Posted: February 6, 2017 at 9:40 am

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets


Why Flush Valve Polish Doesn’t Exist

You may ask yourself, why can’t I simply buy flush valve polish, or faucet polish to make my flushometer or faucet shiny again? Simply put, chrome plated metals cannot be polished because chrome is an inert or chemically inactive metal. As a matter of fact, using chemicals or rough cleaning techniques on chrome plated fixtures can potentially cause more harm than help. Here’s why: the majority of chrome plated faucets and flush valves have a very thin coating of chrome over their brass body. When maintenance personnel uses harsh chemicals on flush valves and flushometers in an attempt to clean them well, they can actually damage the chrome plating, causing it to become pitted. Likewise, when custodians or maintenance technicians scrub chrome plated fixtures too roughly, they can also damage the finish, in some cases even remove the finish entirely.

Read on below to find out how we recommend cleaning the chrome plated fixtures in your facility.

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

At Equiparts, we recommend that our customers clean their chrome plated flush valves and faucets with good ole soap and water. Since chrome is a soft, inert metal that does not rust, it does not need any type of polish to make it shine like new. Instead, it just needs the grime, dust, and dirt removed to get it back to its prime.

In Sloan’s Care and Cleaning Instructions in their Repair Part and Maintenance Guide for chrome plated flushometers, they state the following:

DO NOT USE abrasive or chemical cleaners (including chlorine bleach) to clean flushometers that may dull the luster and attack the chrome or special decorative finish. Use ONLY mild soap and water, then wipe dry with a clean towel or cloth.
While cleaning the bathroom tile, protect the flushometer from any splattering of cleaner. Acids and cleaning fluids will discolor or remove chrome plating. 

We recommend wiping down the surface of the fixture with warm, soapy water, then using a microfiber cloth or towel to dry the surface.

Next time you are wondering what you should use to clean your flushometer, or how to make your faucets shiny and like new, remember to keep it simple, and just use soap and water so you don’t cause any permanent damage to your chrome plated flush valves and faucets.

At Equiparts, we carry all of the maintenance and plumbing repair parts, fixtures, and tools you need to outfit and maintain your facility. We carry products from all of the top plumbing and hardware companies and also carry hard to find parts as well. Our staff consists of experts, not order takers. Browse through our website or give us a call 7:30AM-5PM M-F EST toll-free at 800-442-6622.
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Posted: January 12, 2017 at 8:49 am

Master Stop Extreme Tape


Need a better way to prevent slip and fall accidents at your facility? This Master Stop Extreme Tape is a great way to do just that. These strips are designed to withstand extreme weather and a broad range of temperatures, ranging from -40°F to 220°F. Available in both coarse and standard, Extreme Tape strips are manufactured with multiple layers of grit. This means they will outlast standard grit tapes! Master Stop Extreme tape is recommended for any heavy-traffic area where extra traction is needed and safety is a top priority. These areas include, but are not limited to, bleachers, ramps, stairs, and loading docks.

Installation is quick and easy! Watch how quickly we installed it on the counter steps at Equiparts in our video above. Once the surface is clean and dry, just peel off the adhesive backing and press down. Once applied, Extreme Tape is long-lasting and tolerant of oil and grease, saltwater, and mild acid. The adhesive is three times stronger than standard anti-slip tapes. Master Stop Extreme Tape is made in the United States and exceeds recommendations by OSHA and ADA for Coefficient of Friction.


Master Stop Extreme Tape is available in several different sizes:

#14533: 4” x 12” Strips
#14534: 3” x 24” Strips
#14535: 6” x 24” Strips
#14536: 6” X 36” Strips


Call to order Master Stop Extreme Tape at  Monday-Friday 800-442-6622, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST. Be sure to mention the EC Part numbers mentioned above when placing your order.

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Posted: December 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Partition Door Latch Fix-It Kits by Equipro

These Equipro Partition Door Fix-It Kits are great for changing any Concealed Latches on your Partition Doors into Surface Mounted Slide Latches. Concealed Latches can fall down inside the door. With these kits, you can easily install and replace them with a Surface Mounted Slide Latch. Choose Outswing or Inswing, depending on your facility needs. Kits are available to fit Metal Rounded Doors or Square Edge Doors, and come with the necessary parts to properly install and convert your partition doors into something new.


