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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;

Navien NFB fire-tube boilers

NFB-175 and NFB-200 high-efficiency condensing fire-tube boilers from Navien are in-house designed and manufactured with Navien parts. The stainless steel heat exchanger with a one-piece combustion chamber eliminates high-stress point welds that are prone to corrosion. It is rated AFUE 95% and has advanced user-interface controls with intuitive text display and a click wheel simplifies boiler setup. It has built-in hardware to connect a boiler pump, three zone pumps or three zone valves integrated into the unit, so there’s no need to add extra zone panels. 800-519-8794;


HammerHead Trenchless point repair kit

HammerHead Trenchless offers a sectional point repair system for rehabilitating sewer and stormwater pipe with circular or oval cross-sections 3 to 60 inches in diameter. It is an environmentally friendly CIPP point or sectional repair solution available in custom kits based on customers’ specific project requirements. The point repair kit offers plumbers and other contractors the important benefit of a longer working time combined with a shorter cure time. The working time of silicate resins is much longer than that of thermosetting epoxies. Resins cure under ambient sewer conditions with very low shrinkage, even underwater. The resin is odor-free, styrene-free, VOC-free and presents no hazards to the environment or human health. 800-331-6653;

Perma-Liner Industries vertical connection lining system

Perma-Liner Industries’ vertical connection pipe lining system offers a way to approach and repair vertical pipelines in residential and commercial markets, making the process easier in less time. The system cures in one hour using a compact, electric steamer or vacuum pump. The system offers uniform thickness throughout. The host pipe does not need to be dry prior to installation, which lessens the installation and cure time. The materials come in kit form, eliminating measuring and waste, and an experienced crew can easily install five or more per day. 866-336-2568;


BrassCraft Dual Outlet

BrassCraft’s Dual Outlet is a supply stop designed for running two supply lines like a dishwasher and a kitchen faucet from a single inlet. It is suitable for where there are multiple workstations in close proximity, enabling installers to efficiently supply two fixtures with a single waterstop. With a turn of the handle, it stops the flow of water leading to the specific plumbing fixture or appliance you are working on, allowing for maintenance and repair without shutting off the water to the other fixture. A one-piece brass body provides strength, durability and long-lasting performance. It is compatible with copper or PEX, and an easy-to-remove handle protects against accidental operation during rough-ins. 877-272-7755;

Caleffi North America 520 Series AngleMix

The 520 Series AngleMix thermostatic mixing valve from Caleffi North America delivers accurately tempered domestic hot water from an angle-style body. The valve mounts on top of water heaters, minimizing the use of elbow fittings and reducing cost while saving installation time and space. It has tight close-off inlets to increase accuracy performance and eliminate temperature creep. The valve is ICC-ES certified to ASSE 1017, CSA B125.3 and NSF 372 (low-lead laws). It meets the requirements of IPC, IRC, UPC and NPC for use in accordance with the U.S. and Canadian plumbing codes. It is available for 3/4-inch pipe sizes in press or sweat union connection styles with temperature gauge or body-only for the flexibility of separately ordered end connections. 414-238-2360;

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures Treysta tub and shower valve

The Treysta tub and shower valve from Gerber Plumbing Fixtures provides flexibility based on the specific requirements of each installation. A real timesaver, its vertical inlets allow for convenient connection to the valve body, and it can be installed next to a stud in PEX applications, which greatly reduces the need for reframing. An innovative pressure-test cap makes the process of air and water testing easier to complete. An easy-access mounting system and integrated depth indexing features on the plaster guard make for a smooth installation. It is fully compatible with Gerber and Danze by Gerber pressure balance trim kits. 866-538-5536;


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;

SharkBite EvoPEX system

The SharkBite EvoPEX system is a push-to-connect plumbing solution for new or retrofit residential construction. It allows installers to plumb an entire structure without the need for special tools, crimping, glue or solder, improving job site efficiency and reducing the risk of installation errors. Designed as a PEX pipe system, it extends beyond traditional pipe-and-fitting solutions to include fittings, PEX pipe, outlet boxes, valves and other accessories needed to install a complete potable water plumbing system from meter to fixture. 877-700-4242;

