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  1. All crawl space in wet, hot or cold climates...

    All crawl space in wet, hot or cold climates should be sealed to the outside and open to the basement to which they are commonly attached.

    All basements should be zoned and the majority, usually...
  2. Were the contractor doing his own Manual 'J',...

    Were the contractor doing his own Manual 'J', recommended, he would know where his is, and more to the point, what he is about. When I went west to work the first time, in Albuquerque back in the...
  3. I think you missed my point. This person is...

    I think you missed my point.

    This person is unqualified to do a heat load. let alone a Manual 'D'. My remote suggestions would be lost on them.

    Since one of the only valid qualifiers for a...
  4. You know you are on the eastern slope of the...

    You know you are on the eastern slope of the Sandias? And 1765' higher than Albuquerque. Your "contractor" is using Sandoval County as the condition site. You realize that Sandoval county encompasses...
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    He thinks? If he will take your money, he should...

    He thinks? If he will take your money, he should know...
  6. Did I miss the model number someplace? Type...

    Did I miss the model number someplace?

    Type of radiation?

    A noisy boiler is like noisy brakes...
  7. Unfortunately, being smart is no substitute for...

    Unfortunately, being smart is no substitute for HVAC training and experience. If you look around you will find someone with both and find the investment in time and money will be worth it.
  8. There you go. Factory warranty is only as good as...

    There you go. Factory warranty is only as good as the installer and your relationship with him.
  9. The cost of fuel is the deciding factor here. I...

    The cost of fuel is the deciding factor here. I have radiant floors driven by an electric boiler at $0.04/kW AND a Mitsubishi heat pump with a COP pushing 4. Still, the heat pump is off most of the...
  10. Whoever is trying to sell you a 100mbtuh boiler...

    Whoever is trying to sell you a 100mbtuh boiler should be dismissed out-of-hand. They are ignorant at best. Your loads are a likely a third of that.

    We perform a Manual 'J' heat load for every...
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    [QUOTE=pecmsg;22256421]Abide Classic radiator....

    [QUOTE=pecmsg;22256421]Abide
    Classic radiator. Love it.

    The guys over on the "Wall" are a better resource.
    Heating help dot com.

    Right on the radiator, wrong on the wall. We have plenty of...
  12. The better Manual J software does account for...

    The better Manual J software does account for latent loads and as teddy suggests leaves you muggy if you don't have auxiliary de-humidification available. This is particularly true as construction...
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    Thermax basement walls and hydronic panel...

    Thermax basement walls and hydronic panel radiators running off existing boiler or combi-water heater.
  14. Viessmann "highly recommends" and also sells...

    Viessmann "highly recommends" and also sells low-mass headers. They may save installation time. That's it in most residential applications.

    ODR is the answer.
  15. First a proper heat load, then the number of...

    First a proper heat load, then the number of showers/tub and size/flow of each. Then we can talk intelligently.

    The Triangle Tube Solo does not need a sensor. The TT Smart tank uses a simple cap...
  16. We just finished a new custom home on Christmas...

    We just finished a new custom home on Christmas Lake. We used Warmboard on all the upper floors. Whether it is more expensive than the alternatives is a matter of application. In this case it was the...
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    I am aware of all the Amtrol Boilermate...

    I am aware of all the Amtrol Boilermate weaknesses; the thin insulation, lime-collecting finned heat exchanger with the highest head in the industry. Oh yes, don't forget you have to turn most of...
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    All domestic water heaters are tested to 300#....

    All domestic water heaters are tested to 300#. The only water heater that must have an expansion tank is an all plastic Rheem Marathon. We will not use any indirect unless it is a stainless steel...
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    If there is a check valve backing the potable...

    If there is a check valve backing the potable water up. But then would have to be over 150# and push over the T&P on a tank tested to 300psi. Funny this has only happened to me on one of the 7...
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    Dupe

    Dupe
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    Baseboard, fin-tube or cast iron, will not "pull...

    Baseboard, fin-tube or cast iron, will not "pull away from the wall" regardless of the system pressure. Seriously.
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    Is this a old, recurring or new issue?

    Is this a old, recurring or new issue?
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    "btu per square foot estimate" Just like they...

    "btu per square foot estimate"

    Just like they did it in the Dark Ages...
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    Well, you are half right. I like the Tft a...

    Well, you are half right.

    I like the Tft a lot, but you will see a "plastic" bottom on most ModCons before long. They last longer.
  25. Yeah, not that guy...

    Yeah, not that guy...
  26. You have to call a competent gas appliance...

