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In Hot Water: The Know Before You Buy Guide to Boilers

Nick B

Boilers are the most common heat source for a hydronic heating system.  They use natural gas, propane, oil, wood, or electricity to heat water or produce steam, depending on what is available.  Burning their fuel of choice, the system then circulates the heated water or steam through a network of…

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How to Replace an Anode Rod

Mark

Anode Rods Steel rusts and corrodes when exposed to water for extended periods of time.  This, along with the acidity of water, leaves water heaters vulnerable to a more rapid corrosion process and bad smelling water.   By installing an anode rod you can delay this process and extend …

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Don’t Flush Your Contacts!

Nick B

Pop quiz: you just took out your contact lenses and are ready to dispose of them.  Where do you put them, in the nice little trash can, or the toilet?  If you said toilet then you need to stop.  The toilet is not a trash can, so if it's trash, don't put it in there.  And yes, that includes cont…

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The Future of Toilet Seats?

Nick B

For too long have toilet seat designs remained stagnant.  Sure, there are ones with cushions, some that don't slam, and whatever the Numi has, but I'm talking about real innovation.  Something that will push the envelope.  Something that will alter our bathroom experience forever.  Well I think …

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Pump It Up: Moving Water The Right Way

Nick B

Pumps, or circulators, are used in hydronic systems to move water through the system at a desired rate.  There are many important factors to consider when purchasing a pump, such as GPM, head range, voltage, and horsepower.   Two Quick Terms -GPM - An acronym for “gallons per minute,…

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SupplyHouse Stress Test: Milwaukee M12 Airsnake

Nick B

Ever wanted to take your tools and really see what they can do?  Well recently I got to do just that with the Milwaukee M12 Airsnake.  This innovative tool uses compressed air to blast tough clogs out of pipes without having to take anything apart or run a traditional drain snake.  The Airsnake …

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3 Useful Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Guest

The sump pump acts as a protective barrier between the foundation of your house and the water from the municipal sewage system.  The groundwater in the foundation is rerouted into a drain system (which is also located at the foundation), goes through a system of pipes, and finally reaches the s…

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3 Plumbing Problems to Look for When House Hunting

Nick B

When you are touring a home or apartment it can be an overwhelming experience.  Between thinking about where you would put all of your furniture, analyzing the commute from that location, and mentally balancing your budget with the new place in mind, it’s easy to forget something like the plumbin…

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Plumber Paddles Bathtub Boat Through Torbay for Cancer Charity

Nick B

Iain Bevan's a plumber and former member of the Royal Navy who when faced with the loss of several friends, his father-in-law, and mother to cancer decided to raise money to find a cure for the disease which took so much from him.   What He Did Combining his current and past careers as…

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Sump Pumps: The Basics

Guest

In order to maintain the drainage systems of your residential, as well as commercial, buildings installation of sump pumps is very crucial.  They are made efficient to pump out the extra water accumulated in the basement of your buildings.  Sump pumps keep the basement dry and procure a smooth dr…

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Bluefin PEX Fittings

Emily

  These lead-free barbed fittings work for PEX connections and may be used with the copper crimp ring system or the stainless steel clamp system.   Bluefin PEX fittings come in poly and brass material.  They come in different styles of fittings such as elbows, tees, couplings, ad…

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9 of the Coolest Projects You Can Make with Fittings

Guest

If you dig industrial décor—the edgy aesthetic that celebrates old-school utilitarian design—get psyched to discover some fun new do-it-yourself projects, all using black fittings.  That’s right: Plumbing has emerged from behind the walls to star in all kinds of practical, great-looking desi…

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