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3 PIECE BALL VALVE USED FOR OUR HOME BREW POT

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/30/2019 1:10 pm

CAPSULE GAUGE: HOW LOW PRESSURE CAPSULE GAUGES WORK

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/24/2019 2:51 pm

WHEN YOU NEED A PRECISE LOW PRESSURE MEASUREMENT, A CAPSULE GAUGE IS THE INSTRUMENT TO USE.

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/24/2019 2:19 pm

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT VALVE PART 3: FLOW RATE

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 1:52 pm

This post is all about choosing the right material for the valve you are needing. This post is part of a series.

DuraChoice unveils new high pressure ball valves

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 1:38 pm

FITTINGS: WHAT IS AN ELBOW?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 1:28 pm

If all you know about elbows is that you aren’t supposed to eat with them on the table, you are about to learn a few things

Foot Valves offer clean, consistent flow

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 1:27 pm

Foot Valves offer clean, consistent flow

Full Port or Standard Port: What's right for you?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 1:24 pm

Full Port or Standard Port: What's right for you?

Gate Valves: Holding Back The Horde (Figuratively Speaking)

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 12:00 pm

When I think about gate valves, I think about castle warfare.

Globe Valves: The Control You Need

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 11:57 am

This blog is going global. OK. Technically, since it is on the internet, it has always been worldwide. But this week, we are going to talk about globe valves.

How Does A 3-Way Ball Valve Work?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 11:52 am

How To Calibrate A Thermometer

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 11:46 am

Calibrating a thermometer is a simple, but necessary process, and here is how.

HOW TO CRACK A PERFECT VALVE

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/23/2019 11:34 am

To learn how to protect a valve, we need to understand why do valves have cracks. So instead of increasing your risk of cracking a valve, you could actually increase the life of your valve and save money with your tool budget. Here are four common reasons for a cracked valve.

HOW TO MAKE A BREW POT

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 5:07 pm

Making a brew pot is pretty simple as long as you have the right tools and hardware. After reading this article, you will understand the basics well enough to get started on your craft beer own project

How To Mount A Pressure Gauge

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 5:02 pm

So you’ve got a pressure gauge and, just like the trophy bass you caught this spring, you want to mount it so that everyone can see.

On Pins and Needle Valves

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 4:39 pm

Precision is the watchword when it comes to needle valves.

PRESSURE GAUGE CONNECTION ADAPTERS CHANGE THINGS UP

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 4:36 pm


Pressure Gauge Reactions To Temperature and Vibration

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 4:17 pm

Since their introduction in the mid 1800's, pressure gauges have become the most common method of measuring pressure. The vast majority of these pressure gauges incorporate the Bourbon tube, socket and geared movement.

So What Is A Thermowell, Anyway?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 4:01 pm

Thermowells come in many different lengths and materials.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPES: 304 VS 316

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 3:21 pm

So you need a ball valve. Are there any differences between the 304 vs 316 stainless steel?

SWING CHECK VALVES: PLUMBING'S ONE-WAY STREET (PART 1)

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 11:38 am

So, let’s say you have a project that needs something to flow out but not in. It could be in a plumbing system, to keep contaminated water from seeping back into the clean water supply. Maybe you need to keep gasses from mixing in your welding torch. Or you are adding CO2 to your latest home brewing creation and you don’t want beer backing up in your lines.

The Many Faces of DuraChoice Gauges

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 11:12 am

The Right Supplies For Any Level of #Brewing

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 11:08 am

Did you know that Direct Material sells much of the equipment brewers use? We can supply you what you need no matter what size of brewing operation you run, whether just for personal use, commercial use, brewing equipment resale or manufacturing of brew pots and setups.

Three-Way Ball Valves: A Great Diversion

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 11:04 am

Everyone loves a good diversion. For some, it’s a good book. For others, it’s a sappy romantic comedy. For industrial materials (water, oil, gas, solvents, etc.), it’s probably a three-way ball valve.

