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  • Which Teflon Tape Should I Use With NPT Threaded Valves?

    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. STAINLESS STEEL VALVES AND FITTINGS For example, with stainless steel threads if you use standard, plain Teflon tape...
  • Why Do I Need To Use Teflon Tape With NPT?

    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. NPT stands for national pipe thread and is by far the more common of the two...
  • DirectMaterial - Net 30 Terms FAQ

    Net 30 Terms FAQ’s   Does DirectMaterial.com offer credit accounts? Yes, we offer Net 30 terms for customers who meet our credit standards and an annual purchase minimum of $10,000.   How can my company apply for Net 30 Terms? Companies who meet our minimums (see answer above) can apply...
  • Is Stainless Steel 316 Magnetic?

    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...
  • Why You Should Never Open Any Two-Piece Ball Valve

    Our two-piece ball valves are rock stars that are used in numerous applications. They are utilized in applications for hydraulics, oil and gas, food and beverage processing, water 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...
  • Why Your Thermometers Fail

    Thermometers have one job: to provide accurate temperature readings. This is very important, especially for industries where incorrect temperature readings could endanger other people. There are many different kinds of thermometers. Here at DirectMaterial.com we carry a variety of thermometers including bimetal thermometers and glass industrial thermometers. The DuraChoice models have dial sizes in 3” or...
  • 3 Things That Will Kill Your Pressure Gauges

    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...
  • 3 Tips For Valve Maintenance

    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...
  • Irrigation: Valves That Make It Rain

    Whether you are maintaining a sprinkler system in your backyard, running an irrigation system for agricultural crops, or keeping a greenhouse green, there are many different issues that must be managed to keep everything healthy and thriving. One of those issues is knowing how to choose the right parts for...
  • How to Reset a Liquid Filled Pressure Gauge

    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. But first, let’s talk about how it might have gotten off track in...

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