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Rooftop Pipe Support (RPS)

Rooftop Pipe Support (RPS)

HOUSTON–RectorSeal® LLC, Houston, a manufacturer and distributor of quality HVAC/R products, has introduced the Rooftop Pipe Support (RPS), a sturdy, easy-to-install system for presenting an organized, aesthetic alternative to wood blocks and other unprofessional jerry-rigged methods. The RPS is designed for HVAC/R, electrical, plumbing and condensate piping, or ductwork, walkway grates and solar panels on commercial flat roofs.

The RPS is a .15-inch-thick (3.8-mm) ultraviolet light-stabilized, weather-resistant copolymer shell with a high density foam core that provides insulation, vibration isolation and roof membrane protection. The 7.5 (W) x 8 (L) x 5-inch (H) (19 x 20 x 12-cm) RPS weighs only .78-lb (354-grams), but can withstand load capacities of up to 250-lbs or 350-lbs each when used with universal strut channel. The RPS is the industry’s only rooftop support system that has five numbered slots to keep two-inch and smaller pipe aligned and organized during installation, although it can accommodate any size pipe diameter.

The top of the RPS’s 7.5 x 2-inch (19 x 5-cm) shell accommodates multiple pipes and its surface-gripping slots prevent pipe roll and movement during installation. Additional pipe runs can be supported above the shell top via a universal strut channel elevated by 1/2-inch (12-mm) threaded rod. Each RPS has dedicated holes leading to a molded hexagonal receiver for friction-fitting 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch (19-mm) nuts that eliminate the need for a hold-back wrench when fastening threaded rods or bolts.

Each RPS unit includes a 3/4-inch (W) x 9-inch (L) (2 x 22-cm) galvanized perforated strap that secures up to one two-inch-diameter pipe. Multiple pipe runs are limited to only roof space, because each RPS can be interlocked laterally with the shell’s molded tabs that easily snap into a neighboring RPS’ receiver tab.

Other RPS features are:

  • Gives any flat roof piping installation a professional appearance;
  • Withstands temperatures up to 200°F (93°C);
  • Sold in contractor 10-packs;
  • Compatible with most industry roof support and fastening accessories;
  • Top includes starter hole guides for conventional self-tapping screws to secure the perforated strap;
  • Universal strut channel and custom-cut threaded rod can easily provide a pitch required for condensate drain pipe;
  • Supports mounting framework for either hot water and photovoltaic solar panels or walkway grates;
  • Can be used in spacing increments for metal pipe in accordance with ASTM-A53-86, and 2 to 7-foot (60 to 213-cm) increments for PVC;
  • Five-year warranty.

For more information on the RPS or RectorSeal and its HVAC/R, plumbing, firestop and electrical products, please visit www.rectorseal.com or contact its customer and technical support departments at 800-231-3345.

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04 Mar

TripleGuard

TripleGuard

RectorSeal® LLC, Houston, a leading manufacturer of quality plumbing and HVAC/R products, introduces TripleGuard, a smart, electronic water leak monitoring, detection and prevention system product line that guards against property damaging, infrastructure water source leaks in residential and commercial real estate.

Available through North American plumbing and HVAC/R wholesalers, TripleGuard is ideal for any real estate owner or manager overseeing property with dish washers, clothes washers, sinks, hot water heaters, hydronic/plumbing piping and other potential water leak sources.

TripleGuard consists of two products that are maintenance-free and installable in less than an hour: 1) the TripleGuard Smart for Cloud-based monitored facility leak protection; and 2) the TripleGuard Active appliance leak shutoff, designed mainly for single source protection such as water heaters.

While the plumbing industry currently has many leak detectors, few brands actually proactively stop water flow and subsequent property damage while also enabling the user with cloud-based control remotely or onsite via smartphones or the Internet. “Statistics reveal North American water damage insurance claims total billions of dollars annually and 250-gallons (946-liters) of water can potentially leak daily from just an 1/8-inch (3-mm) crack in a pipe,” said Brian Ilagan, TripleGuard senior product manager.

The TripleGuard Smart system includes:

  • Actuator shutoff unit for the supply water line. The actuator is a high-torque design that fits over a 3/4, 1, or 1-1/4-inch (228, 305, 381-mm) ball valve (sold separately) on a building or zone’s primary water supply piping. It operates wireless with 4 AA batteries. The actuator is designed to withstand fully-submersed natural flooding situations and in temperature extremes from -4°F to 124°F (-20°C to 51°C) temperatures The actuator automatically closes and opens the ball valve monthly to proactively prevent scale buildup, thus requiring no maintenance other than battery replacement every four years;
  • Two water leak detectors. The sensors require two AA-batteries and placement under a potential water leak source. Maintenance requires battery change out every two years;
  • A Cloud-connected HUB. A 915-Mhz wireless device connects to the Cloud via Wi-Fi or a hard-wired modem Ethernet connection. The smart device accepts wireless communications from the sensors, and then monitors sensor status (scalable up to 30 sensors/HUB). When a sensor detects water, the HUB receives the communication and then wirelessly signals the actuator to close. HUB maintains a historical record of sensors for troubleshooting and status reports.   
  • A smartphone app. The app allows remote access to the HUB for monitoring and controlling operation.  The app can also be used to manually shutdown the building or HUB zone water supply remotely when unoccupied.

