PRODUCT FOCUS: FOR THE BATHROOM WATER CLOSET Sloan’s new ST-2449 floor-mount water closet meets the requirements of the Texas Accessibility Standards, which also includes a juvenile category for kids between the ages of 5 and 8 who are disabled or in a wheelchair. The closet features a hydraulic platform and works with Sloan flushometers from 1.1 to 1.6 gpf. Sloan Valve. www.sloanvalve.com BATHROOM SINKS AND TOILETS American Standard’s Edgemere bathroom sinks and toilets feature clean, transitional lines and complement a wide range of bath decors at an affordable price point, the company notes. The sink collection comes in undermount, pedestal and console top with metal legs, and can accommodate center hole, 4” and 8” center faucet installations. The two-piece HET highlights the company’s PowerWash bowl-cleaning technology and meets WaterSense-certification requirements by using 20% less water on each flush than standard 1.6-gpf toilets, American Standard states. American Standard. www.americanstandard-us.com KITCHEN AND BATH COLLECTION Keeney Mfg. Co. introduces a designer collection ranging from decorative finishes for tubular drainage products to tank levers to matching styles in soap dispensers and strainers. New to Stylewise by Keeney is its complete line of showerheads and hand showers. Also available are Belanger by Keeney-branded faucets, bathtub and shower fixtures. Keeney Mfg. Co. www.keeneymfg.com/designer-collection MOBILE STEAM SHOWER The SteamLinx System from Mr. Steam delivers the latest in mobile steam shower technology where the user is able to activate his or her steam shower from anywhere within range of their Wifisignal. Mr. Steam. www.mrsteam.com BATHROOM FAUCET Sonoma Forge’s CiXX collection faucets come in wall- and deck-mount configurations and are available with Sans Hands sensor faucet technology. Accessories include decorative hardware, towel holders and a mirror. Sonoma Forge. www.sonomaforge.com TOILET GASKET Sani Seal’s tight seal Elastomer toilet gaskets can be as thin as 1/4” or as thick as 1” for use on deep or raised flanges. Multiple kits can be stacked for deeper flanges. Designed to work with all types of installations, including cast-iron, copper and plastic. Sani Seal. http://saniseal.com/about-the-team/ NEW PRODUCTS ADAPTER KIT The NEOPERL adapter kit is designed to make ordering the right replacement parts easy. It contains 17 adapters to solve almost any thread issue found in the field. The washer kit has an assortment of regular- and junior-size washers, ideal for replacing a missing washer on the go. The shower solution kit features two different products in three different flow rates for shower retrofit. The water-saving aerator kit contains a wide selection of NEOPERL water-saving products. The company encourages individuals to ask for a kit leaflet. NEOPERL. www.neoperl.com DRAIN CLEANER WITH AUTOMATIC FEED General Pipe Cleaners’ Power-Vee drain cleaner with automatic feed unclogs sinks, tubs, toilets and laundry drains ranging from 1 1/4” to 3” diameter at a distance up to 50’. The unit’s cable feeds at a rate up to 16’ per minute. The automatic feed can quickly adjust to take any cable from 1/4” to 3/8” without requiring the use of tools or additional parts. An optional Handy-Stand turns the Power-Vee into a practical countertop or floor machine, enhancing versatility, safety and stability, General Pipe Cleaners points out. Quick-change cable cartridges allow fast cable changing or cleaning and a Dyna-Thrust bearing system reduces bearing wear and extends the life of the tool. General Pipe Cleaners. www.drainbrain.com/pv HYDRONIC BALL VALVE Viega introduces a line of ProPress hydronic ball valve press x hose thread for copper systems. The valves are full-port and designed for nonpotable water applications. The valves are available in 1/2” and 3/4” press sizes and 3/4” hose sizes and feature NH threads and an EPDM sealing element. Viega’s ProPress copper system is available in more than 600 fitting configurations in sizes ranging from 1/2” to 4”. Viega’s Smart Connect feature provides installers with