Basic Baseboarders: A New Option for DIY Renovation

Tom

Baseboarders do-it-yourself baseboard heater covers changed the face of baseboard radiation. The original Premium design features covers filled with small perforations. This prevents small children from being able to touch hot elements, while allowing better airflow to and from a heater. The attractive and unique design complements modern décor. Ease-of-installation is perhaps the biggest benefit: Baseboarders covers can be installed in seconds when connected to the backplates of existing covers, while wall brackets can make them compatible with bare elements and many electric baseboards.

New “Basic” Baseboarders covers provide a more affordable alternative to the original covers and have a different look. Basic Baseboarders only contain perforations on the upper portion of the cover, but offer the same safety protection as Premium covers. Basic covers are intended for standard installations. As a result Baseboarders currently only produces them in 3’, 4’, 5’, and 6’ lengths, and certain unique accessories (including open end caps and outside corners) are not available for them. Although durable and rust-resistant, Basic covers are made of a lighter gauge of galvanized steel and are backed by a shorter rust-proof warranty than Premium Baseboarders covers. Check out the picture below. You may even prefer the Basic design!

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UEi Testing Instruments

Adam

New to SupplyHouse.com is a range of testing tools from UEi Test Instruments. Universal Enterprises, Inc (UEi) was founded in Beaverton, OR in 1967. They are a leading manufacturer of portable testing and measuring equipment in the HVAC industry.

If you take a look at UEI’s main page here, you will find a number of categories containing testing instruments for Combustion, CO Detection, Refrigeration, Clamp-On Meters, Digital Multimeters, Leak Detection, Pressure Testers, and much more.

In stock and ready to ship, SupplyHouse.com is the place to visit for quality HVAC testing tools.  Have a look at our extensive selection of HVAC Tools today!

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How to Connect PEX to Faucets and Toilets

Tom

PEX tubing can simplify potable water plumbing installations, while providing added freeze resistance, hot/cold color coding, and a reduced risk of pinhole leaks. PEX’s flexibility reduces the need for fitting connections, which can greatly cut down on installation time.

There are several ways to come through walls and make connections to fixtures with PEX. Most people prefer not to have colored PEX exposed. Since PEX also may not be as rigid as copper (for holding valves, etc.), transitioning to copper stub-outs is a popular option. SupplyHouse.com carries copper stub-outs with several different PEX connection options. Drop ear elbows offer a comparable way to transition from PEX to rigid pipe.

Uponor offers several items that make PEX penetrations neat and attractive. Their PEX Wall Support Bracket mounts between wall studs. It provides holes for 1/2” and 3/4” PEX. Uponor 1/2” Bend Supports snap right into the larger holes on the brackets, making it easy to create secured 90-degree bends to fixtures. Used with an Uponor ProPEX escutcheon and chrome finishing sleeve, PEX can be concealed all the way up to a stop valve. Holdrite manufactures a wide range of similar parts, including plastic stub-out clamps, PEXRITE stub brackets, bend supports with wood mounting brackets, and pre-assembled PEX stub-out kits.

SupplyHouse sells angle-stop and straight-stop valves with several PEX connection options: crimp (e.g. ProPEX, PEX Press, and SharkBite). These valves adapt to the appropriate risers or flexible hoses for connections to fixtures such as faucets, toilets, and dishwashers. Due to the rise in popularity of home-run piping systems with PEX and manifold shut-off valves, many PEX lines servicing fixtures have centralized shut-offs. In such systems, using PEX swivel adapters to connect PEX directly to faucets and toilets could be a viable option. Keep in mind, however, that this strategy may result in exposed PEX and more difficult access to valves in emergency situations. Local codes also frequently require shut-off valves at all fixtures, whether the lines servicing them have centralized valves or not.


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Intelligent Washing Machine Flow from Watts

Tom

Watts IntelliFlow Washing Machine Water Shut-off Valves automatically regulate hot and cold flow to washing machines. The valves sense increases in electrical current draw when a washing machine operates. This signals the valves to open in order to allow water to flow to the washing machine. The valves close when current draws fall back to normal levels. The valves are equipped with 1/2” inlet connections and standard, 120-volt power cords. No hardwiring is required, and the washing machine’s power cord connects directly to an outlet on the valve assembly. SupplyHouse.com offers a recessed, wall-mount version of the valve which includes a drain connection. The leak sensor that comes with this model signals the valves to close in the event of a leak, providing additional peace of mind.

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HVAC Replacement Parts

Adam

Here at SupplyHouse.com we have been very busy adding to our HVAC Replacement Parts section and have added a bunch of new brands along with hundreds of replacement parts. The new brands added include Bristol Compressors International, Century and their replacement electric motors, Packard’s range of replacement parts, Revcor fan blades, and Titan Pro’s range of Run Capacitors.

All of these parts are exactly what the top HVAC companies purchase to put in their HVAC units, and we are selling them directly to you!  Take a look through our extensive HVAC and Replacement Parts sections and get your HVAC units up and running today!