Equipro Partition Door Fix-It Kits:
#16135 – Outswing Door Latch Fix-It Kit with Pull for Metal Rounded Doors
#16136 – Inswing Door Latch Fix-It Kit for Metal Rounded Doors
#16148 – Inswing Door Latch Fix-It Kit for Square Edge Doors
#16150 – Outswing Door Latch Fix-It Kit with Pull for Square Edge Doors
#16151 – Stainless Steel Bumper Hook & Plate Fix-It Kit

Call to Order a Partition Door Fix-It Kit 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. Save and or share the Partition Fix-It Kits PDF with your colleagues.

Posted: December 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

The Bradley Terreon® Classic Washfountain is a Unique Multi-User Sink


Introducing our newest showroom sink; the Bradley Terreon® Classic Juvenile Height Washfountain. This semi-circular washfountain is one of the most unique sinks we carry. Not only is this sink style a distinctive fixture that transforms any restroom into a contemporary space, but it’s also highly efficient in terms of space, water saving, and usability.

Terreon® Classic Washfountain Features:


Bradley Washfountains function much differently than most sinks. The semi-circular washfountain shown services 3 individuals at once. Other circular units can service up to 8 users at a time. This multi-user design requires only one water and waste connection, which simplifies the installation and servicing of the unit. It also makes it more cost-effective with less plumbing connections required.

Water Saving

When three people are using the washfountain, which operates at 3.0 GPM, the water usage averages out to 1.0 GPM per person, which is less than half the 2.2 GPM in many standard, single user sinks.  

User Friendly

This unit functions with a foot pedestal that the user presses with his or her foot. This functionality makes the unit easy to use for small children and adults alike, and creates a hands free, hygienic experience for all users. The pedestal wraps around the unit, making it accessible from every angle. The deep bowl design helps keep the washing area clean by keeping soap and water contained.

Long Lasting

This line of Bradley Washfountains is covered with a highly durable solid surface material called Terreon®. Other units are covered with Terreon®RE which include recycled materials. Both surfaces last a lifetime, and are easily repaired and renewed. They are molded into their form, eliminating the need for sealants. They are non-porous, and therefore will not support mold, mildew, or bacteria growth. The Terreon®RE surface option is made of 25% consumer recycled granules and bio-based resin. The rest of the unit is composed of heavy duty stainless steel parts which also help increase the strength and longevity of the unit.


Washfountain Applications

Semicircular and Circular Terreon® Classic Washfountains are ideal for many locations, such as smaller or uniquely shaped restrooms, because they take up less space than on-the-wall singular use units, and require minimal plumbing connections. They can be used as interesting focal points in restaurant, hotel, and museum applications. They are also a great choice for art studios or schools where users may need a larger, more effective washing station for messy cleanups.

These washfountains are also perfect in places where groups of people start work or class together, or take breaks together, such as industrial plants and schools.  They can also be an aesthetic focal point for patrons. In addition, hands-free use is appreciated everywhere, and water savings should always be a priority, so these units would be excellent for almost any application.

To learn more about Bradley Washfountains, stop by our showroom in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (located right outside of Pittsburgh), or give one of our product specialists a call for more information and to order a customized Bradley Washfountain for your facility. We are available by phone Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm (EST) at 412-781-9100 or toll free at 800-442-6622.

Additional Product Information

SemiCircularWashFountain.-Bradley-EquipartsjpegThe unit in our showroom is the juvenile sized semi-circular washfountain by Bradley. We also added the liquid soap dispenser which you can see on the top portion of the unit. Specifically, the unit shown above is the 36” Semi-Circular Washfountain Foot Controlled w/Thermostatic Mix and Liquid Soap Dispenser (Equiparts Part #: SP15471). We installed the Juvenile sized unit in our showroom in order to save space. This particular unit is ideal for small children and can be used in grade schools, children museums, and other applications for small children. The Manufacturer number for this exact unit is: WF2503-A-STD-F-TMA-LSD-CA-TAN.

