Plumbing and Mechanical

July 2014

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In the July issue of PM Magazine, read about the steps the president of MacGregor Plumbing is taking to help the next generation of plumbing professionals enter the industry. Learn about the Hartford Loop, how CPVC pastic piping works in multifamily construction and training mistakes to avoid to become a more effective trainer. Find out who is this month's Truck of the Month, read the latest tool tips and discover the latest products in the plumbing industry.

Women in Plumbing: MacGregor Plumbing President Julie Wieman is focused on recruiting the next generation

Women in Plumbing: recruiting the next generation.
By Kelly Faloon
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MacGregor Plumbing President Julie Wieman is focused on building her northern Michigan business — and the next generation of plumbers and heating techs.


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Truck of the Month: Vito Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Washington, D.C.

Vito Plumbing celebrates 80 years in business.
By Nadia Askar
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James Vito Inc. was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1934.


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Uponor 2014 Connections conference: Investing in each other

Uponor 2014 Connections conference draws more than 900 people.
By Mike Miazga
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This year’s convention was filled with networking and educational opportunities.


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CPVC plastic pipe performs in multifamily construction

Working with CPVC piping differs fundamentally from working with copper and other plastic piping systems on several levels.
By Mark Lemire
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This plastic pipe material saved New Hampshire-based mechanical contractor Armand E. Lemire Co. time and money.


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9 tips on getting customers to help write your web content

Improve your website’s search results.
By Adams Hudson
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Creating fresh, interesting content for your website can seem like a never-ending task.


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Avoid these Top 5 training mistakes to become a more effective trainer

Top 5 training mistakes.
By Kenny Chapman
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Effective training helps individuals see how to utilize their strengths.


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What to consider when equipping your mobile workforce

Smartphone or tablet?
By Howard Latham
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“There’s an app for that.”


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Modern approaches to wood-fired hydronic heating

Don’t overlook the trees.
By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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Just as the solar thermal industry had its ups and downs over the last four decades, the American public’s interest in wood-based heating has fluctuated with the price of conventional fuel.


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Create discipline steps for workplace infractions

The black and white of rule-breaking.
By Al Levi
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Create steps of discipline for infractions other than lying, cheating and stealing.


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Six commonly asked questions about no-lead plumbing

Are you still confused?
By Julius Ballanco, P.E.
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No-lead six months later.


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Higher interest rates could weaken housing starts

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac rebound.
By Morris Beschloss
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In the wake of four postrecession years, it is obvious that the long love affair with homeowning as the key asset of America’s middle class is over.


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Think about retirement now in order to save the money you'll need then

How much profit is enough?
By Jim Hamilton
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The key phrase here is “financial gain.”


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Top 10 facts about the Hartford Loop

Ten facts about its history and how it works
By Dan Holohan
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Learn about how the Hartford Loop works.


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Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors push for representation on plumbing, heating issues

PHCC members push for representation
By Nadia Askar
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The 2014 PHCC Legislative Conference took place May 21-22 in Washington, D.C.


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Plumbing distributor Studio 41 acquires Chicago KOHLER stores

Studio 41 is an authorized Kohler plumbing distributor.
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Kohler store locations include Glenview and Burr Ridge, Ill.


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Plumbing, heating distributor The Granite Group adds new branch location

The new location will be in Auburn, Maine.
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Plumbing and heating wholesale distributor The Granite Group recently announced it will open its 29th branch.


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October is Careers in Construction Month

The Build Your Future initiative is once again declaring October as Careers in Construction Month.
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Online resources are available to make it easy for organizations to participate at www.byf.org/planningguide.


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General Tools & Instruments acquired by High Road Capital Partners

The acquisition of General Tools & Instruments happened earlier this year.
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Private equity firm High Road Capital Partners purchased General Tools & Instruments.


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Mansfield to move 90% of production to United States

Mansfield Plumbing Products recently announced it will now produce more than 90% of its product volume in the United States.
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With increased U.S. manufacturing, Mansfield can now offer shorter lead times and higher fill rates than any other vitreous china manufacturer.


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TOTO inks distribution deal with WinWholesale

TOTO has entered into a strategic alliance with construction products distributor WinWholesale.
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Select Win-branded and Noland Co. locations will have available TOTO’s full line of residential and commercial fixtures.


