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3 Useful Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

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The sump pump acts as a protective barrier between the foundation of your house and the water from the municipal sewage system.  The groundwater in the foundation is rerouted into a drain system (which is also located at the foundation), goes through a system of pipes, and finally reaches the s…

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5 Signs Your Home Needs a Dehumidifier—and How to Select the Right One

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Does your bread seem to go stale after a day or two?  Do your crackers and cookies lose their crispness soon after you open the box?  These aren’t just minor quirks that homeowners learn to live with, they are also signs that you may have a problem with high humidity in your home.   W…

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3 Plumbing Problems to Look for When House Hunting

Nick B

When you are touring a home or apartment it can be an overwhelming experience.  Between thinking about where you would put all of your furniture, analyzing the commute from that location, and mentally balancing your budget with the new place in mind, it’s easy to forget something like the plumbin…

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Choosing a New Appliance: Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters

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If you’ve had the same hot water heater for longer than 10 years—the standard lifespan—it’s smart to consider replacing the appliance before it quits performing and puts you in a tough position.  Before you start shopping for a new water heater, however, you need to know w…

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Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Every homeowner tries to find ways to save money.  After all, bills can be expensive if you’re not careful.  However, one of the best methods you can use to reduce payments is to make your home more energy-efficient.  But, how do we do this?  You have to be smart with your energy usage.  …

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Solved! What Size Bathroom Fan Best Supports Your Space

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Q: We recently bought a beautiful old house, but the former owners never installed a vent fan in the bathroom.  After a shower, the mirror is completely fogged and the walls are wet to the touch.  I know all that humidity can’t be good for the cabinets or the new wallpaper, some of which is alre…

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How to Program Honeywell T4 Pro Thermostats

Nick B

The Honeywell T4 Pro Programmable Thermostat has several programmable and non-programmable options that can be fine tuned to your schedule.  But how do you get it to do what you need?  Read the instructions below or watch the video at the end of this post to learn how.  Or do both if you really w…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Replacing a Toilet

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Thanks to their solid construction and simple design, toilets often outlast other bathroom fixtures, but they don’t last forever.  After a decade or so, heavy lime deposits can build up, resulting in clogging or slow flushing, and the seals between the tank and the bowl can harden, crack, and beg…

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PEX Press w/ Milwaukee

Mark

The Milwaukee M18 Short Throw Press Tool is the fastest way to make PEX Press connections on the market today.  40% faster than the competition, this tool will get your job done fast.  Watch the video below to learn more!     Go to SupplyHouse.com for all of your PEX, press, and…

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How To: Connect PEX to Copper or PVC

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Today, with the help of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe, plumbing work has become more efficient for professionals and much more accessible for do-it-yourselfers.  These flexible red and blue pipes can bend in nearly any direction to funnel hot and cold water, respectively, where it needs to g…

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How To Replace Your Window AC Unit With A Mini-Split In Just 5 Steps!

Nick B

Window AC units can be annoying.  You have to take them in and out every year, they never seal right, and birds poop all over them (at least that's the case with mine).  A mini-split system seems like a good solution, but going through the process of replacing what you have with one seems way too …

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Crimping w/ Milwaukee

Mark

Crimp connections are one of the simplest and fastest ways to run PEX tubing.  Making the process even easier, Milwaukee has come out with the fastest crimp tool to date: the M18 Short Throw Press Tool.  Working just like Milwaukee's copper press counterpart, this tool allows you to navigate tight…

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