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Engineered for optimum performance in multiple materials, Power Pro One® screws are the One screw you’ll ever need. Developed to outperform and replace standard wood, sheet metal, and concrete/masonry screws, the One Screw multi-material fastener simplifies your toolbox by using a single, innovative, engineered screw design to complete projects that fasten into wood, metal, concrete, drywall Read more

Engineered for optimum performance in multiple materials, Power Pro One® screws are the One screw you’ll ever need. Developed to outperform and replace standard wood, sheet metal, and concrete/masonry screws, the One Screw multi-material fastener simplifies your toolbox by using a single, innovative, engineered screw design to complete projects that fasten into wood, metal, concrete, drywall, and plastic. The bronze epoxy coating is recommended for exterior projects and treated lumber.

The flat head design and star drive provide easy and clean countersinking into wood. Manufactured with spiral flutes, serrated hi-lo threads, and a 3-sided pyramid point, no pre-drilling is required in wood, drywall, plastic, or metal up to 20 gauge thick. Concrete and masonry applications require a pre-drilled hole, see product packaging for pre-drilling instructions. Each package includes a free durable Pro-Stik® Star Driver Bit. All One Screw products offer a limited lifetime warranty.

Industrial-grade corrosion inhibitor, lubricant, and cleaner prevents and removes rust, helping contractors to be significantly more productive, while improving equipment reliability and extending its lifespan For HVAC contractors to be optimally productive on the job, stopping the accelerated corrosion of metal components and facilitating maintenance is essential.  Left unprotected from rain, snow, runoff, humidity, condensation Read more

Industrial-grade corrosion inhibitor, lubricant, and cleaner prevents and removes rust, helping contractors to be significantly more productive,
while improving equipment reliability and extending its lifespan

For HVAC contractors to be optimally productive on the job, stopping the accelerated corrosion of metal components and facilitating maintenance is essential.  Left unprotected from rain, snow, runoff, humidity, condensation, and coastal salt air, a host of metal HVAC parts can seize up with corrosion, slowing routine maintenance and repair jobs considerably until the “frozen” part is worked loose.

So, it can be advantageous for HVAC contractors to streamline future maintenance by preparing surfaces and connections with lubricants and protectants on a variety of components – from air fans and cooling coils, to mechanical dampers, pulleys, and adjustable motors, to shafts, fittings, and even fasteners.  This can significantly speed service and repair, optimize heating/cooling performance, and even extend the life of equipment.

“As an HVAC contractor, the more jobs you can perform each day, the more money for the company. So, you do not want to waste time trying to break a seized, corroded component loose – or in the worst case cut it off [which can happen with seized fan blades] – so you can complete the service or repair,” says Louis Bakane, an HVAC technician in Alabama who has worked with residential, commercial, and industrial clients since 1979 before his recent retirement.

While standard “wet” lubricant, anti-corrosion, and cleaner sprays exist, traditionally these tend to build up into messy, relatively ineffective “gunked up” layers that attract dirt and dust over time.

For contractors seeking to become significantly more productive and profitable in the business of delivering reliable HVAC service, now all-purpose sprays been developed toward this end.  These function as corrosion inhibiter, lubricant and cleaner to protect metal components such as heat exchange fins and cooling coils to keep them in good working order, so servicing can be accomplished in a fraction of the time.

“Labor is the biggest HVAC contractor expense, so if they can cut their service time by a third or even in half – like I did – with an anti-corrosion spray, lubricant, and cleaner such as Force5 HVAC, that is a great return on investment,” says Bakane,

The Force5 HVAC corrosion inhibitor penetrates into metal parts to prevent rust and corrosion while forming a bond that repels water and other contaminants.  The protectant goes on wet and dries in place.  A shield-like film coating protects equipment against the effects of moisture and corrosion, including coastal salt air.  This helps to ensure HVAC equipment reliability and prolongs its usable life.

As a lubricant, the fast-acting, penetrating compound cuts through corrosion, rust and dirt, quickly getting into metal parts that have become frozen or encrusted to get them working again.  It contains synthetic-based additives that act like microscopic ball-bearings to reduce friction, facilitate maintenance and improve operation.

According to Bakane, he has used the anti-corrosion spray and lubricant on anything metal with mechanical, moving components.