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Hydronic Kickspace Heaters

Tom

Kickspace heaters can serve as a space-saving solution in hot water heating systems. They take up a fraction of the space of baseboards or panel radiators, making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms (or any other area in which baseboard installation is not possible or desirable). Kickspace heaters are usually installed on the ground (often below cabinets), but they can also be mounted on or behind walls with the help of proper surface or recessed mounting cabinets. Fluid from a hydronic system flows through the heaters. An electric blower facilitates heat transfer to the living space and boosts heat output. Diverter tees may be needed to promote sufficient water flow to a kickspace heater branched off from the main baseboard line. SupplyHouse.com carries kickspace heaters from Beacon Morris and Slant/Fin.k84-1

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AirTec Air Diffusers

Adam

New to SupplyHouse.com, AirTec air diffusers. AirTec from Rectorseal is a leading manufacturer of HVAC specialty products for minisplit and central air conditioning systems. AirTec is widely known in the HVAC industry for its line of uniquely designed air diffusers.

An air diffuser is an outlet for air distribution, and is usually located on the ceiling or the sidewall. They discharge the supply air in various directions, and are intended to mix the supplied air with the existing air in the room.

AirTec’s MV Classic air diffusers are strong, versatile and quiet. The one piece design eliminates the need for tedious mastic and external sealers, saving time and making installation simple. There are five grille patterns to choose from to allow optimum air flow for any room.  The stylish MV Retro design offers a simulated cast iron grille, and it has an authentic style handle which turns easily for full flow of airflow adjustment.

AirTec also offers limited clearance diffusers for side or top entry applications, and are perfect for when you find yourself in a tight squeeze. It utilizes the same construction as the MV diffusers just without the boot. We also sell AirTec’s TuffBox Register Boxes. Molded from polymers the adaptable one piece boot design of the TuffBox is flexible enough to conform to drywall backing eliminating leakage between the grille and the box.

You can find our range of Airtec Air Diffusers in our Sidewall/Ceiling Registers and Grilles section containing hundreds of products designed for supplying heated or cooled air to the room via sidewall or ceiling mounted grilles.

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The Ultra-Fin Radiant Heating System

Tom

PEX pipe suspended in joist bays below a subfloor can be used to create convection currents in the bays if installed with proper air gaps and insulation. Its affordability and compatibility with relatively high fluid temperatures make the suspended pipe installation method popular for retrofit in-floor hydronic heating systems.

The Ultra-Fin system enhances suspended-pipe installations. Ultra-Fin plates attach to 1/2” PEX or 1/2” PEX-AL-PEX, with their louvers creating even convection in the joist. Use 3” tube hangers to hang tubing in standard joist cavities and 2” hangers in short cavities or when heavy insulation needs to be put in under the pipe.

Ultra-Fins provide greater water temperature flexibility and the opportunity to use significantly less tubing than other radiant heat installation methods. Additional benefits include reduced labor time, the ability to integrate with baseboards or radiators, and the chance to run tubing parallel or perpendicular to the bays.

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Noritz Tankless Water Heaters

Adam

We’ve added a range of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters to the site.  Noritz has been an innovator of the water heating industry for over 60 years. Having introduced the first modern, electronically controlled tankless hot water heater in 1981 they remain the leader in energy savings and superior hot water delivery today.

At SupplyHouse.com you can find a selection of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters for commercial or residential use, and are available with Natural Gas or Propane.  With a Noritz Tankless Water Heater you will never run out of hot water, and because it heats water on demand to the set temperature almost instantaneously you will be saving energy and cutting costs. As it only operates when necessary it’s also eco-friendly.

These tankless water heaters save space, are easy to install, and use cutting-edge technology. The hot water temperature can be easily adjusted using digital remote controllers which keep the temperature stable at all times. Have a look at our Noritz collection here!

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Check Webstone First for Any Valve Needs

Tom

The name Webstone is synonymous with valves. SupplyHouse.com carries the full selection of Webstone valves for plumbing and heating applications. Standard ball valves can be purchased almost anywhere, but Webstone ball valves are available with features such as drains and T-handles. The T-Flow Ball feature on many drain valves allows handles to be reversed so that flow to the drain can come from either side of the valve.

Installing a tankless water heater? Webstone’s Isolator E-X-P tankless water heater service kits can be a great choice at a fraction of the price of similar kits sold by heater manufacturers. All kits include hot and cold drain valves for isolating a tankless water heater so that maintenance can be performed without draining the plumbing system. Most kits also include a pressure relief valve, and “Complete” kits also come with a gas ball valve and 3/4″ flexible gas connector. All Webstone items with a “W” suffix meet 2014 United States lead-free requirements.

Webstone is perhaps best known for their circulator pump flanges. Standard flanges work with almost all residential circulator pumps from any brand. Webstone flanges include shut-off valves to simplify circulator maintenance and replacement. Most flanges come with optional T-handles. Some models include a drain, and others include flow-check valves for preventing thermosiphoning to zones that do not need heat. Webstone’s Expansion Tank Pro Service Valve (part 41672) greatly simplifies hydronic heating installations. It links an expansion tank to an air eliminator and make-up water supply, while also providing drainage and isolation. 

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