Plumbing and Mechanical

2014 August

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2014 August

In the August issue of PM, read about the continued construction and renovations being made to hotels and restaurants. Find out the focus of this year's ISH China show will be, who made this month's Truck of the Month and read what Elkay has to say about their commercial construction expansion. Also, read the latest news and discover the newest products being used by professionals in the plumbing and mechanical industry.

Renovation of hospitality properties continues to be strong in 2014.

Hotel construction on the move.
By Kelly Faloon
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Renovation seems to be where hospitality building owners are spending their money.


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A look inside a salt-free water softening system

What’s the water like?
By Nadia Askar
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Salt-free water softeners


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ISH China 2014: Focus on water quality and energy efficiency

The 2014 ISH China & CIHE trade show was held May 13-15 at the New China Exhibition Center in Beijing.
By Kelly Faloon
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Water quality, water conservation and energy-efficient heating technologies take the stage at the annual trade show in Beijing.


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2014 Pipe Trades Giants: Positive outlook

Plumbing and mechanical contractors see good news for future business.
By Kelly Faloon
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Just over a third of respondents reported increased revenue last year from 2012.


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PM Profile: Elkay’s Timothy Jahnke

Elkay stays flexible to offer products its customers need.
By Bob Miodonski
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Manufacturer sees uptick coming in commercial construction.


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Heating with locally produced wood chips

High-value chips in Update New York.
By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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How an Upstate NY school now heats with locally produced wood chips.


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Truck of the Month: Boston Standard, Dorchester, Mass.

Boston Standard's trucks are clean-cut and eye-catching.
By Nadia Askar
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Boston Standard is now a 24/7 company that focuses on service, repair and installation for residential and commercial companies, and does occasional remodeling jobs.


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Eight steps to generate more customer referrals

Learn no-cost, low-effort ways to get big returns.
By Adams Hudson
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Referrals are often no cost and low effort with big returns.


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Vacationing sans cell phone or laptop

The joy of unplugging
By Kelly Faloon
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For some, it’s too easy to let a job overtake what’s outside the job — family, friends, hobbies or vacations. And it’s not really a vacation if you’re constantly checking your smartphone for text messages or emails from work colleagues, clients or feature-interview subjects.


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Selling your plumbing or heating services with passion

Sell with passion.
By Al Levi
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Can’t drive it, wear it or show it off to my friends, but…


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Hydronic cooling for smaller buildings

Not just for skyscrapers.
By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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Hydronic cooling also works in smaller buildings.


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Learn from the mistakes of others to avoid boiler startup dangers

Boiler startup dangers.
By Ray Wohlfarth
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That was my first mistake. I assumed.


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U.S. cumulative wealth reaches all-time high

Big bucks.
By Morris Beschloss
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In comprehending a nation’s total value, it must be understood that it encompasses the totality of tangible household values comprising America’s population of 320 million.


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Three tips to help your team become top performers

Three tips to help improve yourself and your team members.
By Kenny Chapman
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Many calls we receive are from customers who are already in a distressed emotional state.


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What to remember when designing your next hydronic plus forced-air system

Hydronics + forced-air systems
By Brian Stack
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What to remember when you are designing your next big system.


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Where are our apprenticeships?

The path to a career is through hands-on education.
By Dan Holohan
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Perhaps they’d rather be texting, tweeting and posting to Facebook rather than building stuff.


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Apollo Valves celebrates manufacturing milestone

Distributor F.W. Webb recently purchased the 150,000,001 70-100 Series Ball Valve from Apollo.
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It has produced more than 150,000,000 of the 70-100 Series ball valves since first put into production in 1968.


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Basement cleanout, PVC spacers, pipe storage

Tool Tips—August 2014
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When opening an overhead cleanout in the basement, tie a heavy-duty plastic trashbag around the cleanout, leaving room to get your hand in to remove the cleanout plug that you previously loosened. Cut a small corner of the trashbag bottom and put a 5-gal. bucket under the hole.


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Channellock event highlights commitment to workforce, U.S.-based manufacturing

Channellock: Fiercely made
By Mike Miazga
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Channellock event highlights companys commitment to its workforce and U.S.-based manufacturing.


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PHCC CONNECT 2014 convention in New Orleans to focus on new strategies and opportunities

PHCC CONNECT 2014: Get jazzed in New Orleans
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The PHCC Educational Foundation hosts the Plumbing Apprentice Contest and HVAC Apprentice Contest at CONNECT 2014.


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David Kohler advises Women in Industry members to find a mentor, get involved

Kohler listed what the company looks for in leaders.
By Nadia Askar
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Women in Industry held an “Ask an Executive” webinar June 24 with David Kohler.


