Barber Wilsons & Co. is notable for its gracefully arched swan neck spout and knurled detailing on the handles. Available with a 6- or 8-inch spout as a lavatory fixture, the line also includes a wall-mounted design, Roman tub fixtures and a thermostatic shower valve. The collection is offered in all of Barber Wilsons’ standard finishes, as well as a brushed brass finish. With its classic silhouette and distinctive style, it complements a variety of decors, from vintage to transitional, and even brings a new twist to contemporary settings. 800-727-6317; www.barwil.co.uk.


BK Resources Evolution Series

Evolution Series faucets from BK Resources offer T-304 stainless steel precision-machined construction, making them rust- and corrosion-resistant. Stainless steel is more durable than brass, giving these faucets superior longevity. They are lead-free and safe for all types of drinking water. They are available in 4- and 8-inch on-center, as well as splash and deck mount. A full list of replacement parts is available. 888-310-4393; www.bk-resources.com.


QTOO wall-mounted faucets

Wall-mounted faucets from QTOO bring a hip, modern aesthetic to the bath. All three designs have a fixed spout, built-in aerator and an eco-friendly water flow rate of up to 1.3 gpm. Options for spout projections include 4.5, 7.4 and 9.84 inch. Clean lines and gentle curves give each faucet an elegant, minimalist style that works well in a wide variety of bath decors. The faucets are available in matte or polished finishes and are fully lead-free compliant. www.qtoobath.com.


Filtration Equipment/System

ENPRESS PIONEER

PIONEER from ENPRESS successfully removes poisonous chemicals — and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). It is installed where the waterline enters the customer’s home, business or restaurant. It is a complete lead, cyst, PFOA and PFOS removal system designed to be easy to install and a way to deliver peace of mind to customers. 440-510-0108; www.enpress.com.


Fittings

REHAU EVERLOC+

The REHAU EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fitting system has 26 additional configurations, making transitions between pipe sizes more convenient in single-family and multifamily residential plumbing projects. The system comprises RAUPEX UV shield PEXa pipe in 3/8- to 2-inch diameters, polymer and lead-free brass fittings, and power tools for reliable and safe connections. Designed for no-leak security, the two-step fitting expansion and compression process is performed quickly in any weather, making installation faster than other PEXa cold-expansion fittings and copper. The NSF/ANSI 14 and 61 certified system delivers safe drinking water with no mineral buildup, allowing contractors to create healthy and sustainable residential environments in less time. 800-247-9445; www.everlocplus.com.


Taco Comfort Solutions Near-Boiler Trim Kit

The Taco Comfort Solutions Near-Boiler Trim Kit provides a quick and convenient way to purchase all the accessories needed for near-boiler piping. The kit comes in premium, advanced and select configurations and is available in 1- and 1 1/4-inch sizes so installers can select the kit that fits their needs. All versions of the kit include air separators, boiler feed and backflow preventer, 4.5-gallon expansion tanks, and all fittings and connections. The trim kits are designed for easy installation and are ASSE listed. 401-942-8000; www.tacocomfort.com.


Fixture

Creative Cleanout Covers products

Custom clean-out covers from Creative Cleanout Covers are designed for homeowners and businesses looking to add a decorative touch to the traditional chrome clean-out. This line of decorative clean-out cover products currently offers five designs with five finishes. Colors include beachnut bronze, seaside silver, glamour gold, Newport copper and paint-grade white (paintable). Made from injection-molded ABS plastic, the covers snap into place using a rare-earth magnet. Designed for indoor and outdoor use, applications include residential and commercial retrofits, new construction, hotels and restaurants. Custom designs are available. 714-841-4930; www.creativecleanoutcovers.com.


Showers

PRIER Products C-108SH1

The C-108SH1 freezeproof outdoor shower from PRIER Products is fully compatible with the PRIER hot and cold C-108 hydrant, which is sold separately. It’s suitable for lake houses, the beach, pool, campgrounds, farms, athletic facilities and anywhere an outdoor shower is desired. The self-draining kit comes with everything needed to install, including a standard MPT showerhead and mounting hardware. With a stainless steel riser, it will maintain its attractive finish for years. 800-362-9055; www.prier.com.