See Bradley Semi-Circular Washfountains in an Elementary School in Wisconsin: Madison Elementary Case Study

See Bradley Circular Washfountains in a Pub Restroom in Scotland: Justice Mills Case Study

Posted: December 6, 2016 at 9:07 am

Track Hanger Hook


Track Hanger Hook #11141

The Track Hanger Hook (EC Part #11141) is perfect for hanging holiday lights, planters, and decorations! These clever hooks are easy to install and neatly attach to ceiling tile track for temporary or permanent use. They are made of clear plastic, which gives the track hanger an invisible look. No more unsightly thumbtacks or nails!  At Equiparts, we use track hanger hooks to hang banners in our showroom.

Call to Order the Track Hanger Hook now at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST. Be sure to mention EC Part #11141 when placing your order. Save and or share the Track Hanger Hook PDF with your colleagues.


Posted: November 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Wipe Off Vandalism Mark Remover

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The Wipe Off Vandalism Mark Remover (EC Part # 79643) is a graffiti remover, spray paint remover, marker ink remover, scuff remover, and more, all in one handy 16.5 ounce can. It’s a great item for facility managers, janitors, and building operations managers to have on hand. It removes a variety of media from a multitude of surfaces, and drastically reduces the labor involved in removing those marks. Not only does it remove common vandalism materials like spray paint and marker ink, but it also makes clean up easy for other, less common items like wax based lipsticks and crayons, as well as ink based items like ball point pens. This Vandalism Mark Remover can also remove wear and tear marks like tape residue and scuff marks.

In general, the less porous the surface, the better the Vandalism Mark Remover will work. Example surfaces that respond well to the mark remover include, but are not limited to, the following: baked enamel and powder coated steel, plastic, hard rubber, and porcelain surfaces.

Call to order the Vandalism Mark Remover now at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST. Be sure to mention the EC Part number (79643) when placing your order. Save/share the Wipe Off Vandalism Mark Remover PDF with your colleagues.

Posted: November 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Add-a-Stop Repair Valve




This add-a-stop Dahl valve makes it so you can perform maintenance on your water outlet without having to shut off the water. When an existing stop valve is leaking, or not working properly, and it would be difficult to remove it, the Add-A-Stop Repair Valve is the perfect solution. It piggybacks on the existing stop, so there is no cutting or resoldering needed. If the old stop valve is leaking just slightly, you can just disconnect the supply hose, screw on the Add-A-Stop to the old stop, and reconnect the hose. If the old stop cannot close at all, turn off the water supply elsewhere, and then connect the Add-A-Stop to the malfunctioning stop valve. Then connect the supply hose to the new valve, turn the water back on, and you’re back in business! The Add-A-Stop is a quick and easy solution that every plumber should keep in their truck or van.

RetrofitValve-Dahl-EquipartsDahl Add-a-Stop Repair Valves are made of lead-free brass and have a chrome plated finish. Dahl retrofit valves are known for their high-quality components and the limited lifetime warranty. At Equiparts, we stock two different sized Add-a-Stop Repair Valve by Dahl:

The  3/8″ Straight Stop Valve (EC Part #51407) which has a ⅜” Inlet Female OD by ⅜” Outlet OD. (Dahl Model #111-41-31)

The 1/2″ Straight Stop Valve (EC Part #56885) which has a 1/2” OD x 1/2” OD. (Dahl Model #111-42-32)

We can order other sizes to meet your needs as well. Give us a call to learn more about the Dahl products we offer and their many applications: 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM (EST). View our downloadable Add-a-Stop Repair Valve PDF

Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

Fixture Out of Service Bonnet


OutofServiceCover-EquipartsThis Out of Service Bonnet (EC Part #81951) is a quick and sanitary method to designate that a variety of fixtures are out of service. This temporary cover notifies employees and/or patrons that a fixture is currently unavailable for use. It is made out of spun bonded polypropylene, and is inexpensive and disposable. It adhere’s to the out of service unit with an elastic band and elastic ties, enabling the plumber or maintenance department to securely wrap the bonnet around a variety of size and shape fixtures.

The Out of Service Bonnet can be used on the following fixtures:
• Urinals,
• Toilets,
• Drinking Fountains,
• Kitchen Equipment,
• And Many Other Applications.

