Push-Fit Fittings: Pushing the Industry Forward

Change is inevitable no matter what industry you work in. While the plumbing industry is very steeped in tradition, it too has to adapt and innovate. One such way that plumbing manufacturers and suppliers keep this industry moving forward is through the application of push-fit fittings. Continue reading

Bringing Digital Options to Gas Utilities

In the natural gas industry, it takes a lot more than a good product to provide exceptional service to the whole community. With safety and efficiency being the leading attributes to a successful gas utility, the industry will thrive by continuing to invest in new (and digital) processes. Thankfully, there are apps and traceability tags for that. Continue reading

We Put the ‘Fast’ in ‘Fast Connect Fitting’

Fast food vs. sit-down restaurants, instant vs. brewed coffee, and planes vs. cars. Over time, society continues to invent quicker solutions to already effective products and concepts. But with the added convenience and time it saves, there’s a reason why the quicker option can be the more attractive one. In the water works industry, the same can be said about A.Y. McDonald’s new Fast Connect Fitting. Continue reading

The Three Parts That Make Up the Heart of Plumbing

At a relatively young age, we are able to understand the functionality of plumbing fixtures, from the bathtub all the way to the kitchen sink. That is, we understand that when we pull on the faucet, water will come out. But as a plumber, responsibilities go well beyond what the homeowner sees, all the way down to the pipes, valves, and fittings that make up the plumbing system. This helps us recognize and explain what exactly ‘plumbing’ is to those not immersed in it every day. Continue reading

‘Where in the World is A.Y. McDonald’ Giveaway

With products that serve many functions and a company with over 161 years of service, A.Y. McDonald is very well traveled. From a gas valve at the famous Gum Wall in Seattle, Washington to a curb box lid in Glen Falls, New York…Tell me, where in the world is A.Y. McDonald? Continue reading

Why (not) a Meter Setter, Meter Pit, or Meter Box?

untitled-design-1-copy-7The majority of the fixtures that make water work for you and your community are located just a number of feet underground. Recognized as the service lateral, each part plays an integral role in providing a structure access to the public water supply (see diagrams to the right). However, certain parts – such as the water meter – have to be more accessible than others.

There are many alternatives to having the water meter inside of the structure, such as the meter setter, meter pit, or meter box. When it comes to choosing which meter protector route to take, factors such as the climate and personal preference of the water provider are considered. However, those unfamiliar with the meter setter, meter pit, and meter box may wonder why they are necessary to the service lateral installation. Continue reading

How Instagram Creates a Snapshot Into Our World

untitled-design‘Capture and share the world’s moments’. As Instagram’s tagline, these words ring true on just how visual the social media network is. It’s about taking others with you and sharing moments of your day. It’s a snapshot into one’s world…with A.Y. McDonald now representing one of these worlds. Continue reading

AYU: Knowledge at Your Fingertips

  • How do I size a jetayu pump?
  • What’s the difference between PSI and inches of water column?
  • When did ball valves come into existence?
  • Where does the pressure reducing valve lie on the northern and southern water service lateral installations?

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Power Outage? No Problem

Does the phrase ‘April showers bring May flowers’ ring a bell? While very catchy, there’s a reason why someone came up with it in the first place. Since thunderstorms can threaten at any moment during spring and summer, this is the time of year to be paying the most attention to the affects of power outages – especially on a home’s sump pump. Continue reading

Water Dowsing – Are You a Believer?

riandropThe effectiveness of a water well greatly depends on the amount of groundwater it’s pulling from. Likewise, the cost of creating the well is dependent on how far down it has to be drilled in order to reach this resource. Since groundwater is obviously located below the surface, there is no proven way to find where it flows and how far down – unless you’re a believer of water dowsing. Continue reading