Plumber Product News: May 1, 2018

Here are the latest product offerings for the plumbing industry

Plumber Product News: May 1, 2018

AeroTherm heat pump water heaters from Bradford White are Energy Star certifed and feature Vitraglas corrosion protection.

Bradford White AeroTherm heat pump water heaters
AeroTherm heat pump water heaters from Bradford White are Energy Star certified and feature Vitraglas corrosion protection. They have convenient top connections, and both the sealed system and electrical can be fully repaired in the field. The heater has four different operating models: heat pump mode (most energy efficient), hybrid mode (energy efficient with faster recovery), standard electric mode (best performance) and vacation mode (to save energy when the unit is not being used). 215-641-9400; www.bradfordwhite.com.

Franklin Electric SpecPAK pressure boosting system
Franklin Electric’s Inline 1100 SpecPAK pressure boosting system provides a simplified way to select a packaged system for boosting water pressure in applications requiring more than one pump. It connects easily to nearly any commercial, industrial or large residential plumbing configuration, and is sized to fit in a small utility closet. The pump is a quiet, all-in-one constant water pressure system that contains the pump, motor and drive. As water volume needs to be increased, the pump instantly accelerates to the proper speed to ensure water pressure stays constant. Each unit provides up to 60 pounds of additional pressure, ensuring the pressure doesn’t vary more than 1 to 2 psi. 260-824-2900; www.franklinwater.com.

John Guest ProLock Slip Connector
The ProLock Slip Connector from John Guest is available in 1/2- and 3/4-inch CTS sizes. Designed for burst and/or frozen pipe breaks, pinhole leaks and other situations when pipe movement is restricted, the connector fitting allows for repairs in a confined area. They require no tools to make secure, leak-proof connections and can be used with copper, PEX or CPVC pipe. The fittings are suitable for potable water applications. 973-808-5600; www.johnguest.com.

Electric Eel eCAM Ace Wi-Fi
The eCAM Ace Wi-Fi from Electric Eel can be used to inspect pipelines ranging from 3 to 10 inches and is powered by a 120-volt AC supply or optional rechargeable battery pack. The camera is housed in rugged stainless steel and has a sapphire lens with 20 LED light ring and high-resolution CCD element. A flexible camera spring is designed to navigate 3-inch P-traps. The camera features a 5.4-inch LCD monitor with AR film for optimal viewing in sunlight, and is encased in an anodized aluminum housing mounted to the reel. There is a protective acrylic, anti-glare monitor shield and a video output jack for recording option. The heavy-duty screen cover closes to protect the monitor when in transit or storage, flips up as a sun shield and can be retrofitted to existing units. 800-833-1212; www.electriceel.com.

RIDGID Model 286 Soil Pipe Cutter
The RIDGID Model 286 Soil Pipe Cutter’s single stroke operation streamlines the cutting process while the outward-facing hooks simplify connecting clay and cast iron pipe. The integrated handles are easy to adjust, helping users optimize angles and make repeated cuts with less fatigue. Long handles and a built-in cutting machanism also provide the mechanical advantage to minimize cutting effort and enhance ergonomics. 800-769-7743; www.RIDGID.com.

Keeney Manufacturing Bélanger by Keeney faucets
Bélanger faucets expand upon Keeney’s approach of offering affordable luxury for the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room with high-quality faucets. Many Bélanger by Keeney faucets feature grade A brass construction with chrome or PVD-resistant finishes to protect against corrosion and tarnishing. The faucets offer a wide range of features and styles, including rainfall and waterfall showerheads, motion-activated kitchen faucets and water-saving bathroom faucets with a variety of styles to match. 800-243-0526; www.keeneymfg.com.

NIBCO press transition ball valves
The press by PEX design on NIBCO’s press transition ball valves needs no extra components to transition from copper piping to PEX, making connections from one piping system easier and faster, while eliminating additional hardware and potential leak paths. Additional features include a compact design that installs easily in tight spaces, and a leak detection system on press ends identifies uncrimped connections during system testing. A stainless steel ring design on larger sizes also ensures a solid press crimped connection. Manufactured from a lead-free brass alloy, the valves are dezincification-resistant. Valves are rated up to 250 psi cold working pressure and feature a blowout-proof stem. Sizes range from 1/2 to 1 inch. 574-295-3000; www.nibco.com.

Webstone Thermostatic Mixing Valves
Webstone expanded its Thermostatic Mixing Valve line to include a total of eight different end connections: MIP, SWT, press, compression, F1807 PEX, and now F1960 PEX, FIP, and push, in three different temperature ranges. The line also includes the new High Temperature Hydronic model, with temperatures ranging from 104 to 176 degrees F. A full selection of G1 union accessories and isolation kits are available and all products are certified lead free. 508-749-4353; www.webstonevalves.com.

Armstrong integrated tower control system
Armstrong Fluid Technology’s ITC 9521 integrated tower control system is designed to transform an HVAC installation into an intelligent system for a variety of heat rejection applications. The system is fully complementary with other automation systems, providing they use an open front-end for configuration of the heat rejection system and setpoints to another higher-level plant automation. It ships pre-programmed and has a user-friendly screen interface that enables easy field configuration. The application can transform an HVAC installation into an intelligent system that provides notifications for remote troubleshooting, on-board diagnostics and support via internet. 800-356-9845; www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com.

LAARS Pennant boiler and volume water heater
The Pennant line of fan-assisted, modular boilers and water heater commercial systems from LAARS Heating Systems are for hydronic and hot-water applications. Available in seven sizes from 500 to 2,000 mbH, the units are fueled by natural or LP gas, with stage firing of up to 4-1, and cascade with auto redundancy. Pennant systems also qualify as low-NOx emission-rated, below 10 ppm. The color touchscreen home page displays key boiler performance measurements, has a USB input, easily connects to building automation systems via BacNet and offers a quick-start option. Pennants can be vented from the top or back, installed indoors or outdoors and racked on top of each other. 800-900-9276; www.laars.com.

Fluidmaster Perfect Fit Tank Levers
Fluidmaster’s Perfect Fit Tank Levers can adjust to almost any toilet tank with a front, side, angle or right-mounted hole. They are easy to install, reliable, and feature multiple finishes such as sleek brushed nickel, chrome, and classic white. 949-728-2000; www.fluidmaster.com.

Scot Pump stamped 304 stainless steel pumps
The expanded line of Scot Pump's stamped 304 stainless steel pumps with NPT connections includes nine new ANSI flanged centerline discharge models. The new 320-328 Series covers up to 385 gpm and 275 feet of head. The pumps feature a slip-fit O-ring/flinger design which prevents leaks caused by deformation as a result of over-tightening. They are mounted on a JM frame and incorporate a back pull-out design and weep holes in the impeller. The weep holes extend seal life by creating fluid movement in the seal cavity which aids in venting of air at start-up. 888-945-6872; www.scotpump.com.

MyTana Drain Service Notepad
The Drain Service Notepad from MyTana facilitates communication between industry professionals and homeowners. The Notepad can be used to explain plumbing configurations and indicate what and where problems are in the home. It also features space for notes, work estimates and contact information, making it an easy-to-use leave-behind. The Notepad’s household plumbing system diagram includes key features, such as a main stack, various trap and vent configurations, clean-outs, check valve, and common fixtures and appliances. It also demonstrates common improper or illegal plumbing features including S-traps and U-traps, as well as an illegal downspout connection. 800-328-8170; www.mytana.com.



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