    You have to call a competent gas appliance technician to check gas pressure drop and flame signal. You can't help. You can't DIY.
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    Here is a more common scenario. ...

    Here is a more common scenario.

    http://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/exhaust-in-house-triangletube-prestige-110.64341/#post-476050
  28. Exactly so.

    Exactly so.
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    There has been some rumor of warranty issues....

    There has been some rumor of warranty issues. However, factory reps and senior management literally don't have to chat with homeowners, which is why the guy you give the money to is the most...
  30. First; going from hot water to hot air is rarely...

    First; going from hot water to hot air is rarely a good comfort choice.

    Second; use the guy that produces a computer-generated ACCA Manual 'J' heat load. He is more likely to actually know what...
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    Sorry, my short hand is for the every day. ...

    Sorry, my short hand is for the every day.

    TT, Triangle Tube.

    NTI is New York Thermal--their newer Tft model is a winner.

    HX is the heat exchanger, one of the critical and expensive...
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    Funny, I have installed nearly all of the Second...

    Funny, I have installed nearly all of the Second Generation ModCon boilers (circa 2004+) and certainly 'worked on' all but a couple, which should never be used or serviced. Nearly all the serious...
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    The most important consideration in any...

    The most important consideration in any condensing boiler choice is proper application, installation and service. Forget about the rest it.
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    Boy that brings back memories, and reminds me why...

    Boy that brings back memories, and reminds me why I still don't care for cats.

    I spray foam every crawl space I can.
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    They are over their heads, but maybe they suffer...

    They are over their heads, but maybe they suffer some attention deficit. It seems to be going around.
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    Have your technician hook up one simple stat in...

    Have your technician hook up one simple stat in the largest zone or all zones at once to check the effect.

    We are getting back into DIY country here.
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    Too much boiler, too many zones--especially in...

    Too much boiler, too many zones--especially in the basement where most will be unresponsive unless exposed to exterior loads--and too much control .

    I would wait on the Nest.

    Disconnect the...
  38. These are cast iron column radiators, never meant...

    These are cast iron column radiators, never meant to operate at 210F. Try 150if in a sub-zero climate and no insulation in the house.

    I would, and do, start over with a 1" supply to a 1"...
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    Because is saves space. Is more efficient at...

    Because is saves space. Is more efficient at removing moisture and the iSeries is a very efficient heat pump.

    It is also faster and tighter than tin making saving labor.
  40. This is the old NTI. We use the new Tft, perhaps...

    This is the old NTI. We use the new Tft, perhaps the best value in the condensing boiler market. I would approach the local rep with your issues, most of which I would blame on installation, and ask...
  41. Whatever boiler you choose, make sure you create...

    Whatever boiler you choose, make sure you create and maintain a good working relationship with the installer whom will insist on coming out to service any high efficiency condensing boiler he...
  42. The NTI that drives my heated driveway has an...

    The NTI that drives my heated driveway has an alarm output.

    Frosting of intakes and exhaust is usually related to poor installation.

    We are a Bosch ABC dealer. No one boiler fits every...
  43. One good boiler is all you need, provided it is...

    One good boiler is all you need, provided it is sized properly and installed according to the manufacturers installation manual. Ask the prospective installer for an ACCA Manual 'J' and a sample of...
  44. All true. Though I have access to nearly every...

    All true. Though I have access to nearly every boiler available in the US. The problem is intellectual laziness and simple economics. The contractor can't buy and sell everything. To be profitable...
  45. I have installed 12 different brands and a couple...

    I have installed 12 different brands and a couple of models of half of those. Local support is certainly the most important aspect in most cases. It demonstrates commitment and implies long term...
  46. Forget about it. Get some radiant heat in the...

    Forget about it. Get some radiant heat in the basement level.
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    Munchkin (HTP) was the first of the second...

    Munchkin (HTP) was the first of the second generation of condensing boilers built here in the US. HTP uses the most ubiquitous SS heat exchanger in the world, made in France by Giannoni. Some 15...
  48. It is cold enough to hang meat...I would add a...

    It is cold enough to hang meat...I would add a bit of heat if you want less than 50%, which is good for everything but potatoes and carrots.
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    Get a real contractor to review the system. Pay...

    Get a real contractor to review the system. Pay him, and ask him how to fix it after securing a proper Manual "J"--many here are capable.

    Once you know what size equipment you need, go for the...
  50. One has to look at the floor plan and have a...

    One has to look at the floor plan and have a room-by-room heat load at hand to consider the output of each radiant floor system independently. Generally, WarmBoard works best in new construction with...
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