6 Things Your Boss Expects You Know About Press Vs Solders

PRESS OR DIE

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The plumbing world just like everywhere else is moving at a record pace. New technologies emerge almost on a daily basis, at the forefront of these technologies are 2 companies leading the way in form and function.

RIDGID and VIEGA are those companies improving the plumbing, heating and gasfitting trade worldwide and right here in Calgary!!

Viega press fitting system solutions are designed to integrate and our preferred press tool for installing Viega systems is designed the same way. One press tool can make connections on Viega ProPress, Viega MegaPress and Viega PureFlow PEX systems, simply by changing jaw sets.

Viega has partnered with RIDGID since 1999 to offer system-matched tools for each of our engineered press fitting systems. With jaws, rings and actuators in sizes ranging from ½” to 4″, these tools can accommodate nearly every type of plumbing, heating or pipe joining project.

Installers no longer need heavy welding tanks or cumbersome threading machines to make a secure pipe connection. With Viega as the single source for the entire installation, you can trust that all components will work together as a unified whole.

No Sparks, No Mess
Flameless press technology eliminates sweating, brazing and grooving. No need for burn permits or fire watches.

Leaves no joining material buildup, exposed threads or tarnish, creating a clean, professional appearance.

Fast and Reliable
Makes secure wet or dry press connections in less than seven seconds on existing or brand new systems.

Installers no longer need heavy welding tanks or cumbersome threading machines to make a secure pipe connection.

Trust every connection you make knowing we spend thousands of hours every year testing our tools in real-world situations; the result is total compatibility on every job in nearly every condition and application.

Rookies in Action

 

PRESS OR PUSH

SHARKBITE AND PROPRESS COMBINED PROPERLY

Time saving
Push fit technology has been designed to optimise time efficiency and to help ensure installers are able to work across jobs more effectively.

No tools needed for installation
Unlike press fit methods, push fit fittings require no additional tools for installation. Once cutting, measuring and deburring of the pipes has been undertaken, the actual jointing takes just seconds to complete.

Easily de-mountable
Another key benefit is that the fitting can be easily de-mounted if there has been an error in installation or removal is required. This is not as simple with press fittings, or where traditional methods are concerned.

Importantly, if removal is required, there is only minimal need for additional materials or new pipework; the installer need only remove the existing fitting with the appropriate release tool and replace with a new one providing the pipe is not damaged.

SHARKBITE USED IMPROPERLY

Its vital to the success of your job and the trade to be blunt that you understand the difference and proper applications of press, push, soldered and mechanically jointed systems. If in doubt hire a professional in the Calgary area like Baker Plumbing Inc.

 

Credit to RIDGID TOOLS VIEGA PRESSand HVP Magazine

Homer Simpson’s Guide to Grooving Copper Pipe

Homer Simpson was unavailable

Even better the young apprentices that have their fingers on the button as it were and ready to show the world how this important skill can be developed. With a whole 5 years of experience between them, what could possibly go wrong? Follow along as the steps needed to complete this important skill are discussed. If you’re looking for a commercial plumber near you then look no further than Baker Plumbing in Calgary.

Copper Pipe

Copper pipes are commonly used in the commercial construction industry for water supply lines and refrigerant lines in HVAC (heating, cooling, and air-conditioning) systems. Copper pipes can be manufactured as soft or rigid copper and offer excellent corrosion-resistance and reliable connections. The three most common types of copper pipe used in residential and commercial construction are Type K, Type L, and Type M. A fourth type, used for drain-waste-vent, or DWV, piping, can be found in some older homes.

For today we using 2.5″ copper K pipe which is the only type or quality that is approved for this type of joining method. Working on commercial boiler systems can be a hazardous undertaking. This work should only be completed by professional tradesmen or women that have extensive experience completing such work. Or as shown here under the direct supervision of a Master plumber.

  • Type K Copper Pipe: Type K copper pipe has the thickest wall of all the common types. It is used for water distribution, fire protection, oil, HVAC, and many other applications in the construction industry. Type K pipe is available in a rigid and flexible form and can be used with flared and compression fittings. Pictured below is that very thing, Type K copper pipe! It’s been cut, reamed and sanded in preparation for the application of a RIDGID grooving tool.

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Next step grooving

According to many industry experts “grooved mechanical piping” reduces risk, cost and construction schedules.

Grooved mechanical pipe joining is a method of fabricating piping systems that eliminates the need for welding and flanging pipe. Grooved-end pipe, fittings, valves and accessories are joined with mechanical couplings that provide a secure, reliable union at every joint. These connections are designed to handle a variety of utility and process piping services. Grooved pipe solutions can be used on carbon steel, stainless steel and galvanized pipe, as well as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), fiberglass-reinforced pipe and American Water Works Association ductile iron pipe ranging in size from a half inch to 60 inches.

A grooved pipe joint is comprised of three core elements: the pipe groove; the gasket and coupling housings; and nuts and bolts. Grooves are cold-formed on the pipe ends with tooling specifically designed for this process (we are using the RIDGID 914). The coupling housing engages the grooved ends of each pipe, fitting or valve to be connected. A resilient, pressure-responsive elastomeric gasket provides a leak-tight seal, even under a vacuum. The coupling housing fully encloses the gasket, reinforcing the seal and securing its position. The coupling is fastened with two track head bolts and nuts.

