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09-10-10, 01:11 PM
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Posted By chris8796

It would also be wise to check the water...

It would also be wise to check the water pressure, just to confirm you are at a reasonable pressure.
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Posted By chris8796

Footing/CMU connection

I fall under the 2006 IRC, this is for a 4' wall with 8" block (crawlspace foundation). It looks like the requirement for reiforcing is 2 #4 in the footing with #4 for vertical reiforcement in the...
07-09-10, 01:02 PM
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Posted By chris8796

An 8" x 10" (plus 2 2"x6"s) is definately...

An 8" x 10" (plus 2 2"x6"s) is definately overkill to cross a 4' opening on the gable end. I would add one 2x10 pt and leave out the 2x6s (and use a bigger window). I would have also put in my header...
06-28-10, 11:25 AM
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Posted By chris8796

The irony is the most dangerous aspect of this...

The irony is the most dangerous aspect of this hairdryer scenaro is removing an appliance from the tub (assuming the tub offers some path to ground). Luckily this is not a probability now with gfcis....
06-26-10, 06:27 AM
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Posted By chris8796

a couple of comments, pictures are worth a...

a couple of comments,

pictures are worth a 1000 words.

Keep in mind, ceiling insulation wont help alot for the cooling problem, since it doesn't stop radiant heat well. Ventilation will help...
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Posted By chris8796

The market for 36' ladders is pretty limited. In...

The market for 36' ladders is pretty limited. In addition, it is old with unknown status, I would put on craigslist for $100 and see how much interest it generates. You can always raise the price if...
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Posted By chris8796

It looks like you have a couple of obstacles to...

It looks like you have a couple of obstacles to overcome. The simpliest solution maybe to just build a patio. I tend to prefer patios since they have less maintenance issues.

I'm looking to add a...
06-15-10, 10:57 AM
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Posted By chris8796

I would check to make sure your venting system is...

I would check to make sure your venting system is working as designed. A lot of times good intentions don't add up to good execution.
06-15-10, 10:49 AM
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Posted By chris8796

I prefer to seal the vents and insulate the...

I prefer to seal the vents and insulate the exterior wall versus insulating the floor. The savings depends on how leaky the crawlspace is currently. I tend to think of it more as a comfort item (less...
05-14-10, 11:57 AM
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Posted By chris8796

Is it Hardboard or Hardieplank, masonite or...

Is it Hardboard or Hardieplank, masonite or cement fiber?
05-14-10, 11:45 AM
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Posted By chris8796

whats the location and age of the house? ...

whats the location and age of the house?

What is the current insulation?
Forum: Water Heaters
04-20-09, 06:41 PM
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Posted By chris8796

Another thing I often seeing people forgeting...

Another thing I often seeing people forgeting about is pressure loss. When determining the size also make sure the pressure loss is reasonable for that gpm. For example, the TM1 has a pressure loss...
03-18-09, 08:17 AM
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Posted By chris8796

It sounds like you have a cast iron stack but PVC...

It sounds like you have a cast iron stack but PVC branches? There is not alot you can do that doesn't involve cutting the drywall.

If it really bothers you, open the ceiling and replace pvc with...
03-04-09, 12:00 PM
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Posted By chris8796

I prefer to do the foundation wall (unvented...

I prefer to do the foundation wall (unvented crawlspace) for a couple of reasons:

1. You don't have to insulate the ductwork, since it is inside the thermal envelope.

2. You end up with a...
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Posted By chris8796

These systems are usually custom designed to...

These systems are usually custom designed to tailor to your specific needs. Here is a basic plumbing diagram from Takagi water heaters...
02-26-09, 07:55 AM
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Posted By chris8796

Of course it included the cost of insulation....

Of course it included the cost of insulation. When I priced it out, the materials alone were around $500. Thats not including, how do you get all that insulation and the machine home without multiple...
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Posted By chris8796

You can use a tankless (or tank) water heater to...

You can use a tankless (or tank) water heater to also provide heat for your radiant system. There are some issues with combining potable and radiant water systems, but it can be done. You'll need to...
02-25-09, 10:41 AM
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Posted By chris8796

I would at least explore some professional qoutes...

I would at least explore some professional qoutes for a blowing in insulation. I paid $700 for blown in R-49 in 1300 sqft of roof. I did all the sealing and vent work. I remember the price was very...
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Posted By chris8796

In Chicago, a collector at 90 degrees avgs 3.1...

In Chicago, a collector at 90 degrees avgs 3.1 kwh/m^2 day in Jan., in July it collects 2.7. That is not a very big difference, I've heard plenty of reports of people melting their units while...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-06-09, 01:33 PM
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Views: 4,967
Posted By chris8796

If you have the right physical layout and like...

If you have the right physical layout and like showers, you should consider a drain heat recovery unit. I got one primarily to be able to handle back to back to back showers in the morning and save...
01-29-09, 11:10 AM
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Posted By chris8796

I think I would just insulate it. I don't see...

I think I would just insulate it. I don't see this as excess heat. I see this as lost heat since your in the heating mode. Greenhouse cooling is also a problem in the summer. If you system has...
01-28-09, 11:58 AM
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Posted By chris8796

I assume you are in IL, this winter has been...

I assume you are in IL, this winter has been colder than last year. Most of the time the temp has been below the minimum temperature needed for your heat pump to run. So you are heating solely on...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-19-09, 01:40 PM
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Posted By chris8796

Most likely a seasonal problem, your cold water...

Most likely a seasonal problem, your cold water is probably 10-20 colder than normal. It now takes more hot water to combine with cold water to make warm shower water tahn normal. You could...
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Posted By chris8796

I took a quick look at the data for Indy. For Dec...

I took a quick look at the data for Indy. For Dec 08, the heating-degree-days was 1051. That is 31% higher than the Dec average and 101% higher than last Dec. The variable gas costs for Citizens Gas...
01-15-09, 06:54 PM
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Posted By chris8796

I'm in central IL, so this is not normal. It...

I'm in central IL, so this is not normal. It currently reads -12. They already canceled most things for tomorrow. So the kids will have had a 6 day weekend.
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