Posted: August 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

Baby Changing Stations: Compare Koala Kare to Diaper Deck

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At Equiparts, we carry everything you need to furnish the commercial restrooms in your facility. We supply our customers with a variety of toilet paper roll holders, soap dispensers, waste receptacles, paper towel dispensers, as well as baby changing stations. In this article, we take a side by side view of two of the most popular baby changing stations available, so you can most easily decide which unit is better for your restroom.

Horizontal wall mounted baby changing stations are by far the most popular style of unit used in restrooms today. This is likely due to the safety attributes accredited to the horizontal design. A horizontal baby changing station is designed so it opens parallel to the wall, which decreases the number of areas that a baby or child could potentially fall from.

However, there are some instances when a vertical baby changing station is preferred. Most likely, this occurs when the space needed to fit a horizontal station is not available. If this is the case, you can skip ahead to view the vertical baby changing station listed on our website.

Did You Know? On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act, a.k.a. the BABIES Act. It requires all publicly accessible federal buildings to include baby changing stations in men’s restrooms.

At Equiparts, we carry commercial baby changing stations by the two most popular baby changing station manufacturers, which are Koala Kare and Diaper Deck. So, we took the most popular horizontal baby changing station made by each manufacturer and compare them side by side in the chart below. We compare the following information about both units: Model color options, manufacturer info, compliance, dimensions, angle, weight, strength, construction, sanitation, operation, durability, safety, features, manufacturer warranty, and more. With help from this baby changing station identification chart, it should be easy to choose which unit is best for your facility.

Koala Kare Diaper Deck Baby Changing Station comparison chart

View the Diaper Deck Infant Changing Station (EC Part #16671 for beige) or the Horizontal Koala Kare Baby Changing Station (EC Part #15277) shown in the chart above on the Equiparts website.

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Koala Kare

Koala Kare is a division of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. Equiparts is a master distributor of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. We have been supplying our customers with Bobrick Washroom Equipment and Koala Kare fixtures and parts for over 30 years. The company is privately held. Its headquarters is located in Centennial, Colorado. Koala Kare products are made in America.

Product lines carried by Koala Kare include the following: High chairs, high chair trays, booster seats, bed liners and liner dispensers, refresh kits and replacement parts for all of their product lines. View the Horizontal Koala Kare Baby Changing Station shown in the chart above.

Koala Kare Baby Changing Station Information

Koala Kare has a line of baby changing stations that include the following styles/types:

• Oval wall mounted
• Horizontal wall mounted
• Horizontal wall mounted with stainless steel veneer
• Vertical wall mounted
• Horizontal recess mounted with stainless steel flange
• Horizontal stainless steel recess mounted
• Horizontal stainless steel wall mounted
• Vertical stainless steel recess mounted
• Vertical stainless steel wall mounted
• Child protection seat
• Countertop surface mounted
• Countertop recess mounted

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Diaper Deck and Company

Diaper Deck and Company is a small company based out of Burnsville, Minnesota. The company specializes in baby changing tables. Diaper Deck is woman-owned and has specials specifically for small businesses like restaurants and nonprofits. They consider themselves to be a ‘green business’. All Diaper Deck products are made in America.

Diaper Deck carries baby changing stations, diaper changing stations, high chairs, toddler seats, and child protection seats. Most interested in Diaper Deck units? View, save or share the Diaper Deck PDF.

Baby Changing Stations for Sale

View our Baby Changing Stations and Parts then either give us a call at 800-442-6622 EST M-F 7:30-5PM or submit a quote for pricing and to place your order.

 

Posted: August 28, 2017 at 11:02 am

Sloan Maintenance Schedule

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How Does a Sloan Royal Flushometer Work?

Flushometers are strange looking pieces of engineering. Few people know how these essential fixtures of a restroom work, or what lies within their chrome plated exteriors.   There are two types of flushometers: piston type and diaphragm type. In this article, we will take you inside a Diaphragm Type Sloan Manual Flushometer to show you its various parts, and explain what those parts do.

