TOP PRODUCTS OF 2009
Condensing Wall-Hung Hydronic BoilerRaypak introduces the XPak modulating, condensing wall-hung boiler in model sizes 85 and 120. The XPak achieves 92.6% thermal efficiency at full fire. Certified for CPVC, polypropylene and SS venting. Direct vent ready, install as concentric vent or twin penetration for total job site flexibility. Other features include modulation with 5:1 turn down, synchronized with a three-speed SS nonferrous pump. The unit is built with an innovative, state-of-the-art extruded aluminum heat exchanger, ASME H stamp.
Solar Thermal CollectorsViessmann has added an economy option to its line of flat plate and vacuum tube solar collectors with the new Vitosol 100-F flat plate solar collector. It features rugged, high-quality aluminum frame construction, impact-resistant solar glass, excellent solar energy harvest with a selectively coated copper absorber, as well as an outstanding price/performance ratio. Suitable for a wide range of solar thermal applications, the 100-F Series is ideal for solar domestic hot water (DHW) or pool heating systems.
Viessmann Manufacturing Co.
Combination Primary and Battery Backup Sump Pump SystemGlentronics Inc.’s new line of combination primary and battery backup sump pump systems is part of its growing PHCC Pro Series brand. The “Pair of Pumps” couples an energy efficient primary pump and battery backup pump into one compact system. The primary pump operates off AC power. If the power is interrupted, or more water is coming into the sump than the AC pump can handle, the backup sump pump will begin pumping automatically. The units come pre-assembled for easy installation and include four float switches for ultimate protection.
Non-Potable Piping SystemCharlotte Pipe & Foundry Co. introduces the new ReUze piping system, which is available in CTS sizes 1/2-, 3/4-, 1-, 1-1/2- and 2-inch sizes in 20-ft. lengths, delivered clean to distributors in sealed heavy-duty polyethylene bags. The pipe will be the universally accepted color of purple for non-potable water, and will have two lines of type 180° apart clearly identifying the contents as “Warning: Non-Potable Water Do Not Drink.” ReUze will be listed with NSF International and bear the mark “NSF-rw.”
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co.
Thermal Insulating Tee-HandleThe Apollo Therma-Seal thermal insulating tee-handle is designed to be used in applications where piping insulation is required. Manufactured from high strength glass reinforced nylon, these handles are said to be ideally suited for the toughest commercial and industrial applications. Handles are available as a factory-installed option (-11 option suffix) or as a kit for retrofits.
Slip Fit Tub SpoutSioux Chief’s Tub Spout is said to be the only slip fit tub spout that tightens flush to the wall and requires no caulk to finish around the spout. It provides a convenient, secure method for installing slip fit spouts, installs directly onto 1/2-inch copper stub out with only a #2 Phillips screwdriver, and its tightening action helps compress the O-ring seal at stub out for leak-free installation.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
EcoLogic Flapperless ToiletsNiagara’s EcoLogic Flapperless Toilets have a gravity-flush design that controls water flow with its patented “tipping bucket” technology - eliminating the need for rubber flappers and flexible seals in the tank. The EcoLogic Flapperless models also use 1.28 gpf, qualifying them as high-efficiency toilets (HET) that meet stringent EPA WaterSense criteria and HET rebate standards.
Hydronic Heating and Hot Water Recirc Systems HandbookThe new “Hydronic Heating and Hot Water Recirc Systems” pocket manual from Grundfos was written and developed for technicians in the field. The richly illustrated handbook was developed by independent hydronic pros and Grundfos, aiming to be the ultimate field guide for hydronic and hot water recirc installers. Sections include: basic piping, radiant heat, pump theory, boilers and troubleshooting.
High Efficiency ToiletGerber Plumbing Fixtures introduces its latest high efficiency toilet (HET), the new Avalanche 1.28. The company’s most sophisticated and powerful single-flush gravity-fed toilet, the Avalanche 1.28 uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush versus the industry standard 1.6 model. Engineered with Gerber’s proprietary XP3 flushing system, it clears the bowl quickly and efficiently. A three-inch flush valve, Fluidmaster fill valve, uniquely designed jet feed, rim structure and trapway configuration all contribute to this unit’s performance.
Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC.
Press Snap Soil Pipe CutterRIDGID’s Press Snap soil pipe cutter provides a fast and easy way to cut cast iron soil pipe by eliminating the need for manual ratcheting when it is connected to a RIDGID press tool. To make a cut, the Press Snap cutter is attached to the press tool, the Press Snap chain wraps around the pipe, and the user presses the trigger to make the cut. No need to score the pipe beforehand. The Press Snap cutter cuts most 1-1/2- to 4-inch no hub and service weight soil pipe.