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    ok, that makes the issue more clear. But if you...

    ok, that makes the issue more clear. But if you burn vent free logs, but WITH a vent and the vent properly open then it sounds like there would be no problem? I'm still getting the inspection, (today...
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    heh, I guess thats not a surprise. And no, it...

    heh, I guess thats not a surprise. And no, it hasn't been used in at least 3 years. The previous owners of the house claimed never to have lit it at all. The thing is full of cobwebs and dead bugs...
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    This is not the same fireplace as in the other...

    This is not the same fireplace as in the other post, this has no flu and is on an inside wall. It's a "temco" model ADF425 and the more I look at it the more confused I become ;) This has a gas pipe...
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    Thanks folks, I will get someone in to check them...

    Thanks folks, I will get someone in to check them out for me before I do anything. The vented fireplace is a Heatilator model GR6 and/or E42 both model numbers are listed on the plate. The...
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    clearance above a ventless insert?

    In the living room in this new house is a ventless fireplace, but since it's fairly small and has no flu and is on an inside wall there is a big open space in the wall above it in the fake chimeny....
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    can I burn a real fire in here?

    Hi Folks,

    We're recently moved to a new house with 2 fireplaces. Well... one and a half since the one in the living room isn't vented at all so a ventless is the only choice there. The unvented...
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    hi folks, I do really appreciate the comments....

    hi folks, I do really appreciate the comments. Equipment has been regularly serviced up until this year when they upped their price and I know it's getting towards the end of it's life anyway. It's...
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    In this case I'm wishing for comfort for the...

    In this case I'm wishing for comfort for the upstairs which simply can't keep up with the heat load on these 95 degree afternoons. I understand that will just place a portion of the load then on the...
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    return from one system into another...

    Hi Folks,

    As we're in the super hot part of the summer I'm sure a lot of people are finding that their AC can't really keep up. I can see that yesterday my upstairs AC unit ran solidly from 4pm...
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    is this a temporary install?

    It's been there several weeks now, sure hope they dont think it's a permanent install...

    I apologize for the picture, taken out the window of the car with the cellphone and I think I might have...
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    no clean out...

    Hi Folks,

    I've had the same company out to service my heat/ac units twice a year for the last 5 years. Get ready for heat, get ready for AC. Last fall after they had been here for heat I was in...
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    is that a chicken rotisserie over the return air...

    is that a chicken rotisserie over the return air duct? :D unless thats a down flow furnace that isn't going to cook your bird very well...
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    meh, same with everybody about everything. I'm...

    meh, same with everybody about everything. I'm only asking your advice because it will make me feel better if it's the same as what I've already decided to do, but I'll ignore it if it doesn't agree....
  14. I am also in GA, right on the coast. If we get an...

    I am also in GA, right on the coast. If we get an evacuation order one of the things they do is to turn off the gas! Of course it's to avoid fires rather than just to force everybody to get out. So a...
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    without that it wont start the motor. I dont...

    without that it wont start the motor. I dont service these things for a living, so others may have more practical information, but I remember the theory.

    A single phase electric motor can turn in...
  16. guys like that give the rest of us HO DIY'ers a...

    guys like that give the rest of us HO DIY'ers a bad name ;)

    There are certainly a lot of things that a motivated HO can accomplish without messing things up. But brazing in a new compressor and...
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    hi folks, thanks again for all the...

    hi folks,

    thanks again for all the information.

    Like I said the room is a dormer. about 3/4 of all the walls are either into attic space or to the outside. Originally the house only had 3.5"...
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    The beginning of last summer we did some work in...

    The beginning of last summer we did some work in his room also, that was adding a small 14x14 return but that just did not increase the air flow enough so that the room cools off. It's basically a...
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    bigger duct, or separate ducts?

    HI Folks,

    the duct carrying ac to my sons room is skinny, 6 or 8" and yet runs a long ways through the attic getting there. When it gets to his room it splits into 2 separate short runs to 2...
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    a very hard start...

    It's getting warm enough in the afternoon now here that on the last couple of sunny days my AC has wanted to come on. It was hot upstairs day before yesterday and I noticed that the thermostat had...
  21. has anybody bothered to explain to these people...

    has anybody bothered to explain to these people the difference in toxicity between the elemental mercury in a thermostat bulb and the organic compounds like methyl-mercury that are so very toxic in...
  22. Thread: ladders...

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    ladders...

    Some of these I've seen before posted here or elsewhere, but a few are new and just great fun to contemplate...


    http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=21716
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    thanks everyone, that gives me a lot of options...

    thanks everyone, that gives me a lot of options to chat with them about. I really appreciate the info!
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    it's safe as far as pulling air past it, but the...

    it's safe as far as pulling air past it, but the reason you're not supposed to use it inside is if there is a fire it may contribute more dangerous elements to the smoke you're breathing and make it...
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    Or can it only be installed at the furnace? One...

    Or can it only be installed at the furnace? One of the improvements to the heating around here that is coming to the top of the list of things to spend our money on is getting a media filter...
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    it is indeed! What makes it so much fun is...

    it is indeed!