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CDA offers resource for working with lead-free copper alloys

The Copper Development Association recently launched its latest video.
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The educational video serves as a valuable resource for plumbers, contractors and technicians installing or working with new copper alloys.


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New corporate headquarters for Hugh M. Cunningham Cos.

The 95,000-sq.-ft. facility is the new home to all Cunningham Cos
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Hugh M. Cunningham Cos. moved into its new corporate headquarters building in early March.


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BrassCraft celebrates journeymen with complimentary tool bag

BrassCraft Mfg. Co. is helping to start off young careers right with a practical gift.
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Recent plumbing graduates moving from apprentice to journeyman status can register to request the complimentary BrassCraft signature tool bag.


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State Water Heaters donates to military charity on behalf of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

The water heater manufacturer was on hand at the Quaker State 400.
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State Water Heaters recently supported Kurt Busch in his “double” attempt on May 25.


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APR Supply acquires plumbing and heating distributor W.G. Balph Co.

The transition began in June.
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APR Supply acquires distributor W.G. Balph Co.


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RIDGID video inspection system with self-leveling camera head

RIDGID’s SeeSnake Mini video inspection system is now available with a 1.18” self-leveling camera head for clear and upright viewing inside pipes.
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The Mini’s metal frame and rugged drum provide durability for demanding jobsites.


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Victaulic cold-storage fire sprinkler bracket

Victaulic’s VicFlex Style AB6 Assembly for cold storage applications reduces hands-on installation time.
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In the event of seismic activity or any settling of a building, the external structure and the freezer box inside the structure can move in different directions and the sprinkler will move with the activity and adjust accordingly.


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Korky mobile accessible toilet repair

Korky’s Toilet Toolbox is a mobile website dedicated to helping users find the correct parts for any toilet repair job.
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Users can navigate the Product Selector page by searches based on any of the following criteria: brand of toilet; age of toilet; toilet tank number; type of part; or original part number.


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Webstone near-boiler piping kits

Webstone’s Hydro-Core Manifold is now packaged with prefabricated and insulated supply/return lines outfitted with connections for a user’s specific boiler.
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It is compatible with 185 different boilers. It is designed specifically for hydraulic separation and purging the near-boiler piping loop.


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Copper Development Association copper handbook mobile app

The Copper Development Association introduces the Copper Tube Handbook app that can be downloaded directly onto an iPad or smartphone and carried onto the jobsite.
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The app can be downloaded through iTunes or Android Google Play.


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Jomar Valve mini brass ball valves

Jomar Valve introduces a chrome-plated brass mini ball valve line.
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These 1/8” to 1/2” NPT valves are ideal for various industrial, fluid power or hose applications.


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DeWalt cordless hand-held lighting

DeWalt’s DCL050, 20V Max LED hand-held area light has a rubber over-mold for grip during use or can be placed on flat surfaces.
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The area light includes two LED’s for maximum light output and provides up to 17 hours of runtime with a 4.0Ah 20V Max battery. It also includes a 360° rotating hook so the unit can be hung.


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RectorSeal online pump selection tool

The FastFind Pump Selector is a regularly updated, interactive, web-based ductless mini-split condensate pump selection tool for engineers, distributors and installers.
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The website then leads the user to the pump’s specific webpage. It is compatible with all Internet-based devices.


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Viega lead-free press ball valves

Viega’s ProPress Zero Lead ball valves for Viega ProPress systems are made from silicon-bronze alloy and engineered for press technology.
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Certified ASME A112.4-2004 and NSF-61G in sizes from 1/2” to 2”, they are suitable for use with ProPress fittings in copper for potable water applications. Installers have a choice of stems in the press x press configuration ball valves, either Eco Brass or 316 stainless steel.


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Goulds Water Technology energy-efficient multistage water pump

Goulds Water Technology’s e-HM stainless-steel series is a horizontal multistage water pump for commercial and industrial applications.
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A balanced impeller reduces axial thrust, and a thicker stainless-steel pump body enhances durability and reliability.


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Echotape weather and leak repair tape

Echotape’s All Weather Repair Tape is 2” wide and sticky enough to be applied to concrete, stone, wood, glass, metal, plastic, cement, plywood and damp fabrics.
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The All Leak Repair Tape (pictured) provides a watertight seal, is temperature- and corrosion-resistant, is 3” wide and features double the stickiness of the All Weather Tape.


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Paxton stainless-steel control valve

Paxton’s V43 stainless-steel control valve is available in sizes 1/2” to 2” NPT.
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Together with the 15-second actuator VM800, the V43 can be used to control domestic hot water (potable water) from a building automation system or the stand-alone controller TC250D.


