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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

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    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.

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  • 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.

    Camlock Fitting with Male End

    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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  • A Guide to Applications for Stainless Steel Ball Valves

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    If you've worked with any kind of fluid processing system, then you are familiar with ball valves and the crucial job they do. Ball valves are quarter-turn valves that are often made with full-bore designs. This means they can completely stop flow when closed and will not hinder flow when opened. This is valuable with flow rate and pressure are important to the application. Stainless steel is one of the strongest and most resilient materials out there, with top-notch pressure and temperature resistances. There are too many applications for stainless steel ball valves, but in this article we will look at some of the most common. But first, what makes stainless steel so special?

    What is Stainless Steel?

    The reason there are so many uses for stainless steel ball valves is that it is a fantastic material. It is tougher than cast iron, ductile iron, brass, and copper when it comes to pressure rating and temperature tolerance. Stainless steel competes with carbon steel on many fronts, but beats it by a mile in corrosion resistance. For this reason, applications for stainless steel ball valves are typically demanding in one or more area (corrosion, temperature, pressure).

    Stainless steel is a fantastic material that is difficult to beat, but it does have one major drawback: price. There is a major price jump from iron valves to steel valves, but it is warranted! The price jump is reflected by a jump in quality from one material to another. Stainless steel is the best of the best, with high pressure tolerance, temperature limits, and corrosion resistance.

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  • How to Rebuild a Gate Valve from Start to Finish

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    Gate valves are a simple valve that, unlike most other types of valves, do not depend on rubber gaskets to make a seal. Instead, they use guides and a "gate" made of metal to stop and start flow. The multi-turn handle makes operation simple and smooth. Every so often, however, it may help to know how to rebuild a gate valve.

    Problems with gate valves are not common, but the one seen most often is when something gets lodged in the guides on the sides or bottom of the valve's body+. This can happen when a gate valve is left open for extended periods. Blocked gate pathways can lead to the valve being unable to fully close.

    But do not fear! A small blockage does not mean a your valve is ruined. Gate valves are easy to take apart and clean if their path is obstructed. Rebuilding a gate valve is also simple. In this guide we will explain how to rebuild a gate valve after first discussing cleaning and disassembly.

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  • Valves - Choosing Between Ductile and Cast Iron

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    Customers from all kinds of industries need valves of all varieties for their high-demand processes. Valves are available in a huge number of materials for any application imaginable. A few of these materials are PVC, carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and ductile iron. In this post we will focus on two of those materials: ductile iron and cast iron. The argument of "ductile vs. cast iron valves" has been going on for decades, as not everyone knows the differences.

    Luckily, comparing valves made of ductile iron and cast iron is simple, as these materials have just a few major differences. We will outline properties of both materials and then go through the pros and cons of each. By the end of this blog post, you will be an iron expert!

    Cast Iron Valves Specifications

    Cast iron (also known as gray iron) is a type of metal that has been in use for hundreds of years. It is an alloy made from 96%-98% iron, 2%-4% carbon, and small amounts of silicone. It has impressive temperature tolerance, with some cast iron capable of handling temperatures over 2100F (1150C). When it comes to pressure, cast iron's strength depends on its pressure class. The two most common are class 125 and class 250. At less extreme temperatures, class 125 cast iron flange is rated for pressures between 150 and 200 psi. Class 250 cast iron is a bit tougher, with pressure ratings from 300 to 500 psi. These pressures can vary by end type.

    Cast iron is strong and will usually go undamaged even after going through intense vibrations. The main drawback of cast iron valves is that they are not very ductile at all. Virtually any bending will cause cast iron to crack and become useless. One great quality of cast iron is that it is not very expensive. As far as metals go, cast iron is usually the most economical option, which makes it a solid alternative for people on a budget.

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  • Digital vs Mechanical Flow Meters - How to Choose

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    Flow meters are, as the name suggests, devices that measure flow in a  piped system. Depending on the application, flowrate is measured as either volume or mass. Flow meters can clamp onto a pipe and measure flow with a type of sensor placed inside the pipe or act as an all-in-one component, allowing fluid or gas to pass through their bodies as they measure. When shopping for flow meters, many people debate digital vs mechanical flow meters. What's the difference? In this post, we will look at what differentiates flow meters, including operation and displays.

    Comparing Flow Meter Types

    The first thing you need to know about flow meters is how they work. There are almost as many varieties of flow meters as there are applications for them, so we cannot possibly cover them all. Below are listed some of the most popular types of flow meters.

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