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    Conversion from Oil to Gas

    Hi,
    My boiler was flooded in Sandy and I have to replace it.
    I am thinking of converting to gas, however, I have no room for a hot water heater.
    Right now I have an oil burner with a coil that...
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    Hi. He says he won't take the work unless i get...

    Hi.
    He says he won't take the work unless i get new registers bc new ones have 4 screws and mine have 2.
    Whatever...question is will he come back to fix it.
    Meh.
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    Hi I couldn't tell bc it was getting dark out....

    Hi
    I couldn't tell bc it was getting dark out. The window is pretty high up and behind a screen and it was all fogged up. It was 65 outside (it had cooled off around this time of day). I think it...
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    By the way, Skippedover, he told me I could reuse...

    By the way, Skippedover, he told me I could reuse my existing boots and registers during the estimate. So that's what we did. (I didn't know what a boot was, I just asked if he could connect the...
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    Won't I get mildew along the window frame? I had...

    Won't I get mildew along the window frame? I had central a/c before. They changed the duct work. Never had condensation.
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    Hi...they didn't seal my duct work and one of...

    Hi...they didn't seal my duct work and one of them is in the attic space that channels around the sky light...so...could it be blowing there? I assume that is what is the problem...that or they...
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    Condensation on Skylight

    Hi,
    What would cause condensation on a skylight? Never had this issue before until my a/c was replaced.

    Thanks.
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    Thanks ER. You're swell.

    Thanks ER. You're swell.
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    Gunnery, I didn't just run out and yell at him. ...

    Gunnery, I didn't just run out and yell at him.

    I really don't do that.

    Here's how it went down:
    First I saw the hole and went in the kitchen, took a deep breath and sucked up my outrage bc...
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    FYI, I've been nice to the guys who have been...

    FYI, I've been nice to the guys who have been doing the work, and the owner as well. I said I want someone to come suspend my ducts, they sent someone who suspended my ducts...and I said "please make...
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    Well, the reason he hates me is because I keep...

    Well, the reason he hates me is because I keep asking him to finish the job. I don't think that's a reason to hate me. Really its more of a reason for me to hate him.

    Not sure why you hate me, but...
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    Oh thanks. The supplier didn't mention the...

    Oh thanks. The supplier didn't mention the bracket.
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    Thanks vstech. I just called a supplier and they...

    Thanks vstech. I just called a supplier and they explained all of this to me over the phone. This is also what I understand from you guys. Energy rater posted photos. Why doesn't my contractor and...
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    ER, I just emailed you with some photos.

    ER, I just emailed you with some photos.
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    ! The angriest kid in the universe somehow got a...

    ! The angriest kid in the universe somehow got a summer job being the side kick for the poor guy who came here today to fix my stuff...apparently while I was up in the attic, he was washing the...
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    Hi ER. Yes my return is in the ceiling. ;) I...

    Hi ER.
    Yes my return is in the ceiling. ;)

    I call the plastic zip ties wire ties bc in computer rooms we use those ties to bundle cable. ;) I despise them for bundling cable bc there's always one...
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    Mr. Bill, I believe him. I don't know anyone...

    Mr. Bill, I believe him. I don't know anyone around here who even knows what gets installed in the attic. I asked a few friends' husbands and they were like "no our air conditioner isn't in the...
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    That's the problem, I don't feel anyone is...

    That's the problem, I don't feel anyone is "reputable."

    I met with 6 vendors. They all had A ratings from BBB. They all had been in biz at least 12 years (this guy is over 25 yrs with an A+...
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    Almost done here-- but not quite.

    Ok. Still need some help. I thought posted this but I can't find the posting. Meh.

    1. My flex ducts have been suspended. They look ok to me --definitely much better than before. One was a little...
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    So...on one of the suspensions, 2 of the ducts...

    So...on one of the suspensions, 2 of the ducts are strapped up together and one looks a little squished...should I tell him to redo?
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    They are in the attic now...they are going to...

    They are in the attic now...they are going to "mastic tape" the ducts to the supply boxes and mastic seal them at the plenum...he said he doesn't have to caulk the return box to the floor bc there's...
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    Thermostat Questions

    Hi,

    Now that I have my new a/c system installed, I'm thinking I probably should have made the contractor put in the Honeywell prestige thermostat with redlink wifi like I wanted.

    The thermostat...
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    And ER, I wish you lived here! I'd hire YOU any...

    And ER, I wish you lived here! I'd hire YOU any day! :)
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    Hi ER, No there was never heat in my ducts. I...

    Hi ER,
    No there was never heat in my ducts. I have oil/baseboard heat. A lot of weird stuff came with this house. Thanks for explaining that to me, I appreciate it.
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    Thanks again Energy rater!!! So hear is my...

    Thanks again Energy rater!!!
    So hear is my question: One vent (which is square) has a thingy capping it, that is sealed (from the old system when I had someone try to seal it) and it turns the "box"...
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    Muchas Gracias

    Many thanks guys. I will make sure they seal everything. You have been super helpful.