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Milwaukee Tool heated jackets, hoodies

Milwaukee Tool’s 2014 line of M12 Heated Gear includes a redesign for better fit and heat retention
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The battery provides up to 6 hours of continuous heat per charge.


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Lochinvar high-efficiency fire tube boiler

Lochinvar’s FTXL fire tube boiler is designed with a stainless-steel fire tube heat exchanger.
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The operating system allows for remote communication with the boiler via Wi-Fi or a wired Internet connection.


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Taco energy-efficient zone valve

Taco’s Zone Sentry Zone Valve is NSF 61 G-certified and uses microcircuit-based logic to control a gear-driven electronic actuator that drives a ball valve-based body design.
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Available in a two-way sweat configuration with either a normally open or normally closed actuator, it can be installed in any direction/orientation. Snap-in quick connects allow for a simple, secure wiring hook-up.


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Reed full-line tool catalog

Reed’s full-line 84-page Catalog N offers three pages of new products. Bullet
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Two and half pages worth of products in Catalog N are designated “best ever,” which means they offer significant improvements over all prior Reed versions of that tool.


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Bonomi flanged industrial full-port ball valves

Bonomi’s line of ANSI Class 150 flanged industrial full-port ball valves are designed for easy automation with low operating torque and direct actuator mounting.
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Standard features include virgin PTFE seats, stainless-steel ball and blowout proof stem, and a locking handle.


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Makita compact reciprocating saw

Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Recipro Saw has a compact size, weighs 3.9 lb. and features a dual-position on/off switch that allows for either paddle or trigger switch operation.
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Additional features include a “tool-less” blade change system, a built-in LED light, electric brake and a lock-off switch lock for added convenience.


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Chicago Faucets water-conserving metering faucets

Chicago Faucets’ 3510 Series of water-conserving metering faucets feature a 0.5 gal. per min. nonaerating outlet.
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Featuring a solid ECAST brass, chrome-plated body, the faucet has pre-installed, flexible, stainless-steel hoses that connect to standard water supplies and a built-in check valve.


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General Pipe Cleaners urinal snake negotiates tight bends

General Pipe Cleaners’ Teletube Urinal Auger features a specially designed spring that has the toughness and flexibility to negotiate tight urinal bends.
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It features a telescoping 48”-long flexible spring, a crush-resistant hexagonal aluminum inner tube, durable galvanized steel push rod, rubber bumper, rugged turning handle and vinyl hand grip, and grip-clip for attaching the spring after use.


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Franklin Electric solar technology for water pumps

Franklin Electric’s SubDrive SolarPAK technology gives water pump installers and users the option to use solar as the power source on virtually any 4” well.
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With SolarPAK’s variable-frequency drive, the pump produces water even on cloudy days or with minimal sunlight.


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Electric Eel sewer- and drain-cleaning for tough blockages

The Model C cleans 3” to 10” diameter lines with up to 200’ of 1 1/4” self-feeding dual cable in 8’ or 10’ sections.
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The Model C is ideal for tougher blockages such as tree roots and for longer runs in main sewer lines.


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Eemax high-efficiency electric tankless water heater

Eemax’s HomeAdvantage II is an electric tankless water heater with a wide variety of sizes, from 8kW to 36kW.
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It is 99.8% energy efficient and features digital temperature control (selectable from 80° F to 140°) and self-modulating technology. It saves users energy, water, space and money.


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A. O. Smith commercial modulating gas water heater

A. O. Smith’s Cyclone Mxi is a modulating, high-efficiency commercial gas water heater.
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Other features include: maneuverability and ease-of-installation due to its lightweight design; a helical coil heat exchanger that maximizes heat transfer; and a PermaGlas glass-lining that protects tank against corrosion.


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American Standard high-efficiency, hands-free urinal flush valves

American Standard’s high-efficiency urinal flush valves offer Selectronic hands-free function, flexible power options, reduced maintenance and reliable performance.
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Power options include exposed hard-wired AC, exposed hard-wired Multi-AC and exposed battery-powered configurations for installation flexibility..


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Kohler touchless toilet technology

Kohler’s Touchless toilet technology allows users to flush using a sensor instead of the traditional flush lever.
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The sensor runs on four AA alkaline batteries, included, which last on average six to 12 months.


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2014 August

2014 August

In the August issue of PM, read about the continued construction and renovations being made to hotels and restaurants. Find out the focus of this year's ISH China show will be, who made this month's Truck of the Month and read what Elkay has to say about their commercial construction expansion. Also, read the latest news and discover the newest products being used by professionals in the plumbing and mechanical industry.
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