Types of Thermometers

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 10:56 am

Our store carries all three types of thermometers, in multiple variations.

Understanding Adapters and Couplers

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 10:50 am

We carry an extensive selection of couplers and adaptors that are designed to help enable your ball valves and pressure gaugeswork properly together.

Understanding Needle Valves

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/22/2019 9:59 am

A needle valve is a valve with a small opening, or port, with a needle shaped plunger that allows a precise regulation of flow.

What Is A Pressure Snubber?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/18/2019 11:35 am

Getting snubbed doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, something called a “snubber” may be just what you need if you are measuring pressure in a system where pressure spikes and pulsation are a concern.

What Style of Pressure Gauge Connection Works Best?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/18/2019 11:26 am

We've talked before about the variety of gauge face sizes available to you. Today, we are going to talk a little about the different styles of gauge connections and their various uses.

Y-Strainers: Keeping Things Clean

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/18/2019 11:22 am

Y-Strainersare an important tool for filtering unwanted particulates out of a line. You can use them for both liquids and gasses. They are most often used to protect more sensitive equipment like pumps, condensers, nozzles and turbines from particulates that may clog, or otherwise damage them.

Measuring a Strainer Screen: Microns vs. Mesh

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/17/2019 2:01 pm

When we are talking about strainers and filters, we are usually talking in terms of microns or mesh.

Fittings: What is a Pipe Nipple?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/17/2019 1:54 pm

TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SHORT LENGTHS OF PIPE THREADED TO ATTACH FITTINGS AT BOTH ENDS. READY? “NIPPLE.”

THERE, I SAID IT. GET YOUR GIGGLES OUT OF THE WAY. THE FOURTH GRADER IN ALL OF US LOVES A WORD THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE DIRTY, BUT ISN’T.

MEASURE AN NPT CONNECTION SIZE

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/17/2019 1:42 pm

A 1/4” NPT CONNECTION SIZE DOESN’T HAVE THE 1/4” MEASUREMENTS WHERE YOU THINK THEY WOULD BE.

How ANSI Class Relates To PSI

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/17/2019 1:33 pm

In this article, we’d like to talk about the exception to that rule, which is the ANSI class rating.

Published by: Christine R DeCoudreaux, 4/2/2019 8:10 am

CHOOSING THE RIGHT VALVE PART 1: TYPE

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/2/2019 8:07 am

OK. You know you need a valve to complete your project, but if you aren’t a professional plumber or engineer, you might not be sure which will work the best. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the right valve.

Check Valves: Pumping's One-Way Street (Part 2)

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/2/2019 7:59 am

The DuraChoice brand valves on DirectMaterial.com crack at 5 psi, in comparison to that company’s swing check valves, which open at 0.5 psi.

CAPSULE GAUGE: HOW LOW PRESSURE CAPSULE GAUGES WORK

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/2/2019 7:47 am

When you need a precise low pressure measurement, a capsule gauge is the instrument to use.

BALL VALVES VS. GATE VALVES: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/2/2019 7:39 am

DESPITE SOUNDING INCREDIBLY SIMILAR, BALL AND GATE VALVES DIFFER IN A FEW KEY WAYS. CONSUMERS OFTEN GET CONFUSED AS TO WHAT THE ACTUAL DIFFERENCE IS BETWEEN THE TWO AND WHICH IS A BETTER FIT FOR THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS. HERE WE WILL DISCUSS BOTH, WHAT THEY ARE AND WHAT NEEDS THEY BEST SERVE.

3 PIECE BALL VALVE USED FOR OUR HOME BREW POT

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/2/2019 7:34 am

THIS IS THE 3 PIECE 1/2" VALVE WE WILL USE FOR OUR  HOME BREW POT PROJECT.

NICKEL-PLATED VALVES: WHAT IS NICKEL PLATING?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 4/2/2019 7:17 am

Nickel-plated brass is an underrated option when it comes to valves. Combining the high shine of stainless steel with nickel-plating adds some of the anti-corrosion properties at a cost similar to brass.

