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  1. I had high eff propane out in the sticks for two...

    I had high eff propane out in the sticks for two heating seasons, and was not comfortable with it. It was priced higher than oil taking BTU's into account, I didn't like the fact that it pools if...
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    That's the weird part.... no lockout. And I...

    That's the weird part.... no lockout. And I thought it was going off on high limit, which it was NOT. The trouble code that was flashing was along the lines of "too many failed attempts", but it just...
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    cheap landlord, hacker and high hydro bill

    Long time no post, but this should be a fun one...


    Girlfriend moves to rental townhome. (previous tenants evicted) Utility hits her up for an obscene security deposit for electricity. When...
  4. Yes it is too good to be true. In one of my past...

    Yes it is too good to be true. In one of my past lives, I worked with lenders and they treated a negotiated settlement in the same manner as a bad debt (bad debt = write off) when looking at...
  5. Thread: HVAC Boat Name

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    fire and ice chilly willy hot stuff cool...

    fire and ice

    chilly willy

    hot stuff

    cool runnings
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    You're absolutely correct. I'm not living down...

    You're absolutely correct. I'm not living down there, just visiting.
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    Those numbers are exactly what I need to make my...

    Those numbers are exactly what I need to make my mind up. Space heater stays. If I'm putting in 6k of electric, I may as well spend a little more and get a free standing LP stove that looks like a...
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    Re: Sweater....I hear ya and that's for the main...

    Re: Sweater....I hear ya and that's for the main floor. Basement is 3 celsius colder and it's sweater, slippers, fleece jacket, shiver....wifey sez, "why so cold my little hothouse flower...."....
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    Where is the saving? If I run the furnace...

    Where is the saving?

    If I run the furnace blower 7/24, I may or may not get the temp balanced. The basement is lightly used for weight lifting and cardio (the wifey- she's always hot anyway and...
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    baseboard heat advice

    Yes, an electrician will be doing the install. No, DIY is not involved. :)

    Hey everyone, looking for a little bit advice on how many watts of electric heat I need to make my basement a little more...
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    There are a couple of ways around this. The spec...

    There are a couple of ways around this. The spec I mentioned is pretty standard and if your dealer doesn't have one kicking around, he should be able to get one from another dealer's stock. You of...
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    In a previous life, I sold and leased commercial...

    In a previous life, I sold and leased commercial vehicles for a GM dealer for almost 15 years and the best answer is, "It depends".

    If you're running loaded and have a heavy foot, both engines are...
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    go ahead, read page 2. April Fool's,...

    go ahead, read page 2.


    April Fool's, methinks.
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    Agreed, I've got them in my bathrooms. Quiet and...

    Agreed, I've got them in my bathrooms. Quiet and powerful.
  15. Thread: Fluoride

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    want scary s**t? here ya go. Lots of interesting...

    want scary s**t? here ya go. Lots of interesting reading to be found at:

    www.fluoridation.com
  16. Thread: Wireless router

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    go to www.cnet.com. Lots of good reading. Type...

    go to www.cnet.com. Lots of good reading. Type "router" into the search window and away you go.
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    crap. Which hospital? I've had to visit emerg 3x...

    crap. Which hospital? I've had to visit emerg 3x at two different local hospitals in the last 5 years, including the last 12 months and while the wait was long, it wasn't the zoo you spoke of.

    Got...
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    I could have taken out a circuit board or fried...

    I could have taken out a circuit board or fried the motor and then that blower wheel inspection and cleaning would have cost a lot more. That's where I learned my lesson.

    I am not a helpless...
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    Ummmm. Thanks, I think. How about "limited...

    Ummmm. Thanks, I think.

    How about "limited knowledge", or "knows just enough to be dangerous to his wallet"
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    Thanks for mentioning the a/c coil. The whole...

    Thanks for mentioning the a/c coil. The whole blower fiasco started when the house was built and the drywallers decided to use the furnace to move air around. I had made sure that there was no...
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    Any chance my adventure shortened the life of the...

    Any chance my adventure shortened the life of the start cap?
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    Long story involving a provincial election and...

    Long story involving a provincial election and associated promise. "vote for me and everyone gets an extra stat holiday third monday of february....blah blah blah". So we now have a situation where...
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    the aftermath.... I had wired both fan motor...

    the aftermath....

    I had wired both fan motor leads to the same terminal on the start cap. Two terminals with four spades each, thus my confusion.

    Luckily, the start cap didn't fry.

    I'm out a...
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    I would NEVER assume that. My own personal rules...

    I would NEVER assume that. My own personal rules are not to touch major electrical, major plumbing and major hvac.

    I've always tried to keep the wiring and controls compartments on all of my...
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    10-4

    10-4
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    I hope I'm not out a blower motor. It got HOT.

