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  1. Fiscal conservative and social liberal. No one...

    Fiscal conservative and social liberal. No one deserves special treatment or exclusion. Nothing else matters IMHO.
  2. Thread: All electric

    by gasguy
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    Manual J is a heat loss/gain calculation that...

    Manual J is a heat loss/gain calculation that determines what the actual heating/cooling needs of your house are. This is how the size of the installed equipment is determined. Most companies will...
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    Realist: is that an oil frurnace HX? If so, what...

    Realist: is that an oil frurnace HX? If so, what brand/model? Just curious, as I have many oil furnaces in my area and I don't recognize the HX from the pic. Thanks!
  4. You need to determine if there is a one-way...

    You need to determine if there is a one-way damper in the vent system. Usually they are installed at the outlet of the hood fan, but there could be one at the termination to outside. If this was...
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    One thing you can do yourself is get an accurate...

    One thing you can do yourself is get an accurate thermometer and measure the temperatures at a return grille and at the supply register closest to the furnace. Post here what these temps are and we...
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    That's a good way to test the cell itself. If...

    That's a good way to test the cell itself. If the cell tests OK and still have it shutting down, then you need to check resistance while installed & running. Then it's usually an issue with 'seeing...
  7. From the sounds of it, you have a hot water...

    From the sounds of it, you have a hot water heating system with an oil fired boiler & a seperate forced air system that does AC only? You have baseboard rads? If so it sounds like it is a wiring...
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    The best thing to do is find one who you feel...

    The best thing to do is find one who you feel comfortable with, then ask to talk to some of their previous customers. In particular, try to find ones that have had an issue with their system and how...
  9. Another possibility is that if you are getting...

    Another possibility is that if you are getting low on LP in the tank, the odorant (mercaptain) tends to settle to the bottom and greatly increases the concentration which increases over the years. ...
  10. One of the biggest components of natural...

    One of the biggest components of natural gas/propane combustion is water vapour! Doubtless this was the cause of the moisture issue.
  11. Have a look at a good combo electronic/media air...

    Have a look at a good combo electronic/media air cleaner like the York Affinity, Carrier Infinity, or Trane clean effects. I have installed the first two and the customers are very happy with them.
  12. 1. Get someone OTHER than the salesman who...

    1. Get someone OTHER than the salesman who understands duct design to look at what you have.

    2. You are correct.

    3. There is a high limit safety that shuts off the burners if the temps get too...
  13. Others will be along soon to comment on your...

    Others will be along soon to comment on your issues, but my first piece of advice is:
    If you do not feel comfortable and confident that you are making a well informed decision..... STOP!!!
    Cancel...
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    It sounds like normal defrost cycles. If the...

    It sounds like normal defrost cycles. If the system is wired & set up properly it should activate the aux. heat during the defrost cycle to prevent blowing cold air inside. Have an experienced tech...
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    Not sure about dealers in your area, but Regency...

    Not sure about dealers in your area, but Regency makes high quality fireplaces & inserts. Go to their web site & you should be able to find a dealer in your area.
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    Anyone read the article in CB about it being...

    Anyone read the article in CB about it being better to get a good salesman & train them enough to be a mediocre tech (because modern equipment has so much self-diagnostics built in) rather than the...
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    Good suggestions so far. Check the end cone for...

    Good suggestions so far. Check the end cone for splits/warping & carbon buildup. Check the z-dimension, and I'd put in a new nozzle as well as occasionally you'll get a bad one. (double check that...
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    I would go with Fujitsu, just because I am more...

    I would go with Fujitsu, just because I am more familiar with them. Been installing them for 2 years now with very few issues and good warranty service. As mentioned, proper install is the most...
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    In short, no. Take Hearthman's advice & have a...

    In short, no. Take Hearthman's advice & have a fireplace expert look at it. There could any number of things causing that tall flame from an improperly adjusted air shutter to a crack/split in the...
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    Propper ductwork sizing & design will be critical...

    Propper ductwork sizing & design will be critical to keep air noise to a minimum, otherwise that variable speed motor will ramp up to achieve the required air flow and sound like a tornado. Also...
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    An LP dual-fuel system would be a fairly good...

    An LP dual-fuel system would be a fairly good choice if nat gas is out of the question. You could set it up so that you could run just the furnace off of a generator in a power outage. Make sure...
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    What were your combustion numbers? What is the...

    What were your combustion numbers? What is the recommended nozzle for that unit? There are two boilers with cf burners I work on that were a mess when I first looked at them. They require +.01"...
  23. Haven't you ever seen a spark when plugging or...

    Haven't you ever seen a spark when plugging or un-plugging something? According to the BC Safety Authority they want 3' from anything that can be a source of a spark/ignition. This counts for gas...
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    Bingo.

    Bingo.
  25. Minimum 3' from any source of ignition, including...

    Minimum 3' from any source of ignition, including receptacles, disconnects, etc.
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    Many types of fireplaces are able to be corner...