WHAT IS A Y-STRAINER? (VIDEO)

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 5:28 pm

Do you know what a Y-Strainer is? If not, click here to find out.


WHAT DOES A UL LISTING MEAN? CSA CERTIFICATION? UPC?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 5:02 pm

The more testing done to a part, the better, right? But do you know what each of those markings means? In this article, we are going to take a look at the various certifications and approvals you might find on this and other industrial valves.

WHAT ARE OETIKER CLAMPS? HOW ARE THEY USED?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 4:52 pm

Oetiker Clamps are one of the best-selling accessory items we carry.

LEAD-FREE BRASS - WHAT IS IT? WHY BUY IT?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 4:37 pm

Lead-free brass replaces the lead with silicon, bismuth or mixed copper alloys, which help address those issues. DuraChoice began shipping its new lead-free brass ball valves in November of 2014.

WHAT KIND OF INDUSTRIAL VALVE ARE YOU?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 4:33 pm

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Irrigation: Valves That Make It Rain

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 4:19 pm

In the world of valves, there are many different sizes, shapes, and colors. Two general types of valves that are commonly used in irrigation systems are shut off valves and control valves.

3 Tips For Valve Maintenance

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 4:15 pm

Valve maintenance is important. The lifespan of a valve depends on its ability to function as intended. If not cared for properly there can be many undesirable, costly, and even potentially dangerous consequences. Plus valves have feelings and need attention too; but I digress. Despite the wide variety of valves that exist, there are some simple, general, overarching tips for maintaining them.

How to Reset a Liquid Filled Pressure Gauge

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 4:11 pm

If the pointer on your liquid filled pressure gauge has wandered away from reading 0 PSI, it doesn’t mean it’s broken. There is a way to reset it back to zero. Let’s go over how to do that.

Why Your Thermometers Fail

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 3:40 pm

Here at DirectMaterial.com we carry a variety of thermometers including bi-metal thermometers and glass industrial thermometers. The DuraChoice models have dial sizes in 3” or 5”, with stems ranging from 2 ½” to 9”. Thermometers are used in industries such as the food industry, beer brewing, refrigeration, A/C, processing, and many others. Today, we will look at why your thermometers fail and how you can protect them.

Why You Should Never Open Any Two-Piece Ball Valve

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 1:01 pm

Our two-piece ball valves are rock stars that are used in numerous applications. They are utilized in applications for hydraulicsoil and gasfood and beverage processingwater systems, and more. One question that we encounter with our customers across these industries is whether or not you should open a two-piece ball valve once it has been attached to the application.

Is Stainless Steel 316 Magnetic?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:45 pm

Today we will be looking at magnetism and steel; and while we may not be taking the same approach that Walter Egan and Stevie Nicks did, we still enjoy their song. It is commonly known that SS304 grade or lower is magnetic and that SS316 is not. That being said, one question that comes up among some of our customers is whether our SS316 valves are magnetic or not?

NET 30 TERMS FAQ’S

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:32 pm

DirectMaterial.com offers NET 30 terms for customers who meet ...

WHY DO I NEED TO USE TEFLON TAPE WITH NPT?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:21 pm

There are a variety of pipe thread types that can be used in the world of fittings, valves, and threaded pipes but the two most popular in the United States are NPT and NPTF.

Which Teflon Tape Should I Use With NPT Threaded Valves?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:12 pm

Most valves, nipples, and fittings are designed to use Teflon tape to form a leak-free seal. However, depending on the products that you are using, some Teflon tapes work better than others.

Thanks For A Great 2015!

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:10 pm

Thank you again for a great 2015.


What Is The Hammer Effect?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:06 pm

No, unfortunately this article will not be dealing with the effects of Thor’s hammer, though that is a topic well worth diving into. Today we will be looking at the kind of hammer effect that impacts industrial fluid applications.

Why Is There An Air Bubble In My Liquid Filled Gauge?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 12:02 pm

Liquid filled pressure gauges are the cat’s pajamas. They are the bee’s knees. There are a number of reasons why they are fantastic.