Viega MegaPress three-piece ball valve

Viega has incorporated a three-piece ball valve for its MegaPress carbon and stainless steel pipe pressing systems. The valve is approved for all MegaPress applications, excluding natural gas. It is available in 1/2-, 3/4-, 1-, 1 1/4-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch sizes and in multiple materials for specific applications. The carbon steel valve is available with EPDM and FKM sealing elements. The 304 stainless steel valve has an FKM sealing element, while the 316 stainless steel valve has an EPDM sealing element. It makes industrial maintenance and installation programs faster and more efficient by minimizing downtime and keeping projects on schedule. Secure connections with the ball valves can be made in seven seconds or less with no adapters. The valve is equipped with Smart Connect technology, which makes it easy to identify unpressed connections. 800-976-9819;

Webstone, a brand of NIBCO, thermostatic mixing valve

The thermostatic mixing valve from Webstone, a brand of NIBCO, is suitable for high-temperature solar heat sources. This valve accepts outputs up to 230 degrees F from a heat source, then mixes with cold-water supply to achieve temperatures for the desired application. Optional high-temperature in-line check inserts are also available. Choose from dezincification-resistant end connection fittings in FIP, MIP, SWT or Press and in 1/2- to 1-inch sizes. The valve has lead-free, forged brass construction and a temperature-locking handle. An array of G1 union fittings, accessories and isolation kits offer a solution for most installation needs. 800-255-9529;


AD Waters ALT Circo floor-mount tub filler

Easy-Fit adapters, a component on all of ALT’s Circo floor-mounted tub fillers, distributed by AD Waters, make for a quick, easy and efficient installation of the faucets, as the rough-in can be done prior to receiving the floor-mount tub filler. Moreover, there is no need to have access from underneath when installing floor-mounted tub fillers, as the adapters give extra play room and snap when the faucet is pushed down. The adapters are compact and pass easily through wooden or concrete construction, and they work for both above-slab and below-floor installation. The floor-mounted tub fillers are offered in trendy designs and in polished chrome or electro black. 800-239-9336;

Elkay ezH2O Liv

The ezH2O Liv from Elkay is a built-in filtered water dispenser for indoor residential settings. It is a sensor-activated, hands-free unit with a long-lasting filter that is NSF certified to reduce lead and other harmful contaminates directly at the point of use. Its front has a brushed stainless steel alcove with two different color options: Midnight and Aspen White. The unit also has a backlit LED Green Ticker that tracks the number of 20-ounce single-use plastic water bottles diverted from waste and has an automatic shut-off that prevents accidental overflow. Add-on features include a drip tray with optional drain connection and a water chiller for refrigerated water delivery. It notifies the user when its filter needs to be changed and is designed to fit within two standard wall studs for easier installation. It is ADA compliant. 800-476-4106;

FloLogic System with CONNECT

The FloLogic System with CONNECT app-based operation delivers a leak control solution to homes and businesses with water service from 3/4 up to 2 inches. All systems offer real-time leak detecting abilities beginning at 1/2 ounces of water flow per minute, thanks to 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 module has a thermometer, allowing low room-temperature alerts and automatic water shut-offs. 877-356-5644;

Infinity Drain Site Sizable low-profile linear drain

Site Sizable low-profile linear drains from Infinity Drain have a 1-inch-deep channel. The lower profile helps further simplify the barrier-free installation process by minimizing the floor height needed to achieve a curbless entry. The PVC channel also has a new “mortar lock” design to keep it positioned firmly in the mortar bed floor. The drain is available in 36-, 48-, 60-, 72- and 96-inch lengths in a tile-insert frame, as well as wedge wire or slotted grate styles. Finishes include satin stainless steel, polished stainless steel, oil-rubbed bronze, satin bronze and matte black. 516-767-6786;

Isenberg Bath Tanz faucet

The Tanz faucet from Isenberg Bath brings an industrial look to the kitchen. This stainless faucet design has a simple, yet chic vibe inspired by plumbing mechanics. Its sleek lines and soft curves create a sculptural silhouette that looks at home in contemporary or traditional settings. A rotating projection spout and side sprayer offer plenty of practicality to tackle tough kitchen tasks. Its eco-friendly design includes a 1.8 gpm flow rate and a spout projection of 8.5 inches. In addition to traditional metallic finishes, it is offered in 20 ceramic-based color finishes that include glossy white and black, as well as soft shades of gray, brown and green, plus bolder options such as crimson and navy blue. 888-342-2284;