    I hope I'm not out a blower motor. It got HOT.
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    Why homeowners should not diy

    Thought I'd check and clean the squirrel cage on my furnace today. Thought I'd labeled everything correctly. Buttoned it back together, furnace fires up, fan tries to run, but at a very low speed and...
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    Don't know. Will talk to them. Here's what...

    Don't know. Will talk to them.


    Here's what someone else forwarded to me:

    The inner core is attached to the collars and hoods with large zip ties. Some people (I included) would then use the...
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    Yeah. I called the Van EE distributor today and...

    Yeah. I called the Van EE distributor today and told him my tale of woe. He said "double check the connections and make sure they're perfectly sealed and make sure there's not so much as a pinhole...
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    This thread tweaked my interest. This is my first...

    This thread tweaked my interest. This is my first winter with an HRV and it is doing the same thing as the original post mentioned.

    I came home to a 2 pound chunk of ice in the intake flex line...
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    Hitachi 65F59....

    Hitachi 65F59. http://www.hitachi.us/Apps/hitachicom/content.jsp?page=products/crt_proj/details/65F59.html&level=2&section=crt_proj&parent=details&nav=left&path=jsp/hitachi/forhome/ubcg/&nId=iD
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    someone better tell my 65" that :) (it's a rear...

    someone better tell my 65" that :) (it's a rear projection)

    again, the picture qaulity on this thing trumps the newer technology. Want a pretty flat panel or the best picture you can get?
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    Wow. Usually NO salesman will admit to that.

    Wow. Usually NO salesman will admit to that.
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    plasma shmasma Got me a 65' Hitachi "old...

    plasma shmasma

    Got me a 65' Hitachi "old technology" CRT rear projection this past spring. Weighs almost 300lbs. Got it for less than 2k. The picture quality trumps plasma and lcd by a long shot....
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    Otter not worried about global warming. Otter is...

    Otter not worried about global warming. Otter is worried about good stuff being sacrificed to keep the tree huggers happy.

    And the monster under his bed, is that you, Hillary?
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    propane plus 90+ furnace = bad?

    This came up during a fireplace discussion...

    "Sound like a newer furnace you have their otter , Most gas furnaces have metal inshot burners that rust out from the propane fuel . Doesnt happen on...
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    Bob H, New house, new furnace. Goodman GMH95....

    Bob H,

    New house, new furnace. Goodman GMH95. I'm pretty sure the burners aren't stainless. Thanks for the head's up, it will be inspected yearly.
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    Granted. I was chatting with the tech while he...

    Granted. I was chatting with the tech while he was waiting for the furnace to kick up to 2nd stage and we got talking about ventless gas fireplaces and what a dumb and dangerous idea they are....
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    Speaking of due diligence, our propane supplier...

    Speaking of due diligence, our propane supplier called two days ago that they would like to send out a tech to inspect our tanks, lines and appliances. (new home built this year)

    Tech showed up...
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    Holy crap! I must have had a defective wood...

    Holy crap! I must have had a defective wood fireplace because it made soot.....

    Seriously,

    Yeah, it DID soot up more than natural gas due to the log set blocking off some of the burner ports,...
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    epilogure

    Fireplace was still sooting after moving the flock, so I took a hard look at how the logs were placed. Even though I had faithfully followed the instructions, I noticed that two of the logs were...
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    I wouldn't even dream of asking how to make the...

    I wouldn't even dream of asking how to make the adjustment as that breaks my own personal rules around the house for not touching gas valves, major electrical and major plumbing. Two homes back I...
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    This morning, I checked the log position against...

    This morning, I checked the log position against the diagram in the installer's manual and made sure that no ports were blocked. I then carefully moved all of the flock so that it glows, but none of...
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    MDVR31 Installed at time of construction....

    MDVR31 Installed at time of construction. Installer and homebuilder are not on speaking terms anymore, but the homebuilder has been cooperative with following up on any deficiencies with regard to...
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    Propane Fireplace

    Have a three sided kingsman propane fireplace at the new house and the darn thing seems to soot up the glass more than the natural gas fireplace at the old house.

    Because we've had a mild fall,...
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    Thanks. I'll spend my money on a tune up and...

    Thanks. I'll spend my money on a tune up and pressure check instead.:)
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    Thanks fellas, this all came up when a coworker...

    Thanks fellas, this all came up when a coworker was crying about how much it was costing him to heat his house with propane. This is going to be my first full winter on propane (used to be on natural...
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    GMH95 Combustion Air

    Hi all, I've come back to the well yet again for some more knowledge / advice.

    My furnace combustion air comes directly from the great outdoors via 2" rigid piping attached directly to the...
  50. Thread: Water softner?

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    Best control/head unit out there....Fleck ...

    Best control/head unit out there....Fleck

    Plumb a bypass for your cold water kitchen tap or get reverse osmosis for your drinking water or drink bottled water. You don't want the extra sodium...
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