SNOW-MELTING SYSTEMS/ NEW PRODUCTS SNOW-MELT SYSTEM Infloor snow-melt systems easily install in concrete, asphalt and under pavers to keep outdoor areas free of snow and ice. The company’s on-demand automated systems have a sensor installed in the surface of the heated area that monitors both temperature and moisture, therefore responding only when it’s needed. Snow-melt systems can be used in a number of applications, including warm climates for outdoor comfort heating at homes and businesses, such as a restaurant patio or cabana. Infloor. Www.infloor.com SINGLE-ZONE SNOW-MELT CONTROL The Uponor single-zone snowmelt control is a microprocessor used to control a hydronic system to melt snow and ice more effectively from exterior surfaces. This lowcost control solution provides snow and ice melting for both automatic and semiautomatic operation, using a Pavement Snow and Ice Sensor or optional Aerial snow sensor. The latter is perfect for retrofit applications when adding a Pavement Snow and Ice Sensor is not an option. The control also provides an idle mode and warmweather shutdown/cold weather cutout, as well as modulating boiler control and optional boiler protection. Uponor. Www.uponorpro.com HEATING CABLE Raychem FrostGuard is a contractor-grade preassembled heating cable available as an easy plug-n-play system. The product prevents roofs and gutters from ice dams and icicle buildup or pipes from freezing and bursting. Ideal for small roofs, porches and overhangs as well as metal and plastic pipes. Available in several pre-terminated lengths that can be plugged into a 120 V outlet. Pentair Thermal Building Solutions. Www.pentairthermal.com HIGH-EFFICIENCY COMBI-BOILER Weil-McLain’s new AquaBalance combination has a capacity of 155,000 Btu/hr. Input and produces a constant supply of hot water with up to 4 gpm at 70° F temperature rise. Weil-McLain. Www.aquabalanceboiler.com DIGITAL SHOWER SYSTEM The new Steamist digital shower system provides the end user with multiple shower experiences from up to three outlets. The system combines a thermostatically controlled and pressure-balanced shower valve with Steamist’s SH-450 multi-function digital control. Steamist. Www.steamist.com HEAT PUMPS The new Luxaire LX Series 14 SEER THE split-system heat pumps and TCD air conditioners from Johnson Controls support 3-phase 230/460-volt light commercial applications. Available in 2.5- to 3-ton models, THE heat pumps and TCD air conditioners use R-410A refrigerant. Luxaire. Www.luxaire.com NEW PRODUCTS FLEXIBLE POTABLE WATER TUBING Legend’s HyperPure is the first flexible plastic hot and cold potable water tube that is 100% recyclable due to it being made using a patented bimodal resin which is the first polyethylene that does not need to be cross-linked while meeting and exceeding the rigorous potable water standards in the U.S. The tubing is strong, flexible, easy to use and is pure, tasteless and odorless, requiring no flushing. HyperPure is available in 1/4” to 2” coils and 20’ lengths. Legend is using Hypertherm 2339 PE-RT resin made by The Dow Chemical Co. To manufacture HyperPure PE-RT in Auburn Hills, Mich. Legend. Www.legendvalve.com/pws EXCESS FLOW VALVES BrassCraft Safety+PLUS excess flow valves and connectors incorporate state-of-the-art technology with precision engineering, providing an advanced solution to homeowners that helps protect against gas-related fires and explosions. In the event of a gas-line rupture or disconnect, the valve automatically activates to restrict gas flow at the appliance. This immediate action helps avert a potential for a hazardous buildup of gas in the home. The valve remains activated until the gas line is properly repaired. BrassCraft. Www.brasscraft.com ONE-PINT URINAL American Standard’s Pintbrook urinal is the newest addition to the company’s one-pintcapable urinal offerings. Constructed of durable vitreous china, the wall-mount high-efficiency urinal operates in the range of 0.125 to 0.5 gpf and meets all 2016 California restriction regulations, including CalGreen and CEC compliance. The company notes it uses up to 87% less water than a standard 1.0-gpf urinal, while still meeting optimum flushing performance standards and is WaterSensecertified when used with a 0.125- or 0.5-gpf flush valve. American Standard. Www.americanstandard-us.com BRASS VALVES ASCO’s brass valves comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements for lead-free components. The lead-free brass constructions are available on the company’s most popular lines of general-service solenoid valves. The valves are available for pipe sizes 1/8” to 1” and feature NBR and EPDM options. Coil electrical connection options include conduit (NEMA 4X), DIN coil and open-frame spade. Appropriate for hot-water constructions. ASCO. Www.ascovalve.com THERMOPLASTIC BALL VALVE PACKAGES Bonomi North America’s new line of automated thermoplastic ball valves are for use in plumbing, mechanical, chemical and other applications. Listed with NSF to Standard 61 for potable water, the new valve packages offer a variety of advanced features that improve operation and enhance reliability. The new plastic packages include the two-way BV2 series and three-way BV3 series. They are operated by factory-installed electric or pneumatic actuators with two-way full-port valves in sizes 1/2” to 4” or three-way valves in sizes 1/2” to 2”. Bonomi North America. Www.bonominorthamerica.com DRAIN-CLEANING MACHINE Now with easily interchangeable drums, the Speedrooter XL from General Pipe Cleaners clears tough clogs in 3” to 10” lines and up to 200’. The unit sports a powerful 3/4-HP motor and 100’ capacity drums for Flexicore cable. The user can change drums to add cable lengths or swap cable sizes with ease. Just loosen three knobs and remove the drum. Switch between 3/4” and 5/8” cables in the large drum design. General’s see-through inner cage lets the user quickly gauge how much cable remains, or substitute the small drum with 100’ of 1/2’ cable for smaller lines. Variable-speed cable feed offers raw driving and pulling power