The Plumbing Connection

Volume 1 | Issue 8

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Tech Talk

PP-RCT Piping Systems - Electrofusion Welding

NIRON electrofusion fittings are designed with a molded-in-place resistance wire, enabling connection to welding machines through connecting wire leads. By applying voltage and circulating electrical energy, resistance generates the heat required to melt the PP-RCT material. This process allows for direct transmission of energy to the fitting and pipe contact surface, resulting in a strong, safe, and reliable joint upon cooling.

To ensure accurate welding, scan the welding barcode using a barcode scanner or manually enter the welding parameters, including time and voltage. Automatic or manual welding can be performed using NIRON welding units, but verify parameters on the display after scanning the barcode. It is crucial to maintain a safe distance during the welding process.

Follow these steps for a reliable weld:

  1. Cut the pipes at right angles using a pipe cutter.
  2. Uniformly scrape the pipe and fitting spigot surface with an appropriate pipe scraper, removing the oxidized polypropylene layer beyond ⅜" (1 cm) of the fitting's insertion length.
  3. Clean the pipe, spigot ends, and welding area using isopropanol and a soft, clean cotton cloth. Ensure the parts are completely dry before proceeding.
  4. Measure the insertion length of the pipe and insert it into the fitting up to the marked depth, using aligners if necessary.
  5. Avoid mechanical stress on the welding area during both the welding procedure and cooling time.
  6. Refer to the welding machine's user manual for proper usage.

After welding, disconnect the cables and allow the joint to cool for the indicated time on the barcode. Mark the weld number on the coupling or fitting using the last three digits of the machine serial number. You can download welding data using a USB pen drive or print it instantly through a printer. For pressure testing, remove any aligners and use a pressure test unit.

Always double-check the welding parameters before starting the welding procedure. Prepare the pipe and fitting according to the instructions provided. Ensure proper alignment without movement and connect the welding cables to the fitting connectors before scanning the barcode or manually entering welding parameters.

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What's Happening at HSA?

Back to School Basics

On Friday, August 11, HSA Gives Back supported the Sheboygan Community Recreation Department and the Sheboygan Optimist Club, who partnered in hosting the 26th Back to School Basics School supply giveaway. Held at a Sheboygan Elementary School, the HSA Team assisted in unboxing, sorting, and bagging school supplies so they were ready for pick up on August 12 for students in need.


In addition to donating our time, HSA Gives Back was able to provide a monetary donation. Through generous donations, Herkowski Stickler & Associates reached its fundraising goal and was able to supply more than 60 students with basic school supplies.


We’re appreciative of all that contributed to this wonderful cause, including Paul Kennedy, CEO of Dakota Supply Group, Tracy Priebe with Ferguson Enterprises in Appleton, and HSA staff, particularly owners Joe Herkowski and Steve Stickler, and Phil Traynor.


Keep an eye out for details on HSA Gives Back next charitable endeavor.

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PM's 2023 Rep of the Year

Plumbing & Mechanicals Magazine article, featuring Herkowski Stickler & Associates as 2023 Rep of the Year, is now posted under the blog section of our website.

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PHCP Pros - Mobile Training

In the August edition of The Wholesaler, HSA had the opportunity to provide some information on our Bradford White Training Trailer. Click the link below to read the full article by Ruth Mitchell.

Full Article

Missed a Plumbing Connection Newsletter?

Past issues of The Plumbing Connection E-Newsletter can now be found on our website under the About section. Stay up to date with Tech Talks, Manufacturer Updates, and what's happening here at HSA.

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Manufacturer Highlights

Showerline Drain Kits

QuickDrain linear shower systems provide unlimited styling options and superior engineering, offering wall-to-wall coverage. With options for residential, hospitality, and healthcare applications, QuickDrain stands out from the rest by offering homeowners, designers, and installers the opportunity to select a ShowerLine

shower system kits and find the perfect solution for every project.

Check out our Quick Drain Order Guide, and build your SKU today!

Ordering Guide

T&S Top SKU Parts Breakdown Guide

T&S Brass and Bronze Works has built a reputation for quality, service and Innovation for over 75 years. Today, T&S commercial faucets have become the standard for many U.S. hospitals, schools, restaurants, supermarkets and public facilities. T&S faucets are highly acclaimed throughout the industry for being well-built, long-lasting and reliable. Rigorous testing and a focus on interchangeability have helped set T&S apart from the competition.

Here at HSA, we have created a top SKU list guide, complete with QR codes that will take you directly to the parts breakdown for each individual SKU. Click the button below to save your copy.

Parts Breakdown Guide

Murdock Offers 3,000 Gallon Capacity Water Filters!

Murdock is pleased to announce that we now offer a 3000 gallon capacity water filter for Murdock A17 Series Water Coolers and Bottle Fillers!

Both the new 3000 gallon filter and the 1500 gallon filter Murdock offers are NSF 42 and 53 Certified and NSF 372 Compliant, filtering out a variety of health-related and non-health-related contaminants, including lead.

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Are Your Murdock Coolers Ready for the School Year?

Watch our latest instructional video on how to get your Murdock Bottle Filling Station up and running for the school year.

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