    Many types of fireplaces are able to be corner mounted. Check the installation instructions of the model you are interested in
    Don't confuse an 'insert' with a factory built fireplace. Inserts...
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    Fireplaces are for supplemental heat, not a...

    Fireplaces are for supplemental heat, not a primary heat source. If you are insistent on removing all the ductwork, have a look at mini-split heat pumps. Even here on the wet coast you're still...
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    My guess: you have a tiny pinhole in that cap. ...

    My guess: you have a tiny pinhole in that cap. If there is enough oil in the piping it is 'sealing' the hole so no gas is escaping. Eventually all the oil will escape and THEN it will leak gas. ...
  29. Thread: digital gauges

    by gasguy
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    Another vote for the D.C. AK900. It's the only...

    Another vote for the D.C. AK900. It's the only digital I have used but so far it's been great. I would definitely get the new clamp probes with it as well as a set of wrap-arounds. I just have the...
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    1. Yes, the 'oily' smell should go away fairly...

    1. Yes, the 'oily' smell should go away fairly quickly. The odor can linger in the house for a while, especially in winter when there's not likely to be windows/doors open to ventilate the house.
    ...
  31. You need to have a 'manual j' or heat loss...

    You need to have a 'manual j' or heat loss calculation done on the house to properly size the new furnace. You input all the sizes & details of your house (design temperature, orientation, windows,...
  32. If the line was coated with gunk inside some of...

    If the line was coated with gunk inside some of it may have been dislodged during the work and is now clogging up the pump strainer. Or there could be a kink in the line. What size is the line? At...
  33. The STA's do not have the filter in the blower...

    The STA's do not have the filter in the blower compartment and install instructions state that filter must be installed external to the furnace.
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    Definitely get a load calc ('manual j') don to...

    Definitely get a load calc ('manual j') don to get the proper size furnace. As the others mentioned, oversizing is a huge efficiency killer. If the house is well insulated & sealed you may be able...
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    Turn the IPI switch on so the pilot is on...

    Turn the IPI switch on so the pilot is on continuously. It's a small metal toggle switch just below the glass on the left hand side. The bit of heat from the pilot should keep the vent warm enough...
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    How the hell did you find a new construction job...

    How the hell did you find a new construction job that gives you that much space for mechanical? Around here it's a fight to get an extra 6" just to shoehorn it into a closet! Nice looking job!
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    Turn the IPI switch on so the pilot stays on...

    Turn the IPI switch on so the pilot stays on continuously. It's a small silver toggle switch just below the glass on the left hand side. Keeping a bit of heat in the vent should help.
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    Ding, ding,ding! We have a winner! It's not...

    Ding, ding,ding! We have a winner! It's not unusual for a furnace to be cycling on its high limit and the occupant not know it. I have found this several times over the years. I had one that was...
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    First of all I'd like to commend you for your...

    First of all I'd like to commend you for your attitude & work ethic. There's far too many people that would just do what their journeyman said and leave it at that. Your willingness to try & figgure...
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    Illegal & dangerous! You won't find anyone...

    Illegal & dangerous! You won't find anyone around here willing to help you on this. Trying to duct an appliance not specifically designed for it can be deadly for a variety of reasons. Is it worth...
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    Is it the burner that is noisy or is it the main...

    Is it the burner that is noisy or is it the main blower?
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    If you are correct in your units of measure, then...

    If you are correct in your units of measure, then that is a lot better. Still a tad on the high side, but not too bad. Might be able to get a bit better efficiency yet. Did they check the...
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    Absolutely! The FIRST thing you do when setting...

    Absolutely! The FIRST thing you do when setting up an oil burner is adjust the draft! Every install manual I have seen for oil appliances state that a barometric damper/draft regulator are...
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    Yes.

    Yes.
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    I'm just finishing my first year at JARTS right...

    I'm just finishing my first year at JARTS right now (this is the last week) and it's been pretty good so far. I did my B-gas at BCIT about 12 years ago and liked it too. BCIT has the big campus...
  46. You don't buy a tankless for saving $$, you get...

    You don't buy a tankless for saving $$, you get it for it's abilities and/or space considerations. If you are going to have a demand for A LOT of continuous hot water (having 5 consecutive showers,...
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    I'm not sure of the laws where you are (it's...

    I'm not sure of the laws where you are (it's illegal here) and it's even stated in most install manuals that they are NOT certified for use with ducting. Legal or not it's a bad idea to connect any...
  48. Thread: Name that year

    by gasguy
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    At least yours was converted to gas. This one is...

    At least yours was converted to gas. This one is still guzzling oil like it's going out of style:

    http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/3929/img00127201111081416.jpg

    Although mine did have the...
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    Is there a drop ceiling? A mini-duct unit could...

    Is there a drop ceiling? A mini-duct unit could be mounted in the ceiling and could supply all 3 rooms.
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    Listen to Hearthman's advice. B-vent is for...

    Listen to Hearthman's advice. B-vent is for NEGATIVE pressure venting only. The only way to use a fan (draft inducer) is by having it at the end of the vent at the termination so it PULLS the...
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