The 50 Top Products: Year 2003
Here are the top products featured in editorial coverage in Supply House Times from each of the last five years. Here are the products from the year 2003. They were picked based on the number of reader inquiries received after their publication. We have limited each manufacturer to one appearance on this list. They are also categorized by year on this website.
ThermalBoard from RTI is a modular radiant heating system employing a thermally coated composite wood product, factory grooved to accommodate 3/8-inch PEX tubing. The PEX tubing is secured in the groove for quick, efficient heat transfer. ThermalBoard is easily attached to new or existing floors, walls and ceilings, and is ideal for any finished floors.
Waterless No-Flush urinals work without water or flush valves for high-traffic commercial facilities. The fixtures install to existing 2-inch waste lines. Each urinal saves about 45,000 gallons of water/sewer per year, the company says. Suitable for both retrofit and new construction, they are ADA compliant, LEED applicable and meet ANSI standard Z124.9.
The Wilki Dutch Finger is made in the United States with aircraft aluminum, a galvanized steel center and neoprene rubber ends. It can be tightened by hand, inserted in pipe with liquid flowing, used as a test plug and inserted through a full-ported ball valve, gate valve or union. It is compact (1/2-inch and 3/4-inch) and tested to over 100 psi.
The RadiantPanel Baseboard from Hydronic Alternatives is an alternative to conventional fin-tube baseboard radiation and can be installed in any room. It uses an aluminum panel (about 5 inches tall and 1 inch wide) for a mop-board effect and is powder coated for a tough finish.
The new M1 primary loop modules from Precision Hydronics bolt on the wall, and M2 secondary loop pumping modules slide in place and lock with the PHP clamp. The modules are tested, warranted and ISO certified.
The new Add-A-Line full-slip valve tee from Sioux Chief assists in adding a water line. Add-A-Line’s brass ball valve replaces saddle valves that leak and clog. It is available with four different valve connections and either compression or sweat full slip trunks. The sweat models are brazed for safe soldering.
This catalog includes the line of flexible PVC pipe couplings, cleanout caps, plastic valve and meter boxes, shower drains, closet flanges, shower pan liners and other plumbing specialty items.
Danze has expanded its showerhead line to include more than 25 styles of showerheads in a variety of popular finishes. Also offered are complementing shower arms in nearly 10 styles. Among the items is a 7-inch spinning showerhead.
Sterling’s radiant panel ceiling systems are available in three basic types: linear for wall-to-wall installation, modular for installation in standard t-bar ceiling grids, and security for use in institutional and correctional facilities. These factory-assembled radiant panels are pre-cut to exact lengths up to 16 feet for linear and 10 feet for security.
The Pipe Hangers & Devices catalog from PHD Mfg. includes threaded accessories, rod couplings, hex nuts, washers, clamps, pipe roller supports, pipe saddles, slides and j-hooks. Available finishes include electro-galvanized, pre-galvanized, hot-dip galvanized, primer, PVC, copper, epoxy and stainless steel.