Everyone today has a smartphone. Most plumbing and HVAC companies have a tablet that the field technicians keep in the truck or van. These devices have become essential tools for all contractors. Plumbers and HVAC technicians can benefit and make life easier by having the right apps on their mobile devices. But which ones?
That’s why we here at Contractor Marketing Network put together a must-have list of the 5 best plumbing apps available today. These apps have been chosen for their ability to help plumbers and HVAC contractors with a range of technical tasks—both in the office and in the field.
Pipe and Fitting App
The beauty of this app is it is a visual app. No long words to read. The Pipe and Fitting app crushes other apps because of its simply to use layout. Simply select from its list of pipes, joints, clamps, and other parts available. Then, the app will present you with detailed specs for each part including dimensions, hardness, tensile strength, yield strength, maximum load, and much more.
The data is visually displayed with clearly illustrated technical diagrams, so you can see exactly how a part will fit into any given plumbing system. With an average 4.5-star rating, that visual element is a major hit with users.
You can get the Pipe and Fitting App Here
The nice thing about this app is you don’t have to pull out a ruler or tape measure. Just take a photo of the space on the app and it’ll calculate the dimensions, angles, area, and even distance to the object.
While it sounds like magic, the app actually works on basic trigonometric principles. It uses the height of the camera lens and its tilt angle to calculate the distance to the object. With that information, it can then determine the height and width of an object, and hence its area. It is the same tech that surveys use with the total stations for layout. But, it doesn’t cost thousands and its on your phone.
The app will even give you an indication of how accurate it expects each particular measurement to be, so you’ll know when you may need to use a tape measure instead.
Another cool thing about this app is its “dynamic photos” feature. Which allows you to store photos in the app and analyze measurements later on. Have you ever left a job site and forgot to take an important measurement? That is where this app shines. It is must and a time saver.
Get it Apple Here
On Android Here
Please note: In order to access the app’s full functionality, you’ll need to be a member of the ASPE.
This app was created by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Plumbing Systems Design Tables app offers a convenient frame of reference for when you are on the job. Much easier than carrying around the 2,500-page handbook version. You can access all of that data on your smartphone or tablet with this app.
It has interactive calculators, which allows you to customize pipe materials and other design elements, so it gives you the sizing information in SI or English.
All U.S. standards and major plumbing codes are supported—including the International Plumbing Code (IPC), Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), and National Standard Plumbing Code.
A great app to have at your finger-tips.
You can get Plumbing Systems Design Tables app Here.
Plumbing contractors, regularly have to solve complex math problems on the job. Like calculating appropriate pipe sizes, determining water flow and pressure. The Plumbing Formulator© App makes this process a lot easier with over 120 standard formulas that you can easily find right in the app.
The app also includes a number of great features for a plumbing or HVAC contractor. It has the ability to email and print out specific formulas for easier reference. Your most frequently and recently used formulas are prominently displayed on the app for future use. There are also a number of handy graphical charts to illustrate concepts to code officials in a clear manner.
With Plumbing Formulator, you won’t waste time on Google looking for solution while out in the field or on a jobsite.
You can get the Plumbing Formulator Here
On to the last app.
Since primitive man first discovered copper, the red metal has constantly served the advancement of civilization. This app will serve plumbing contractors and HVAC contractors alike.
This app from the Copper Development Association has set the standard for plumbers working with copper piping systems. The Copper Tube Handbook© contains a wealth of information and quantitative data on various types of copper tubes, joints, fittings, and joining methods.
So, if you don’t just flex the Pex, and enjoy copper plumbing pipework, this app is for you.RJ Cooper
Today, copper tube for the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning industries is available in drawn and annealed tempers (referred to in the trades as “hard” and “soft”) and in a wide range of diameters and wall thicknesses. Readily available fittings serve every design application. Joints are simple, reliable and economical to make—additional reasons for selecting copper tube.
Today, nearly 5,000 years after Cheops, copper developments continue as the industry pioneers broader uses for copper tube in engineered plumbing systems for new and retrofitted residential, industrial and commercial installations.
You can get the Copper Tube Handbook Here.
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