Black PEI Fittings


New to, John Guest’s PEI Twist & Lock UV resistant Push-Fit Black Fittings come in 3/4” and 1” CTS sizes.  The fittings are manufactured from high quality engineered plastic with EPDM ‘O’ rings ensuring a leak-free and lead-free connection.  The installation is quick and simple, but built to last. John Guest Twist & Lock fittings require little or no clean up, giving you plenty of extra time for other tasks.  There is no need to worry about installing copper piping close to flammable material, no waiting for glue to dry on CPVC connections, and no restrictions in tight areas where crimp tools won’t fit.

Suitable for hot and cold water plumbing applications, the Black PEI Fittings  have been specifically developed to work with most common water filtration and water treatment applications.  They are also suitable for applications in Plumbing Repair, Remodel, Marine and RVs.  These fittings are great for repairing wet pipes, either under water or when water flow cannot be stopped completely, allowing you to get to that leak right away.

As these fittings are black and UV resistant, they are perfect for outdoor use.   Standard plastic fittings are affected by the UV rays from the sun, just like our skin.  Although not UV proof, this enables these outdoor-rated fittings to have a far greater life expectancy.  They are demountable, meaning there will be no damage to the pipe or fitting when you need to remove or replace them.  They should not be used with gas, fuel oil or compressed air applications.pei0228e-1

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How to Fix a Leaky Cast-iron Radiator



J-B Weld Company of Sulfur Springs, TX (903-885-7696) told me that the City of Dallas, Texas used their product to repair a cracked Caterpillar engine block. That sure got my attention! They also said that people have been using J-8 Weld to fix old cast-iron radiators. But to do this you first have to be able to drain the radiator and remove any paint, primer, or rust from the surface. After cleaning the surface with a non-petroleumbased cleaner (acetone or lacquer thinner), you have to rough up the surface with a file. Then you mix the two parts of the product and apply it to the crack. Finally, you let it dry for at least 15 hours, and see what you’ve got.

As for temperature and expansion and contraction of a cast-Iron radiator, they said that the product actually “softens” when heated and will move with the metal. It’s not the sort of ‘softening’ you’ll notice, though. You’d have to get the temperature up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, to see that (the product is good up to 600 degrees.)

The challenge, of course, is that an antique radiator has a lot of nook and crannies, and a good leak knows where to hide. But if your customer is in love with some old radiator, the product is certainly worth a try. You can buy J-B Weld for about five bucks at most automotive and hardware retail stores.

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LG’s new Multi F Max


Released earlier this year in the United States, the Multi F Max ductless mini-split condenser from LG makes large mini-split systems possible without multiple outdoor units. The Multi F Max carries a 54,000-BTU rating, and can serve as an air conditioner or heat-pump. Boasting an 18.4 SEER rating and featuring LG’s Gold Fin anti-corrosion technology, the Multi F Max can handle up to eight standard LG multi-zone indoor units. Its twin rotary compressor allows the unit to work at higher efficiency levels than standard inverter units.

The Multi F Max provides opportunities for tremendous flexibility, as evidenced by the long list of potential combinations with indoor evaporator units. Ideal for apartment buildings, large homes, or commercial applications, only a single refrigerant line (3/8” x 3/4”) connects to the outdoor unit. Two-, three-, and four-port distribution boxes (parts PMBD3620, PMBD3630, & PMBD3640) cut down on the amount of brazing and copper pipe needed for installation.


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Fitting Sizing for Copper Pipe


It’s important to remember that when buying fittings for plumbing and heating systems, copper pipe sizing refers to the listed size of the pipe which is approximately the inner diameter.

For example, a ½ inch Copper fitting doesn’t actually measure ½ inch. It simply fits over the ½ copper pipe. A ½ inch street fitting will have an inside diameter of 1/2 inch, as it is the same size as the pipe, and it will fit inside of another fitting.

On our website we abbreviate these as C fittings for pipe connections and FTG fittings for connections to other fittings.

It can get confusing when buying online, but just keep the inner diameter in mind.

Inner Diameter

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Air King Window Fans


Air King’s reversible Window Fans are available in sizes to fit virtually any window. These whole house window fans can save the average homeowner a small fortune compared with an air conditioner, and are great to use as an alternative for homes without central-air.  These fans are electrically reversible for intake and exhaust, which means hot air can be exhausted during the day, and cool air can be pulled from outdoors at night. This dual functionality is possible without having to uninstall or manually flip the entire unit!

The cutting-edge Storm Guard technology allows the window to be closed behind the fan without having to uninstall it, and comes with OSHA and ETL certification to ensure safety and quality.  The Storm Guard goes against traditional window fans which are held in place by closing the window down onto the fan. While this is effective, if you ever need to close the window, you have to physically remove the fan from the window. The Storm Guard enables the window to be closed easily during bad weather or when securing the home.