for long, tough jobs — feeding and retrieving 3/4”, 5/8” and 1/2” cables. To adjust 3/4” or 5/8” cables, simply turn a knob on top of the feed, no screwdriver required. General Pipe Cleaners. Www.drainbrain.com/new. HEATED INSOLES AND HEAT PACKS Thermacell’s Bluetooth heated insoles and heat packs allow users to control the flow of heat to their feet with a smartphone via a free app. Available in three options, including an 8.5-hour heavy-duty version. Thermacell. Www.thermacell.com PRE-RINSE FAUCET Pioneer Industries’ Montegi Pre-Rinse faucet has two heights (22 3/4” and 19 3/4”) and has a 1-8-gpm flow rate to meet environmental codes. Designed exclusively for the residential market. Pioneer Industries. Www.pioneerind.com RETROFIT-SPOOL SOLUTION Watts’ Backflow Preventer Retrofit-Spool solution is a replacement for aging or inoperative backflow preventers. It has a unique outside-the-shutoff valve design that enables a wide range of configuration options. Built to order. Watts. Www.watts.com TRANSFER PUMP Milwaukee Tool’s latest innovation in the cordless power-tool market is the M18 transfer pump. Developed specifically for the water-removal challenges plumbers, HVAC professionals and maintenance technicians encounter on a daily basis in residential and industrial plumbing applications, this new pump allows users to transfer water faster, resulting in fewer service calls. Completely self-priming, the pump is designed with a flexible impeller that once turned on starts pumping water instantly from the inlet to outlet without the need for additional priming assistance from the user. At 480 gph, the pump can rapidly move water from one area to the other. Milwaukee Tool. Www.milwaukeetool.com EXTENDER MIXING VALVE Powers’ LFLM496-HTK is a mixing valve that installs on a hot-water tank to increase hot-water capacity by providing greater control over water temperature and flow. The valve allows water to be stored at higher temperatures, extending water-heater capacity by as much as 133% depending on storage and incoming coldwater temperature, the company explains. The lead-free valve helps minimize the occurrence of Legionella and scalding risks. Powers. Www.powerscontrols.com BALL VALVE The T-100UEG from Jomar Valve is a two-piece full-port lead-free ball valve made with dezincification-resistant brass. It has a single union end along with a triple sealing stem with 2 Viton O-rings and a Hostaflon seal. The valves are made 100% in Italy and 100% leak tested and backed by Jomar’s limited leak-proof stem warranty. Jomar Valve. Www.jomarvalve.com/products/t-100ueg.html FITTINGS John Guest expands the White CTS Twist and Lock fittings range to now include the 3/8” size to several products including the union, tee, elbow and coupler. This range of fittings is suitable for both hot- and cold-water plumbing and hydronic-heating applications. John Guest. Www.johnguest.com CENTER-DRAIN BATHTUB Clarke Architectural now has a 66” by 32” solid-surface center-drain bathtub with a linear overflow/in-wall drain. The tub can be a drop-in, under-mount or free-standing tub. Clarke Architectural. Www.clarkebath.com SHUTOFF DEVICE Dormont’s new SmartSense excess flow valve and thermal shutoff device is designed to help protect against excessive gas flows, gas-related fires and even explosions. SmartSense’s advanced dual-sensing technology sets new industry standards for ensuring residential gas appliance connection safety, the company states. Dormont. Www.dormont.com PRESS ELBOWS Viega’s new 45-degree elbows for Viega PEX Press systems allow users to install larger tubing with Viega’s press technology. The new polymer elbows are available in 1 1/2” and 2” sizes. The elbows contain Viega’s Smart Connect feature, which allows water to flow past an unpressed fitting, providing installers with added confidence in their connections. The elbows are part of the company’s growing line of products designed for commercial applications. Viega. Www.viega.com DOMESTIC WELL WATER PUMPS COURSE ASA University has updated “Domestic Well Water Pumps,” its product-knowledge course that is complete and available in both book and online formats. The course has been updated to include information regarding updated pump specifications and is mobile and tablet compatible. The curriculum incorporates definitions of common industry terms, a description of pump parts and other pertinent information to help employees more effectively serve customers. The course is divided into six sections. For the online course format, each module contains a quiz, a substantial glossary for ongoing reference and a 24-question online self-grading final exam. ASA University. Www.asa.net/education/asa-university VALVE ASSEMBLY Purge & Fill is another step-saving innovation from Webstone. The 7-in-1 valve assembly allows the user to simultaneously drain, flush and refill any plumbing, hydronic or solar system. It eliminates six leak paths and saves nearly an hour of labor. Available in IPS and SWT in sizes 3/4” to 1 1/2” and guaranteed for life. Founded in 1954, Webstone now operates as a brand of NIBCO. Webstone. Www.webstonevalves.com PUBLIC RESTROOMS BROCHURE Chicago Faucets has expanded its 12-page guide for public restrooms featuring water-saving electronics, metering, single- and dual-control faucets and faucets specifically designed for highuse and high-abuse locations. Chicago Faucets. Www.chicagofaucets.com LEAD-FREE BALL-DRIP VALVES Matco-Norca’s ball-drip valves are composed of lead-free brass, making them compliant with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The two-piece valves come with NPT threads that are ANSI/ASME B1.20.1 compliant. Available in 1/2” and 3/4” sizes. Matco-Norca. Www.matco-norca.com (click valves) WASTEWATER PUMPS Grundfos extends its SL and SE range of wastewater pumps to include medium, high and super-high hydraulic offerings from 12 to 42 HP that are designed to handle raw, unscreened sewage, effluent and large volumes of surface and process water. Grundfos. Us.grundfos.com
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