Give your Dryer a Boost

Tom

Does it seem like it takes forever for your clothes to dry? The solution may be easier than you think. With a Fantech Dryer Booster Exhaust Fan from SupplyHouse.com you can cut down on clothes drying times and slash your utility bills. Dryer Booster Fans are perfect for homes with long runs betwe…

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The Many Advantages of Baseboarders Covers

Tom

Baseboarders baseboard heater covers offer several important benefits for home renovation projects (or even new construction): Their unique perforated design can enhance the look of any room The covers may be spray-painted or cut to size for further customization Do-it-yourself installation …

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Keep Your Home Cool, Dry, and Energy-Efficient With a Dehumidifier

Kristine

Sure it's uncomfortable outside, but if you are sensing damp, sticky conditions indoors, it's definitely time to consider the benefits of a dehumidification system. Hot and muggy summer weather outside can mean excess moisture inside. Mold and mildew, musty odors, condensation, warped wooden surf…

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“Which Line Set Do I Need?”

Mark

I recently spoke with Nicole from customer service and she told me that a number of people call and ask about Line Set sizing. A line set is used to connect an indoor evaporator unit to the outdoor condenser in a ductless mini-split air conditioning system.  A line set includes a supply and ret…

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Connecting PEX to PVC

Tom

There is no traditional fitting that can connect PEX directly to PVC. Most push-fit fittings such as SharkBites work with PEX, copper, and CPVC -- but not with PVC pipe (Schedule 40, Schedule 80, DWV, etc.), but there is a recently developed SharkBite fitting that can do the job.  The tried and tru…

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Tip: Use Shut-off Flanges with Hydronic Circulators

Tom

Most circulator pumps in hydronic heating systems connect to system piping with flanged connections. Flange options allow different pipe sizes (between 3/4" and 1-1/2" for standard residential circulators) and connection methods (sweat or threaded) to be used with the same pump. SupplyHouse offers f…

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How to Program Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 Series Thermostats

Mark

The Honeywell vision pro 8000 series thermostats are easy to install, easy to program and very easy to use.  These thermostats feature a large backlit display, a real time clock, screen lock and precise comfort controls within one degree of set point.  You can program reminders for low batteries, …

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How to Change a Valve Stem in a Viega MANABLOC

Mark

Recently a few people have asked us about changing a valve stem in a Viega MANABLOC. We offer a valve stem replacement kit that you will need in order to do this, but the directions can be confusing.  I made this video to help you out if you are having trouble.  It's pretty easy! …

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Closing and Opening Large PVC Ball Valves

Mark

In this video, we go over how to open the large Matco Norca ball valves sold on SupplyHouse.com.  They may be hard to close at first, but with the proper leverage, it can be a breeze. …

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How to: Choose a Programmable Thermostat

Kristine

Looking for a small home improvement that yields big results? A programmable thermostat, properly installed and configured, helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperate while reducing your home’s overall energy usage. Several factors come into play when choosing a thermostat: how much flex…

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Venting Options for Boilers and Water Heaters

Mark

For gas and oil-powered boilers and water heaters, you need to select a venting system that will work in your home.  Chimney vented units vent exhaust naturally through a chimney.  Power vent and direct vent use fans to push exhaust through vent pipes and can usually be vented either vertically th…

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Which PEX Is Best? The Right Tubing for Any Job

Kristine

Polyethylene cross-linked tubing, better known as PEX, is a fine addition to the industrious do-it-yourself plumber's arsenal. Inexpensive to buy and surprisingly versatile, PEX is also relatively easy to install. No complex soldering or messy gluing is required, and the tubing can be easily "fi…

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