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Expansion Tank Mounting Positions

Tom

Expansion tanks can be installed in any direction. Whether oriented uprightly, horizontally, or even upside down, the expansion tank will function properly without any adverse effects. When putting an expansion in an abnormal position (specifically sideways or horizontally), make sure to support the…

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Rotten Egg Smell in Hot Water

Tom

Anode rods protect the lining of water heater tanks from corrosion. In rare instances, anode rods can contribute to foul-smelling hot water that has the odor of rotten eggs. This may occur when there are high sulfur and low oxygen concentrations in supply water. The anode rod promotes the generation…

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Why closely spaced tees?

Kristine

Primary-secondary piping systems call for the tees that go off to the secondary circuit to be close together, ideally not more than six inches apart. Think like water and you'll see why this is. Flow down the primary main and imagine you're entering that first tee. You have two choices: You can stay…

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PexTV Episode 11

Mark

Hey everyone, this is PexTV episode 11. It's all about some tips and tricks that we can help you with as you think about winterizing your home. In this episode you will see... Product Spotlight: Frost Proof Sill Cock Tip of The Week: Get your heating system serviced Customer Review: Easy Hea…

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The Top 10 Things to Check if that Steam System is Hammering

Kristine

1. The near-boiler piping doesn't meet the manufacturer's specs 2. The steam quality is bad (wet steam causes hammering) 3. The boiler is oversized or overtired. 4. The insulation is missing from the piping. 5. The Hartford Loop connection is too close to the waterline, or has a nipple that's…

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The Pros and Cons of PEX-AL-PEX

Tom

PEX-Aluminum-PEX (PEX-AL-PEX) tubing contains a layer of aluminum embedded between two layers of PEX. SupplyHouse.com carries standard PEX-AL-PEX made by Rifeng and Uponor. The aluminum serves as an oxygen barrier and makes the tubing more rigid. See the chart below for some of the the advantages an…

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Fix Kinks in PEX

Tom

It’s possible to kink PEX tubing if you bend it too tightly.  When using PEX-B or PEX-C grade pipe you will normally want to cut the affected piece of tubing out of the line and replace it with a coupling, depending on the severity of the kink. With PEX-A, heat can be used to fix the kink (watch …

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A Few Tips on Radiant Heat and Wood Floors

Kristine

1. The wider the boards, the greater the chance for trouble. Stick with boards that are no wider than three inches. Wide wood can warp. 2. Use mechanical humidity control. The relative humidity in a radiantly heated home that has wood floors should be no more than 50 percent. Without this con…

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What a Dehumidifier Does…

Mark

Have you ever wondered what actually goes on inside of a dehumidifier?  Recently I did a video with Nicole from customer service about the dehumidifiers sold on our website. We created a pretty cool image that shows the basic functions inside a dehumidifier. When an excess amount of moisture is …

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Hot Water in an Instant

Tom

Are you tired of waiting for hot water to reach your shower every day? Do you shake your head as wasted cold water flows down the drain? SupplyHouse may have the solution: a hot water recirculation pump. These pumps allow you to get instant hot water at the turn of the faucet and can result in big s…

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Direct Burial of PEX Tubing

Tom

PEX tubing is approved for direct burial outdoors, a practice most often necessary when running a water supply line to a house. PEX, since it can expand, resists freezing more effectively than rigid pipe, but PEX can still burst if water freezes in a line. As a result, it’s a must to bury the tubi…

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How to Become a Better Troubleshooter

Kristine

Avoid "Auto" Conclusions Don't try to solve the problem while you're still in your truck. Some technicians make up their minds before looking around, and then they set out to prove that they're right - even if they're not! Comprehend the components If you don't understand how the parts work…

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