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    Thanks... I was searching for kithcen exhaust...

    Thanks... I was searching for kithcen exhaust fans. This seems to bring up better results. I assume when you say "they", you are referring to the local building inspectors?
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    Kitchen Exhaust Fan

    Good afternoon.

    Our kitchen has a supplementary exhaust fan above the oven that comes in handy when I do cooking that might set off the smoke detector. SWMBO wants plans for everything in writing...
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    Oil, IMHO is expensive, inefficient, and ancient...

    Oil, IMHO is expensive, inefficient, and ancient tech. I would give my right kidney for natural gas. The gas company keeps saying our street will be added soon, but I will believe it when I see it.
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    Lets not get political here. But doesn't Big...

    Lets not get political here. But doesn't Big Brother know what's best for us... and those who line their pockets with money?? Aren't greenbacks the best form of insulation? :whistle:
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    It is oil based. I had cut out large openings for...

    It is oil based. I had cut out large openings for the burner assembly, electrical, pressure valve, and other areas on the side of the tank that need access.

    He would not go into specifics. I think...
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    Water Heater Blanket = Bad Idea?

    Good afternoon,

    I had a service technician from the oil company over last week to perform an annual cleaning. He was unhappy to see the fiberglass blanket on the water heater. He told me that the...
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    The quote from the report is "Furnace and water...

    The quote from the report is "Furnace and water heater should not share the same space as the bathroom. Recommend repair by qualified person."

    The furnace has two PVC pipes going to the outside...
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    Is there a way to actively or passively manage...

    Is there a way to actively or passively manage the combustion air in the room if it is insufficient? I would assume that it would be cheaper than moving the entire HVAC system to another part of the...
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    A small update... I spoke with the building...

    A small update...

    I spoke with the building department. They cannot think of any reason why there is an issue within the code books to prevent the bathroom being in current proximity to the...
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    Everything is gas. Hot water is a tankless model...

    Everything is gas. Hot water is a tankless model and the furnace is direct vent.

    Yes, there is a door separating the bathroom from the utility room.


    This is a good idea. I am planning a call...
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    Opinion on comment from home inspector

    Hello everyone.

    I am in the midst of selling a house. The buyer's inspector wrote in his report that the furnace and water heater should not share the same space as a bathroom.

    To give you a...
  12. Thanks. I will try calling Honeywell again to get...

    Thanks. I will try calling Honeywell again to get their position on the matter. I called them earlier regarding this issue and they refused to answer my question as it is a professionally installed...
  13. We had a Honeywell bypass humidifier installed...

    We had a Honeywell bypass humidifier installed this past week. Everything looks well done. I was wondering about one aspect. The humidistat (a digital model) is installed on the return air duct at...
  14. I really appreciate your help with this. One more...

    I really appreciate your help with this. One more question... What are your thoughts of fan powered vs passive bypass humidifiers?
  15. My fourth quote was given to me over the phone....

    My fourth quote was given to me over the phone. How can you give a quote without seeing the existing system and size of the house??

    Jtrammel, Thanks for the input. What are the benefits of a...
  16. We have an oil furnace. We are supposedly on the...

    We have an oil furnace. We are supposedly on the shortlist for getting natural gas this year. I will believe it when they start digging.

    Dan
  17. Energy Audit? That would be a generous term for...

    Energy Audit? That would be a generous term for what they did. The state offered "free" (nee, tax payer funded) energy audits. In reality, it was a few high school grads who probably went through a...
  18. Household Humidifier Quotes - What to expect, what to avoid, and what to ask.

    My wife has finally agreed to install a whole house humidifier. Before I agree to any quotes (which will not be discussed here per the rules), I would like to know what I should expect from a quote?...
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    GE's new Hybrid Water Heater - Thoughts?

    GE just released a new heat pump based water heater as an alternative to electric water heaters. I was wondering what people think of this...
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  20. This may be an option. I plan on installing new...

    This may be an option. I plan on installing new bamboo or other floating floor in placce of the carpet and possibly in the hallway where I plan to retile. However, the bathrrom is already tiled and...
  21. I thought mini-splits are air conditioning units?...

    I thought mini-splits are air conditioning units? It never gets hot enough down there during the summer to need additional air conditioning.

    Dan
  22. Very Small Oil Fuel Boiler or Other Outside the Box Thinking

    Good afternoon.

    Our lower level family room at one point had duct work under the concrete slab. It has since then been disconnected due to a collapse in the pipe. This was resolved in the past...
  23. Thanks for the input. Both baths are relatively...

    Thanks for the input. Both baths are relatively small. One is 50 sqft and the other is 30 with 7'6" ceilings, so I will have to see what size fan that will require. BTW, I already called fantech....
  24. Inline fan for 2 bathrooms with 4" roof vent line?

    I have a bathroom that does not have a vent. I want to install a vent, but would prefer to not to open another hole in the roof. The master bath is just around the corner. Is there an inline fan I...
  25. Nope, just some home brewed saison with candied...

    Nope, just some home brewed saison with candied ginger.
  26. AC is not important down there as it rarely gets...

    AC is not important down there as it rarely gets above 75 during the hottest days of the summer. Another option, does anyone make a boiler small enough to heat just that room though either radiant...
  27. I took a few pictures. I don't know is this will...