“I have sprayed it on nuts, bolts, shafts, fittings, and anything that I put in new, so I didn’t have to work so hard to open the HVAC unit, get inside, and fix it if it breaks down.  It has helped to prevent freeze up on rooftop equipment, exhaust hoods, air balancers, mechanical dampers, pulleys, fans, and adjustable motors.  Any HVAC equipment exposed to the elements can benefit from its use,” he says.

The end result is expedited maintenance, which allows the HVAC professional to complete more jobs in the work day, with less physical strain and exertion.

He adds, “If a contractor is replacing belts on a six-month basis, he or she can spray the connections, shafts, etc. so servicing it is simplified.  I’ve had jobs where it cut my service time in half because I was able to change out a belt, motor, fan, or condensing unit so much faster.”

According to Bakane, use of the corrosion inhibitor, lubricant, and cleaner extends the life of HVAC equipment and improves its reliability as well.

Without sufficient protection, HVAC condenser and evaporator fins, made of aluminum or copper, will corrode in humid or moist settings, particularly in high salt environments near the coast.  These components, as well as cooling coils, can fail due to corrosion and electrolysis in these environments.

The protectant and cleaner also helps waterproof and dry out wet electrical gear and other water-sensitive parts, and improves electrical performance by cleaning and protecting contacts and internal circuitry.  Because of this capability and its dielectric properties (ability to transmit electric force without conduction) to 40,000 volts, it helps keep motors, electronics, circuit boards, lighting, wiring, connectors, switches, etc. working properly.

“I use it on HVAC control boards where there might be a lot of humidity,” says Bakane.  “When I install new equipment, I spray some on the control board, which helps to prevent it from shorting out if ‘sweat’ [condensation in a heated environment] drips onto the control board connections.”

Due to such capabilities, adding use of the spray to an annual HVAC checkup will help to prolong the life of the unit, which is a key benefit for the contractor’s clients.  For best results, apply the spray once a year, or twice annually if the heat exchangers are fully exposed to sunlight to compensate for some UV breakdown of the product.

For contractors who know that using the right tool simplifies the job, the availability of effective, all-purpose anti-corrosion, lubricant, and cleaner sprays can help to expedite HVAC work.

For more info, call 678-883-3578; visit www.force5products.com; or write to Force5 Products at 3434 Howell St. NW, Suite B, Duluth, GA  30096.

The addition of 4-in-1 Low Loss Header (LLH) accessory closes the gap to provide a fully contained boiler system Bosch Thermotechnology, a leading global source of high-quality heating and cooling systems, today announced its Stainless Steel Boiler (SSB) Low Loss Header (LLH) accessory, completing its SSB System for a fully contained, compact boiler solution. The Read more

The addition of 4-in-1 Low Loss Header (LLH) accessory closes the gap to provide a fully contained boiler system

Bosch Thermotechnology, a leading global source of high-quality heating and cooling systems, today announced its Stainless Steel Boiler (SSB) Low Loss Header (LLH) accessory, completing its SSB System for a fully contained, compact boiler solution.

The Bosch SSB LLH 4-in-1 combination separator incorporates hydraulic separation, air separation, dirt separation and ferrous impurity separation. The dirt and magnetic separator helps to ensure clean water circulation through the boiler loop. With one hot water supply and one water return, every connection is only used once. Temperature is not an issue with this system, which is ideal for temperatures from 32 – 194˚F without insulation.

“We’re thrilled to be the first in the market to provide four-in-one performance functionality for a fully contained boiler system,” said Christopher Kyes, Product Manager at Bosch Thermotechnology. “This full system provides simple installation and maintenance, whether in a new build or retrofitting to an existing building, offering a high efficiency boiler solution.”

The Bosch SSB Low Loss Header features include:

  • Hydraulic separation, air separation, dirt separation, and ferrous impurity separation
  • Suitable for water and glycol solutions
  • Max Pressure range 80 PSI
  • Pipes can be fitted on either side of the boiler
  • Integrated 75PSI pressure relief valves
  • 5-year non-prorated heat exchanger warranty

The SSB System was engineered by Bosch on a single platform design, making installation and commissioning easy, regardless of the output required. With an efficiency of 96 percent, the SSB is loaded with standard features that include dedicated boiler pumps, two heat exchangers and on-board control with weather compensation, practical control solutions for any application and several venting options, as well as many other features.

