PRODUCT FOCUS: DRAIN-CLEANING METHODS LIQUID CLEANER Jones Stephens’ Liquid Lighting Pro is a virgin sulfuric acid and drain cleaner. The biodegradable, organic digester is safe for pipes and septic systems, and can cut through grease, hair, soap, scum and other organic materials. It clears drains as quickly as 15 minutes, the company notes. It is available in pints, quarts, 1/2-gallons and gallons — ground transportation and carton quantities only. Jones Stephens. www.jonesstephens.com WATER RAM General Pipe Cleaners’ Kinetic Water Ram quickly and cleanly clears clogged drains with green power, the company explains. The unit uses compressed air to generate a shock wave that pulverizes the stoppage instantly. The shock wave bypasses vents and goes around bends to reach the stoppage with only 2% loss of power. The built-in pump and pressure gauge lets the operator select the right amount of force for each job. An optional toilet attachment screws onto the front of the ram to turn it into a powerful plunger, General notes. The tool has a plated body and comes in a sturdy carrying case with molded compartments for the ram and accessories needed to handle 1 1/4” to 4” lines. General Pipe Cleaners. www.drainbrain.com/ram CORROSION INHIBITOR Oatey’s Hercules Sludgehammer universal corrosion inhibitor protects against corrosion and lime-scale buildup. Suitable for all metals including aluminum, cast iron and stainless steel, it helps maintain heating system efficiency. Use the corrosion inhibitor along with Cryo-Tek antifreeze when installing new or replacement hydronic heating systems to prevent the buildup of scale and keep the system running efficiently, Oatey suggests. Use the Sludgehammer system restorer & noise reducer for older systems or when a new boiler is fitted to an existing system that has sludge and scale buildup. Oatey. www.oatey.com/brands/hercules BIODEGRADABLE DRAIN CLEANER Rooter-Man’s Liquid Rooter is its first branded powder drain-cleaning product. It features a unique nonacidic and non-caustic formulation where special enzymes contain live bacteria that attack grease, fats, proteins, carbohydrates and control odors. Rooter-Man. www.rooterman.com CLEANERS & OPENERS Utility Chemicals’ products include: the Grand Slam, industrial-grade virgingrade sulfuric acid drain cleaner; Dry Drain-A-Matic (granular, super-active cold-water formula) active nonacid drain cleaner; as well as its Liquid Drain-A-Matic; and Crystal Swift (flakes) and Swift (beads) non-acid, odorless, hot-water-activated drain cleaners. Utility Chemicals. www.utilitychemicals.com INTERCHANGEABLE AUGER SYSTEM Milwaukee Tool’s TRAPSNAKE porcelain auger system offers multiple auger attachments that can be unified on a single power source. Features include a telescoping cable lock that holds the cable in place for easy telescoping extension, a fixed rubber boot for maximum porcelain protection and replaceable cables to maximize the longevity of the tool. Milwaukee Tool. www.milwaukeetool.com NEW GREEN PRODUCTS LEAD-FREE DRINKING WATER SOLUTIONS High lead levels in the drinking water of schools, public buildings and other facilities is an ongoing program that can result in a number of health concerns. Tomlinson Industries’ Pro-Flow water-dispensing products feature a fully lead-free brass or stainless-steel construction and retrofit most drinking water equipment to provide safe, lead-free water, the company states. Tomlinson’s lead-free water products include bubblers and projector heads for water coolers and fountains, selfcontained cartridges for all brands of coolers and fountain glass fillers and point-of-use-faucets. Tomlinson Industries. www.tomlinsonind.com SMART TANKLESS Intellihot’s Gen II product line includes: iQ Series and iSeries, telliBot and telliZero. The tankless water heater models are IoT and Wi-Fienabled, come equipped with an intuitive on-unit touchscreen that displays usable operational data and prognostics, and can be managed and monitored remotely. The telliBot IoT and Wi-Fi-enabled smart condensate neutralizer is able to convert any water heater or boiler into a smart device. It comes with robotic sensors, carbon monoxide and gas sensors, remotely monitors water temperatures and warns users if there is any water leakage on the floor. telliZero is a subscription-based responsive monitoring, maintenance and prognostics service that detects when parts are beginning to wear down and sends replacements ahead of time to ensure zero downtime. Intellihot Green Technologies. www.intellihot.com COMMERCIAL CONDENSING GAS BOILERS Weil-McLain’s SlimFit high-efficiency condensing gas boilers feature improved boiler-toboiler communication, Modbus and BACnet for linking with building-automation systems, express setup wizard, 10 preset typical heating systems, updated controls interface for simpler navigation, at-a-glance boiler status, diagnostics and troubleshooting. The boilers are manufactured for easy integration into existing systems. The updates to the boilers increase usability and access. In