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    manada_hill, as a DIYer who mostly watches this...

    manada_hill, as a DIYer who mostly watches this forum -- Sorry, but you won't get what you are looking for here. The forum rules cover why pretty well. I can't really give any advice (even if it were...
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    Also, remember that a customer who is unhappy is...

    Also, remember that a customer who is unhappy is more likely to complain than one that is satisfied is likely to praise. This seems to be even more so with the web -- you can find someone complaining...
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    A few questions from a non-pro...:whistle: 1)...

    A few questions from a non-pro...:whistle:

    1) Is this a DIY project?
    2) Is duct board allowed to penetrate the wall into the garage?
    3) Which is worse, furnace and ducts in attic, or furnace in...
  4. I'd say more like $15 tops. $45? No way... I...

    I'd say more like $15 tops. $45? No way...

    I had a front ball joint break loose on a car recently because the nut shattered (torqued to spec, BTW). Found it, and inside it looked like it was 50%...
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    Sounds like you are having fun! Unfortunately,...

    Sounds like you are having fun! Unfortunately, the question probably violates the no DIY policy of this site.
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    It is supposed to help the power company restore...

    It is supposed to help the power company restore power quicker if enough people turn off the big items until things have stabilized...
  7. The inspector here told me I couldn't foam around...

    The inspector here told me I couldn't foam around ABS drain pipe where it went up through a wall. "...it needs to be able to move with thermal expansion...cram some rock wool in there instead..."
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    Oops, please ignore...

    Oops, please ignore...
  9. No, yes, or maybe :whistle: About bringing in...

    No, yes, or maybe :whistle:

    About bringing in cold air at night. Whether or not to do this depends on the dew point. If it is too high, you will have more moisture to remove to keep you comfy...
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    I say forget about an attorney. The way I was...

    I say forget about an attorney. The way I was brought up, I guess ...
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    Not being a pro so don't take this as technical...

    Not being a pro so don't take this as technical advice. Has anyone measured the existing furnace ESP and/or drop across the filter (fan at AC speed)? My guess is the filter is too small. Just a...
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    Like I said ... the laws keep changing and could...

    Like I said ... the laws keep changing and could cost you a lot more than you could ever save if you get caught breaking one, even if you "didn't know".
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    Well now that you mention it, I've never parked...

    Well now that you mention it, I've never parked in a garage -- too many tools & stuff. 18 inches off the floor is supposed to take care of the fire danger, isn't it?
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    Can I have my * now? :angel:

    Can I have my * now? :angel:
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    Well, there's CO in the garage from cars. If the...

    Well, there's CO in the garage from cars. If the pressure in the house (duct) is lower than the garage because you run an exhaust fan or wind blowing into the garage or whatever, air will flow into...
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    I'd call the city inspector's and ask it that's...

    I'd call the city inspector's and ask it that's true. Somehow, I doubt it will pass.

    Don't know about San Jose, but the Santa Clara building department is really easy to talk to -- just show up...
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    Personally, I wouldn't mess with refrigerant...

    Personally, I wouldn't mess with refrigerant unless I was active in the field, even if I had an EPA card. The risk/reward of getting caught violating some new law is just not worth it. :.02: Maybe...
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    Someone has to sit around to pick up the phone...

    Someone has to sit around to pick up the phone and say no. Small price to pay...
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    This isn't going well :whistle:

    This isn't going well :whistle:
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    From a non-pro who dabbles where maybe he...

    From a non-pro who dabbles where maybe he shouldn't:

    If you are not a licensed HVAC contractor and you install equipment yourself (even if permitted/inspected/bought from authorized...
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    One thought from a non-pro. When they cleaned the...

    One thought from a non-pro. When they cleaned the coil, are you sure everything got sealed up again? Could be contributing to the "warmer air than before" (or not).
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    What part of CA (city/climate zone)? Not a...

    What part of CA (city/climate zone)?

    Not a pro, so please don't take this as technical advice:
    If you are trying to do this yourself, it can be a very, very long road and although it may not...
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    I donno:whistle: I was thinking maybe set up a...

    I donno:whistle: I was thinking maybe set up a good thermostat for humidity control during off-peak and temperature control during peak. I have no experience with the better systems out there (not a...
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    Whatever you do, don't go in your attic :angel:

    Whatever you do, don't go in your attic :angel:
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    Not true everywhere. This sort of thing varies...

