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

How We Get That Gas Tight Seal

svengraph_lifesaverWithout gas valves, the natural gas distribution process wouldn’t be as efficient and safe as it is today. In addition to controlling gas flow within a structure, these lifesavers are also considered the primary shut off for meter service, which is largely due to their gas tight seal.
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McDonald Throwback

A throwback is characterized as a sudden reminder of the past. As a feeling that can often come from looking at a photograph, this concept is used for the social media trend, Throwback Thursday (TBT). Posted specifically on Thursdays and partnered with a hashtag, #TBT means the user posts or reposts older photos – reminiscing back to the time and event of the picture. 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