Keeney Mfg. Stylewise full-soak bath drains

Stylewise full-soak bath drains from Keeney Mfg. are designed to offer a better bathing experience by allowing a deeper bath. The drain has an overflow that can be pushed closed, allowing the water to rise higher than a traditional bath drain. When not in use, the overflow can be pushed open to function like a traditional overflow. The drain also has an attractive flat foot-lok-style stop that can easily be pushed close or open without needing to bend over to adjust. The kit fits most standard bathtubs up to 22 inches deep with 1 1/2-inch PVC Schedule 40 tube. The kit is available in polished chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, and includes everything necessary for the complete installation of one complete drain. 800-243-0526;

MTI Baths 6036 shower base

The 6036 shower base from MTI Baths appears to be a standard model with hidden drain at first glance — until the drain cover is removed. The cover conceals an offset drain, which allows the base to replace an original narrower base or tub without the hassle of repositioning the drain plumbing in most cases. Measuring 60 by 36 inches, the base is crafted from durable Lucite, a cross-linked cast acrylic. It is further enhanced by multiple layers of fiberglass, resin, titanium and wood to prevent flexing. Another option allows for factory-leveled bases supported by high-density foam for easy installation. The base includes an integral tile flange on three sides and a stainless steel or white powder-coated hidden drain cover; it can be specified with a left- or right-side drain. It is available in white, bone or biscuit with a glossy finish or an optional white matte finish. 800-783-8827;

Niagara Conservation Nano dual-flush elongated toilet

The Nano dual-flush elongated toilet from Niagara Conservation is built with the company’s Stealth Technology to provide a high-power, low-maintenance, no-waste toilet that guarantees a powerful, clean flush every time. It is WaterSense certified and uses 77% less water than typical toilets. The dual-flush technology allows people to select either 0.5 or 0.8 gpf, with the same power as the industry standard 1.6 gpf. Its flapperless Stealth Technology delivers a powerful flush, preventing clogging and leaking and eliminating the need to flush more than once. A Fluidmaster 400A fill valve is fully submerged, canceling out the noise typically produced by a standard toilet. In addition, its compact, elongated bowl provides maximum comfort. 800-831-8383;

PRIER Products C-434 outdoor faucet

The C-434 outdoor faucet from PRIER Products is designed to drain even when the hose is attached. It also includes anti-siphon and backflow preventer to eliminate water or chemicals from going back into the potable water supply, which prevents contamination. The self-draining faucet provides customers all-season protection, even when the hose is attached. 800-362-9055;

Ruvati USA Terraza farmhouse sinks

Terraza farmhouse kitchen sinks from Ruvati USA are available in a brass-tone matte gold finish, copper-tone matte bronze or matte black gunmetal. All three bring a pop of color to the kitchen and ensure that this high-traffic area is a high-impact design space. Using a nano-PVD finish, the stainless steel sink is overlaid with a durable colored finish. Its matte texture resists fingerprints and stains and holds up against the demands of even the busiest kitchen. Each sink is crafted of 16-gauge T-304 grade stainless steel that will never rust or tarnish. The sinks are available in three sizes — 30, 33 and 36 inch — and include a matching-color strainer or garbage disposal flange. They are constructed with heavy-duty SoundGuard undercoating and thick rubber NoiseDefend padding to muffle the sounds of dishwashing and other culinary tasks. 855-478-8284; 


Omega Flex CounterStrike CSST

CounterStrike CSST gas piping from Omega Flex is available in 25-foot coils of its system in 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-inch diameters. Used for natural gas or propane-powered appliances, the smaller coils are suitable for smaller jobs involving the installation or relocation of a single gas appliance. It is designed to withstand higher levels of lightning energy when compared to conventional CSST. 800-355-1039;


DeWALT Tool DCE700 FLEXVOLT 60V MAX cordless pipe threader

The DCE700 FLEXVOLT 60V MAX cordless pipe threader from DeWALT Tool has a high-performance brushless motor that delivers long runtime in demanding applications. For fire sprinkler, mechanical and electrical applications, it threads up to 2-inch black iron pipe and rigid conduit. At 9.4 inches tall, 26.38 inches long and 19.98 pounds, it accepts a pipe capacity of 1/2 to 2 inches. It has a right-handed thread direction and its die and die head materials are made of high-speed steel and cast iron. It is also compatible with RIDGID 12R style die heads. Its E-Clutch system senses the motion of the tool and shuts it down if necessary. Its FLEXVOLT battery has an oil-resistant, glass-filled nylon housing that is secured in a latched and sealed box to guard it from corrosive cutting oils. 800-433-9258;

