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    Matt, I've attached a few pictures of the...

    Matt,
    I've attached a few pictures of the installation. Looks like the furnace is properly secured and such. The radius on the return doesn't look to bad to my very unprofessional opinion. The...
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    The installation is almost complete and generally...

    The installation is almost complete and generally I'm pleased with the work. Some minor duct work improvements were made along the way which will supply more air to a large master bedroom. The...
  3. I've got a different configuraiton of attic fan...

    I've got a different configuraiton of attic fan that consists of two high speed fans controlled with a wireless remote (5 speeds and time control). This unit has an insulated top which raises when I...
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    I won't ever get A/C as our climate is too mild. ...

    I won't ever get A/C as our climate is too mild. His bid includes using the existing vent (although the high efficiency ground floor option would have required a PVC vent). The current vent is...
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    Last minute installation questions

    I'm under contract for an 80K BTU/hr 80% two-stage York Affinity replacement of my existing furnace. This is a local contractor who had bid the same job in mid-05. I liked him during the original...
  6. Thanks for the advice. I'll go with Spring, but...

    Thanks for the advice. I'll go with Spring, but give my contractor some lattitude as far as timing(It's already spring here, not so in the Midwest). I'm anxious to converet the furnace closet to...
  7. Best time of year for a furnace installation

    I'm definitely going to replace my ancient furnace this year. I don't need AC in my climate so I'm free to do the replacement anytime between now and next November. I'm in a mild climate (San Jose,...
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    Last year I passed on a new propane furnace...

    Last year I passed on a new propane furnace because I couldn't find a contractor who would do a Manual J. This year I'll work the problem harder since a) propane aint getting cheaper and b)I've...
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    What's particularly depressing about the link,...

    What's particularly depressing about the link, r.e. HD roofing, is that it's no harder to do a roofing job correctly than to screw it up. My son and daughter-in-law re-roofed a small home themselves...
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    No stinkin' Manwell J's done here

    I live in a temperate area (San Jose, CA) and tried to buy a new furnace last year for my 2200 sq. ft. ranch house. Not one installer did or would do a Manual J. I asked one company if they would...
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    I'm determined to replace my furnace this year...

    I'm determined to replace my furnace this year given the high cost of propane (20+ year old furnace in a 2200 ft. sq. ranch house). I tried last year but couldn't find a contractor who was willing...
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    I'm not so much concerned about fire; we don't...

    I'm not so much concerned about fire; we don't really use the fireplace. I've been able to download an installation manual so I understand the keep-out areas for combustibles. I just want to be...
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    I'm definitely going to have someone look at...

    I'm definitely going to have someone look at this. I can see where the installation is a bit unusual in that the roof line is very low at the chimney location, possibly not leaving sufficient space...
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    Fireplace questions are a bit unusual for this...

    Fireplace questions are a bit unusual for this forum so feel free to direct me elsewhere.

    I'm remodeling a bathroom which has exposed the back of a fireplace that is built into a bedroom corner at...
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    wyounger, Thanks for the detailed response. We...

    wyounger,
    Thanks for the detailed response. We don't need AC in my area so that's not a consideration. The problem appears to be that contractors have not gotten comfortable with doing a Manual J...
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    I'm about to give a contractor a go-ahead for a...

    I'm about to give a contractor a go-ahead for a furnaces install. The furnace is a York Affinity, 80K btu/h PT8A12N080UH11 80% two-stage. I've calculated my heat loss in temperate San Jose,...
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    Thanks for the responses. I can certainly see...

    Thanks for the responses. I can certainly see not doing the Manual J beforehand, but I believe the contractor would be better off saying that the furnace size (and price) may be slightly adjusted...
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    I'm in the home stretch of selecting a contractor...

    I'm in the home stretch of selecting a contractor and have asked one of the companies for clarification including furnace model (got to me more to this than 110K BTU/hr), make/model of two stage...
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    Are furnaces ratings at the "input" or "output"? ...

    Are furnaces ratings at the "input" or "output"? If I have an 80% efficient 100K BTU furnace do I burn propane at an equivalent rate of 100K BTU or at 100K/0.80 = 125K BTU?

    Rick T
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    Thanks for the very informative repsonses. I'll...

    Thanks for the very informative repsonses. I'll have an easy 17.5" width pass-through available without taking the stairs out. If there is a reason to go with a wider furnace it's easy enough to...
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    BTW, my heat load calculation is only 30K BTU...

    BTW, my heat load calculation is only 30K BTU (mild climate of San Jose, CA). The two stage furnace will perhaps be in the 64K range, but everyone is selling 100K.


    Rick T.
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    I'm adding a catwalk to my attic and opening up a...

    I'm adding a catwalk to my attic and opening up a small door between two portions of the attic. I also have a pull-down stair which decreases the width of opening up to the attic. Is there a...
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    I don't think you have to be too precise. Once...

    I don't think you have to be too precise. Once you see your heat load calculation you'll probably find that the windows not a large percentage; mine were only 12% or so of the total. My two...
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    The dialog on this board has been a huge help in...

    The dialog on this board has been a huge help in making me an informed consumer. I have enough information to purchase the right furnace from an acceptable contractor.

    I think the success of...
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    I'm definitely not looking for a low ball price...

    I'm definitely not looking for a low ball price and the three contractors (in addition to Sears and HD) are all licensed HVAC contractors. All of these contractors would have done a number of ranch...
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