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American Fire Sprinkler Association announces scholarship contest winners

AFSA announces scholarship contest winners
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Applicants are required to read a passage about fire and take a 10-question reading comprehension test. For each question answered correctly, the student receives one entry into a drawing for one of 10 scholarships. A total of 10 entries per applicant into the drawing are possible.


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CDA unveils new educational piping video

A new resource for those working with lead-free copper alloys.
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Educational video is in response to new lead-free plumbing legislation.


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Team USA wins 2014 Water Innovation Challenge

Team USA defeated Team Australia at the Water Innovation Challenge.
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The Water Innovation Challenge was held during the International Water Week in Singapore.


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BrassCraft releases plumbing how-to videos and plumbing product videos in Spanish

BrassCraft is releasing Spanish language versions of its most popular how-to and product videos.
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Product videos are one of the top three tools used by professionals across all demographics for product research.


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Compression gasket install, cutting oil with dawn, try a compact

Tool Tips—July 2014
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When installing a no-caulk shower drain, I found the best way to install the compression gasket is to use a 2-in. PVC coupling and a rubber mallet.


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Bonomi North America relocates NA headquarters to North Carolina

The company plans to expand its newly acquired facility in the near future to add assembly operations and support staff.
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The company plans for expansion.


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OSHA launches campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses for outdoor workers

Heat-related illnesses can be fatal.
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In 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illnesses.


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Service Nation Alliance names plumbing, heating contractors of the year

Service Nation Alliance recently announced that Dutton Plumbing is the recipient of its 2013 North American Plumbing Contractor of the Year award.
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Dutton Plumbing, led by Eric Dutton, and Jerry Kelly Heating and Air Conditioning, led by Steve Miles, were selected for their commitment to innovative products and services


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John Siegenthaler to teach biomass heating course

In partnership with HeatSpring Learning Institute and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council.
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he course is a unique opportunity to learn advanced techniques and strategies from Plumbing & Mechanical columnist John Siegenthaler, P.E.


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Nexstar adds to business coaching staff

Nexstar Network recently added Jodie Deegan to its business coaching staff.
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Deegan has been involved in the HVAC, plumbing, drain and electrical fields for more than 25 years.


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Letters to the Editor — July 2014

Safety conerns, buying products online
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Find out what other readers have to say about past articles and issues of PM Magazine.


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JACLO flexible faucet and toilet supply line

JACLO introduces its JACLOFlex decorative flexible stainless-steel braided faucet and toilet supply line.
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Four finishes are available to blend and complement JACLO and other manufacturers’ finishes: blonde, brunette, black and gray.


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Onset building performance data logger

Onset’s HOBO UX120-006M Analog Logger provides a deployment-friendly LCD and support for up to four external sensors for measuring temperature, current, CO2, voltage and more.
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On-screen alarms can be set for each channel to notify users when a sensor reading exceeds high or low thresholds.


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Gidders bathtub overflow gasket

Gidders Gaskets’ fifth gasket is for all bathtub overflows and replaces the tapered black rubber gasket.
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This addition compliments the other four gaskets for lavatories, kitchen sinks and bathtub drains.


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Dexter + Chaney mobile app for payroll entries

Dexter + Chaney’s mobile app Payroll Time Entry — lets supervisors and project managers enter labor and equipment hours directly from the jobsite.
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Spectrum applications, including payroll, job cost, human resources and equipment management, all make use of the data from the app.


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DeWalt tool organizer trolley

DeWalt’s TSTAK Trolley, with separate organizers, is a storage solution for power tools, hand tools and accessories.
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A three-position telescopic aluminum handle adjusts for convenient mobility. The trolley’s load capacity is up to 220 lb. and is ideal for stacking and pulling.


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Buyers Products corrosion-resistant spray lubricant

Buyers Products’ 15-ounce can of SprayLube 990 is a strong spray lubricant that penetrates and loosens rust and corrosion on metal-to-metal parts.
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It is for lubricating and protecting a variety of parts including pintle hooks, drive train sprockets, door hinges and many others.


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Klein Tools gloves for trade professionals

Klein Tools expands its personal protective equipment product line with the new Journeyman Gloves series of six gloves for better hand protection on the job in addition to more comfort and durability.
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The palm and thumb are reinforced with synthetic leather for extra durability, and rubberized fingertips provide added grip.


