Grocery Store Radiant

Kristine

A great place to understand radiant heating (or to explain it to your customer) is your local grocery store. Stop first in the gadget aisle and pick up a thermometer. It will probably read 70 degrees, a nice comfortable temperature. Walk up and down the aisles and keep your eye on the temperatur…

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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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The Calci-Free Tankless Water Flush Kit from Rectorseal

Adam

The Calci-Free Tankless Water Flush Kit from Rectorseal is a complete system that cleans and restores tankless water heaters. It eliminates lime scale and other contaminants that build up on the walls of heat exchanger tubes over time and block the flow of water. The Flush Kit includes all the equip…

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ProPEX Fitting Removal

Tom

It’s easy to remove ProPEX rings from existing connections if you have access to a heat gun. Disconnecting the plastic ProPEX ring makes it possible to reuse brass ProPEX fittings, but EP ProPEX fittings can only be used once. To remove a ProPEX ring, heat one side of it with a heat gun and cut…

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Ball Valves

Adam

At SupplyHouse.com, we have some new Ball Valve styles available on the site. We're going to take a look at the T-Handle, Hose Drain, Compression, and 3 Way w/ L-Port models. These ball valves are designed for residential, commercial, or industrial use with water, oil or gas. They are actuated by a …

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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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Stiebel Eltron CK and CNS-E Wall Mounted Electric Heaters

Adam

New to SupplyHouse.com are the CK and CNS Series Wall-Mounted Electric Heaters from Stiebel Eltron.  The surface-mounted CK heater quickly warms an area and can maintain a comfortable temperature. CK heaters can easily replace existing flush-mount heaters and are perfect for new homes and buildings…

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The FuelMizer from Taco

Tom

Switching relays provide a convenient way to link circulator pumps to thermostats and boilers. Outdoor reset controls allow hydronic boilers to change output temperatures based on outdoor temperatures. Lower temperature settings can lead to fuel savings, especially on unseasonably warm days. Taco’…

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Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000

Adam

Brand new from Honeywell, the Wi-Fi 9000 is a fully programmable color touchscreen thermostat designed to provide total control to your HVAC system.  The redesigned terminal block no longer requires tools, and the plain-language on-screen setup process eliminates the need for a manual. Installing t…

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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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