added confidence in their ability to ensure the integrity of connections, the company notes. Viega. www.viega.us WIfiTHERMOSTAT The new Bosch Connected Control BCC100 is a full-color 5” touchscreen thermostat that brings convenience and functionality to the home with Wificonnectivity, allowing remote monitoring and control of home HVAC systems, the company notes. Bosch Thermotechnology. http://bosch-climate.us/bcc100 FLOW VALVE The FloLogic System has a 1.5” flow path and provides flow capacity exceeding 100 gpm. The new valve features flow-sensing technology that catches leaks as small as one drop per second, the company points out. FloLogic. www.flologic.com PVC CEMENT WEATHERPROOF low VOC medium-bodied all-weather PVC cement sets fast and is specifically formulated for all weather conditions. It is available in blue and clear and works as a repair cement on wet and dry pipe, requiring no primer prior to assembly of pipe and fittings. Whitlam/Plumb-Pro. www.joinpipe.com HYDRONIC HEATING SYSTEM HEALTH ADEY’s MagnaClean Professional2XP virtually eliminates the problem of iron oxide in hydronic heating systems, the company notes. It is part of a five-step best practice process pioneered by ADEY where each step in the system combats water-quality issues to maintain total hydronic heating system health, optimizing system performance and efficiency. ADEY USA. www.adeyusa.com PEX TOOLS EZ-PEX Tools’ new double-cavity compact combo (1/2” and 3/4”) and 1” compact crimp tools offer a more user-friendly design, work well in tight spaces, feature new interactive jaws and in-house individual calibration, as well as provide a reliable crimp, passing 360° gauging and out-of-roundness test (ASTM F1807), Oriental Star Fittings (Canada) explains. Available for both copper crimp ring and stainless steel sleeves. Oriental Star Fittings (Canada). www.yourplumbingsupplies.com HYDRAULIC SEPARATOR The Legend HS-808 hydraulic separator is configured to fit piping sizes from 1” to 2” utilizing LEGENDConnect components that include FNPT, MNPT, solder and press adapters. The HS-808 also includes a serviceable air vent with built-in service check valve, purge ball valve and compact insulation jacket. Hydraulic separators simplify the design and function of the primary/secondary piping in a hydronic system while assuring greater efficiency and less demand on the boiler circulator, Legend notes. Ideal for mechanical room piping. Legend Valve. www.legendhydronics.com DECORATIVE DOWNSPOUTS RectorSeal’s Dura G-O-N decorative downspout for commercial building roof drains has a theft-resistant glue-on design that can be installed after the wall or building is completed. Available in 4” diameter with 3” and 6” models are planned for Q1 2018 release. RectorSeal. www.rectorseal.com DRAIN-CLEANING PRODUCTS Milwaukee Tool has new drain-cleaning solutions, including the M18 FUEL SWITCH PACK sectional drum system, M18 FUEL drain snake with CABLE-DRIVE locking feed system, M12 AIRSNAKE drain clearing air gun and Milwaukee drain cables with RUST GUARD. Milwaukee Electric Tool. www.milwaukeetool.com TANKLESS WATER HEATERS Noritz America’s EZ series of high-efficiency condensing tankless water heaters includes the EnergyStar-rated EZ98-DV and EZ111-FV (EF: 0.97). Both models include top-mount water connections, maximum venting flexibility and the possibility of reusing the existing tank unit’s 1/2” gas line. Noritz America. www.noritz.com FOOD-SAFETY CERTIFICATION BLÜCHER stainless steel drains now are certified to NSF/ANSI/3-A Standard 14159-1 - Hygiene Requirements for the Design of Meat and Poultry Processing Equipment. The standard applies to equipment intended for use in the slaughter, processing and packaging of meat and poultry products, excluding handheld tools and mechanical belt conveyors. The company’s HygienicPro drains and channels specifically are designed to promote sanitary conditions that inhibit bacterial growth and ease drainage system maintenance. BLÜCHER. www.blucher.com MODULAR MANIFOLD KITS Available in configurations of two, three and four units side by side, and two and