    Energy, question for you. Should I have had them change the supply boxes? They are nailed in. They are from my...
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    I aspire to be cool chick. "have them come...

    I aspire to be cool chick.

    "have them come early one morning..like 7 or 8 am
    leave some cold drinks for them to have when they finish up
    to take with them. "

    By the way, they didn't take a...
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    La la la. Hee hee. Ok, one more question..where...

    La la la. Hee hee. Ok, one more question..where are the dampers?
    I want to understand where they are so I don't do something stupid like request they mastic seal them and they can't be adjusted.
    ...
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    Thank you Energy rater! That's the kind of info I...

    Thank you Energy rater! That's the kind of info I need. You rock.
    A few questions for clarification:
    "ducts should be mastic sealed to plenum not just lock tied on.
    same for supply boxes to...
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    I appreciate the question. I never considered...

    I appreciate the question. I never considered that might be a problemo. I thought it would just la la la hang there.
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    Thanks again Mr. Bill. I don't think they'll...

    Thanks again Mr. Bill.
    I don't think they'll give me a hard time about suspending the ducts bc that's easy enough to do. It looks like there's some slack in them. Should they suspend all of them or...
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    Here are the photos I could get of the install....

    Here are the photos I could get of the install. There's no way to even get to the second half of the attic bc they filled the space with ducts...I don't know anything but I would think running a...
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    Very Funny Mr. Bill! LOL To be honest they...

    Very Funny Mr. Bill! LOL

    To be honest they kept saying "wait a week and call us back to balance the system," I really think it was hot and they were tired and wanted to go home and know they have...
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    Flex duct installations

    Can someone post pictures of a proper flex duct installation with an explanation of what makes the installation good? Pictures from both sides of the duct (from the unit, to the vent) and how the...
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    ...I think the old one kinda worked like this:...

    ...I think the old one kinda worked like this: drops below the temperature, system turns on. Reaches temperature, system turns off. So I can't imagine...just bc it says gas it can't do...
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    ...I'm confused. If its a cool day out and I want...

    ...I'm confused. If its a cool day out and I want fresh air I shouldn't turn off my a/c and open the windows? Ever? The other night I had my windows open and it was rather pleasant in here, low 70's....
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    Thanks.

    Thanks.
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    Thermostat configuration

    Hi,
    I have a Rheem 305 thermostat.

    I have a central air system hooked up to it and an oil heat furnace. The air and the heat are 2 separate systems (heat is baseboard).

    I only see options for...
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    Hmn

    Ok will climb in the attic later and take some pics.
    Per the a/c+air handler, in a different post I was told that's a good match.

    I saw it matched on the Rheem spec sheet as a 16 seer...
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    A few questions about install

    Hi,
    I finally had my installation done today-- a 3.5 ton rheem rapm042jez with an rhklm 3821ja air handler.

    Holy moly that condenser is huge. Its almost the size of a mini cooper.

    They gutted...
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    Hahaha

    :hijacked: Very funny, Stud.
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    Thanks!

    You have set my mind at ease. :)
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    Question About Humidity control

    Hi,
    The contractor who sold me a Rheem RAPMJEZ and RHKLM3821 air handler did not show up. This contractor told me i must have the 305 thermostat for humidity control. They have given me a new...
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    ...the line to my oil tank is really long and i...

    ...the line to my oil tank is really long and i sometimes have problems with the vacuum pump when its really cold and the oil gets thick, and the heat cuts off in the winter. (Who needs heat when its...
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    Wifi

    The Honeywell prestige looks nice. I like the interface, and it doesn't do "learning" which I find obnoxious . :P

    I'm getting a single stage variable speed system. This should do the trick, right?...
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    Hi - do you know how it works? Can I rig it to...

    Hi - do you know how it works? Can I rig it to talk to it directly through my own router or do i have to pay a monthly service fee and use some kinda service? Thanks!
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    Wifi Thermostat for Rheem

    My washing machine just flooded and I thought, "gee i need a water sensor that will email me."

    Then I realized, "why didn't I get a wifi thermostat with my ac?!"

    Can anyone recommend a wifi...
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    ah so

    I kind of see. So like, based on a window unit...I'd say my master bedrm needs 6500 btus or so...and my livingroom would need like 9000...so like...the bedroom is near the supply and the livingroom...
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    Need Help with Duct Size

    :gah:

    Ok...I signed a contract with an A/C Vendor.
    I'm replacing my central air.
    I am getting a Rheem Prestige RAPM-042JEZ with a RHKLM3821 Air Handler. This calculates to just under 3.5 ton...
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    I will see. Every vendor acts like I'm hassling...

    I will see. Every vendor acts like I'm hassling them bc I want a good install. 'Scuse-eh-moi. If someone wanted to know if I was going to do a good job for them, I would be *happy* to describe how I...
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