addition, the boilers’ narrow housing offers improved maneuverability for confined spaces and weight-restricted areas. The units come completely factory assembled allowing for onsite plug-and-play installation. Weil-McLain. www.weil-mclain.com BOOSTER PUMP Wilo USA expands its boosterpump offering with its COHelix, Si-Boost EXCEL and the Helix EXCEL Complete, all available in single- to four-pump configurations. The EXCEL Complete single-pump system offers up to 50% energy savings over standard pump-motor assemblies. Wilo. www.wilo-usa.com SINGLE-FLUSH HE TOILET Niagara’s new Stealth Phantom is a single-flush toilet (at 0.8 gpf) that features the company’s patented Stealth Technology, which involves a combination of air and water working in unison to deliver a cleaner and more reliable flush without sacrificing superior performance. Niagara Conservation. www.niagaraconservation.com NON-CFC FOAM INSULATED WATER HEATERS American Standard Water Heaters’ commercial high-efficiency series is available in natural or LP gas, 70- or 100-gal., and range from 125,000 Btu/hr., up to 250,000 Btu/hr. Equipped with magnesium anode rods and Energy Star certified to 96% efficiency. American Standard Water Heaters. www.americanstandardwaterheaters.com NEW WATER HEATER Patterson Kelley’s HiDRA water heater, to be introduced in early 2018, utilizes a highefficiency fire-tube design with a small tank to operate as an instantaneous water heater. The product, offered at 1,000 Mbtu, comes equipped with the company’s NURO controller, a touchscreen mini-computer that can directly connect to the internet and provides free access to the NURO Connect app, allowing users to connect to the water heater anytime and anywhere. Owners and operators can monitor the performance of the unit and change set points on the fly. The units can be cascaded together and managed through the NURO controller to optimize performance, Patterson Kelley states. Patterson Kelley. newsite.harscopk.com PRESS BALL VALVE LINE Matco-Norca has upgraded its lead-free forged-brass 759 press ball valve to feature leak-prior-to-press technology. This new design incorporates a special EPDM O-ring that allows water or air past the sealing element of any unpressed connection. The valve’s EPDM water O-ring is designed for use with potable water and has the capability to identify any unpressed connection during the pressure-testing process. Available in size 1/2” to 4” and UPC and NSF certified. Matco-Norca. www.matco-norca.com (click on valves and then brass ball valves) SURVIVING AMAZON BUSINESS General Business Consultants (www.GenBusCon.com) announces the availability of Volume 2 of “The Distributor’s Guide To Surviving Amazon Business While Thriving.” The guide presents results of a recent Channel Marketing Group survey of distributors about e-commerce, including a belief that sellers on Amazon Business are not now a threat —others are — but will be. It is designed to help distributors navigate a complex, confusing and lengthy process for making strategic e-commerce decisions and developing e-c plans (32 steps described); and it contains 23 ideas for thriving amidst growing competition. Written by Dick Friedman, a 30-year distributionindustry veteran and certified management consultant, a free copy can be obtained by requesting it via the “Other Contact Info” tab on the website. General Business Consultants. www.genbuscon.com SHUTOFF VALVE Reliance Detection Technologies introduces an extended shutoff valve size range to accommodate oversized pipes. RDT now offers its wireless RS- 360 and wired FloodMaster RS-080 leak-detection and water-main shutoff systems with commercialgrade butterfly valves in a variety of sizes. Reliance Detection Technologies. www.reliancedetection.com HEAT-TRANSFER SOLUTIONS EVAPCO’s eco-Air series of dry and adiabatic products provide great flexibility in a wide range of capacities, footprints, motor types and controls, the company notes. The products provide a broad range of heattransfer solutions with minimal or no water use with V-coil or flat-coil configurations. EVAPCO. www.evapco.com GAS-CONDENSING BOILER Bosch Thermotechology expands its Greenstar Pro Combi lineup with the release of the Greenstar Combi 100P, a gas-condensing boiler that provides heat up to 2.6 gpm domestic hot water in one lightweight, compact, wall-mounted unit. Ideal for apartments, condominiums and single-family homes. Bosch Thermotechology. www.boschthermotechnology.com ELECTRIC WATER HEATER HTP Comfort Solutions has launched its new three-element Everlast light-duty commercial electric water heater that features the use of durable and lightweight 316L stainless steel for the inner-tank design and provides increased recovery for maximum output and first-hour delivery with its three-element energy-booster design. The new water heater also is available with a greater range of input options and wiring configurations to maximize installation flexibility for a multitude of applications. HTP Comfort Solutions. www.htpproducts.com CHECK VALVES