Diaphragm Assembly

The heart of the flushometer is called the Diaphragm Assembly. It’s the “engine” that drives the whole unit. It’s also known as a retro kit, inside parts kit, or a drop-in kit. (We don’t recommend you actually drop the kit into your valve, because it could result in damage. Just lower the kit carefully onto the valve seat.) The diaphragm assembly regulates the pressure inside the valve. It is the change in pressure that causes the valve to flush when the handle is pulled. The assembly also controls the volume of the flush.

WhatDoesADiaphragmAssemblyDoWater sits inside two chambers in the valve body – the upper and lower chambers. When a flushometer is idle, the pressure in the upper chamber is greater than the pressure in the lower chamber due to its greater surface area. This keeps the diaphragm pushed down against the valve seat, and prevents any water from flowing down into the valve. When the handle is pulled, a plunger inside the handle assembly pushes against the bottom part of the relief valve stem. This causes the relief valve to push the diaphragm up and release the pressure. As a result, the water in the chambers flows down into the valve and then into the toilet or urinal.  The volume of water that is released is determined by the type of diaphragm assembly in the valve. Once the flush is initiated and water flows out of the valve, water from the supply line begins to fill the valve chambers again. A small bypass hole in the diaphragm allows that water to flow into the upper chamber. As the water pressure in the upper chamber begins to build, it gradually pushes the diaphragm back down onto the valve seat. Once the diaphragm lowers back onto the valve seat and the upper chamber is sealed, the flow of water from the inlet stops. The valve is now ready for the next flush.

If your flushometer won’t shut off and continues to flush, it could be because there is dirt or debris blocking the bypass hole. Watch this video to learn how to clean the diaphragm. Over time, the diaphragm will eventually wear out, and will need to be replaced. Permex diaphragms last up to four times longer than the old rubber diaphragms. Sloan has been installing Permex diaphragms in its Royal flushometers since 1998, when it introduced the dual-filtered bypass assembly. The dual-filtered bypass filters the water twice before it reaches the bypass hole, which greatly reduces the possibility of dirt or debris clogging the hole. Using dual-filtered bypass assemblies will also cut down on the time spent servicing a Sloan Royal flushometer. Dual-filtered bypass assemblies only come installed on Royal Flushometers, not Regal. However, when the time comes to replace your diaphragm assembly, dual-filtered bypass replacement kits can be installed in Royal or Regal flushometers.

There are many different diaphragm kits available with different GPFs (gallons per flush) for different Sloan Flushometers. Visit our Sloan Manual Parts page to see which one will work for your valve.

Inside CoverRoyal Flushometer Repair Parts

The hard plastic Inside Cover serves as a barrier between the diaphragm and the outside metal cover, and helps to seal the upper chamber of the valve. If a crack develops in the cover, it breaks the seal and disrupts the pressure, and so it will result in non-stop flushing, or water leaking around the outside cover. Order part #08050 to get your valve back in proper working order. Life expectancy is five to seven years.

Control Stop

The Control Stop is where water flows into the valve from the supply line. You can turn the water on and off by removing the stop cap, and turning the stop screw clockwise or counterclockwise until it can’t turn anymore. You can also control the water pressure by turning the screw to a position between full on or full off. If water is splashing out of the fixture, reduce the water pressure by turning the screw clockwise. If there is not enough water flowing to adequately flush the fixture, then turn the screw counterclockwise. There are many types of control stops and stop repair kits available.

Handle Assembly

The Handle Assembly is what initiates a flush. When the handle is pulled, the plunger inside the assembly is pushed into the relief valve, which raises the diaphragm and releases the water from inside the valve. Handle assemblies have a life expectancy of four to six years, depending on usage. If you begin to see leaks around the handle, or if the handle is sagging, you probably need to repair your handle assembly. For Royal, order Sloan Handle Repair Kit #08439and for Regal, order part #08007. For a complete Sloan Handle Assembly, order part #08069 for Royal, and #08008 for Regal.