four units back to back, the Ready-Link manifold kits from Navien are designed to save contractors time on multiunit NPE tankless water-heater installations, the company notes. Complete packages for rapid assembly on new installations or same-day emergency replacements can be picked up at Navien wholesale locations and mounted either on a wall or on the Navien Ready-Link rack system to support up to 16 cascaded units in 30 different arrangements. Navien. bit.ly/Ready-Link TANKLESS CONDENSING WATER HEATER As part of A. O. Smith’s 540 series, the ATI-540H-N tankless condensing water heater, well-suited for residential use, utilizes commercial-grade copper alloy for the heat-exchanger tubing. The 540 series also is suitable for heavier residential usage such as domestic recirculation systems. It uses up to 199,000 Btu/h of natural gas to deliver hot water for a three-bath home in northern climates and up to a four-bath home in southern climates (one showerhead per bath). Utilizing condensing technology, the unit features a Uniform Energy Factor of 0.93. A. O. Smith. www.hotwater.com EXPANSION SYSTEM Zurn’s F1960 expansion system is designed for commercial and residential use. The company’s Expansion PEX cannot be dry-fitted, which eliminates problems such as missed connections and potential leaks. The system visually shows it has been installed, taking the guesswork out for contractors. Zurn Industries. www.zurn.com/pex TUB, SHOWER AND SINK BLOCKAGES RIDGID’s PowerClear draincleaning machine removes blockages in areas such as tubs, showers and sinks, eliminating clogs from lines 3/4” to 1 1/2” diameter. The unit features Autofeed technology to keep the user’s hands clean and free from touching the cable while advancing and retrieving it in the line. RIDGID. www.ridgid.com CPVC PIPE SOLUTION Victaulic’s system solution for CPVC pipe is a grooved mechanical pipe-joining method designed specifically for use on CPVC/PVC pipe. Available in sizes 2” to 12”/DN50- DN300. The product line is NSF/ANSI 61 and 372 and IAPMO listed. Victaulic. www.victaulic.com/cpvcsolutions MALE CONNECTORS Designed for use in the plumbing market, the new ProLock male connectors from John Guest are available in 3/8” CTS X 1/2” NPT to 1” CTS X 1” NPT sizes. These connectors simplify installations and are ideal for under-the-counter filter housings. The body is manufactured from high-quality engineered black thermoplastic allowing the male connectors to be UV resistant outdoors as well. These fittings are suitable for use with copper, PEX or CPVC pipe. ProLock requires no tools to make secure, leak-proof connections. The connectors also are lead-free and carry a 25-year warranty against defect in materials or manufacturing. John Guest. www.johnguestusa.com SHOWER SYSTEM GROHE’s Euphoria Cube, Tempesta and RetroFit shower systems are available with the company’s EcoJoy technology, which allows users to save water on a daily basis without compromising their shower experience, GROHE notes. The Euphoria combined all the benefits of a rain showerhead and hand shower into a single product. GROHE explains the Tempesta provides an attractively priced urban chic-styled product line for the modern bathroom, while the RetroFit transforms an existing showerhead installation with concealed pressure balance valve into a luxurious shower system without breaking the wall. GROHE. www.grohe.us BOILER-WATER HEATER COMBO Laars Mascot FT is a condensing combi boiler and water heater offering an Energy Star “most efficient” qualified rating of 95% AFUE. The system features a robust fire-tube heat exchanger and is fully modulating to save fuel, the company notes. The natural-gas- or LP-fired unit is offered in many sizes and configurations: 120, 140 and 199 MBH combi boiler and water heater, or as an 80, 100, 120, 140 and 199 MBH heating-only boiler. Combi models include an integrated mini-indirect tank resulting in superior DHW performance by minimizing temperature fluctuations and providing endless hot water quickly. Laars. www.laars.com/mascot-lx.aspx
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