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Your Guide To Apollo Valves…

Adam

We sell a large variety of Apollo Valves, and all have different and unique uses. Here's a breakdown of the most popular, and some information on their uses... Ball valves:- Used for shut-off and/or purposes of control Air Cocks: - Provide an economical way to shut off air lines. &nb…

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How To: Choose an LED Bulb

Steffy

Traditional incandescent light bulbs have gone by the wayside, having been replaced by a slew of newer energy-efficient options. Clearly, something has changed. So what’s going on? In 2007, the federal government passed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), mandating higher energy sta…

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Sizing a Gas Regulator

Tom

Gas regulators control the flow of natural gas (NG) and liquid propane (LP) to appliances and equipment that use them as fuel. The pressure of incoming gas is often unstable and excessively high. Regulators ensure that sufficiently-low constant pressure is maintained and sent to appliances. Proper s…

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How to Size a Tankless Water Heater

Tom

Tankless water heaters only heat water on demand, eliminating the standby losses associated with traditional tank-style water heaters. A Tankless water heater can provide hot water indefinitely – as long as demand does not exceed the heater’s flow capacity. There is a limit to the amount of hot …

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How To: Choose the Right Size Air Conditioner

Kristine

Keeping cool this summer may be easier—and more affordable—than you imagined. The key to comfort is knowing what size air-conditioning unit will do the job effectively and efficiently. Temperatures are climbing. With the dog days of summer just around the corner, the perfect time to shop for …

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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 sever…

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Sizing Bath Fans

Tom

When you’re picking a new bathroom ventilation fan, you will often come across the term ‘CFM.’ An abbreviation for cubic feet per minute, CFM quantifies the amount of air that a fan can move. Larger bathrooms require fans with higher CFM ratings. According to Fantech, the Home Ventilating I…

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How To: Choose a New Boiler

Kristine

If you're looking to update your boiler before winter sets in, make sure you take into consideration your boiler's size, efficiency, and venting requirements. Feel that chill in the air? Winter is coming. Now is the time to assess your heating system and replace any aging or malfunctioning compon…

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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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Fix Kinks in PEX

Tom

It’s possible to kink PEX tubing if you bend it too tightly.  When using PEX-B or PEX-C grade pipe you will normally want to cut the affected piece of tubing out of the line and replace it with a coupling, depending on the severity of the kink. With PEX-A, heat can be used to fix the kink (watch …

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Connecting PEX to PB

Tom

Polybutylene (PB) piping was commonly used for domestic water piping in the United States during parts of the 1970s and 1980s. Polybutylene can be identified by its gray color. Lawsuits related to fitting assembly failures caused the production of PB to stop, but the plastic tubing is still present …

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How to Change a Valve Stem in a Viega MANABLOC

Mark

Recently a few people have asked us about changing a valve stem in a Viega MANABLOC. We offer a valve stem replacement kit that you will need in order to do this, but the directions can be confusing.  I made this video to help you out if you are having trouble.  It's pretty easy! …

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