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The 6 Best Things You Can Do for Your Plumbing

Gregory

If you take these steps to safeguard your plumbing system now, you could reduce the risk of future plumbing problems and even increase the useful life of some of your appliances!   Most water supply pipes and drain lines are tucked away behind walls or in under-sink cabinets, so it’s ea…

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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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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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A Portable Air Conditioner for your Shirt

Gregory

Thanks to Sony, now you’ll have portable air conditioning with you wherever you go! Their device, called the Reon Pocket is a wallet-sized device that is Bluetooth enabled and utilizes thermoelectric cooling as its main operating system.   Requiring the need of a special undershirt, you…

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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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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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SharkBite Swings for the Fences with their Home Run Manifold

Gregory

When SharkBite comes to bat, they never fail! They’ve made manifolds even easier with what’s called a home run manifold!   So what is a home run manifold, you ask? Well, it’s a system that you run your water on a large—typically ¾”—supply line that feeds into a central manifo…

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Push-Fit Mixing Valves? Never Heard of Them…Now You Have

Shyene

Tired of using Teflon tape for pipe threads when connecting a new mixing valve in your client’s recently renovated shower? Wanting to try something other than your typical soldering? SharkBite has come out with their own line of push-connect thermostatic mixing valves. This could be a good alterna…

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