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Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:53 am

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Mommy, Daddy, Where Do Valves Come From?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:50 am

Most people have had that moment where they are asked how valves came to be. It can be a stressful, awkward conversation; but I am here today to tell you it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we will equip you with a few pointers that can guide you as you think about and explain the origin of valves.

ARE HEAVIER VALVES BETTER?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:41 am

Bigger, oftentimes, does not mean better. In the industrial design and engineering world, products have consistently been shedding excess weight and unnecessary materials while increasing strength and durability.

WHAT CAUSES CRACKED VALVES?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:33 am

To learn how to protect a valve, we need to understand why do valves have cracks. So instead of increasing your risk of cracking a valve, you could actually increase the life of your valve and save money with your tool budget. Here are four common reasons for a cracked valve.

Why Thermometers Need Thermowells for Protection

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:17 am

Are the temperature sensors inside your equipment protected? If you have temperature sensors like thermocouples, thermistors or bimetal thermometers, you should protect them with a thermowell.

Keep Valves Functioning with These 3 Maintenance Tips

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:14 am

Valves play an important role in controlling the passage of air or fluid through pipes or tubing, and it’s common to ignore them until something goes wrong. But proper valve maintenance can go a long way in preventing problems from occurring in the first place. Here are some tips to help you perform some simple but valuable valve maintenance.

Do Your Valve Seats Get a Failing Grade?

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/29/2019 11:01 am

Are your valves failing? Valves can deteriorate or malfunction for many different reasons, some of which are human error. It's important to know why valve seats fail so you can avoid problems in the future.

3 Things That Will Kill Your Pressure Gauges

Published by: DirectMaterial, 3/28/2019 5:37 pm

Pressure gauges are a crucial piece of the industrial puzzle, yet they are often not managed in the most efficient way. Similar to valves, if you don’t use them correctly, there can be costly consequences.Gauges are used to measure pressure in industries such as brewing, food processing, petrochemical extraction and refining, scientific applications, and many others. This week we will be covering some ideas for how to choose and manage pressure gauges effectively.

3 PIECE BALL VALVE USED FOR OUR HOME BREW POT

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/29/2019 2:52 pm

UNDERSTANDING NEEDLE VALVES

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/29/2019 2:33 pm

A needle valve is a valve with a small opening, or port, with a needle shaped plunger that allows a precise regulation of flow.

THREE-WAY BALL VALVES: A GREAT DIVERSION

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/29/2019 2:21 pm

FULL PORT OR STANDARD PORT: WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/29/2019 2:14 pm

Most full port valves are ball valves that come in several types of metals, such as brass or stainless steel.

THE MANY FACES OF DURACHOICE GAUGES

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/29/2019 11:41 am

DuraChoice gauges come in different face sizes, styles and materials.

LEAD-FREE BRASS - WHAT IS IT? WHY BUY IT?

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/28/2019 5:37 pm

DuraChoice’s lead-free ball valves use silicon brass C87600, which gives them good machinability and pressure tightness. As far as appearance goes, there is no appreciable difference between the lead-free brass and other brass parts.

HOW TO RESET A LIQUID-FILLED PRESSURE GAUGE

Published by: DuraChoice & DirectMaterial, 1/28/2019 5:01 pm

If the pointer on your liquid filled pressure gauge has wandered away from reading 0 PSI, it doesn’t mean it’s broken. There is a way to reset it back to zero. Let’s go over how to do that.

WHY YOUR THERMOMETERS FAIL

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/28/2019 4:13 pm

Thermometers have one job: to provide accurate temperature readings. This is very important, especially for industries where incorrect temperature readings could endanger other people.

DO YOUR VALVE SEATS GET A FAILING GRADE?

Published by: DuraChoice, 1/28/2019 2:27 pm

Are your valves failing? Valves can deteriorate or malfunction for many different reasons, some of which are human error. It's important to know why valve seats fail so you can avoid problems in the future.