    What makes it so much fun is that the paddle wheel is actually powering the thing, no hidden props and even though it's an oil fired boiler, it's otherwise running on steam.
    ...
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    what? nobody? I'll give you a further hint :)...

    what? nobody? I'll give you a further hint :) It's not to provide heat, but uses the steam for other purposes, probably at a higher pressure than usual too... It's hooked up to a couple of these:
    ...
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    I'm not sure how the combustion air is handled,...

    I'm not sure how the combustion air is handled, there is a pretty fancy electronic control board off to the left though. I dont think efficiency is a huge concern, but it does run pretty constantly...
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    As boilers go I'd say this one is pretty...

    As boilers go I'd say this one is pretty famous... :D

    http://www.sentman.com/img/external/boiler.JPG
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    Ah, all right, that makes sense then. But if you...

    Ah, all right, that makes sense then. But if you put 2 furnaces in the same closet do you do it twice then? There are 2 pipes for each furnace, and another one in the middle just to be sure :)
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    If it was just the one duct I'd agree about the...

    If it was just the one duct I'd agree about the combustion air, (not that there wasn't plenty of space around the ductwork that is in use to make up for it) but there are no fewer than 5 of them in...
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    Hi Folks, I was doing some volunteer work at...

    Hi Folks,

    I was doing some volunteer work at the local humane society animal shelter and I came across this mess. This is actually upstairs from where they keep the animals, in the thrift store...
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    I am enjoying a rental property on the beach this...

    I am enjoying a rental property on the beach this weekend :D In general the place is in really good shape and the AC is working great and even looks like it is maintained a little bit. But I did get...
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    I was surprised and alarmed to see BATS squeezing...

    I was surprised and alarmed to see BATS squeezing through the tiny crack in the corner of my attic access ladder where it doesn't close all the way. This is a tiny crack, but that didn't stop the...
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    At the moment I live in Savannah Georgia. I...

    At the moment I live in Savannah Georgia. I married a nice southern girl who claimed the winters in Chicago would have put an end to her ;) But I grew up on the northern border of Lake Bluff. We were...
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    I"m from just a couple of towns North of there :)...

    I"m from just a couple of towns North of there :) Used to drive my bike through the base down to their beach as a kid when it was still owned by the military.

    It hasn't been that many years since...
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    how is it the UV was able to warp and melt or...

    how is it the UV was able to warp and melt or break or move the wire supporting mesh in that filter? It will definitely cause unprotected plastic to degrade and fall apart given enough time, and I'll...
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    bertrand, thank you. Made him an appointment with...

    bertrand, thank you. Made him an appointment with the Killian company. I actually remember seeing their trucks driving around when I was a kid, they have been in that area for quite a while.

    Guy...
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    actually has looked at the phone book, and even...

    actually has looked at the phone book, and even called a few. He was looking for people that claimed to be lennox certified and seems that few were that were advertising in his area. Thats how he got...
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    HI Folks, I've been bugging my dad to call a...

    HI Folks,

    I've been bugging my dad to call a repair guy for his furnace for the last year as it's been intermittent that long. He did a few months ago but after 2 trips they failed to fix it and...
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    There is something fishy with the notion that...

    There is something fishy with the notion that it's just bacteria sucked through the air. The truth is that there is very little bacteria floating around in the air, and it just doesn't live very long...
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    Hi Folks, I"m posting another question about...

    Hi Folks,

    I"m posting another question about the house my brother in law is negotiating for, he's been here himself lately, but this last question is bothering me so I'm asking the question :)
    ...
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    I have put the Gila film on my sons bedroom south...

    I have put the Gila film on my sons bedroom south facing windows and it definitely helps reduce the heat gain in his room in the summer. It's not a miracle, but it does increase comfort and reduce...
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    Hey Bryan, bet you didn't know your...

    Hey Bryan, bet you didn't know your brother-in-law was a regular participant on these boards :D

    The advice here seems good to me, though I'm not in the trade.

    The question here is that...
  45. Thanks Baldloonie, OK, I wont start it up then :)...

    Thanks Baldloonie, OK, I wont start it up then :)

    The downstairs unit is a trane from 1989, and they sent me the rest of the inspection report and the upstairs unit is a 2004 goodman. Arrrg.......
  46. Just looking over the home inspection for the...

    Just looking over the home inspection for the house that my sister is in the process of negotiating for. I was not able to be there for it as it was rather far away on short notice, but I am reading...
  47. i've been going around every couple of weeks in...

    i've been going around every couple of weeks in this house and picking a room to replace all the receptacles in. I am using a good quality from HD, but properly pigtailing them and using the screw...
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    since I'm not a tech I'm allowed to say more than...

    since I'm not a tech I'm allowed to say more than just "call a pro"

    http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/1802/hvactalkguy8ow.jpg

    Rules still apply...
    ...
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    got some air filters the other day as it's time...

    got some air filters the other day as it's time to change out the current ones. Go to get them today and find the cat cuddled up next to them. I guess not enough of her fur gets stuck in them when...
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    Took my wife to a fancy restaurant downtown for...

    Took my wife to a fancy restaurant downtown for her birthday, and had to snap a picture of this. She laughed at me all through dinner, so I hope you enjoy it too :)

    The door to the place is up a...
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