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RectorSeal mini-split condensate pumps

RectorSeal’s Plug-and-Play feature for Aspen’s Mini Aqua and Silent+ Mini Aqua condensate pumps for ductless minisplit air conditioners enables quick pump installation or replacement.
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In replacements, wiring only requires plugging the new pump into the existing Plug-and-Play apparatus.


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Liberty Pumps residential grinder pump

The new ProVore PRG-Series grinders are designed for use in residential applications where addition of a bathroom or other fixtures below sewer lines requires pumping.
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The ProVore features Liberty’s patented V-Slice cutter technology, which easily shreds solids such as feminine products, rags and other unwanted debris. Compact factory-assembled systems are available in both simplex and duplex versions.


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RIDGID camera reel and recording monitor

RIDGID’s new SeeSnake CS6Pak Digital Recording Monitor, combined with the Compact2 Camera Reel, allows users to generate high-quality multimedia for thorough and efficient reporting of drain line repairs.
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The CS6Pak provides the ability to quickly capture photos and video clips directly to a USB drive. Features include one-touch recording for the efficient documentation of inspection jobs, a daylight viewable display and water-resistant keypad.


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Milwaukee Tool compact reciprocating saw

Milwaukee Tool’s M12 Fuel Hackzall reciprocating saw has a compact, lightweight design for one-handed operation in tight spaces and features reduced vibration for increased control and accuracy
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It features the Powerstate brushless motor and Redlink Plus intelligence hardware and software. Also included are one M12 Redlithium XC 4.0 extended capacity battery pack, one M12 charger, a blade and a contractor bag.


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Culnat small-bath shower and toilet combo

Culnat’s Wyng Showlet is an all-in-one shower and toilet combination that provides users with added safety and independence.
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The Showlet is part of the Wyng Wetroom System, which includes the Wyng Wall-Rail, pans and safety handrails.


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Taco whole-house leak detection system

Taco’s FloodBreaker whole-house, adjustable leak detection system monitors all water use in the home and shuts off the main water supply if any of the user-programmed settings are reached.
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It operates on 9V DC power supply, with four AA batteries as backup. It also features an audible alarm, a special vacation mode and a push-button reset. It is NSF 61-certified, and is available in 3/4”, 1” and 1 1/4” NPT connection sizes.


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Uponor commercial EP multiport tees

Uponor’s high-flow branch and flow-through engineered polymer multiport tees feature 1 1/4” inlets and three 3/4” outlets and are designed for commercial installations
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Both products feature a ProPEX connection that capitalizes on the shape memory to create strong, durable connections that hold tight with 1,000 lb. of radial force.


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InSinkErator all-in-one water tap

The InSinkErator 3N1 model of the All-in-One tap combines a contemporary mixer tap with an instant hot water dispenser to provide unfiltered cold and hot water or filtered, near-boiling water on the spot.
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The 3N1 faucet must be paired with the company’s stainless-steel instant hot water tank and water filtration system or its high performance steaming-hot water tank.


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EasyHeat roof de-icing system

EasyHeat offers systems designed to efficiently reduce ice formation along roof edges and in gutters, drains and downspouts.
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The MI TRACE cable is a fixed, series-resistance, constant-wattage cable used in commercial and industrial applications. For residential, the ADKS cable systems are available in kits that include roof clips and cable spacers.


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Ranger Design drop-down ladder rack

Ranger Design’s FAST-RACK is a drop-down ladder rack for cargo vans.
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It passed a 108° thermo cycling and freezing rain test and has a five-year life cycle.


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General Pipe Cleaners power drain cleaner

General Pipe Cleaners’ Metro power drain cleaner has a capacity of 75’ of 5/8” Flexicore wire rope center cable.
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The Metro features a fold-down handle, power cable feed and guide tube combination, stair climbers, truck loading wheel and tough frame on 10” heavy-duty wheels for easy transport. It can drive and retract cable at up to 20’ per min. with the variable-speed control.


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UWS truck storage boxes

UWS’ matte black truck boxes are available with both a pull-handle as well as paddle handles.
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The box also features a fully foamed lid, connecting rod enclosure, MicroSeal stripping, two built-in tool trays and screwdriver holders, and a three-compartment sliding tray.


