When a homeowner turns on a faucet, they know that water will come out, just like they also know there will be enough of it to shower, cook, and even water the lawn. While access to water has grown to be such a reliable process, it hasn’t always been this way. Our current water infrastructure is a huge contributor to the reliable transportation of this resource but the real star players are the water professionals who design, invest in, plan, sell, install, and repair everything from the water source to the water meter.
In reference to an object, telescoping (verb) is the act of sliding or causing to slide into itself, so that the object itself becomes smaller or larger. Examples of devices that use this effect are the stem of umbrellas, glasses/binoculars, car antennas, and, of course the telescope. Now we can add one more to the list: the A.Y. McDonald telescoping curb box.
Until recently, adjustability was a word not often used to describe certain water works products. Due to the functionality of these parts and the age of the industry itself, most manufacturers have shied away from enhancing a product whose design hasn’t change much since the beginning of its existence. A.Y. McDonald aims to prove that enhancement is not only a possibility but is also recognized as the more likely choice with our new adjustable height meter setter. Continue reading
The chemical element, copper, holds the title of many firsts, including the first metal to be used by humans, the first metal to be smelted from its core, the first metal to be cast into a shape in a mold, and the first metal to be purposefully alloyed with another metal (tin) to create bronze. Since 8,000 BC, copper has been a staple to our thriving civilization, in more ways than one. Continue reading
Recognized as the timeliest and most cost effective solution, freight shipping is seen as more of a necessity than an option now-a-days; but that doesn’t mean that taking this route comes without disadvantages. The one major downside to utilizing freight is the vulnerability your packages stand to getting damaged along the way. (Highlight to tweet) Due to freight protocol, there are ways to receive compensation and proper responsibility of these items – just as long as every party involved plays by the rules – and that doesn’t always happen. Continue reading
It’s common knowledge that if you want access to a public utility’s service on your property, then you are required to pay for it. Seen as one of the necessary costs to maintaining a home or building, most people succumb to taking full responsibility of their energy intake and pay the fees without question. Continue reading
Dark, dingy, dirty, and wasteful; these adjectives describe how a foundry is often perceived by the outside world. However, the operation of our foundry is anything but. Due to great efforts placed on a clean and environmentally friendly workplace, we are able to recycle and find “green” alternatives to otherwise hazardous chemicals. Continue reading
Valves are very important devices that control and direct the flow of liquids and gases by opening and closing various passageways. While there are many valve designs, the ball valve is the most popular member of the quarter-turn valve family. Since its introduction in the early 1960s by A.Y. McDonald and other industry leaders, the ball valve rose in popularity and has now become the valve of choice for most liquid applications. Not only does the ball valve surpass other valves with its superior pressure rating and durability, but it is also more functional for the everyday user. (highlight to tweet)