    Not true everywhere. This sort of thing varies with location -- just like some building practices. The main thing IMHO is to understand and follow the local procedure exactly. (I've managed an...
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    Please be careful when withholding rent. Any...

    Please be careful when withholding rent. Any procedural mistake could possibly mean eviction. (I'm not a lawyer nor familiar with Michigan law, though...)
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    What about setting up a system to remove more...

    What about setting up a system to remove more latent heat during off-peak and mostly sensible heat during peak rates?
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    Wow! Thats a huge difference. Where are you...

    Wow! Thats a huge difference.

    Where are you and how much electricity do you normally use each month?
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    Reminds me of something I noticed while kicking...

    Reminds me of something I noticed while kicking around in the back woods of China a few years ago... The trucks and buses had large water tanks rigged to drip water down on the rear tires and brakes...
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    Not sure why you're posting here, rather than the...

    Not sure why you're posting here, rather than the pro forum? As an outsider...

    The HVAC field keeps getting more complex and the skills needed increases, meaning more/better training is required...
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    :hijacked: Not me. I do most things myself. When...

    :hijacked: Not me. I do most things myself. When something is beyond me, then I call a pro. But, when it comes to doing work for others (even if I know 100% what I'm doing) I leave that to the pros....
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    Breaking the rules here ... sounds like you may...

    Breaking the rules here ... sounds like you may have fixed it, but my advice is also to call in a pro to verify that everything is OK.
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    Bricks?!!! Well now I finally know how to do that...

    Bricks?!!! Well now I finally know how to do that myself -- thanks :whistle:
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    Not giving advice, but in simple terms: Supply...

    Not giving advice, but in simple terms: Supply air needs a "low resistance return path" to the air handler. This doesn't necessarily have to be a return grill nearby...

    Of course, there are a lot...
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    Just a homeowner, and not trying to give...

    Just a homeowner, and not trying to give technical advice.

    However, once you have chosen a contractor. If you happen to be around when the work is done, it's OK to watch from a distance (some may...
  36. I read somewhere once that some evap...

    I read somewhere once that some evap coils/pans/etc may have lead content so it may not be wise to use condensate to water your veggies. It seems almost silly, but has anyone heard of this?
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    Yes and yes. Thanks for the idea! I assume...

    Yes and yes. Thanks for the idea!

    I assume they will just fill the lines with nitrogen and cap the ends so they don't corrode. Is that common practice, or unnecessary...?
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    Install Lineset Now or Later

    OK, after lurking for a few months, a few posts, and seeing todays cleanups, I think I got the site rules down. :angel:

    I have a 50 year old house with new horizontal gas furnace + evap coil in...
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    There is a current discussion about this in...

    There is a current discussion about this in another thread <http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=879472>

    Not saying that the filter grill is necessarily the noise source, but rather that the...
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    There's a learning curve to being a boss just...

    There's a learning curve to being a boss just like there is when you're the new kid. It seems they're both learning.
  41. Sorry, but even without knowing all the details,...

    Sorry, but even without knowing all the details, I'd say that it's not worth messing with. If you do manage to pull something off with this deal, you'll be back here complaining about how it almost...
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    For a 3 1/2 ton unit? I agree with the duct...

    For a 3 1/2 ton unit? I agree with the duct design theory.
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    Software Engineers are all way below average.

    Software Engineers are all way below average.
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    This is your chance to learn. Take advantage of...

    This is your chance to learn. Take advantage of it. You may or may not make it with this company, but as long as you do your absolute best, you will be better off in the end and you'll be more...
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    Probably better than when my step-mother used to...

    Probably better than when my step-mother used to open the fridge on really hot days to "let the cold out".
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    Only 115 degrees in the attic on a 100 degree...

    Only 115 degrees in the attic on a 100 degree day? Do you, by any chance have a big attic fan? If so, it may be sucking conditioned air too...
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    Some prefer spray paint...

    Some prefer spray paint...
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    bingo! A slight twist might be something like:...

    bingo!

    A slight twist might be something like: Does your current system maintain your desired setpoint in all your rooms on design day, while running pretty much continuously?

    Of course, an...
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    What about a float switch in the existing pan...

    What about a float switch in the existing pan leaving the high drain in case the switch flakes out?
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