Throughout the natural gas journey, one of the challenges is lowering gas pressure along the way in order to fit the appliance need for a consumer. The transition to usage means reducing as much as 1,200 pounds of pressure (PSI) all the way down to one-quarter PSI that gas appliances operate at. This is made possible through the help of the gas pipeline system, specifically gathering lines (715 PSI), transmission lines (200-1,200 PSI), and distribution lines (¼-60 PSI.) However, it isn’t the pipeline itself that lowers the gas pressure, especially when the resource reaches the distribution part of the process. This is where the regulator enters the story. Continue reading
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
The 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
Without 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.
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
When 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
Do you remember, just a decade ago, when every cell phone type seemed to have its own charger to go with it? Many people couldn’t share chargers and a new one was required with the purchase of a new phone. Gas utilities have to deal with the same concept when it comes to switching out meters and matching meter connection sizes. However, the use of meter adapters makes the concept of gas meter standardization not just a reality, but also the most practical solution. (highlight to tweet) Continue reading
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
We challenge you to a quest of hunting and documenting ‘A.Y. in the Wild’. Every time you come across an A.Y. McDonald product being used out in the world, whether it’s a gas meter bar, curb box lid, or even a sump pump, snap a picture and either email us or send via any of our social media pages. Continue reading
BEEP 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