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Custom LeatherCraft (CLC Work Gear) is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new line of Molded Base tool bags and carriers specifically made for trade professionals. The line-up consists of six innovative products, offering options in a Molded Base Tool Backpack, Technician’s Tool Bag, Open-Top Toolbox, Contractor’s Closed-Top Tool Bag, BigMouth Tote Bag and Read more

Custom LeatherCraft (CLC Work Gear) is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new line of Molded Base tool bags and carriers specifically made for trade professionals. The line-up consists of six innovative products, offering options in a Molded Base Tool Backpack, Technician’s Tool Bag, Open-Top Toolbox, Contractor’s Closed-Top Tool Bag, BigMouth Tote Bag and an Electrical/HVAC Tool Carrier.

These new CLC Molded Base Bags are reinforced for more wear and tear. Constructed with durable 1680D ballistic polyester and extra webbing around the pockets and handles, these bags and carriers offer more strength to hold heavy tools. The molded bottom base is attached with double-stitched tape binding, designed to keep tools safe and dry, while light enough to carry fully loaded to the jobsite. All bags include a padded shoulder strap, ergonomic carrying handles, large metal zipper pulls, heavy-duty hardware, and multiple pocket arrangements for tool organization within reach.

“The addition of the new Molded Base Bags completes our full-range of CLC tool storage solutions,” said Harry Karapetian, Vice President of Sales for CLC Work Gear. “Since 1983, we’ve offered the largest breadth of line in tool bags, backpacks, combos, belts, aprons, and pouches. And now our tradition continues by offering the best in class, quality-built, heavy-duty molded bags to our product family. We are definitely more rugged than ever.”

Each new tool carrier consists of different configurations of sizes, zippered compartments and pockets depending on trade specific needs. The new Molded Base Backpack can be used across all-trades due to its multi-functional zippered compartments and holders. Its design not only offers enough space to carry tools, but it contains a padded compartment to store necessary electronics such as a laptop or tablet and keeps valuable tools safe. The molded base on the backpack differs slightly from the other models. Its square bottom allows it to lay flat when placed on the ground and consists of softer material for extra back comfort. Plus, this backpack provides more carrying support with three large foam back pads and a 2-way adjustable sternum strap.

The Electrician’s/HVAC Open Top Tool Carrier is designed with a divided main compartment for ample room to store power tools and accessories. A variety of pockets have been constructed to hold testers, meters, pilers, tin snips, screwdrivers and so much more. If more space is needed, upgrade to the Heavy-Duty Open-Top Toolbox, ideally for plumbers and commercial installers. This 15” carrier features a wide-open main compartment with a sturdy handle that rotates from side to side for full access to frequently visited tools. Both Open-Top Carriers include an electrical tape strap, measuring tape clip and closed pockets to prevent smaller parts or valuables from falling out.

The last three CLC Molded Base options are premium quality closed top tool bags. The Technician’s Closed Top is built with 54 vertical pockets to organize a variety of pliers, wrenches, knives, and other hand tools stationed in two zippered compartments that fold all the way down for quick retrieval. Its wide-open center provides enough room to haul power tools, batteries, levels, and other valuables. The 16” CLC BigMouthTM Tote consists of an internal metal frame that allows the main section to stay open for easy access. This tote offers functional space to arrange necessary tools and has many similar features to the largest option in this category, the Contractors Closed Top Tool Bag. This 19” ultimate Contractor’s Tool Bag is designed with a spacious main compartment that pops-up for more vertical room for your power tools, circular saws, accessories, and hard hat. It includes dual heavy-duty metal zipper pulls, a large front closed pocket, and multiple deep reinforced pockets throughout the bag.

No matter the Trade, CLC has a durable tool bag with the right configuration to organize and carry tools to the jobsite. To find out more information on CLC Work Gear’s new Molded Base Tool Bags visit goclc.com. CLC, Work Gear that is built to last.

Caleffi North America, a global leader and manufacturer of innovative products for plumbing, heating and cooling, is pleased to offer its 1” male x 1” female union thread isolation ball valve. The 290030 valve is designed to fit conveniently between any Caleffi 1” union valve body and tailpiece. It is low-lead compliant and is certified Read more

Caleffi North America, a global leader and manufacturer of innovative products for plumbing, heating and cooling, is pleased to offer its 1” male x 1” female union thread isolation ball valve. The 290030 valve is designed to fit conveniently between any Caleffi 1” union valve body and tailpiece. It is low-lead compliant and is certified to NSF/ANSI 372 and NSF/ANSI/CAN 61. An optional stem extension is available for projects requiring pipe insulation.