ThermaSol Smart Shower

The ThermaSol Smart Shower brings the multisensory powers of water, sound, steam and light under the user’s complete control. With a clean, integrated look, the shower interface eliminates the need for multiple bath fittings with a modular design. The silent smart digital shower valve with ThermaTouch smart touch-screen control interface paired with the Serenity Light, Sound Rainhead lets the user personalize every element of his or her shower, from the preferred water outlet (classic showerhead, rainhead or wand) to the ideal light setting, temperature level, duration, volume and even the user’s favorite video or music apps. A quieter, more precise temperature control is made possible with 400-position stepper motors. 800-776-0711; www.thermasol.com.


Sink

BLANCO IKON 

The IKON 33-inch apron, 1 3/4 bowl with low-divide sink from BLANCO is designed to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience for all users. It is crafted with the brand’s SILGRANIT granite composite material and available in nine colors. With a convenient low divide that sits just 5 1/2 inches from the sink bottom, it can easily handle large pots and baking sheets while still dividing the sink into cleaning and prepping bowls. Because apron front designs are installed farther forward and eliminate the countertop, they minimize the need to lean over as much and help to reduce strain. Optional accessories include a floating grid that provides an extra level within the sink, a floating cutting board that fits right on top of the sink to create an extra workspace, small and large grids, a three-in-one basket strainer and a three-in-one disposal flange. 888-668-6201; www.blancoamerica.com.


Sump Pumps

Ashland Pump SVP sump pumps

SVP sump pumps from Ashland Pump have rugged cast iron construction for the professional. The pumps come equipped with continuous duty rated motors and an upper and lower ball bearing design. The vortex impeller is made of thermoplastic with the 1/3 hp option or cast iron with the 1/2 hp option. These sump pumps have a professional contractor-grade vertical switch with switch guard and a 10-foot power cord. 855-281-6830; www.ashlandpump.com.


Pentair Flotec FPUFKP40 Flood Kit

The all-in-one Pentair Flotec FPUFKP40 Flood Kit can help homeowners prepare for flood season and other emergency dewatering tasks. Built with easy operation and storage in mind, this kit includes a powerful Flotec 4/10 hp utility pump, a large-diameter industrial hose and a convenient filtration cage/storage crate. The pump’s durable thermoplastic construction holds up to rigorous use and removes up to 41 gpm for quick dewatering. The cloth hose is 25 feet long and has a large diameter to help remove water fast, with corrosion-resistant cam locks to quickly and securely connect to the pump. Small slots on the filtration cage allow water through while keeping large debris out. When the work is done, the cage doubles as a storage crate to easily transport and store the kit. 800-365-6832; www.pentair.com.


Toilets

Kohler Eir intelligent toilet 

Boasting a modern design softened by gentle curves and a sloping profile, the Eir intelligent toilet from Kohler includes a full complement of convenient features, including a heated seat, customizable cleansing, night light, hands-free opening/closing, automatic flush and a touch-screen remote. It offers advanced function without compromising on form, as the bowl is misted prior to use for more effective rinsing after flushing, front and rear wash modes provide warm water for cleansing, and the self-cleaning function uses UV light and electrolyzed water systems to sanitize the wand surfaces. The sleek tankless and skirted design combined with a back-to-wall installation allows for concealed connections and smooth installation. 800-456-4537; www.kohler.com.


Niagara Original

The Original single-flush toilet with Stealth technology from Niagara is a stylish ultra-high-efficiency model. It delivers a quiet, powerful flush thanks to the vacuum-assist properties of the Stealth flush chamber and air transfer system. This technology, along with the combination of a siphon jet and rim wash, helps achieve a clear bowl every time, eliminating the need to flush more than once. The WaterSense-certified Original only uses 0.8 gpf — half of the federal requirement — and its flapperless technology prevents leakage and requires minimal maintenance. It is available in both round and elongated styles to meet any space needs, and it offers either a left side or top-flush option, both of which are ADA compliant. 800-831-8383; www.niagaracorp.com.


