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#1 Cast Iron Radiators
Beaumont manufactures a
fabulous range of cast-iron decorative radiators, all carefully hand-built to
your own required Btu specifications and fully assembled ready for plumbing
into your new or existing pipe work. Available in a number of elegant and
ornate styles, and in a range of finishes.
#2 Radiant Floor Panel
Creatherm unveiled its new
foam radiant floor panel product at the REX Show in Hartford, CT. The S45 Floor
Panel is ideal for installing PEX hydronic tubing with considerable time
savings. The finished floor panel is 2’ x 4’ x 2.8” thick and features a
staggered snap-tight grid for optimal tubing spacing. On-center points exist
every 3”. It can support the installation of 1/2”, 5/8” or 3/4” PEX tubing, and
offers greater R Value due to its thickness.
#3 Powerful Tankless Water Heater
introduces its latest and most powerful tankless water heater, the T-M50. It
uses two heavy-duty heat exchangers to produce up to 380,000 Btu/hr. The dual
system ensures that if one unit were to break down, the other would continue
operating without any interruption, thus avoiding emergency situations. It also
utilizes the most technically advanced copper available, making the unit much
more resilient against erosion and leaks. Ideal for commercial water heating,
hydronic systems, radiant floor heating and combined systems.
#4 PEX Stub Out
The new ProPEX Out-of-the-Wall
Support System from Uponor
provides a complete solution for PEX-A plumbing systems "
The new Mini-Boiler™ from Electro Industries Inc. features an
easy-access control board, a smaller, sleeker design, and built-in water
temperature control. It also includes a circuit breaker, pump relay, off-peak
control, H stamped vessel, and a 20-year warranty on the vessel and heating
elements. Sizes range from 1 kW through 9 kW with a temperature range of 90° F
to 160° F.
#6 Renovate Old Baseboard
manufactures the only one-size-fits-most perforated steel baseboard heater
cover that easily slips over top of existing baseboard heaters with no tools
required. Its classic design will update old covers in minutes, and is sure to
match all types of room décor.
#7 Flexible Solar Connections
SolarFlex flexible stainless-steel insulated piping connects solar collectors
to the storage tank and pump station quickly and professionally. The
pre-insulation solution of two flexible stainless-steel pipes inside two EPDM
closed-cell insulation and the integrated sensor cable saves installation time
and reduces cost "
The new Alumicor® PEX-Al-PEX tubing
from Zurn Industries offers the benefits of
cross-linked polyethylene tubing plus it holds its shape when it is bent. A
layer of aluminum is sandwiched between two layers of PEX that not only gives
it an easy-to-handle, malleable characteristic, it also improves heat transfer
and acts as an oxygen barrier, helping to protect the boiler and all other
non-ferrous system components from corrosion.
#9 PEX Uncoiler
The UC1 Uncoiler from
Malco Products Inc. can
be used for hydronic in-floor radiant heating layout and for running potable
tubing. The open case serves as the unit’s base. No tools are required to
assemble. A heavy-duty turntable supports a full coil of PEX and an eyelet loop
opens for easy feeding or removal of tubing from uncoiler unit. The UC1
Uncoiler takes up very little space in a truck or van. The entire unit stores
in a steel-reinforced plastic case measuring 40" x 17" x 5".
Carrying weight is only 50 lbs. Accommodates all types of PEX tubing: 1,000
feet of 3/8" to 1/2" or 500 feet of 5/8" to 1".
#10 Rolling Tool Bag
Back injuries need not apply with this
rolling tool bag from CableOrganizer.com.
It features a large open interior for bulk storage, 21 pockets and sturdy
polyurethane wheels that can handle rough terrain. Ergonomically designed
handles tilt bag away from body when carried. Telescoping handle locks in four
positions for ease of use.
In the May 2020 issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, we check out what’s new in leak detection and prevention, discover what trends are influencing water heater technology and examine flood protection and testing in backflow prevention.