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    Thanks for the reply. I don't routinely clean the...

    Thanks for the reply. I don't routinely clean the A-coil, but it seemed like my system was sucking in outside air(as in too much), so it sent me scrambling in our Texas triple digits. This(too much...
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    Maybe "thanks for ANY comments" was casting too...

    Maybe "thanks for ANY comments" was casting too wide a net.
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    A-Coil Cleaning access question

    This question regards an air handler that is inside the house, first floor closet, vertical position, with the intake right below said unit. The other day I removed the intake grill to check the...
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    I think lots of folks just don't have enough to...

    I think lots of folks just don't have enough to do, or at least "won't" do it.
  5. Thread: Water furnace

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    Water furnace

    Got to say that after a year in our new house, I really like the simplicity of the AquaTherm furnace. Never had experience with a water furnace, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Our house has an...
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    Wow, I had forgot about this thread. I ended up...

    Wow, I had forgot about this thread. I ended up using sheet metal. My step-dad and I built it. To be honest I have never liked duct board(or flex) and would not install it in a dog house. But that's...
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    Your post brought up an important question I...

    Your post brought up an important question I hadn't thought of: Is a hydronic heating system like the Aquatherm "Combo Heater" enough to heat a house(albeit well insulated) or does it need a heat...
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    The outside unit is new(or at least 2007). One...

    The outside unit is new(or at least 2007). One thing I forgot to mention is the ductwork is in the conditioned space, which to me, is a big plus.
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    Anyone know about these units?

    We are looking at buying a house that has a First Co. Aquatherm "Combo Heater" air handler. Hot water from a gas fired water heater is piped through the air handler coils to heat the house via forced...
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    That was what I thought, but I just thought I...

    That was what I thought, but I just thought I would check. I installed all new black pipe in our previous house, but that's been awhile. Crawling around in the attic was WAY easier back in my forties...
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    But just for information purposes, let's say the...

    But just for information purposes, let's say the code allows it. What is your opinion of it? If you could do either one, would you go with black pipe or wardflex? Thanks again for any information.
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    Gas pipe question

    Down the road we will be replacing our hvac. Right now the house is all electric, but the next unit will be gas. I heard poly(or something) can now be used for gas pipe in homes. Can anyone tell me...
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    I had the quadruple bypass a few years ago after...

    I had the quadruple bypass a few years ago after 6 yrs. of chest pains. The surgery is pretty straight forward, just grafting in some vessels. It's the access that's a bit of a problem, since your...
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    We are over in Denton and I have wondered about...

    We are over in Denton and I have wondered about that same question. Our house has a mixture of 8 ft ceilings(2 bedrooms, kitchen, baths) and vaulted ceilings(peaks at 12 ft in living rm and master...
  15. Thread: I was floored

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    I have never pulled one of my own teeth, but I...

    I have never pulled one of my own teeth, but I did take out my appendectomy stitches. But only after first getting my doc's okay. Then one day my buddy says that he wished he didn't have to go to the...
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    Gable vent vs soffit vent.

    This house is a rectangle with its greatest length running north and south(also the direction of the prevailing winds), has 2 wind turbines and soffit vents on the east and west. There is an open...
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    Radiant Barrier on a vehicle roof?

    Do you think it would work to replace a falling down headliner with a stick-on radiant barrier material or would the heat just un-stick it? The material I saw looks like it was meant to stick on a...
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    I just did this the other day and went with the...

    I just did this the other day and went with the rubber(elastomeric) insulation. I think it is better and specifically designed for HVAC.
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    Too much cooling.

    I wonder what the average North American keeps his stat on. Seems like everywhere I go the AC is way too cold for me. Don't get me wrong, I like a little cooling too, but apparently way less than the...
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    Mark, I have also considered your idea(bats...