Val-Matic’s Tilted Disc check valve provides exceptionally low head loss and non-slam performance, the company notes. Its streamlined body contouring, flow area 40% greater than nominal pipe size and hydrodynamic disc combine to provide the lowest head loss of any check valve produced today, Val-Matic states. Non-slam closure is assured by both an angled seat design that minimizes disc travel and an offset pivot-mounted disc. The valve’s tapered seat and disc, designed with wear-resistant materials, assure tight seating and long life even in the most severe applications. Val-Matic www.valmatic.com. INLINE CONTROLS Franklin Electric Co., offers new inline controls compatible with both Franklin Electric and Little Giant brand pumps that expand the current Inline product family that features the Little Giant Inline 400 pressure-boosting system and Little Giant Inline CP constant pressure system. Ideal applications include well systems as a replacement to a standard 30/50 switch and tank combination, garden or watering applications that are long distances from a well, municipal boosting applications and other pressure-boosting applications where a bladder tank is not conducive. Franklin Electric Co. www.littlegiant.com TASK LIGHT PORTER-CABLE’s 20V MAX corded/cordless LED task light is an extension of the 20V MAX system. The light can illuminate work spaces with up to 1,900 lumens to keep projects going in dark environments. It features more than 10 hours of runtime when used with a PORTERCABLE 4.0Ah battery. PORTER-CABLE. www.porter-cable.com TANKLESS WATER HEATER Noritz’s NCC199CDV condensing tankless water heater is approved for common venting up to six units in commercial applications. The unit has a thermal efficiency rating of 98% and a maximum flow rate of 11.1 gpm. Noritz. www.noritz.com NO-CONTACT COUPLING Ford Meter Box expands its line of Lead-Pak couplings to include the no-contact Lead-Pack coupling ideal for connecting existing lead plumbing lines to other service-line materials. It prevents direct contact of the lead plumbing line with other metallic water-system components. Ford Meter Box. www.fordmeterbox.com DRAIN CLEANER RIDGID’s PowerClear drain-cleaning machine eliminates clogs from lines 3/4” to 1 1/2” diameter without the mess, the company notes. The PowerClear features Autofeed technology to keep users’ hands clean and free from touching the cable while advancing and retrieving it in the line. A guide hose also helps to keep the work area clean, making it ideal for residential or commercial use. It weighs 12 lb., and its 120V motor feeds cable at a rate of 18’ per minute to a maximum of 25’. A clear cover allows users to view how much cable is remaining. RIDGID. www.ridgid.com BUILDING EFFICIENCY SYSTEM TOOL Taco introduces the free interactive Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST). The total commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison tool solves the industry challenge of accurately comparing different styles of HVAC systems early in the design process. BEST brings EER, IEER, SEER and COP data together to compare the performance, life cycles and costs for any type of HVAC system — apples to apples, Taco points out. The tool was created to help prospective buyers, consulting engineers and design/build professionals analyze real-word HVAC options to pinpoint the best system that meets budgetary and performance requirements, Taco explains. Taco Comfort Solutions. www.tacocomfort.com/best TAPE MEASURE DEWALT’s 35’ version of its XP tape measure is designed for framers and other construction professionals looking for a tape measure to withstand the harshest jobsites and extreme use. The tape measure features a tougher case, tougher blade coating and tougher hook connection. A patented spring system utilizes two retracting springs in an impact-resistant heavy-duty case. The blade features 13’ of straighter, truer blade standout and a tougher hook connection reinforced to reduce breakage near the hook. DEWALT. www.dewalt.com/toughbeyondmeasure VALVE AND ACTUATOR LINE Johnson Controls introduces a 270° six-way valve and actuator line that provides superior control in chilledbeam and fan-coil installations. The valve and actuator minimizes the number of valves and actuators in an installation, replacing up to four valves and four actuators while reducing operating costs. Johnson Controls. www.johnsoncontrols.com RECIP SAW BLADES New LENOX LAZER CT reciprocating saw blades feature high-performance carbides welded to incre ase durability and prevent tooth loss. LAZER CT delivers up to 10 times the life and fast performance cutting of applications such as stainless steel. LENOX. www.lenoxtools.com UV BLACK PIPE aquatechnik NA’s PP-RCT 125 and PP-R Super 80 pipe and fittings systems are NSF/ANSI 14, 51, 61 and 372 certified for a wide range of pressurized fluid-handling applications. The PP-RCT 125 pipe is available from 1/2” through 24” in diameter. aquatechnik NA. www.aquatechnikNA.com
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