Category Archives: Water Works

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

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

The 7 Most Common Reasons to Call a Plumber

telephone-158190_960_720 On average, research shows that homeowners will call a plumber once every three years. And throughout these phone calls, the most asked question will be, ‘Is this a common plumbing problem?’. Whether it’s frozen pipes, leaky faucets, running toilets, and more, a plumber will immediately recognize the commonality of the job at hand. Continue reading

Telescoping Curb Box – Do More With Less

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.

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Attaching Adjustability to Our Meter Setters

adjsetterv21Until 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

Revealing the Healing Properties of Copper

copper 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

Taking the Guessing Game Out of Water Meter Sizes

all-picsWhen it comes to recording water usage within a structure, there are multiple water meter size options available – and they’re not always labeled as so. Knowing this, regular maintenance to meter change-out jobs can easily become a guessing game for municipalities if they don’t know what to look for. Thankfully, we do. (Highlight to tweet) Continue reading

Removing ‘Lead’ From Our Drinking Water Vocabulary

At any given time, you could be standing just a number of feet above century old pipes. Similar to how a person ages, the water infrastructure starts to depreciate as it reaches the end of its useful life. Because you can’t physically see the service lines located underground, it makes it hard to know what’s down there and when the parts need to be replaced. Recognizing this is the city’s responsibility and one that isn’t taken lightly. Continue reading

How to Use Water Wisely This Summer

blog 6Did you know that up to 50 percent of the water we use outside is not necessary to maintain a healthy landscape? (Highlight to tweet) Reduce your outdoor water consumption during the hot, dry summer months with these five tips on how to use water wisely.

  1. Set up your sprinklers correctly: When you setup your sprinklers to water your lawn and plants this summer,  Continue reading

Five Fire Sprinkler Facts Every Homeowner Should Know

flamesBEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP. Imagine you and your family being awoken in the middle of the night to the high chirp of a smoke alarm. In the matter of seconds it takes you to wipe the sleep off your eyes and take notice of the situation, the flames could have jumped from one room to the next. In the end, you can only hope you have enough time to get you and your loved ones outside before the fire takes ownership of the house. Continue reading