See what tools and equipment caught readers' attention this year in our Top 20 Online Products list.
#1 Rugged, Portable Work Light
The new Husky 84-Watt Portable Tripod
Fluorescent Work Light with 360-degree illumination provides lighting solutions
for various jobsite needs. In operation, it stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall and
can light up large workspaces – up to 17 x 24 feet – by producing the
equivalent of 300 watts of incandescent light in all directions with no heat
#2 Torpedo Level
Leveling tool manufacturer
Swanson Tool Co. launched a new professional line
of precision-machined, solid-billet aluminum torpedo levels - the 9-inch Savage™
and 6-inch Lil’ Savage. The levels are equipped with innovative and time-saving
features, all in one pocket-sized, lightweight tool.
#3 Pipe Restoration System
patented Swiss pipe restoration system, is coming to America from Wotec
Corp. It uses wet, pulsating aluminum oxide to completely clean the interior of
old water pipes and causes no damage to thin or worn pipes. Other systems use
dry, abrasive sandblasting material, which can only be operable for a short
time. Since the sand makes holes in thin areas and pipe bends, many blind areas
remain unclean. This prevents the epoxy from adhering to the interior pipes.
Inc. introduces its Class 125 cast bronze Y-strainer line used in commercial
applications to trap foreign matter in steam, water, oil or gas pipelines. The
line includes Class 125 solder ½- to 2-inch and threaded ¼- to 3-inch rated 125
SWP/200 CWP. Available with threaded or solder-end connections, and solid or
tapped cap with plug.
#5 MultiPort CPVC Manifold System
FlowGuard® MultiPort CPVC
manifold system offers a flexible solution for use with potable water piping
materials. Available in 1-, 1 1/4-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch sizes for residential and
commercial applications, it can be installed vertically, horizontally or
floating. Allows for any number of ports during installation and in the future,
giving contractors a versatile, nonmechanical manifold solution.
#6 Hybrid Electric Water Heater
The new GE
Hybrid Electric Water Heater combines energy-saving heating technology with
traditional electric heating systems without sacrificing the amount of hot
water it can deliver. It absorbs heat in ambient air and transfers it into the
water. It uses the existing water and electrical connections, and occupies the
same footprint as a traditional tank water heater, making it perfect for new
construction or a replacement upgrade.
#7 Trap Adapter
trap adapter from Plastic Productions LLC eliminates
labor steps. It also eliminates glue joints on finish. Accepts tubular traps,
and allows for multiple test points and air release.
#8 Gas-Powered Water Jetter
Pipe Cleaners’ Jet-Set™ Model J-2900 gas-powered water jetter is lighter and
more maneuverable, and features a 3,000-psi, 4-gpm triplex pump with
Vibra-pulse® on demand, for getting around tight bends. A 300-foot capacity
hose reel with reel brake and brass swivel is mounted on a heavy-duty frame
with two pneumatic tires.
#9 Floating Console and Cylinder Washbasin
new Fogo floating console is available in various widths. Its large drawers
make the low console very spacious in terms of storage potential. The slim
Bacino cylindrical washbasin can be positioned in the center or to one side of
the console. Its unique geometry has been specifically designed at an 18
1/8-inch height and 14 5/16-inch diameter to create a deep inner basin without
tap area or overflow.
#10 Heavy-Duty Tool Box
The Load ‘N Go
Heavy-Duty Tuff Box from Clean-Fit Products is a
“contractor-grade,” large-capacity carrying case for storing, transporting and
protecting everything from tools to parts and fittings. It features rugged
tongue-and-groove construction for superior strength and resistance to
moisture. An easy-access top compartment is ideal for small tools and parts.
Dimensions are 15 by 8 by 10 inches.
#11 Packaged Sewage System
new packaged residential sewage system, the Basin Boss, provides everything the
professional needs for fast installation and service, as well as more capacity.
The 24- by 24-inch shallow-design basin not only reduces time spent digging the
pit, but also results in 45-gallon capacity. Available with the choice of 4/10
horsepower or 1/2 horsepower Hydromatic sewage pumps, which offer 2-inch
#12 Powder Room Collections
Each new powder room
collection from Danze encompasses a full suite of products
including toilets, bidets, furniture-grade vanities, pedestal or vessel sinks,
and matching mirrors. Toilets throughout the collections feature a 3-inch flush
valve, ergonomic elongated bowl with 16 1/2-inch rim height and a soft close
seat. Choose from the traditional Orrington Collection (shown), the
contemporary Ziga Zaga, or the architectural Cirtangular Collection.
#13 Hanger Strap
Chief Mfg.’s Ape Tape™ woven polypropylene hanger strap is a new alternative to
metal or plastic hanger straps. Tested to IAPMO product standard PS-9501, it
has a tensile strength of 350 lbs. The safe working load is 125 lbs at 140
degrees F. With no sharp edges to cut the installer's hand, it is strong,
durable and lightweight, and 100 percent noncorrosive, providing greater
#14 Reverse Osmosis System Controller
Electronic Systems Design Inc. has developed the Model
250C Reverse Osmosis System Controller as a low-cost, reliable system for
manufacturers of industrial and commercial water purification systems. It
lowers production costs by outsourcing electronic controls. Model 250C performs
all of the functions necessary to efficiently operate a reverse osmosis water
system by maintaining water tank levels. It also has a lockout input for
pre-treatment regeneration, low pressure shutdown, and more.
#15 Basement Flood Protection
New from Basement
Flood Protectors, each system is managed by a computer in the ePump that
self-tests every part of the system every 12 hours. If any failure is detected,
the customer and the company are notified via e-mail and/or telephone within
#16 Glass Towel Warmer
Technologies offers a stylish, electrically heated glass towel warmer. It
offers silent operation and energy efficiency. Customize the glass with a
personal monogram or unique design. The sleek wall-mount brackets are available
in five finishes to complement any décor.
#17 Powerful Tankless
T-M50 tankless water heater uses two heavy-duty copper heat exchangers to
produce up to 380,000 Btu/hr. The dual system ensures that if one unit breaks
down, the other would continue operating without any interruption. Ideal for
commercial water heating, hydronic systems, radiant floor heating and combined
#18 Recirculation Station
Navigator® NRS recirculation station by Bradley Corp. takes
the guesswork out of installing a thermostatic mixing valve in a recirculation
system. The pre-assembled, pre-tested recirculation station consists of a
Navigator high-low valve combined with the components typically used in this
type of system.
#19 Video Inspection System
The new Gen-Eye
Spectra™ video inspection system from General Pipe Cleaners
features a 160 GB hard drive, DVD recorder and 15-inch LCD monitor, along with
a self-leveling color camera. Record up to 290 hours of inspection video
directly onto the hard drive, then copy sections onto the built-in DVD-R to
give to the customer.
#20 New Sink Trap
The Gleco Trap, a
UPC-approved sink trap from Liquid Assets, is easy to install and easy for end-users to
maintain. Designed to replace the P-trap, it traps sediment or small parts in a
translucent plastic bottle. The bottles can be completely replaced when the
sediment hardens, or reused. Ideal for art studios, mechanic wash-up sinks, kitchen
sinks or anywhere material can clog up waste lines.
The October 2020 issue of Plumbing & Mechanical features the 2020 Residential
Contractor of the Year: Dutton Plumbing. This issue also looks at emerging installation trends for
electric radiant floor heating, and much more!