Grooved mechanical piping has its roots in World War I, during which this innovation was used to deploy fuel and water to Allied forces on the front lines. The system proved beneficial over other joining methods, because as troops’ positions changed, the pipes needed to be disassembled, transported and reassembled quickly and efficiently.

Today, the grooved pipe system still proves advantageous in critical fluid handling applications. Grooved piping systems can be installed on a variety of piping applications, including alcohol; caustic; chilled, cooling, potable, wash and demineralized water; fire protection; glycerin; instrument and plant utility air; oil feed; reverse osmosis; and wastewater treatment.

Pictured below is Peter with Baker Plumbing using the RIDGID 914, a product no longer made by RIDGID but continues to be useful and effective in completing complex plumbing and heating work.

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The tools that actually make it work

The RIDGID® 915 Roll Groover is a manual roll groover for in-place field applications. The 915 requires only 3 1/2″ of clearance to travel around a pipe and a minimum of 2 3/4″ of exposed pipe for grooving. With the appropriate roll sets, the 915 can groove from 1 1/4″ to 12″ pipe, the widest range in its class! The 915’s cast-in handle allows for easy transport or chaining the groover down to prevent theft. The 915 is a must for service work crews. RIDGID TOOLS


Watch the Baker Boys in action

While a little raw the young apprentices did get the job done and the systems back online. If you’re looking for plumbing and heating services in Calgary then contact us today!!!

BAKER IN ACTION

Big changes in Gasfitting!!

MEGAPRESS ACTION!!!

Baker is always looking to do its job faster, cleaner and more effectively. Today we changed the way we do gasfitting forever. With the latest pressing tools, we can now complete gas work oil and fume free.

MegaPress

MEGAPRESS ACTION!!!

 

CREDIT TOO

 

Baker Plumbing’s COVID-19

As we enter an unprecedented moment in the history of the world, we at Baker are committed to doing everything we can for both our residential and commercial clients. Our business plan is in place to ensure our emergency services are available for every one of our clients and anyone else who may require assistance.

Being deemed an essential service does provide us the ability to respond to any and all reasonable requests made. With office staff working from remote locations and field techs using the best available technology, we can ensure the safety of both our workers and your staff or family.

With all that’s happening, we feel it’s appropriate to offer the following:

  • 20% discount on all work orders completed while this quarantine is in effect.
  • This will be seen as a line item noted as COVID discount and will be applied to the whole invoice.
  • No dispatch or truck charges for the duration of this lockdown

This discount applies to any quotes or preventive work we may have had scheduled with you prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is our hope that these changes will provide some relief as we all navigate this together. We look forward to brighter days but in the meantime, as we anticipate no interruption to our services providing plumbing, gas, HVAC, backflow and electrical services. We are ready and willing!!

Sincerely,
Bob Baker

Old school meets new school

 

Here we are replacing some defective 2″ copper pipe and fittings! First we cook up some 45s using the old school method of soldering everything in place. Next we remove the defective pieces and install new pipe and fittings, finishing off the job by breaking out the new school press gun and pressing 2″ couplings. Amazing!

From beginning to end!

 

Boiler Service Calgary

Winter has Come Calgary

Now is the Time

Calgary Boiler ServiceWinter has come again to Calgary, it seems like we just thawed out from the last ice age, but here we are. Few components of your home or business are as critical to your well being as your furnace or boiler.

Freezing temperatures work your heating equipment hard and in order to keep them running smoothly an annual inspection and servicing is a must. This will ensure peace of mind and a problem free warm winter. We have been doing this important heating service work in Calgary for over 60 years and we have the knowledge, tools, and skills required to keep everything running as it should.

In the meantime, if you notice any of the following you should contact us right away for an appointment.

              • Odd odours such as gas or burning plastics
              • Strange sounds such as loud vibrations, humming or screeching
              • Visual clues such as chalky debris, soot or metal shavings
              • Flashing codes on control boards or gas valves

These indicators are telling you service is needed and soon! Call us today.

Toilet Troubles?

If you are considering installing a new toilet, think of the benefits of low-flow toilets. They conserve water and use approximately 172 litres less water per day than you standard toilet. Please give us a call at Baker Plumbing, our technicians can help you start saving water today! 403-279-7554 or email info@bakerplumbing.ca

Sump Pumps

With spring arriving, its time to check out your sump pump. Basement flooding is not something that you want to deal with.

Protect your selves by making sure that your sump pump is working properly. If you don’t have a sump then it really is time to give Baker Plumbing a call. We can service your pump, install a pump or provide any assistance that you ay require Contact us at info@bakerplumbing.ca or call 403-279-7554

A BEAUTIFUL SPRING

Given our mild winter and having experienced some beautiful days, you may be ready to service your air conditioner before summer hits.

If you have ever had the experience of turning your air on, its runs briefly and then cuts out, then you know it is on its last legs.There are many factors that can affect how your HVAC systems work. The higher efficiency the unit the more important that the unit and the overall systems should be inspected!

Every winter your A/C loses efficiency and proper cleaning and servicing will help sustain the life span of your equipment

So, turn it on, see what happens and give us a call. Our experts will take care of you and your A/C. Call us at 403-800-3007 24/7 or contact us at info@bakerplumbing.ca

Need a New Gas Stove?

If you have ever cooked with gas stove top, you know that it delivers a consistent, reliable heat that has immediate temperature control. If you are thinking of installing a new gas stove to realize your chef cooking dreams call Baker Plumbing. Contact us at 403-279-7554 or email info@bakerplumbing.ca