Get Hot Water Fast Using A ManaBloc Plumbing System



Hot water is always a necessity, but during the colder winter months the ability to get hot water fast is invaluable. Luckily the ManaBloc plumbing system, a relatively new way to plumb water lines, has made this possible.

What is it? The ManaBloc acts as the Grand Central Terminal for the drinking and bathing water in your house. It channels water from your well or your municipal supply via plastic tubes, not metal pipes, to the kitchen faucet or bathroom shower head or wherever the water needs to go. What’s truly remarkable is that for each plumbing fixture, there’s a separate, dedicated delivery line. The result is an energy-efficient, cost-saving plumbing system that reduces water waste and performs even better than many traditional systems.

What really made the ManaBloc system possible was the advent of PEX tubing. “In the days of copper, it was not feasible to install a system like this,” explains Daniel O’Brian, a tech team member here at “That changed with the rise of flexible tubing options, most notably PEX.” PEX tubing allows for faster and more-efficient water flow. Due to its pliability, PEX tubing is easy to fit behind walls. The ManaBloc is designed so that fixtures with lower water volume requirements can be served by tubes of a smaller diameter. This flexibility saves water and, by extension, saves money.

A ManaBloc distribution manifold comes preassembled with three water intake ports and anywhere from 14 to 36 distribution ports, which hook up to either 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch distribution lines. Each color-coded port (red for hot, blue for cold) has its own dedicated shut-off valve, giving you complete control over the plumbing system from one central location. “If anything starts leaking around the home or needs to be repaired,” O’Brian says, “you know exactly where you need to go to shut off the water.”

ManaBloc connection fittings are sold separately and come in three styles: compression fittings, crimp fittings, or PEX press fittings. Compression fittings do not require any special tools, while crimp fittings require a crimping tool (a special ManaBloc wrench can help properly tighten the connection). ManaBloc plumbing packages are readily available and include everything you need to get going right away.

We offer a large selection of ManaBloc distribution systems and accessories. Confused on which ManaBloc system is right for you? These instructional videos will explain the basics of shopping for, installing, and using ManaBloc systems:

This post was written in collaboration with Bob Vila

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Burnham’s K2 Condensing Boilers, the Savvy Homeowners Best Friend.


K2 Product Data Sheet3 Burnham’s K2 condensing boilers are ready for you to browse through on today! The K2 offers an unmatched combination of high performance, value, and high efficiency at up to 94% A.F.U.E. and is Energy Star Rated. It is available in five sizes from 80,000 to 180,000 MBH.

The K2 features an updated stainless steel heat exchanger, which has been engineered for improved access and easier servicing. The Sage 2.1 Control System is also featured, which offers factory presets for quick and easy installation alongside its touch screen diagnostic display. As well as this the “cold burner door” design keeps heat in the heating system, helping to enhance overall efficiency.

The K2 Condensing Boiler comes with a pre-installed high capacity boiler loop circulator, saving you money and valuable time. You will also find a split-voltage junction box, which will help make error-free wiring connections.  These boilers have universal exhaust termination for PVC and polypropylene.

The K2 with its innovative premium features, combined with its ease of installation and maintenance will strongly appeal to the savvy homeowner. Look through the range here on Product Data SheetK2 Product Data Sheet4

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Stay Warm with Danfoss Electric Radiant Heating


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It’s never too early to start preparing for the upcoming colder weather, and here at we know how to keep you warm with our vast selection of Danfoss Electric Radiant Heating products. Electric Radiant Heat is easy to install, cost-effective and can either be used for specific areas such as bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, or a full house.

The LX Electric Floor Mats are a complete heating system, coming with a self-adhesive mat and thermostat, bringing affordability and a safe, reliable and energy efficient technology.  This unique adhesive system saves 70% on installation time. The LX Floor Heating Cables combine the highest comfort levels with maximum efficiency, whilst the TX FH range has a larger diameter, making it a thick floor heating solution, most often used in new construction where overall material cost is a concern.

TX-SH Storage Heating Cables are energized to warm a thermal mass below the floor surface. You can use these to take advantage of local peak and off-peak energy prices, because these can be shut off at a specific time, and the heat will gently emanate across the floor surface for hours.

The GX Snow Melting System provides a permanent solution to cold weather problems with its on-demand system, providing you with instantaneous relief from snow build up and ice. Take a look through our GX Snow Melting Mats and Melting Cables sections to find the exact specifications for your needs.

Danfoss RX Roof and Gutter De-Icing Cables are ideal for protecting residential buildings, roofs and gutters from ice dams and build-up. The constant watt heating cables help ensure maximum energy efficiency and are designed for use with metal or asphalt roofing. These cables are durable and provide moisture, corrosion and impact protection.

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The Heating and Plumbing Industries Are Where It’s At


Research by Uponor further proves our inclination that the Plumbing and Heating industries are where it’s at. 90 percent of installers are enthusiastic about the year ahead. Here’s why (according to a survey of Uponor’s supplier network):

  • 45 percent of survey respondents think the biggest factor helping their business is customers wanting to save money, and in-turn updating to more efficient systems.
  • 52 percent of respondents believe the recovering economy is working wonders.
  • 73 percent of installers see a shift in demand for different technologies– with UFH as a key solution.
  • Heat pumps and solar thermal are also in high demand.

Chris Greaves, head of offerings and markets at Uponor UK said: “It is no surprise that as the house building and construction markets begin to improve, installers’ order books also expand as more and more homeowners have the extra cash to invest in new heating systems or extensions.


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New Residential Water Heating Guidelines In 2015


Weil McLain Boiler1 copyA new standard for residential water heaters is set to take effect on April 16, 2015. This new standard is expected to conserve 3.3 quads of energy and result in $63 billion in energy savings between 2015 and 2044.

What Does This Mean For You?

  • Affects water heaters manufactured on or after April 16, 2015, but doesn’t reach back to products made or installed before then.
  • Most impact will be on regular, atmospheric vent standing pilot gas water heaters, as well as conventional electric water heaters. Some models will no longer be permitted under the new regulations because current technology is not capable of achieving the new efficiency requirements.
  • Most dramatic changes are in larger capacity models (over 55 gallons).
  • Manufacturers will be adding more insulation to reach the new efficiency standard, which may add additional bulk.
  • Some installations that were once a one-person job may now require two people.
  • Operating cost of heaters will be less, but cost of these products and installation will increase.

It is never too early to start preparing for this change! Learn more about the new Department of Energy guidelines here.

If space is a concern for you once the new guidelines take effect, tankless water heaters are an efficient option.

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The SMAN Digital Manifold makes HVACR Jobs Easier





The new SMAN Digital Manifolds range from Fieldpiece is manufactured to show you everything you need to check, evaluate and charge systems completely and efficiently. It is designed to make HVACR jobs easier and faster. The large temperature resistant LCD display shows nine measurements at one time including line temperatures and pressures, saturation temperatures, superheat, sub-cooling, target superheat and refrigerant. It will calculate and display target superheat and actual superheat to verify proper charge.

The SMAN300 series features the SMAN320 three-port digital manifold; the SMAN340, which adds to the manifold a padded case and pipe clamps, and the SMAN360, which comes with a micron gauge included. The SMAN400 range substitutes three-ports for a four-port digital manifold, and we stock the SMAN440 and SMAN460, which add a wireless function to send and receive measurements.

Each manifold comes pre-programmed with 45 refrigerants and includes a mini USB port to easily update your device with any future refrigerants. The SMAN combines a lot of information into one easy to use instrument, and you can browse through our selection here on


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