The TripleGuard Active is a one-piece actuator valve that monitors and detects water heater leaks. Its single 10-foot-long (3-meter), umbilical cord-connected sensor placed in the water heater pan automatically deactivates the cold water shutoff valve when detecting a water leak presence.  “Statistics reports that 75-percent of water heaters fail within 12 years and cause property damage,” added Ilagan.

The TripleGuard product line’s other features include:

  • One-year product warranty;
  • Valve is NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF-61) and NSF-372 certified for potable water;
  • Multiple kits can be observed simultaneously on a manifest monitoring system for Home Owner Associations (HOA), multi-family housing management departments, and other overseers of large facilities with multiple units:
  • Potential for reducing property insurance premiums and satisfying insurers’ water leak policy provisions;
  • Future generations will integrate with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms;

For more information on TripleGuard, please visit the RectorSeal webpage: www.rectorseal.com/tripleguard , call 1-800-231-3345, or email: marketing@rectorseal.com.

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14 Jan

ArmorPad™, High-Strength & Light-Weight

ArmorPad’s light weight requires only one installer to transport; durable polymer shell resists UV, cracking, crumbling and spalling of its cementitious competition.

 

The ArmorPad is constructed of a dense foam core base enveloped in a shell of durable polymer on five sides that aesthetically simulates the texture and color of gray concrete. The entire product line of 24, 30, 32, 36, and 40-inch-square (61, 76, 81, 91, 101-cm2) x 3-inch-high (7.6-cm) models saves jobsite costs, because only one person is needed to transport and install it. For example, a 36-inch-square x 3-inch-high ArmorPad weighs only 8-pounds (3.6-kg) versus competing foam core pads with cementitious shells weighing 35-pounds (15.8-kg), or solid concrete pads weighing more than 300-pounds (136-kg).

ArmorPads also surpass the competition in durability tests, which prove the weight of a truck driving over it can’t crush it, drilling into it can’t crumble or crack the polymer shell, landscaping implements can’t spall the surface, and equipment weight of even the largest of residential condensers can’t indent or depress it.

The ArmorPad polymer shell is not sprayed on, but rather molded into a one-piece, strong and durable extrusion that’s compliant with ASTM D-2299 standard “Recommended Practice for Determining Relative Stain Resistance of Plastics.” The polymer surface perpetuates a brand new appearance, because of its built-in resistance to UV degradation, coil cleaning chemicals, landscaping chemicals, weather and canine urine.

The ArmorPads also boast the industry’s most dense foam core, which minimizes permanent compression damage and holds anchors securely. The foam core bottom also features a unique foil-backing that resists moisture and an embedded chemical repellent that deters burrowing animals and insects.

Other ArmorPad features include:

  • Design and performance-tested in the field with contractor focus groups;
  • Designed for 90-percent of the industry’s condenser sizes of up to five-ton systems. Additional size introductions are planned in the future;
  • Ideal for retrofits where larger, more efficient condenser replacements require a larger or new equipment mounting pad;
  • Can be secured onto and cantilevered out over smaller unsightly, but structurally-sound existing pads during retrofits;
  • Easily accepts and securely holds drilled-in hurricane clip anchors in high wind zones;
  • Available through most traditional wholesale HVAC/R distributors.

For additional information on the ArmorPad product line or other HVAC/R products from RectorSeal, visit www.rectorseal.com email: marketing@rectorseal.com; or call 800-231-3345.

 

 

18 Feb

Desolv™ | Mini-split Evaporator Coil Cleaning Kit

Rinse the coil, and all other surfaces which were sprayed, with water until all of the Desolv product has been removed.
Note: Desolv is self-rinsing from evaporator coil fins during condensate production of normal AC operation, but rinsing the coil fins with water should be performed after the application of Desolv to ensure the best results.

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19 Oct

Q&A: U Bend, B Vent, Code Compliant?

Photo credit: TheDrPepper

Q: Only seen a couple of these around Chicago. Is this a code compliant exhaust cap? Was told it was because “rain kept blowing into the cap and dripping down the vent pipes.”

It is for natural gas furnaces (second floor) that connects to an upper units venting (3rd floor) and then out.

– TheDrPepper

A: Assuming it’s venting a category 1 appliance, no. At no point should a natural draft vent system slope downward. If the cap is leaking, get one that doesn’t. NFPA 54 section 12.7.2 -Gas Vent Termination – Tony3696

NFPA 54 section 12.7.2 -Gas Vent Termination
Page 229 has a pic of what is acceptable. It does not mention a U bend.  – 33445delray

17 Oct