    Mark, I have also considered your idea(bats covered with foil foam board). I spent Jan.,Feb.,&Mar. sealing every ceiling penetration I could find, replaced all my flex duct/plenum, added more soffit...
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    Attic insulation question

    I am considering applying 3/4" polyisocyanurate board(with foil on one side) to the underside of my roof, which is 2 X 4 trusses, 2 ft. on center. Do you think if would be better to fit the poly in...
  22. Thread: Plenum exits

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    Plenum exits

    Is is okay if a plenum(5 duct taps, three 9"", one 8", one 7") have all of it's duct runs come out of only 2 sides? Reason I'm asking is that where the plenum will be going is blocked on 2 sides by...
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    Hey Shophound, speaking of ferro-cement domes,...

    Hey Shophound, speaking of ferro-cement domes, have you ever looked at the monolithic domes in Italy Texas?
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    I 100% agree. The easiest thing is just let...

    I 100% agree. The easiest thing is just let people use up their old stamps at face value, like a grandfather clause. If the rest of the world was run like the post office, we would be jacked. Can you...
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    Lotta Heat Pump Posts

    I presently have resistance heating and have considered putting in a hp, but I notice there sure seem to be a lot of posts with heat pump problems. My last system had a gas furnace(Rudd) that I...
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    Wow, that' good to know! I did watch our electric...

    Wow, that' good to know! I did watch our electric meter as both breakers were turned on and didn't see the meter spin kick up. So hopefully neither strip is being energized non-stop. I did notice the...
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    Electric furnace question

    I noticed our electric furnace(non heat pump) resistance heat has 2 breakers in the outside panel, one 60 amp and one 30 amp. And there are the same size 2 breakers on the furnace(a handy disconnect...
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    I don't personally know anyone that sets their...

    I don't personally know anyone that sets their stat at between 65 and 68 in the winter. We keep ours at 68 in the winter and 78 or 80 in the summer, which is exactly OPPOSITE of what the people I...
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    Customer's energy IQ

    As energy costs have risen over the last couple of years, do you guys think the average customer/person has become more proactive about their homes regarding energy issues(insulation, efficiency,...
  30. Thread: Aqua Furnace

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    Aqua Furnace

    I toured a house last yr. that used the water heater as the heat source for the furnace. It was made by First Co. Heating & Air(firstco.com), an Aqua Therm "Combo Heater". What is your opinion about...
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    Makes me wonder if it would be worth having a gas...

    Makes me wonder if it would be worth having a gas meter put in(there is gas in our neighborhood) and installing black pipe for a gas hybrid. I ran all new gas pipe from the meter in our house in...
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    Denton.

    Denton.
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    Heat pump in North Texas

    The earlier heat pump question in New Orleans got me thinking about when we replace our system down the road. Our house is all electric and we are about 40 miles north of Dallas. Would a heat pump be...
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    That's so true Air311.

    That's so true Air311.
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    I hear you AC Doc.

    I hear you AC Doc.
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    I was using artistic license(a colloquial term...

    I was using artistic license(a colloquial term used to denote the distortion or complete ignorance of fact). But seriously, what's the deal with those duct board mini-plenum air distribution boxes...
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    Seems like the money is pretty good selling to us...

    Seems like the money is pretty good selling to us losers though. Last week a supply house quoted me a price of $57.00 for a box of 9" flex(ouch)! I ended up buying almost everything I needed(except...
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    Cancel duct board. I will go with metal. As far...

    Cancel duct board. I will go with metal. As far as issues, duct system is old and poorly designed. Part of the ceilings are vaulted and the plenum sits very tight to the framing on the north and east...
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    Duct board plenum fabrication

    I am going to replace my plenum(now 43" tall) with one that is 82" tall(for better flex duct runs over a vaulted ceiling), 14" deep and 20.5" wide. I will also need to cut it in half(41" lengths) to...
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    Poll: Greenbay and New England and New England wins the...

    Greenbay and New England and New England wins the superbowl.
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    Thanks for the 2 responses. To be honest I'm very...

    Thanks for the 2 responses. To be honest I'm very surprised at the lack of comments for the merits of placement in the conditioned space, especially on an HVAC board and other boards. Either this...
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    The Conditioned space.

    I recently saw some homes being constructed that have their HVAC unit and ductwork in the conditioned space. This idea seemed long overdue and made me want to place our ductwork in the conditioned...
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