Enz USA Golden Jet 10.060A/B/CTR turbine nozzle

With operating flows as low as 8 gpm at 2,000 psi, the Golden Jet 10.060A/B/CTR turbine nozzle from Enz USA is a powerful cleaning tool. The turbine design allows for lower flow and less water usage while maintaining high torque for effective pipe cleaning in lines ranging from 2.5 to 8 inches. Because of its sealed bearings, this nozzle can be operated with both clean and recycled water while being relatively maintenance-free. This compact, efficient nozzle is a powerful root remover and is suitable for use on grease, solids, mineral deposits, concrete and grout. Its complete kit provides a selection of precut chains, skids and two head styles. 877-362-8721;

General Pipe Cleaners stainless steel braid hose

High-performance stainless steel braid jet hose from General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring enhances the performance and cleaning power of the portable JM-1000 Mini-Jet and JM-1450 water jet drain cleaners. The durable stainless steel braid makes it easier to slide the jet hose down 1.5- to 3-inch drainlines and more easily navigate tight bends. The 3/16-inch Teflon core reduces flow resistance and improves small line cleaning power. It is available in 30-, 50- and 75-foot lengths. 800-245-6200;

Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL SUPER HAWG

The M18 FUEL SUPER HAWG from Milwaukee Tool has the power and speed to replace corded right angle drills. Its POWERSTATE brushless motor has been upgraded to deliver 30% more power in high speed. The tool’s REDLINK PLUS electronics have also been optimized to increase power under load and capacity, allowing the tool to drill 6 1/4-inch holes through a 6-inch beam without bogging down. The tool also has an optimized gear ratio for increased performance and 50%-faster application speeds. Delivering 1,550 rpm, the tool is as fast as corded-in application. When equipped with an M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH OUTPUT XC6.0 battery, the drill can complete more than 100 2 9/16-inch holes on a single charge, eliminating the hassle of cords or the constant switching out of multiple battery packs, while exceeding the performance of higher-voltage solutions. 800-729-3878;

Picote Solutions Mini Cleaner

The Mini Cleaner from Picote Solutions is a high-speed pipeline cleaning system aimed at the domestic drainage and plumbing markets. The unit has a flexible two-part shaft with a rotating inner core where the cleaning heads are attached. The stationary outer casing ensures the operator’s hands do not make contact with rotating parts during the cleaning operation, improving safety and flexibility. The outer casing is durable and also flame, abrasion and chemically resistant with a high continuous service temperature. The whole unit weighs in at 58 pounds so it can be easily transported. It also has the flexibility to handle multiple 90-degree bends, even in the smaller-diameter pipes. 219-440-1404;

RIDGID C-Style close quarters copper tubing cutters

RIDGID C-Style close quarters copper tubing cutters are designed to eliminate a cutter from toolboxes by cutting three sizes with only two tools. The 1/2- and 3/4-inch combined tubing cutter has a quick-change feature that allows easy switching between the two sizes, with the second cutter designed for 1-inch tubing. Each comes with a spring-loaded cutter wheel that provides constant pressure on the tubing and features the RIDGID X-CEL Wheel Pin for quick wheel replacement without tools. In addition, slots were added around the outside of each cutter for a flat-head screwdriver to advance and rotate the tool where access is limited. 800-474-3443;

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;

Bosch Thermotechnology Greentherm 9000 Series

The Greentherm 9000 Series from Bosch Thermotechnology is available in nine models for high-efficiency domestic hot water in residential or commercial applications with features for easy installation, operation and maintenance. It has a UEF of 0.97 with thermal efficiency of 100%. This series achieves temperature stability of plus or minus 2 degrees F through the active bypass. Its advanced technology controls output capacity, optimizing comfort and efficiency by combining the burner’s pulsating mode with the bypass valve to achieve the desired outlet temperature, even at low flow rates. Its wide operating range between 9,000 and 199,000 Btu, saves energy when hot-water demand is low. 800-283-3787;

Bradford White Water Heaters AeroTherm Series heat pump water heater

Bradford White Water Heaters AeroTherm Series heat pump water heater is available in a 65-gallon capacity to handle higher-demand households. It is ENERGY STAR certified for year-round savings and provides four operating modes (heat pump, hybrid, electric and vacation) to give customers more control and flexibility. It offers Vitraglas corrosion protection and qualifies for many state and local utility rebates and tax credits. It is designed with top connections for easy installation. It can also be fully repaired in the field (both sealed system and electrical). 800-523-2931;  


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