    I took a few pictures. I don't know is this will help, but...

    Here is where it goes in the wall in the basement.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/DanMages/101_0050.jpg

    I stuck the...
  28. I forgot to mention that the house is zoned with...

    I forgot to mention that the house is zoned with the upper level bedrooms on one zone and the formal living space and kitchen on another. It appears that the basement was zoned with the formal living...
  29. Help me understand my HVAC/duct options for our family room

    Our tri level ranch has a lower level family room adjacent to the garage. It is on slab with the basement next to it and a few steps down. At one point the family room had ducted forced hot air, like...
  30. Unfortunately, that is how it works out here....

    Unfortunately, that is how it works out here. Service contracts are sold with the oil contracts. The service contract covers tune-ups for both the furnace and water heaters, efficiency tests, and...
  31. Okay. I just want to make sure. I do have a...

    Okay. I just want to make sure.

    I do have a service appointment scheduled... for Feb 2nd. Unfortunately, that was the soonest the oil company could get someone here. Apparently, I need to schedule...
  32. 103-118f air at the register. Is this normal?

    The hot air coming from the furnace felt a little too hot for my comfort so out of curiosity I grabbed my Fluke IR Thermometer (a necessity when making chocolates) and took a reading in the living...
  33. Okay. What is the test called, and who should I...

    Okay. What is the test called, and who should I contact to do it? Is this something normally done by an HVAC professonal?

    Dan
  34. All very good points. Most kitchen hoods I have...

    All very good points. Most kitchen hoods I have seen are in the 300-500cfm and some are way up there with 1500cfm!! Given all of these "normal" appliances sucking the air out of the house, it seems...
  35. The oil furnace does not have a fresh air intake,...

    The oil furnace does not have a fresh air intake, so a passive fresh air inlet may be needed.

    However, WhoIsThat is correct in assuming that the 50 year old house is drafty and leaky enough that...
  36. Sadly, that is the big problem. None of my...

    Sadly, that is the big problem. None of my neighbors or friends in the area have a person they would recommend.

    Dan
  37. Best way to find qualified competent HVAC professionals

    Good morning.

    I need to find a local HVAC company to reinstall some duct work for our basement TV room. I know there is duct work burried in the concrete, but at some point, it was disconnected. I...
  38. backdraft issues with continuously running ehaust fans

    Good morning.

    My new house has a bathroom without a ventilation fan. Fantech's inline exhaust fan is attractive since it can be tied into the master bath and use the existing roof vent. The fewer...
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    Thanks for all of the advice!! I have a Fluke 62...

    Thanks for all of the advice!! I have a Fluke 62 now Thanks to Amazon.

    Midhvac, Thanks for the heads up on emissivity. Baking, Pastry, and Confectionary work may be a very, very precice art, but...
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    Exactly! To me, it is a sign of disrespect...

    Exactly! To me, it is a sign of disrespect towards me and my home. I try my best to keep it clean and for me to pay them a good deal of money to do this work and leave a mess for me to clean is...
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    Nope... This was done by a local "professional"...

    Nope... This was done by a local "professional" outfit that is a "Trane Comfort Specialist"... although I doubt that it means much. Sadly, I am new to the area, so I could not find any references for...
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    Zone Damper and Panel Install

    Wifey and I needed to replace the zone dampers and panel in our house. I wish I could say they did the best job ever, but....

    Wire clippings everywhere......
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    Best quality IR thermometer

    I am a pastry chef starting to learn more about confectionery arts. One optional, but very useful tool for tempering chocolate and cooking and caramelizing sugars is an IR thermometer. I know many of...
  44. ISO residential HVAC specialist in New Haven, CT

    I am wondering if anyone has a referral to an HVAC company in New Haven, CT. I am having troubles with a Trol-A-Temp zoned forced air system. The damper for the lower level does not close when the...
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    Steam humidifier (not sure if it works) ...

    Steam humidifier (not sure if it works)

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/DanMages/100%20Cleveland%20Rd/100_0243.jpg

    Drum humidifier...
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    Help changing thermostats & system overview

    Good evening

    I want to add programmable thermostats to a zoned furnace setup. It uses a Tol-A-Temp zoning system, pictured below. I purchased Ritetemp 6035 touch screen thermostats from Home Depot...
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    Best quality air filters

    Good evening,

    Wifey and I have purchased a new home and need to start using disposable filters until I am able to get an electric filter installed. To the professionals here, what is the best...
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    Annual maintenance for geothermal units

    Hi all,

    My wife and I may actually close on a house next week after 6 months of trying! Given the cost of heating oil, we may entertain the possibility of a geothermal system for the new home....
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    40amp breaker on a 30amp AC unit

    Good evening,

    Wifey and I had an inspection done on a house we are buying. The inspector noted that the 30 amp AC unit is connected to a 40 amp breaker. He explained that under normal operations,...
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    Thermoflo overall quality

    Good evening,

    Wifey and I are in the midst of purchasing a house with a Thermoflo oil furnace. I am not familiar with Thermoflo. I think the unit is a Centennial Low Boy and is 2 years old. How...
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