Saniflo Saniaccess3

The Saniaccess3 upflush macerating plumbing system from Saniflo comes equipped with two easy-to-open panels atop the unit, providing ready access to the internal components for servicing. Periodic maintenance can be accomplished quickly and easily without having to disconnect the unit from either the toilet or the rest of the plumbing system. 800-571-8191; www.saniflo.com.


TOTO USA Nexus WASHLET+ toilet

The Nexus WASHLET+ toilet with autoflush from TOTO USA is available as a one- or two-piece model. It boasts a modern design with a skirted bowl, making maintenance easy. It seamlessly connects with its companion WASHLET bidet seat, with no protruding water or electrical connections. It offers a 1.0 or 1.28 gpf high-performance flushing system, featuring two powerful nozzles that create a powerful centrifugal rinsing action, keeping the bowl cleaner longer. Its proven touchless technology enables the toilet to automatically flush when the user simply rises and walks away. It offers three cleaning technologies — CEFIONTECT, TORNADO Flushing and EWATER+ — that work synergistically to provide cleansing. At 17 inches from base to seat, it facilitates rising from the seat and is ADA compliant. 888-295-8134; www.totousa.com.


Tools

Enz USA Rotodrill Bend

At 2 3/4 inches long, the Rotodrill Bend nozzle from Enz USA is a powerful cleaning tool that can easily negotiate traps and bends. The high-powered rotating jet provides thrust power and is effective for moving debris and tree roots and clearing blocked pipes. The nozzle pushes itself through pipes via a tapered front. It cleans and cuts its way down the pipe as it’s retrieved, adding efficiency. It can operate on flow as low as 4 gpm while cleaning pipe ranging from 3 to 6 inches in diameter. It is available in 1/4- and 3/8-inch connections. 877-362-8721; www.enz.com.


Milwaukee Tool M12 FUEL Installation Drill/Driver

M12 FUEL Installation Drill/Driver from Milwaukee Tool was developed specifically for service contractors. The tool has four dedicated solutions (3/8-inch chuck, 1/4-inch hex, offset and right angle) that can attach in 16 different positions to reach uniquely challenging locations. >span class="s2">An in-line grip at the back positions the users’ hand higher on the tool, providing better access and control in tighter spaces. In addition, the top of the tool is flat, allowing it to be placed flush against surfaces for additional access when needed. These features combine with the tool’s compact size and weight, allowing users to maneuver for best access in hard-to-reach places. 800-729-3878; www.milwaukeetool.com.


RIDGID PowerClear

The compact and versatile RIDGID PowerClear drain cleaning machine eliminates tub, shower and sink blockages from 3/4- to 1 1/2-inch lines without the mess. It offers Autofeed technology to keep users’ hands clean and free from touching the cable while advancing and retrieving it in the line. A guide hose also helps to keep the work area clean, making it suitable for residential or commercial use. Weighing only 12 pounds, the lightweight design makes it easy to handle while still being powerful enough to clear the toughest blockages. Its 120-volt motor feeds cable at a rate of 18 feet per minute to a maximum of 25 feet, and its clear cover allows users to view how much cable is remaining. The heavy-duty inner core cable is also purpose-built for long life, increased strength and kink resistance. 800-474-3443; www.ridgid.com.


Water Conditioner

AquaMotion AMH3K-7

The AMH3K-7 hot-water recirculation system from AquaMotion delivers instant hot-water comfort to every faucet/shower from hot-water tanks in 250 feet systems, with the AMH3K-R for tankless systems up to 600 feet. It installs undersink in 10 minutes without cutting pipe. It includes a stainless steel pump with legs, with a built-in timer, sensor, switch and 10-foot line cord. It has automatic timer selected operation, as well as on/off at 85 to 105 degrees F. It includes two stainless steel hoses, tees, checks and union fittings. It can save up to 12,000 gallons of water annually while also saving on utility costs and time. Both models meet California Title 24. 401-785-3000; www.aquamotionhvac.com.


Water Heaters

A. O. Smith Water Heaters ProLine

The ProLine electric tankless series from A. O. Smith Water Heaters is designed for commercial, residential and point-of-use applications. The water heater is available in three sizes, with 45 different models ranging from 2.4 to 32 kW and Uniform Energy Factor up to 0.93. The units are available in a variety of voltage options: 120, 208, 240 and 277 volt. All models have true dry fire protection, where the element will only turn on when the chamber is full of water. All models also have scale reduction technology. This feature reduces scale formation on the elements and on the chamber walls, which reduces failures and service requirements. 800-527-1953; www.hotwater.com.


