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Forum: Water Heaters
06-26-08, 05:01 AM
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Posted By fixitron

indirect water heater is too hot

50 gal. Bradford-White 5 yr. old indirect water heater is heated by 5 yr. old oil-fired boiler using circulator/check valve. It is all piped correctly. Electric water heater style surface mounted...
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You shouldn't use a pipe wrench. If it won't...

You shouldn't use a pipe wrench. If it won't unscrew by hand, try a rubber jar opener. If that doesn't turn it, try a pair of pump pliers (long-handled slip-joint with curved jaws) with a piece of...
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Posted By fixitron

no support from Eljer

As I posted earlier, I see little Eljer in this neck of the woods, and it seems that Eljer has dropped the faucets line. Both of my local wholesalers have stopped dealing with Eljer. I have found...
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Views: 1,898
Posted By fixitron

vapor barrier

You do not need a vapor barrier for an interior wall. A vapor barrier is only to keep warm, very moist air from entering an exterior wall and migrating toward the outside of that wall. At some point,...
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Views: 1,220
Posted By fixitron

thanks for the feedback!

thanks for the feedback!
03-31-06, 05:13 PM
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Views: 1,266
Posted By fixitron

You can't accomodate them? How about being the...

You can't accomodate them?
How about being the first in your neighborhood to encourage the installation of solar panels (PV or hot water). Make them an architectural feature to embrace! We have to...
Forum: Water Heaters
03-31-06, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,498
Posted By fixitron

Yes, thank you, we are on the same wavelength. I...

Yes, thank you, we are on the same wavelength. I should have been clearer with caveats on my first reply.
03-30-06, 04:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,266
Posted By fixitron

If you are talking about heating hot water, they...

If you are talking about heating hot water, they are worth it, even up here in Vermont in an area that is one of the cloudiest and least temperate areas of the country. Back in the late 70s, I ran a...
Replies: 40
Views: 7,712
Posted By fixitron

What are you using for heat now? Do you have a...

What are you using for heat now? Do you have a chimney that is adequate for a conventional boiler? Is it shared with another fuel burning appliance (or wood stove or fireplace)? Will you need to...
Forum: Water Heaters
03-29-06, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,498
Posted By fixitron

Oh, I am sure that they are not "code approved",...

Oh, I am sure that they are not "code approved", but they are designed to take the pressure. How many people do you know actually shut off the water to their washing machine when not in use? Theses...
Forum: Water Heaters
03-28-06, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,498
Posted By fixitron

That is a good question. IMHO, I would use them...

That is a good question. IMHO, I would use them if you have a good reason to. They are certainly designed to take the heat and pressure. I would be hesitant if the heater were in a closet where the...
03-28-06, 05:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,132
Posted By fixitron

There are a couple of things to consider when...

There are a couple of things to consider when orienting the receptacle. Some appliances, such as refrigerators and washers, have flat plugs. If the ground hole on the receptacle is up, then you have...
03-28-06, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,681
Posted By fixitron

I didn't find any on the Owens Corning site. Look...

I didn't find any on the Owens Corning site. Look about halfway down this page:
http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/pages/h00110.asp
03-28-06, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,185
Posted By fixitron

The NEC is explicit that wire used for grounding...

The NEC is explicit that wire used for grounding can only be bare copper or green insulated and no other color.

The reason that it is better to screw the wire to the screw rather than push it in...
03-28-06, 07:45 AM
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Views: 1,185
Posted By fixitron

You can use 14 gage wire for the ground. It needs...

You can use 14 gage wire for the ground. It needs to be either bare copper or with green insulation. Figure 8 or 10 inches per box and get that amount of #14 THHN green solid wire. If you are going...
03-28-06, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,681
Posted By fixitron

Is your vinyl soffit corrugated? If it is, you...

Is your vinyl soffit corrugated? If it is, you might consider using a weatherproof octagonal box. Consider using a PVC accessory, I can't recall what they are called, that is square and is designed...
03-27-06, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,942
Posted By fixitron

It may have been the final blow for a pipe that...

It may have been the final blow for a pipe that was already badly corroded, but it was not the cause of the leak,
and I don't think that the shower pan or drain is lead.
03-27-06, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,185
Posted By fixitron

If the switch is in a properly grounded metal...

If the switch is in a properly grounded metal box, you do not have to attach a separate ground wire to the switch.
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Views: 7,712
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Much much better, and much quieter (they are both...

Much much better, and much quieter (they are both a pulse type of boiler). The Ultra modulates down to 20%, has indoor/outdoor reset and DHW over ride built in. It is digitally controlled with lots...
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Views: 1,091
Posted By fixitron

I don't think that you got ignored on purpose....

I don't think that you got ignored on purpose. There could be a number of innocuous reasons why you did not get an answer. If there happened to be a big bunch of posts on the same day, your post...
03-27-06, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,201
Posted By fixitron

tighten that toilet down

I use a box wrench and hold it very close to the nut, so that I minimize the added torque from grabbing the wrench further out on the handle. Not much more than the torque needed to tighten a screw...
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Views: 1,044
Posted By fixitron

B&G to Taco 007

Yes, the Taco 007 is that much smaller. As a small testament to B&G, a lot of their big old circulators are still going strong after many years (30+). You do have to oil them from time to time, and...
03-27-06, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,681
Posted By fixitron

Yes, you can use the "retrofit" box (known as an...

Yes, you can use the "retrofit" box (known as an "old work" box), if you have the room, and the soffit material will allow it (vinyl soffits?). If the box is recessed into the soffit, as with an old...
Replies: 40
Views: 7,712
Posted By fixitron

Most condensing boilers direct vent out the side...

Most condensing boilers direct vent out the side wall of the house. At my own house, I used to have a Hydropulse condensing boiler, until the condensate chamber literally fell apart. Two years ago I...
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Views: 1,343
Posted By fixitron

It is our all knowing, all protecting "federal...

It is our all knowing, all protecting "federal government" that requires flow restriction on all faucets. Try calling Moen and ask them where the flow restrictor is, they don't dare even say the...
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