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ZoomLock, a.k.a. the New Best Friend of Refrigerant Lines

Shyene

Several recent blogs revolved around SharkBite and its ability to provide an alternative to soldering. While the product I’m about to discuss is not tool-free, it allows those without much copper installation experience to make a solid connection. Parker Hannifin came out with a new method for…

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Honeywell is Making Radiant Heat More Accurate

Gregory

The Honeywell T6 Pro Hydronic Programmable Thermostat with Slab/Floor Sensor isn’t exactly a new item from Honeywell. But, it is a new combination of items being offered by them. We're excited about this, so I guess the obvious question is why? Well, read on and you'll see!   First off…

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Here’s Why Your Plumbing Sweats in the Summer

Guest

Are you tired of finding condensation puddling up around your plumbing pipes and fixtures this time of year? With these five solutions, you can relax and stop mopping up the water.   Q: This is our first summer in our new house, and suddenly it seems like all the b…

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Radiant Heat Without the Concrete: Ultra-Fin Plates

Shyene

Central air heating not doing the trick for your family during those cold East Coast winters? Have a wood-framed home that doesn’t retain heat? One option you have is radiant heat, which consists of a hydronic tubing system underneath your actual flooring. But wait, radiant heat sounds complicated…

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Hot Water Made Easy, Thanks to Tankless

Gregory

We all love hot water; it’s great for a hot shower or a nice cup of tea. And the only way we can consistently and reliably get hot water in our homes is through our hot water heaters. But not all water heaters are created equally. So let’s talk about tankless water heaters.   What mak…

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The Perfect Flush DOES Exist!

Gregory

Thanks to Fluidmaster, you can now have the satisfaction of knowing that each time you flush your toilet, it will be...perfect.   There is no shortage of selling points for Fluidmaster's Perfect Fit Toilet Tank Levers. They're stylish, easy to install, versatile, reliable, adaptable, and…

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Plumbing Fittings, Broken Down and Explained

Michelle P

Hello there and welcome to Part 2 of the Fittings blog!   Now that we know what a fitting is and what it does, let’s get into the materials that the fittings on our site are made out of, and what application they’re typically used for in the plumbing world. There's a lot to choose fro…

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How to Double the Lifespan of your Water Heater

Gregory

To many, water heaters are a one-and done item, meaning once you install it, that's it. But think again. The way to doubling the lifespan of a water heater lies in a yearly check-up of one simple part: the anode rod. To get to the anode rod, let's first work our way through the water heater itself.…

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What’s Up with Uponor? A Refresher on the Brand

Shyene

What’s up with Uponor – get it? Yes, no, maybe so. In this post, we’re revisiting the leader in PEX supplies, Uponor (formerly known as Wirsbo in case you’re one of those homeowners with the older manifold/actuator set-up). There is a major update with Uponor’s product line as well. Keep r…

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SharkBite Bits: All You Need to Know about SharkBite

Michelle P

Most of us in the industry have heard of SharkBite as the creators of the famous push-to-connect plumbing fittings, but did you know that in addition to their push-to-connects, SharkBite also produces their own PEX tubing and valves that can be purchased in a variety of lengths and sizes?   …

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Tankless Water Heaters Made Easy, Thanks to Rheem

Shyene

Tankless water heaters are all the rage, as they allow you to have more space in your garage, utility closet, or even on your back patio. These units are able to be mounted to the wall and have no large, cylindrical tanks. If you are looking for a replacement unit or need a water heater for your new…

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Viega’s Fresh off the Press

Shyene

Our “Fittings” tab has a lot to choose from, including a dozen different brands and just as many connection methods. So you're probably asking yourself "Where do you start? Which brands can you trust with a secure hold for potable water, fire sprinkler systems, fuels, gases, and lubricants?" Don…

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