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ZoomLock, a.k.a. the New Best Friend of Refrigerant Lines

Shyene

Several recent blogs revolved around SharkBite and its ability to provide an alternative to soldering. While the product I’m about to discuss is not tool-free, it allows those without much copper installation experience to make a solid connection. Parker Hannifin came out with a new method for…

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Here’s Why Your Plumbing Sweats in the Summer

Guest

Are you tired of finding condensation puddling up around your plumbing pipes and fixtures this time of year? With these five solutions, you can relax and stop mopping up the water.   Q: This is our first summer in our new house, and suddenly it seems like all the b…

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Radiant Heat Without the Concrete: Ultra-Fin Plates

Shyene

Central air heating not doing the trick for your family during those cold East Coast winters? Have a wood-framed home that doesn’t retain heat? One option you have is radiant heat, which consists of a hydronic tubing system underneath your actual flooring. But wait, radiant heat sounds complicated…

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Hot Water Made Easy, Thanks to Tankless

Gregory

We all love hot water; it’s great for a hot shower or a nice cup of tea. And the only way we can consistently and reliably get hot water in our homes is through our hot water heaters. But not all water heaters are created equally. So let’s talk about tankless water heaters.   What mak…

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The Perfect Flush DOES Exist!

Gregory

Thanks to Fluidmaster, you can now have the satisfaction of knowing that each time you flush your toilet, it will be...perfect.   There is no shortage of selling points for Fluidmaster's Perfect Fit Toilet Tank Levers. They're stylish, easy to install, versatile, reliable, adaptable, and…

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Plumbing Fittings, Broken Down and Explained

Michelle P

Hello there and welcome to Part 2 of the Fittings blog!   Now that we know what a fitting is and what it does, let’s get into the materials that the fittings on our site are made out of, and what application they’re typically used for in the plumbing world. There's a lot to choose fro…

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How to Double the Lifespan of your Water Heater

Gregory

To many, water heaters are a one-and done item, meaning once you install it, that's it. But think again. The way to doubling the lifespan of a water heater lies in a yearly check-up of one simple part: the anode rod. To get to the anode rod, let's first work our way through the water heater itself.…

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Viega’s Fresh off the Press

Shyene

Our “Fittings” tab has a lot to choose from, including a dozen different brands and just as many connection methods. So you're probably asking yourself "Where do you start? Which brands can you trust with a secure hold for potable water, fire sprinkler systems, fuels, gases, and lubricants?" Don…

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Push-Fit Mixing Valves? Never Heard of Them…Now You Have

Shyene

Tired of using Teflon tape for pipe threads when connecting a new mixing valve in your client’s recently renovated shower? Wanting to try something other than your typical soldering? SharkBite has come out with their own line of push-connect thermostatic mixing valves. This could be a good alterna…

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Your Home’s Second Wind with Air Purifiers

Shyene

You may have seen our blog post about air filters and MERV ratings – but what we have in store for you is on another level! One of our newest products here at SupplyHouse.com is General Filters’s line of air purifiers, under the collection name Second Wind.   The Environmental Protect…

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How to Handle Hard Water

Gregory

Hard water can make or break your plumbing, it's as simple as that. It doesn't affect everyone, but you'll know if you have hard water. Here, we'll explain what hard water is, break down what water softener is, and how it helps improve the quality of your water.   You might think hard wa…

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Breathe Easy: Explaining Air Filters and MERV Ratings

Shyene

Air filters work with a homeowner’s HVAC system to circulate clean air throughout the home via central ductwork. They oftentimes slide into a specialized compartment on, for instance, a furnace. Once the air is called for, the furnace pushes it through the duct where the filter is located, so any …

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