Sooner or later, the equipment at your facility will stop working and need to be serviced. Are you prepared to signify that your fixture is out of service in a professional manner? Out of Service Bonnets are the professional out of service covers all facilities should keep in stock. The multifunction nature of this item makes it ideal for many commercial businesses including hotels, restaurants, small businesses, industrial plants, and many other locations.

The Out of Service Cover is an item we recommend all facilities to keep in stock. Not only is it a professional item to notify your patrons of an out of service fixture, but it also increases employee efficiency by having a cover on hand.

It eliminates employees needing to take the time to create a makeshift sign and cover that would likely be an unsightly combination of masking tape, trash bags, and/or cardboard.

Share the out of service bonnet with your facility manager or purchasing department easily by sending them the Urinal Out of Service Bonnet (#81951) PDF or view it on our website: Out of Service Bonnet.


Posted: November 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Rothenberger Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp



Save the Day

Be prepared to repair pipes with the Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp – The quick, easy, and professional way to temporarily repair a burst, perforated, or leaky pipe. This Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp is a great item to have in virtually any building. In cases of emergency, such as when a pipe has burst in an area where the water supply cannot be shut off, this clamp can reduce water damage and save a lot of time, energy, and money, not to mention water!

Rothenberger-RepairClamp-EquipartsNo tools required!

Simply open the device, center it around the problem area, firmly close both housing members, engage the latch mechanism and close the device around the problem area with a squeeze of your hand.

Use On:

• Use on Copper, CPVC or PEX piping
• Both domestic and commercial heating & water pipes
• Frost damaged or perforated water pipes

The Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp is now on sale at Equiparts! To place your order, give us a call on our toll-free number: 800-442-6622 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM EST. Or add the products to your quote request on our website! Available in two sizes:

Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp for ½” Pipe
 (EC Part #38012)

Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp for ¾” Pipe (EC Part #38013)

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Posted: October 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

Water Pipe Repair Clamps



Insta-Clamps™ are a great item to have to stop leaks in copper tube and sweat fittings with a professional repair clamp available in various sizes. We also carry an Insta-Clamp™ Plumbers Kit for those of you who would like to have a variety of Insta-Clamp™ sizes on hand.

Insta-Clamps™ can repair M, L, and K copper tubing solder joint pipe leaks on tees, 90s, 45s, reducers, valve ends, threaded adapters and on straight pipe. Insta-Clamp™ is the only copper repair clamp on the market that will stop all leaks with a 360 degree seal on both fitting and tube side on copper solder joints.

Insta-Clamp™ is made specifically to fit the copper tube O.D. on one end and the solder joint fitting O.D. on the other end. The unique stepped rubber design creates a full 360 degree seal around both surfaces.

Insta-Clamp™ is designed to be only 3″ wide with the step offset in the rubber seal, the 60 percent seals on the copper tube and the other 40 percent on the solder joint connection. The 60/40 ratio in the rubber width allows the repair clamp to fit into tight areas.

RepairClamp-CopperPiping-EquipartsNothing compares to the Insta-Clamp™ for 100% positive stop of leaks in copper tube and sweat fittings. We have Insta-Clamp™ Repair Clamps available for the following copper pipe sizes: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, 3″, 4″, and 5″.

Repair Clamp Specifications:

  • Panel and bridge plate constructed of stainless steel type 304
  • Gasket made of molded step waffle NBR gasket design
  • Rated for 150# PSI
  • Lugs constructed of ductile iron per ASTM A536 with galvanized plating finish
  • Bolt and Nut are zinc-chromate finished carriage bolt, nut and washer.

Interested in buying a bunch of the Insta-Clamps? Then you may be interested in the Insta-Clamp™ Plumbers Kit, which comes in its own tool bag! It includes one size of each Insta-Clamp™ from 1/2″ to 2″, a 24″ OD Tape Measure, and in a 12″ canvas tool bag.



To order either individual Insta-Clamp™ repair clamps, or the Insta-Clamp™ Plumber’s Kit, simply give us a call to Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM EST on our toll free number: 800-442-6622 or submit a quote on our website.

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