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  • What Type of Pipe to Use for In-Ground Sprinkler Systems

    When it comes to sprinkler systems, getting the right piping is key. However, it can be difficult to determine the best pipe to support your system. Polyethylene and PVC are two types of pipe that are frequently used in sprinkler and irrigation systems. It is important to understand the differences between the two so that you can get the best results from your sprinkler system. Below, you can find information to help you determine the best type of pipe for sprinkler type of pipe for sprinkler


    Polyethylene is the ideal choice for those environments that require flexible tube. Rocky soil or cold climates where the soil will likely freeze are where this type of tube works best. Due to their high pressure ratings, this type of tubing is becoming more commonly used in home sprinkler systems than ever before. It has the added benefit of never cracking due to frozen water as well.

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  • Industrial Filtration: Bag Housings vs. Cartridge Housings

    When it comes to industrial filtration, understanding the differences between bag housings and cartridge housings is extremely important. Both types are used in many different industries and impact the way that liquids and gases get filtered. To determine whether bag housings or cartridge housings will work best within a certain industry, it is important to understand how they work. While they are similar, they have specific ways in which they are unique. Below, you can find an explanation about the differences between bag housings and cartridge housings, as well as the qualities that are similar.differences between bag housings and cartridge housings

    Cartridge Housings

    Cartridge housings support industrial grade cartridge filters through the filtration process. There is a large range of contaminant and flow capabilities with cartridge housings. This allows them to be able to serve many purposes due to their versatility. A variety of industries use cartridge filters and that is due in large part to the housings. Though they are versatile, the food and beverage industry is the one that benefits the most from this type of housing. Cartridge housing systems help to attain precise filtration. Continue reading
  • How Does a Gear-Operated Valve Work?

    Valves are an important part of many different applications that we depend on every day. Industries across the world rely on valves to keep their systems functioning. However, it can be easy to forget about the importance of this versatile product. It can be difficult to remember that each valve type has unique specialties and purposes. Gear-operated valves are a very popular type for many reasons. By understanding its uses and how it works, you will be able to determine how well this valve will work for you!

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    How to Use Gear-Operated Valves

    The main quality that sets gear-operated valves apart is the way in which it is operated. This type of valve requires manual operation. Gear-operated valves regulate the flow of liquid or gas. This involves the operation of a wheel moving a disc which holds or releases the liquid or gas through a system. This is hand-operated, making it simple to control the flow whenever you want.

    Typically, manual operators, such as gear-operated valves, are inexpensive. These valves are a good choice for high stress environments and small spaces. Though gear-operated valves are a little more complex than other manually operated valves, most can open or close with a few simple turns. However, with some applications this can become tiresome over time.

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  • Camlock Pressure Ratings by Material Type

    Camlock fittings, also known as cam and groove fittings, are a type of quick hose coupling that allows for the easy connection or disconnection from pumps, tanks, equipment, and anywhere that hoses need to be frequently changed. While camlocks are typically easy to operate, it is important to understand how camlock pressure ratings can determine the success of your hose system. The pressure rating can make or break your camlock so below we have provided a chart to help you better understand camlock pressure ratings before you buy!

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    At Commercial Industrial Supply, we offer many different camlocks in a variety of materials and sizes. Our camlocks come in aluminum, brass, polypropylene, and stainless steel. Camlock pressure ratings differ depending on the material and size. It is important to understand the qualities of each material so that you can buy the camlock that will work most efficiently with your hose system.

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  • Cartridge Filter Material Comparison Chart

    Deciding which cartridge filter to use can be difficult. There are many to choose from and the choice you make can impact the quality of your liquid or gas in ways you might not have expected. This is why it is important to understand the different types of cartridge filters before committing to one kind. Below, take a detailed look into the differences that define these four types.