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Jomar lead-free press valves

Jomar Valve now offers 2 1/2”, 3” and 4” lead-free XLC press valves.
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Similar in color to bronze, the high-quality lead-free brass valves have greater corrosion resistance.


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Modine digital catalog iPad app

Modine introduces an iPad app for specifiers, reps, engineers and contractors with interest in school, commercial and residential applications.
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To download, search for “Modine” at the iPad app store.


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Energy Conservation Services solar hot water guidebook

Energy Conservation Services’ newly revised book, “Solar Hot Water Systems: Lessons Learned 1977 to Today,” includes practical knowledge to successfully install residential and commercial solar hot water and pool heating systems.
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The Study Guide version to pass the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Solar Thermal Exam includes a PowerPoint and more than 500 questions in the same multiple-choice style of the exam.


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NEOPERL silicone-tipped spray

NEOPERL’s PCA SLC saves 70% on water and sewer bills, as well as conserving energy.
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Available in regular and small sizes — 0.5 gal. per min., 1.0 gpm and the new 0.35 gpm for maximum LEED points in U.S. Green Building Council projects.


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Bonomi lead-free automated ball valve shutoff

Bonomi’s 8E064LF electrically actuated shutoff valve package combines a forged lead-free brass ball valve, without the addition of silicon or bismuth, and an electric actuator.
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Valbia actuators are made with steel and techno-polymer gears, and hardened steel pinions..


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Bradley tankless tempering system for emergencies

Bradley’s Keltech Tankless Tempering System delivers instantaneous ANSI-required tepid water to emergency safety showers and eye/face washes.
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All models are precision-engineered with materials such as copper tubing and robust brass castings. Two units are currently available: one for emergency eyewashes and one for emergency showers.


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TOTO water-saving shower system

TOTO’s Aero shower system offers AeroJet+ with patented air injection technology to increase the volume of each water droplet.
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It incorporates TOTO’s Shape Memory Alloy valves, which allows for complete water cessation when turned off; no residual water loss through drips or leaking, no staining or scaling. Available in classic and modern design.


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Gerber Plumbing dual-flush two-piece toilet

Gerber adds a dual-flush toilet to its Logan Square Collection.
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In addition to the standard model, Gerber offers an ErgoHeight bowl that is ADA-compliant. Both options are installed with a 12” rough-in.


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Fold-down shower seat

The new Fold-Down Shower Seat from Moen Home Care offers a stylish, universal design solution in the shower.
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A wide, 20" by 15" seating surface supports users up to 400 lb. It is ADA-compliant with a limited lifetime warranty.


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Danze tumbled bronze finish expanded

Danze’s Tumbled Bronze finish expands to include more styles in the bath as well as in the kitchen.
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The finish combines an antique copper base with a distressed brown overtone.


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Bemis adjustable toilet for varying bowl sizes

Bemis Mfg.’s Adjustable Easy-Clean and Change toilet seat can be moved forward or backward up to 1/2” to account for varying toilet bowl sizes — both round and elongated.
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The hinge allows the ring and cover to close slowly and quietly. The seat is made of molded wood with a high-gloss finish that resists chipping and scratching.


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T&S Brass commercial sensor faucet line expansion

T&S Brass adds 12 models to its ChekPoint product line.
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Base models EC-3130 and EC-3132 are single-hole, above-deck electronic sensor faucets that offer easy installation, control and maintenance, as well as significant long-term water and energy savings


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California Faucets bathroom ‘pop-down’ sink drain

California Faucets’ ZeroDrain is a “pop-down” drain that sits flush with the sink and requires no lift knob to operate it.
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Press the stopper again to release it and water will disappear into the thin circular gap around the stopper. Pull out the stopper, rinse and reinsert for easy cleaning.


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American Standard versatile bathroom accessory line

American Standard’s new bathroom accessory sets range in design style from traditional round, traditional square, casual, contemporary round and contemporary square.
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They feature durable metal construction and, depending on design, a choice of polished chrome, satin nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finishes.


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In the July issue of PM Magazine, read about the steps the president of MacGregor Plumbing is taking to help the next generation of plumbing professionals enter the industry. Learn about the Hartford Loop, how CPVC pastic piping works in multifamily construction and training mistakes to avoid to become a more effective trainer. Find out who is this month's Truck of the Month, read the latest tool tips and discover the latest products in the plumbing industry.
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