The isolation valve is compatible with our most popular Caleffi valves including FlowCal™ and QuickSetter+™ balancing valves, AngleMix™ and MixCal™ thermostatic mixing valves, Z-one™ zone valves and PresCal™ pressure reducing valves.

Please visit our website at www.caleffi.us or call us at (414) 238-2360 for further product information.

In recent years, PP-R pipe has become an increasingly popular choice in plumbing and hydronic heating systems. Introduced over 30 years ago, this copolymer made from Polypropylene-Random has been a top choice among plastic piping options. Suitable for both hot and cold pipe, it’s known as a naturally insulating option that allows the installer to Read more

In recent years, PP-R pipe has become an increasingly popular choice in plumbing and hydronic heating systems. Introduced over 30 years ago, this copolymer made from Polypropylene-Random has been a top choice among plastic piping options. Suitable for both hot and cold pipe, it’s known as a naturally insulating option that allows the installer to make fast connections that are both permanent and leak-free. Using heat fusion technology, the installer can do more than just join two PP-R ends together – they can create a joint that has the same strength as that of the pipe wall. In contrast to other pipe-joining methods, common long-term concerns like corrosion and fatigue damage are eliminated with heat fusion. In fact, fusion connections are touted to be so robust that they will outlast their own piping system.

In the mid 2000’s, a new generation of PP-R pipe was introduced to the market – Polypropylene-Random Crystallinity Temperature – or PP-RCT. Its crystallinity allows the copolymer to resist greater levels of pressure at higher temperatures. The advancement of copolymers in recent years has begun to shift opinions on plastic pipe, leaving behind outdated misconceptions about its dependability.

But the ways of the past are not all gone. Installers may be embracing plastic pipes and fittings, but they have been slower to accept plastic bodied valves. The proven field reliability of brass-bodied construction remains favorable in a time when strong, reliable plastics are still a relatively new concept. As such, manufacturers who work with PP-R and PP-RCT have been trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between the time tested technology and recent innovations.

In order to incorporate brass valves into a PP-R/PP-RCT piping system, installers have historically had few choices. Options for brass valves with fully integrated connections have been somewhat limited. Some piping manufacturers have elected to offer valves that are compatible only with their specific line of piping, so finding a valve that is compatible with all PP-R and PP-RCT piping systems proved increasingly difficult. In absence of a universal solution, installers made use of transitional fittings to connect their brass ends to PP-R/PP-RCT pipe, at the expense of additional leak paths and labor.

That’s where Webstone comes in. Known for their quality brass valves, Webstone has introduced fully integrated PP-R or PP-RCT ends to their most popular engineered products. The Pro-Connect PP-R Pro line now includes the Isolator with Rotating Flange (a uni-flange ball valve with 360 degrees of motion and optional multi-function hose drain), the Pro-Pal Ball Drain, and ball valves (including PP-R/PP-RCT x FIP ends to transition to or from metal piping).

These products all feature socket style connections, which makes the heat fusion process as quick and simple as possible. Valves come in a variety of sizes and are certified lead free for both residential and commercial use. Additionally, all Webstone products carry a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer’s defects – ensuring peace of mind that no other valve manufacturer in the industry can match. To learn more, visit WebstoneValves.com/PP-R-Pro

Last Up To 100 Times Longer In Tough Metal-Drilling Applications Than Titanium Bits Spyder® today unveiled its highest-performance drilling accessories yet — the new STINGER™ Mach-Blue™ high-speed steel (HSS) bits for wood and metal drilling, which will be available as a home center exclusive at Lowe’s. The bits mark the debut of Spyder’s proprietary Mach-Blue™ Read more

Last Up To 100 Times Longer In Tough Metal-Drilling Applications Than Titanium Bits

Spyder® today unveiled its highest-performance drilling accessories yet — the new STINGER™ Mach-Blue™ high-speed steel (HSS) bits for wood and
metal drilling, which will be available as a home center exclusive at Lowe’s.
The bits mark the debut of Spyder’s proprietary Mach-Blue™ armor plating, an ultra-hard surface plating that helps retain sharp cutting edges and reduce heat build-up, resulting in faster cuts and exceptionally long life. The Mach-Blue™ plating gives the bits an eye-catching, iridescent blue finish that performs like nothing else on the market.