Bradford White Water Heaters RE250T

The RE250T residential upright electric water heater from Bradford White Water Heaters has a 20-inch-diameter, making it suitable for tight installations or retrofits. It has fully automatic controls, including a fast-acting surface-mount thermostat with high limit energy cutoff for safety. It provides direct heat transfer through immersed elements, transferring heat directly and efficiently to the water. The factory-installed Hydrojet Total Performance System reduces sediment and increases first-hour delivery of hot water while minimizing excessive temperature buildup in tank. Its Vitraglas enamel lining provides superior tank protection from the highly corrosive effects of hot water. This results in less energy consumption, improved efficiencies and jacket rigidity. 800-523-2931; www.bradfordwhite.com.


Kevlyn Pumps OPD350

The OPD350 from Kevlyn Pumps is a water heater leak protection device that is easy to install and replaces traditional PVC connections. It incorporates a pump in its reservoir, which allows you to control leaks, even when there are no floor drains available or the existing pan cannot be connected to a drain. The device can be used below grade and in multilevel housing where gravity systems will not work. It attaches to a fluid collection pan, which is not included. The 24-volt system operates on regular house current. There is an audible alarm and a mobile app for Android and iOS that sends notification when water is detected. It can also help drain down water heaters when they need to be replaced. It is suitable for facilities managers who have to manage multiple locations. 610-214-3030; www.kevlynpumps.com.


Noritz America NCC199CDV

The NCC199CDV commercial condensing water heater from Noritz America has redesigned dual stainless steel heat exchangers and is produced as a single-piece structure for easier servicing. It incorporates a 100% improvement in corrosion resistance and at 200% improvement in heat-shock durability over previous models. It has a Uniform Energy Factor of 0.97 and a fully integrated exhaust nonreturn valve that speeds and simplifies common venting for up to six heaters without the need for additional accessories. Because the valve is built into the heater, operational safety is ensured and installation time and cost are reduced. 714-433-2905; www.noritz.com.


Rheem Hybrid Gen 5

The Hybrid Gen 5 ProTerra hybrid electric water heater from Rheem is easy to install and service. It installs just as easily as a standard electric water heater; and with zero clearance requirements, it can be installed in tighter spaces. The 40-gallon model makes it a suitable option in more places inside the home. Plus, earthquake straps can easily be added where required. Service is simple, with all components accessible from the front of the unit. The top pan lifts away without having to remove piping. And while at the unit, Diagnostic Mode allows plumbers to use the Rheem Contractor App or EcoNet App to view diagnostic information to expedite service. The system’s premium model features LeakGuard, an integrated leak detection and auto shut-off valve that limits water loss from the tank to just 20 ounces of water. It allows users to control, monitor and check hot-water availability. 800-621-5622; www.rheem.com.


Triangle Tube Smart 316

The Smart 316 indirect water heater from Triangle Tube is available in sizes ranging from 30 to 120 gallons. Its 316L inner tank is constructed from high-grade stainless steel for long service life. Acid pickling promotes superior corrosion resistance, while an improved welding process and a watertight top cover prevent corrosion of the outer tank. All dry wells are subject to pressure testing prior to installation. 856-228-8881; www.triangletube.com.


Water Pump

Davey Water Products DynaDrive

The DynaDrive all-in-one home pressure system from Davey Water Products has a variable-speed drive that maintains water pressure at a fixed point regardless of an increase or decrease in water demand in the household. Desired water pressure can be easily set on the controller, which comes with an intelligent interface and compact design. The controller would alarm for any system faults and allows for daisy-chain applications of two pumps in parallel if needed. Stainless steel impellers offer reduced power consumption and low noise output, which ensures quiet pump operation, and increased wear resistance. The system comes with an enclosed fan-cooled electric motor that ensures longer life for the pressure system and easy service while also being economical. 866-328-7867; www.daveywater.com.



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