Vacuum Breaker

HowDoesAVacuumBreakerWorkThe job of the Vacuum Breaker is to make sure all of the water is eliminated from the tube during a flush, and prevent water from flowing back up the pipe and contaminating the water supply. During a flush, water flows down through the black rubber part of the vacuum breaker. But if the water were to flow back up the tube, the design of the rubber part closes off and doesn’t allow water to flow through it in the opposite direction of the flush. To prevent water from staying in the tube, there are vent holes at the top that allow air to flow into the tube. This breaks the vacuum and lets all of the water flow out of the tube into the fixture. Over time, the rubber part of the vacuum breaker will deteriorate, and you will notice water leaking out of the tube from the vent holes under the nut. When this happens, it’s time to get a Vacuum Breaker Repair Kit. For Royal, order #08438, and for Regal, order #08012.

Coupling Assembly

The Coupling Assembly connects the flushometer to the spud in the closet or urinal. If you notice water leaking in this area, then it’s time to replace the coupling gaskets. If the chrome on your coupling is also worn, you can order a complete Coupling Assembly. All of these parts are available in sizes 3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 1-1/2.”

Sloan Repair Kits

As you can see, a Sloan Manual Flushometer has many parts that must work together in harmony to keep it functioning properly. While Sloan does manufacture high-quality parts and units, many of those parts are not meant to last forever and will need to be replaced in time. How soon you will need to replace those parts depends on how often the flush valve is used. In response to plumbers who like to be prepared for any situation, Equiparts has created two Sloan Master Repair Parts Kits that contain just about anything you would ever need to repair a Sloan manual flushometer. These kits are a great way to be prepared for any situation when you are repairing a Sloan flush valve. They are a must have for any plumber or maintenance man who services a building or facility that utilizes a large number of Sloan flushometers. Our most popular kit is the #08066, A 101 piece kit that contains parts for Regal and older Royal flush valves. We also have kit #08730, a 71 piece kit for newer Sloan Royal flush valves that use the dual-filtered bypass. You can order them by clicking on their part numbers in this article, or as always, you can give us a call at 800-442-6622 if you have any questions. Our technical experts will be happy to help you.

Master Sloan Repair Kit

Old Style Royal and Regal Master Repair Kit #08066

New Style Royal Master Repair Kit 08730

New Style Royal Master Repair Kit #08730

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Posted: August 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

Solid Brass Door Stops

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Solid Brass Door Stops

Here at Equiparts, we are all about providing quality products meant to withstand daily use.

How often do you think about the door stops at your facility? They may often be overlooked, but they are an essential part of the day-to-day job of any maintenance team.

Door stops can be very important for the safety of your maintenance team. We often see heavy objects, such as a rock or cinder block, used to prop open doors. With this method, a person who is likely carrying a heavy object already has to put down that object and prop open the door. Not only is this inconvenient, it creates a safety hazard, as the object could cause someone to trip and fall.

Door Stop Construction and Features:

Our door stops are constructed of solid brass and feature a spring design to hold the stop in position when not in use. They come in a variety of finishes. The rubber on the foot of the door stop holds the stop in place while in use.

Installation Tips:

• Install with the door open to make sure the rubber foot is properly fitted to the area of floor where it will be used.

• When using these door stops on a door that is not wood, be sure to use screws compatible with the material of the door.

• Choose the correct size door stop based on how much clearance is underneath your door. The more clearance, the large stop you’ll need.

Benefits of Brass

  • Brass is durable. A brass door stop will hold up to years of use and abuse.
  • Brass is resistant to corrosion. It will not rust, even under harsh outdoor conditions.
  • Brass is aesthetically pleasing. We carry a variety of finishes, from dull chrome to polished brass, to fit in with the look of your building, no matter what style is has.
  • Brass is easy to maintain. We all know that door stops are most commonly operated by foot. The best way to clean the grime off a brass stop is to simply wipe it down with a wet cloth.

As previously mentioned, Equiparts carries a variety of Solid Brass Door Stops, to fit the needs and look of any facility. We have the following options available on our website:

Dull Chrome Kickdown Door Holder – Part #01168

Polished Brass Kickdown Door Holder – Part #01169

5” Dull Chrome Kickdown Door Holder – Part #01170

5” Polished Brass Kickdown Door Holder – Part #01171

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Learn the exact dimensions of the door stops in this article in the Solid Brass Door Stops PDF.

Call to Order Solid Brass Door Stops now at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST. Be sure to mention any of the above EC Part Numbers when placing your order.