Learn Tips on Efficiency, Manpower, and Safety from PHCC Contractor

April 5, 2019
By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association

Threading Carbon Steel Pipe for a 96-Unit Townhouse Complex? Soldering in Confined Spaces When It’s 101° Outside?

Shortly after getting into a project to thread the carbon steel pipe needed for gas lines in a 96-unit townhouse complex, Pinnacle Plumbing switched to Viega MegaPressG. “We were able to increase the speed of installation with less manpower using Viega,” says Allen Pacheco, president and owner of the PHCC member company, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

His team also brought Viega’s ProPress into the job, noting how well it worked for the boiler room, where plumbers were crammed in 36-inch-wide closet-like spaces. “To solder in there just doesn’t work,” says Pacheco. “And when it’s 101 outside and 98 percent humidity, it’s too much. We started to see the value, obviously for safety but also turning around and installing this faster than we could have done with more manpower.”

With another application, “we would have been there all day long,” Pacheco says. “Doing repair work with Viega fittings, you get things done in a couple of hours instead. People complain about things like smoke and flames in their homes, so this is something that the industry needs. We’ve transitioned, and now every vehicle of ours has the press setup.”

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Staff Writer
, PHCC-National Association
The PHCC-National Association, formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education and training to approximately 3,600 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 65,000 technicians.

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