Understanding Natural Gas Meter Bars

Understanding Natural Gas Meter Bars

Many people in North America rely on natural gas to cook, clean, and heat their home. As a staple to our everyday life, the natural gas meter set helps distribute this resource to the structure. The meter set is made of many parts but, when it comes to servicing the meter itself, the meter bar plays a crucial role.

Tank Talk

Tank Talk

When you open a spigot in a home or building, you expect water to flow at a certain pressure. How water pressure is controlled within a structure greatly depends on how this resource is obtained.

A.Y. McDonald Tradeshows

A.Y. McDonald Tradeshows

A.Y. McDonald may be coming to a town near you. Below is a list of upcoming conferences our experts will be attending from all over the country (and beyond).

A.Y. McDonald Connection Newsletter

A.Y. McDonald Connection Newsletter

The A.Y. McDonald Connection Newsletter is distributed semi-annually and covers industry news, product highlights, and the latest company updates. If you would like to be added to our newsletter email list, sign up for A.Y. Alerts.

Rigid Riser

Rigid Riser

When planning out one’s next outdoor project, the preferred process of providing natural gas or propane to certain outdoor appliances must be taken into consideration.

Get the Lead Out!

Get the Lead Out!

North America’s water infrastructure consisted primarily of lead-based service lines just a century ago, which is exactly how old many of the country’s underground pipes are.

A.Y. McDonald Meter Adapters

A.Y. McDonald Meter Adapters

Measuring and recording water usage with a meter is essential to the function of a water service lateral. These devices sit between the main supply line and the structure, measuring usage accurately.

Expansion PEX Solutions

Expansion PEX Solutions

PEX tubing, also called crosslinked polyethylene, is a popular piping material for residential hot and cold water. Plumbers choose this piping material because it’s corrosion resistant, lightweight, very bendable, easy to join, and competitively priced.

AY McDonald Insulated Corporation Stops

AY McDonald Insulated Corporation Stops

Stray electrical currents can be present in water service lines and may cause issues in the metallic piping systems, including shock hazards for field personnel and accelerated corrosion of water distribution system components. This can even occur on service lines located on the water service lateral.

Evolution of A.Y. McDonald Zinc Coatings

Evolution of A.Y. McDonald Zinc Coatings

In general, a coating is defined as a thin layer or covering. In the natural gas industry, the application of coatings on the parts that make up the natural gas meter set is an efficient way of reducing the effects of corrosion on the material.

24000 Series Submersible Pump/Motor

24000 Series Submersible Pump/Motor

For nearly a century, submersible pumps have been an effective solution for transferring water from well systems to its destination inside a structure or home. While designed to operate totally submersed in the water which is being pumped, this well water pump stands out in the fact that it can be installed without the worry of freezing.

The Next Generation of Our Website

The Next Generation of Our Website

A.Y. McDonald is in the business to help you bring water and gas to your community. With nearly 170 years of experience on our side, we have found the best way to fulfill this job is to share as much knowledge and resources upfront with our customer – the Boss. This level of transparency is built into our company’s culture – and now our revamped heihehc.com website.

Di-Electric Bushings in the Water Industry

Di-Electric Bushings in the Water Industry

Safety is paramount in the water works industry, where the need to deliver clean and reliable water to communities drives innovation and progress. One critical aspect of this safety concern lies in the protection of workers and equipment against electrical hazards. Di-electric bushings play a pivotal role. These insulating components serve as a barrier between electrical currents and the surrounding environment, safeguarding against shocks and preventing potential disasters.

Our Plumbing Quality Advantage

Our Plumbing Quality Advantage

True or false: A plumbing part that looks high-quality on the outside also means a high-quality product on the inside. False.

NSF/ANSI/CAN 372 for Pumps

NSF/ANSI/CAN 372 for Pumps

Standards provide people and organizations with a basis for mutual understanding and are used as tools to facilitate communication, measurement, commerce, and manufacturing. For industries where there is very little room for mistakes, such standards bring consistency to the processes and products. That’s why, when it comes to pumps, several standards exist so all players involved – from production to installation – have expectations to fulfill.

Cambridge Coupling

Cambridge Coupling

The Cambridge Coupling is a unique fitting with a patented design that provides the installer with a 0.400” range to accommodate varying outside diameter (OD) sized pipes. Additionally, the part will accommodate pipes that are slightly oval or slightly deformed, saving time and materials in different sizing situations.

PRV and Water Conservation

PRV and Water Conservation

In order to maintain a set pressure in the structure or reduce the high incoming water pressure, a pressure reducing valve is often installed. While commonly known as a regulator, the pressure reducing valve provides a lower, more functional pressure for distribution to the consumer, thus protecting the water supply system in the process.

Natural Gas Meter Sets

Natural Gas Meter Sets

The natural gas meter set includes many parts that work together to safely deliver and measure natural gas to a structure. This can include the meter, valves, fittings, a meter bar or valve, a regulator, and the accessories that complete the set. Natural gas meter sets bring safety, convenience, and consistency to any application.

A.Y. McDonald Meter Stop: Understanding the Basics

A.Y. McDonald Meter Stop: Understanding the Basics

Water works parts are responsible for providing a home/building access to the public water supply. The water service lateral itself includes any water service part, from the water main to the water meter. One of these solutions includes the meter stop.

Tap Options on Natural Gas Valves

Tap Options on Natural Gas Valves

Valves are very important devices that control and direct the flow of liquids and gases by opening and closing various passageways. While there are many valve designs, the ball valve is the most popular member of the quarter-turn valve family.

PEX Manifolds and Stub Out Elbows

PEX Manifolds and Stub Out Elbows

PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) tubing was invented in 1968 by a German scientist named Thomas Engle and introduced to the U.S. around 1980.