DVL & DuraBlack Updates
Date: May 03, 2012
In 2011 we added a number of new adapters to our DVL and DuraBlack product lines. Customers had been requesting a firmer connection of the pipe to the support boxes, so we developed our new adapters with screw connections and trim plates to eventually replace the locking tab adapters. We have continued to offer the old parts side by side with the new ones in order to acclimate our installers to the new adapters. We have now begun a running change to our DuraTech, DuraPlus and DuraPlus HTC support boxes. This change involves the elimination of the notches that receive the locking tabs. All tabs and notches have been eliminated from future production and our inventory of old items is very low or non existent in some of the more popular sizes. The new adapters will be the only adapters offered in the catalog effective immediately. If you currently have old adapters in stock they will be okay to use with the revised support boxes. Removing the old adapters from the support boxes will require a screw driver. There are more support boxes with notches out in the market than there are old adapters, so there should be only a rare occasion when you will need to use an old adapter with a new support box. Managing your inventory to sell old adapters first in order to eliminate inventory is recommended. Using new adapters on old support boxes with notches is no problem at all. No return or scrapping of old parts will be necessary. We believe our customers will appreciate this change and find that their installations will go faster. We appreciate your understanding in this matter as well as your feedback on how to improve our products. We do listen.
Below is listed the new part numbers and the old part numbers of the items they replace. Please review these notes and call our customer service or tech service departments if you have questions 800-835-4429.
8678, 8778 and 8878 DVL/DuraBlack Adapter with Trim Ring: This adapter has had the locking tabs removed and a trim ring with screws added. It will replace the 8674, 8774 and 8874 DVL/DB Chimney Adapter.
8675, 8775, 8875 DVL Adapter: is a new Ultimate DVL Adapter exclusively for DVL. It is an alternative style adapter to the 8678 and may be more preferable to some installers.
6591, 6691, 6791 and 6891 Snap Lock Adapter: The new snap lock adapter has had the locking tabs removed and a trim ring with screws added. This part replaces the 6589, 6689, 6789 and 6889.
1671, 1771 and 1871 DuraBlack Slip Connector: The new Slip Connector has had the locking tabs removed and a trim ring with screws added. This will replace the 1670, 1770 an 1870.
1671SS and 1871SS Stainless Steel Finished Slip Connector: The Stainless Steel Slip Connector has had the locking tabs removed and there has been a black trim ring with screws added. This part replaces the old 1670SS and 1870SS.
9358, 9458, 9558 and 9658 DuraTech Finishing Collar: The notches have been removed from the collar and an inner ring has been added to allow the installer to attach the connector pipe directly to the collar without the need of an adapter. It replaces the 9355, 9455, 9555 and 9655.
1647 and 1647SS DuraBlack Telescoping Length: The locking tabs have been removed and a black trim ring with screws has been added. There is no part number change, continue to use the same part numbers.
1860 DuraBlack Slip Increaser: The locking tabs have been removed and a black trim ring with screws has been added. There is no part number change, continue to use the same part numbers.
1692 6” DuraBlack Kit: All new production of this kit will have 1671 slip connector instead of the 1670.
8693 DVL Kit: All new production of this kit will have the 8678 DVL Adapter with trim plate instead of the 8674.
All DuraPlus Kits 9085, 9086 and 9088: All new production will be updated with the new 6691 snap lock adapter and 8678 adapter
All DuraPlus HTC Kits C9085 and C9088: All new production will have the 8675 Ultimate DVL adapter.