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Expanded Pipe Sleeve Fittings Enhance Versatility
REHAU announces the addition of 26 fittings to its EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fitting system that is engineered for safe, long-term plumbing and hydronic piping connections in residential, multi-family and commercial projects. The innovative connection technology is designed for use with REHAU RAUPEX crosslinked polyethylene (PEXa) pipe in up to 2-inch diameter.
“In response to growing demand for EVERLOC+, we are adding fitting configurations that will make installations even quicker and easier for contractors,” says Simon Koenig, director, plumbing and infrastructure with the building solutions division at REHAU. “Among the new fittings are branch and run reducing tees and reducer couplings that may streamline the number of connections required to transition between pipe sizes.”
Offered in polymer and lead-free brass, EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fittings are designed with four sealing edges and textured PEXa sleeves that grip tightly over both the pipe and fitting. Connections are made quickly using the battery-powered EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve tools and a consistent, two-step expansion/compression process.
Completed joints are immediately secure and ready for pressure testing. In addition, RAUPEX pipe is strong, flexible and durable, making it easier to work with while requiring fewer connections than rigid materials such as copper and CPVC. These material properties further ease and speed up the installation process, helping contractors save on labor, costs and materials.
In a recent commercial installation time study performed by the Home Innovations Research Lab, the REHAU PEXa pipe with EVERLOC+ fitting system installed up to 66 percent faster than copper and 21 percent faster than PEXa with ASTM F1960 cold-expansion fittings. The speed and convenience of EVERLOC+ apply to all installations, with one consistent connection technique regardless of pipe diameter, temperature or weather.
The NSF/ANSI 14 & 61-certified system delivers safe drinking water with no mineral build-up and is backed by a 25-year limited warranty. These features allow contractors to create healthier and more sustainable building environments.