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01-07-21, 04:26 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

I was always told by our engineering consultants...

I was always told by our engineering consultants that a water softener should soften all water except outside hose bibs and the kitchen cold side. It would be a very weird way of doing it, but could...
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Views: 590
Posted By Bruce H

We have a Schlage electronic deadbolt and just a...

We have a Schlage electronic deadbolt and just a passage set for the lower latch. I went with a Schlage because it has the option of using a key from the outside if the battery goes dead and has an...
Replies: 28
Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

First things first. Thank you again for all the...

First things first. Thank you again for all the time and effort you have put into this!! Greatly appreciated.

So to get a higher MERV rating, you're saying a 16 x 25 x 2 Filter is what's...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

No, the duct joints are not taped. But there is a...

No, the duct joints are not taped. But there is a 6" dia. insulated flex duct for outside air that terminates next to the furnace in a J; doesn't that resolve the negative pressure issue? The furnace...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

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Just in case the image is hard...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

LOL, here's the problem Norm201: I worked for...

LOL, here's the problem Norm201: I worked for about 45 years as an architect, although it was mostly commercial rather than residential architecture. I know that furnace should work with a better...
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Posted By Bruce H

Norm201, the problem is that it is sort of broke...

Norm201, the problem is that it is sort of broke in the winter using a pleated filter. The topside of the A-coil is clean as a whistle, just as I would expect, but no idea what the bottom side looks...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

Here is a photo of the RA duct. the filter is in...

Here is a photo of the RA duct. the filter is in the very short horizontal portion of duct just before the furnace.

FYI, the house was built in 1957, 5 bedrooms with 3200 conditioned SF. Wall...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. It's been...

I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. It's been a while, but I believe the contractor did calculations based on approximate house size, but I can't say that for sure. Although I really doubt he...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

Now see, this is what happens when an architect...

Now see, this is what happens when an architect starts thinking about HVAC stuff LOL!!!

Do you think the fiberglass filter is enough to keep the A-coil from collecting junk and clogging? About...
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Views: 790
Posted By Bruce H

Furnace filters

With a new furnace about 5 years ago, we started getting random shutdowns during the heating season. Turn off the furnace for several minutes, turn back on, and all is good for a while. The company...
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Views: 446
Posted By Bruce H

Marq1 that's part of my dilemma.It's been by far...

Marq1 that's part of my dilemma.It's been by far the most reliable car I've ever owned. Only 2 things ever went wrong that I considered outside regular maintenance: a ball joint and a heater door...
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Views: 446
Posted By Bruce H

Lakeseed, I have no clue. But I did some research...

Lakeseed, I have no clue. But I did some research online and it sounds like what you're talking about; lots of "stuff" to remove to get at the back plugs. Which means more than I would want to...
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Views: 446
Posted By Bruce H

Change spark plugs?

I am having a fight with myself! A have a 2008 Taurus SE, V-6, with 120,000 miles. It runs great, starts and idles great and gets the same mileage it did new. What I'm struggling with are the...
07-15-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 319
Posted By Bruce H

If this is an area that's not likely to get wet,...

If this is an area that's not likely to get wet, you could also scribe it to the floor just like you would scribe a countertop to a wall and sand it. But if it's in a wet area like a bathroom, I...
06-15-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By Bruce H

I've always been slow to accept new technology...

I've always been slow to accept new technology that has not withstood the test of time, thus my reason for starting this thread. Great discussion here.

This whole discussion about new technology...
06-14-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By Bruce H

Just an FYI, I'll always be sweating copper...

Just an FYI, I'll always be sweating copper wherever possible. But I can see some real uses for a SharkBite fitting, even as temporary fix in a tough spot when water is needed quickly. Although,...
06-13-20, 04:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By Bruce H

Thanks everyone for the input! I may have to buy...

Thanks everyone for the input! I may have to buy a coupling to play with on some scrap pipe I have in my shop.

zoesdad, never underestimate my ability to screw something up LOL!!
06-12-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By Bruce H

Sharkbite

A general question. Is Sharkbite as easy to use with copper piping as the instruction videos show? Is it reliable? Quite a while ago I seem to recall some ifs, ands and buts. It seems like it may...
06-10-20, 04:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,478
Posted By Bruce H

For what you want to do, it may be easier to take...

For what you want to do, it may be easier to take a picture of the front of the house, print it on 8-1/2 x 11 plain paper, then sketch over the picture. It also helps to lighten the picture before...
06-09-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By Bruce H

Thank you for the response!

Thank you for the response!
06-09-20, 12:37 PM
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Views: 177
Posted By Bruce H

Circuit breaker question

I have a 20A, 2 pole breaker in my panel that is no longer used. I'm going to install a new 20A (120V) receptacle in my garage and I'm wondering if I can use just one of the poles on that 2 pole...
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Views: 171
Posted By Bruce H

It tends not to work very well in a freeze/thaw...

It tends not to work very well in a freeze/thaw climate. It was tried a few times here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul quite a few years ago, but I haven't seen it done since. The tiles tended to pop off...
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Views: 140
Posted By Bruce H

Years ago we designed a building where the client...

Years ago we designed a building where the client wanted an exposed aggregate floor in the corridors between shops. When it was completed, the client decided it wasn't such a good idea after all and...
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