Beneath the plating, the bits are constructed of heat-treated M-Series tool steel, known for its durability and resistance to breakage. They are optimized for use in wood, steel, mild steel, aluminum, stacked materials and other tough-to-drill alloys.

The new HSS bits join Spyder’s other STINGER™ drilling accessories, which include auger, power and spade bits. The HSS bits are Spyder’s first-ever standard-size drill bits, but there is nothing standard about their performance, said Matt Tyson, Senior Product Manager at Spyder.

“Mach-Blue™ bits are engineered to drill quickly and cleanly over and over,” Tyson said. “They cut cleaner and last significantly longer than other high-quality titanium plated or cobalt bits, even when drilling dense, thick metal.”

STINGER™ Mach-Blue™ HSS bits have been shown to drill up to 100 times more holes than titanium or black oxide drill bits before a replacement is required, and to make holes up to eight times faster than titanium drill bits.

Other features include a self-centering split point design that won’t walk or wander, even on pre- hardened or curved surfaces. The impact-rated 1/4" speed hex shank allows the bit to be used in quick-change impacting drivers as well as conventional three-jaw chucks in hand drills and drill presses. The high-performance, jobber-length bits are made in the USA.

STINGER™ Mach-Blue™ armor plated HSS drill bits are available in a 10-piece kit with an MSRP of $39.98. The kit includes 1/16”, 5/64”, 3/32”, 1/8", 5/32”, 3/16”, 7/32”, 1/4", 5/16” and 3/8" bits, and a durable case with rubberized corners. Individual bits in diameters from 1/16” to 1/2" are sold separately.

STINGER™ Mach-Blue™ armor plated HSS drill bits and other additions to the STINGER™ line of drilling and wood-boring tools will be available online at Lowes.com and rolling out to Lowe’s stores nationwide this month.

Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco offer an affordable entry to pressing technology Broomfield, Colo. — Viega LLC, the company which introduced pressing to North America, now has its own branded pressing tools for use with its fittings. The Viega Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco are now available in distributors and through Viega. The Read more

Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco offer an affordable entry to pressing technology

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega LLC, the company which introduced pressing to North America, now has its own branded pressing tools for use with its fittings.

The Viega Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco are now available in distributors and through Viega. The tools, which are the first in North America to carry the Viega name, cost less than similar press tools from other manufacturers and are an affordable way for contractors to adopt pressing.

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“We know the cost of tools has been a barrier for some contractors who want to adopt pressing,” said Dominic Küng, Senior Manager, Product Portfolio. “The lower price of the Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco will make it easier for those customers to buy a tool and begin realizing the enormous benefits of pressing.”

Tools aren’t a new offering for Viega. It has sold branded tools in Europe for years in collaboration with RIDGID, whichmanufactures the Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco for Viega.

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The Pressgun 6 is a no-frills, cost-efficient workhorse that can press up to 4″ ProPress copper and stainless and 2″ MegaPress with the V2 actuator and rings, as well as 2″ PureFlow PEX. Its features include:

  • Eight-second press cycle
  • LED display indicating number of presses left on a charge
  • Steel cylinder head and jaw intake
  • 270° rotating cylinder head
  • Forward and backward compatibility with RIDGID batteries

    The less expensive and less powerful Pressgun 6 Picco can press up to 11⁄4″ ProPress with the C1 actuator and rings, 11⁄2″ PureFlow and 3⁄4″ MegaPress.

     

    Neither tool can be used with the MegaPress XL PressBooster or MegaPress Z3 Actuator.

    Both tools come with an 18-volt lithium-ion battery and charger. The 2.5/5.0 Ah battery offers 25% more presses per charge than the previous battery. It includes a battery life indicator. The charger comes with a standard 100-240V charging cord and a 12V DC charging cord so it can be charged off a vehicle lighter. The battery also features forward and backward compatibility with RIDGID batteries, chargers and tools.

    “We’re excited to make it possible for additional contractors to become more efficient and productive through pressing,”Küng said. “They’ll find that the Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco will revolutionize their businesses and quickly pay for themselves.”

    To learn more about the tool, visit here.