The 9155 Window Fan’s 3-speed, permanently-lubricated, permanent split capacitor motor provides whisper-quiet, maintenance-free operation.  It has high impact styrene housing, an ABS plastic 16” blade and a metal front grill. The 9166 Whole House Window Fan is totally enclosed and has impact resistant plastic housing, and a powder coated steel front grill and 20” blade.


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It has only been a week?


I have only been here little over a week, yet it feels like a couple of weeks. I have completed various assignments, from writing video scripts to creating a new high school mentorship curriculum. The best part as I mentioned before are the people, everyone here are so friendly and helpful. I appreciate the time being set aside to show me how to complete assigned tasks. The way everything connects and intertwines into one another to help run this company amazes me, it’s exciting to see how a script I have written turns into the finished product of a video. I enjoy coming here and learning new things, I like to feel like I am helping people even if it’s giving an idea or opinion.

Moreover, one of my newest project is creating a more precise and focused high school mentorship curriculum. This project is very important to me, many high school students either definitely know what their interest are leading them to definite major, while others float around holding an array of  interests where picking a major in school is difficult  and then there are others who just have no idea. My plans for this curriculum is to help expose the students to many different departments and the possible majors that coincide, thinking and planning ahead can help students have an efficient college experience without wasting time. It is surprising what you can pick up from being put in a different learning environment, it’s strange that within a week I am beginning to think what it would be like if I started my own business. But for now, it’s just a thought, until next week

FHWC ~ faith, hard work and consistency

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PexTV Episode 8


Hey, here’s episode 7 of “PexTV” It’s fan appreciation day here at PexTV and we are going to tell you about Fantech!. Feel free to email us at with any thoughts or suggestions for future episodes.

In this episode, you’ll see…

Featured Product: Fantech PB Series Bath Fans.
The #1 bath fans?
Tip of the Week: When to shut off your bath fan.
Customer Review: Fantech PB110 Bath Fan.

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Give your Dryer a Boost


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 you can cut down on clothes drying times and slash your utility bills.

Dryer Booster Fans are perfect for homes with long runs between the dryer and final venting point. Depending on the number of bends in the ductwork, booster fans may be necessary for runs longer than 15 feet. Mounted in-line, the fans automatically turn on when the dryer operates. Fantech’s Dryer Booster Fans carry a 5-year warranty. They counter the resistance of long duct-runs to speed up the venting of warm, moist air produced by dryers. Accounting for bends and elbows, most of Fantech’s Dryer Boost products work with runs of up to 130 feet.

Fantech’s redesigned lint trap is recommended when the ducting between the dryer and the booster fan runs shorter than 15 feet. Why? Because when you position the fan this close to the dryer, it may pull lint from the dryer. At greater distances, lint stays in the dryer and you do not need a trap.


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Gas Ox Box from Sioux Chief


The Gas Ox Box from Sioux Chief is a Gas Outlet Box used for applications involving a connection to a gas line, such as Furnaces, Water Heaters and Gas Ovens.  This product provides a solid and secure installation.  The ABS boxes can stand up to all kinds of job site conditions unlike other boxes made from styrene.

Mounting a Gas Ox Box is quick, easy, and most importantly solid.  The box clip tab bends in for a secure installation over metal studs.  Mounting over the stud allows for the supply and drainage lines to be installed in separate stud bays.  This reduces the number of joints behind the wall, which saves installation time and reduces the risk of leaks behind the wall.  Other boxes are designed with the supply and drain lines too close to each other, which leads to burned drain pipe and longer installation times. The Gas Ox Box prevents supply lines from getting in the way, and allows the drain and trap to be installed in the same stud bay. This eliminates the need to drill a hole in the stud which is time consuming, weakens the stud, and adds the cost of protection plates.

The Gas Ox Box may be mounted in numerous different ways, eliminating the need to source and stock a different box for various applications.  The Ox Box replaces all left drain, center drain, right drain, and dual drain boxes. At , the Gas Ox Box is available in 1/2″ and 3/4” NPT iron pipe connections, and 1/2″ FIP CSST Connections.



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The Many Advantages of Baseboarders Covers


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 with an existing backplate takes just seconds, and wall brackets can be used in new-construction projects or any application where there is no backplate
  • 22-gauge galvanized carbon steel ensures that the covers are durable
  • Unlike most other baseboard covers, small children cannot burn themselves by reaching through the cover and touching the element
  • A lifetime rust-proof guarantee makes the covers perfect for use in moist bathrooms
  • The covers are compatible with most hydronic and many electric baseboards

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