For more information about Bosch Thermotechnology, visit https://www.bosch-climate.us.

Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, has announced the expansion of the CRS Coalescing-Style Air & Sediment Separator product line. The extended CRS line—available for use in any HVAC system—helps break entrained air and suspended solids out of system fluid, efficiently removing these contaminants and improving heat transfer and energy efficiency. “This expansion to our Read more

Bell & Gossett Coalescing-Style Air & Sediment Separator, hydronics, plumbing, heating, HVACBell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, has announced the expansion of the CRS Coalescing-Style Air & Sediment Separator product line. The extended CRS line—available for use in any HVAC system—helps break entrained air and suspended solids out of system fluid, efficiently removing these contaminants and improving heat transfer and energy efficiency.

“This expansion to our CRS product line provides our customers next-level adaptability for commercial systems,” said Chris Kerback, Bell & Gossett product line manager, Engineered Specialties. “Now with even greater variety of sizes, connections and configurations, the Bell & Gossett CRS line improves contaminant control in any HVAC system design.”

With lower energy use and its robust design, the CRS helps protect pumps, boilers and other components, improving and prolonging the life of a system. The CRS separator’s internal coalescing media efficiently removes up to 100 percent of fluid contaminants—including entrained and free air and suspended solids out of HVAC systems, improving heat transfer capabilities and resulting in energy efficiencies.

Features and benefits of the Bell & Gossett CRS line include:

  • Lifting Lugs—makes moving and installing easier
  • Threaded Connection—provides optional air vent or can be used for connection to an expansion tank
  • Optional Skim Valve—removes large volumes of air during system fill
  • Stainless Steel Coalescing Media (patent pending)—helps break the surface tension within the system fluid to release air and allow bubbles to rise to the top of the tank for removal or direct to the expansion tank
  • Tank Body Design—is twice as large as the inlet and outlet nozzles providing a reduction in fluid velocity, easing the removal of entrained air and suspended solids

Bell & Gossett CRS Coalescing-Style Air & Sediment Separators are available in a number of models to best fit a system’s requirements. Models are available for air-only, sediment-only, and air/sediment combo separation, with the option for a removable or non-removable coalescing media, and for standard or high velocities. Models available in sizes 2” through 36” with 2” – 4” flange or groove end connections. Max 150 psi and 450°F (232°C) maximum working temperature.

Irvine, Calif. — Navien, Inc., the number one brand in high efficiency condensing tankless water heaters, has launched the brand new NPE-2 series. Navien NPE-2 series is the biggest update to condensing tankless water heaters in North America since the NPE series changed the landscape of the industry in 2012. The NPE-2 is offered in Read more

Irvine, Calif. — Navien, Inc., the number one brand in high efficiency condensing tankless water heaters, has launched the brand new NPE-2 series. Navien NPE-2 series is the biggest update to condensing tankless water heaters in North America since the NPE series changed the landscape of the industry in 2012. The NPE-2 is offered in four Standard (NPE-S2) models up to 199,900 BTU/H and three Advanced (NPE-A2) models up to 199,900 BTU/H.

Advanced innovation engineered into the NPE-2 allows for new high-efficiency features and technology including a turndown ratio up to 15:1, EZNav™ advanced multi-line control with built-in intuitive software and easy-to-use Setup Wizard, increased 2” PVC venting length up to 75-feet, vent installation detector, built-in HotButton™ on-demand system controls, expanded cascade capability up to 32 units and expanded common venting capability up to 12 units.

The NPE-2 will continue to offer the features that made the NPE the number one selling condensing tankless water heater in North America, such as dual stainless steel heat exchangers, half-inch gas pipe capability up to 24 feet and ComfortFlow™ recirculation system with built-in recirculation pump and buffer tank on the NPE-A2.

Navien’s NPE-2 will continue to support popular Navien accessories for enhanced installations including NaviLink® Wi-Fi remote control system, NaviCirc® recirculation crossover valve, H2Air® for combination space heating and domestic hot water system, and ReadyLink® manifold system for simplifying multi-unit installations on walls or racks.

To learn more, visit Navieninc.com.