    Differences in Cartridge Filters

    Stacked Liquid Cartridge Filters Wound cartridges have been the go-to filter for more than 80 years. Known as the original. Not only has this type of cartridge filter cemented its reputation for dependability, but it has also been proven to be adaptable across many different applications. The wound filter cartridges are also an extremely cost-effective option. While this cartridge filter works well in many areas, it excels in surface water filtration. Continue reading
  • What is a Cam Lock Fitting?

    Cam lock fittings, also known as cam and groove couplings, are extremely beneficial and reliable tools that you can use in a number of ways. But what is a cam lock fitting exactly and how can it be used? If you’re asking yourself that question then you have come to the right place! Read below to find out all about the versatile tool known as the camlock fitting.

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    How to Use a Cam Lock Fitting

    First and foremost, camlock fittings are a type of hose coupling. This means that they are a way to connect or disconnect a hose or pipe in a speedy, efficient way without having to involve complex tools or equipment. These connections guarantee tight and secure bonds because of the way that the cams lock into place. Camlock fittings have both a male and female end, as well as arms that help to lock the ends together when they connect.The male and female ends are designed to align perfectly with each other. Continue reading
  • PVC Pipe & Fittings Dimensions (Sch 40 / Sch 80)

    Looking for PVC dimensions? Check out this post for PVC pipe and fittings information for both schedule 40 and schedule 80 PVC. Click through to the Lasco Tech Docs for detailed fittings dimensions and see our PVC pipe sizing chart below for pipe OD, IS, wall thickness and more. Continue reading
  • Link Seal Sizing Chart

    Pipe systems are everywhere. They help move water or gas from one area to another, which is very important to cities and towns everywhere. However, it can be challenging to navigate the various structures that pipes come in contact with when installing new pipe systems. Luckily, there are link seal products to save the day when problems arise! link seal link example Link seals are very useful when it comes to sealing a pipe penetration. These mechanical systems help to seal annular space around pipes that pass through concrete walls, floors, ceilings, and other barriers. Annular space is the space between pipe and core hole that can cause major issues for system installation. Link seals are the best method for sealing annular space and are very easy to install. They are designed for special applications such as temperature extremes, chemical combinations, and slightly non-centered installations. Oil, gas, water, and air are no match for link seals! Link seals are able to fit any pipe, but it’s important that the correct size be established for best results. But don’t worry; you can use our detailed Link Seal Chart to help! If your pipe type and size match with standard pipe charts then you will have no problem finding the perfect fit with this guide to link seal sizing. Continue reading
  • Replacing and Repairing Ball Valves: A DIY Guide

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    Ball valves are an important part of both plumbing and piping systems. While they are generally very durable and leak resistant, they are not immune to damage. Luckily, fixing a ball valve is relatively simple once you understand the proper steps of the process. As a bonus, the skills you learn from a ball valve replacement can carry over and add insight into many different plumbing issues.

    Steps to Fix a Ball Valve

    The only tools needed for the first part of this process are an adjustable wrench and a cloth. Later, you may need to have a screwdriver, screws, and lubricating oil available, depending on your circumstances. Once you have acquired these tools, follow the steps listed below to complete your ball valve replacement!

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  • When to Use PVC Duct Pipe and Fittings

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    Two of the reasons PVC and CPVC are so popular are their low cost and light weight. They are less expensive than any metal piping and install easily. They are also lightweight, which means they need less support than some of the heavier metal pipes. These materials also have fantastic chemical resistances, so what's not to love? PVC/CPVC duct piping has thinner walls, which makes it even lighter and ideal for low pressure gas transport. If you're wondering when to use PVC duct materials, keep reading!

    What is PVC Ducting?

    PVC and CPVC pipe and fittings are split into several sizing categories, the most popular being schedule 40 and schedule 80. Sch. 40 PVC is standard thickness, while sch. 80 is significantly thicker. This makes schedule 80 PVC better for higher pressure applications. Duct PVC is even thinner than schedule 40, with walls not designed to with stand high pressures or heavy liquids. The most common applications for PVC duct involve venting gas and exhaust.

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