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    "Stupid" question - if there isn't a trap for the...

    "Stupid" question - if there isn't a trap for the overflow pipe, what prevents bugs from getting into the house from there?
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    Thanks guys. I have the 90 degree elbow that the...

    Thanks guys. I have the 90 degree elbow that the gutter guy cut off - it has "3/4" inch stamped on it. It has about 1/2 inch of pipe sticking out of it - so I can use a coupling (what size? 3/4?)...
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    Update

    I haven't gotten the a/c contractor out to my house to look at the piping (they are only available during my work hours and I haven't had a day off).

    Anyway, I have another problem. I had a...
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    I had my Carrier central air installed a few...

    I had my Carrier central air installed a few months ago. But I was in the attic and noticed a couple of things.

    They ran a pvc pipe out to the gutter for emergency overflow. But I see daylight...
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    Tim Fox, I will - I was just trying to be a...

    Tim Fox,

    I will - I was just trying to be a little resourceful before calling the guy back. I certainly don't want him to come back and light the pilot when I could have done it in 5 minutes and...
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    Another question - I went up to see the air...

    Another question - I went up to see the air handler and saw some type of filtration box at the end of the air handler with a plastic marker that showed it was installed in October (can select...
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    Other than replacing with copper, the copalum...

    Other than replacing with copper, the copalum method is the best. Specially trained electricians use a crimp tool that exerts a tremendous amount of force to pigtail a copper wire to the aluminum...
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    I understand - circulators on - but boiler not...

    I understand - circulators on - but boiler not firing up. Someone asked if I had a pilot light or if it is autoignition - what's the diff and what should I do in either situation? Thanks.
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    Okay - outside temp around 53, I tried turning on...

    Okay - outside temp around 53, I tried turning on the baseboard heat today (2 zones, upstairs/downstairs). I turned on the upstairs stat, heard some water sounds in the baseboard pipes in the...
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    They sealed the back of the return with the...

    They sealed the back of the return with the insulated foil wrap that you would wrap ducts with. So I think I'm good for now - I can always add batted insulation in the return using the filter to...
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    Infinity Thermostat

    One other question,

    They installed an Infinity thermostat but they said it can't control the baseboard heat b/c it is not an Infinity furnace/boiler. So I need to have two thermostats on the wall...
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    They are finishing my install of a central A/C...

    They are finishing my install of a central A/C today (Carrier Infinity - 5 tons; 2-stage condensor; var speed A/H; one zone with return in upper hallway ceiling). Can they test it if the outside...
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    A two-stage/speed compressor. What % of...

    A two-stage/speed compressor. What % of full-capacity is the first stage operating at? What tonnage if it is a 5-ton system? Just curious whether I can operate at the first stage most of the time...
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    I know what you are saying - right ain't cheap. ...

    I know what you are saying - right ain't cheap.

    Infinity is the two-speed condensor - more money;

    Then, you guys are recommending either:

    - two-three zones - mucho money;

    Or two systems -...
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    FWIW - just central a/c. No heating through...

    FWIW - just central a/c. No heating through ductwork.
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    <Infinty Zoning is tops,but really works the best,with a two speed/stage.>

    This is getting expensive. Adding zoning plus two-speed condensor is about 50% of original quote for single-stage non...
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    Actualy, the zone would be one for upstairs...

    Actualy, the zone would be one for upstairs (includes addition, which is about half of the upstairs) and one zone for downstairs. Are you suggestion two zones for upstairs?
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    Split-level house - 3 levels. Current return...

    Split-level house - 3 levels. Current return over the staircase between middle and third level. Currently only one-zone. Added a 625 sq foot addition over the garage creating additional room...
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    If you had to pick only one, which would you...

    If you had to pick only one, which would you choose (Central A/C only) -

    a) having 2 zones on one system; or,
    b) two-speed compressor (Carrier Infinity).

    The way I understand it, the...
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    One more thing - contractor said variable speed...

    One more thing - contractor said variable speed AH, single-speed condensor.
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    Dash, Temps seemed consistent for room to room...

    Dash,

    Temps seemed consistent for room to room and floor to floor. We usually don't close doors. But even if we did, doors have a 1 1/2 inch gap b/c we removed carpets.
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    Split level house - current return on the ceiling...

    Split level house - current return on the ceiling above the stairs that go from the middle level to the top level. There is also a ground level. I guess this location attempts to pull in air from...
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    Actually, I have baseboard heating - so I guess I...

    Actually, I have baseboard heating - so I guess I don't have to adjust the dampers?
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    <and during cooling season, if you get the upstairs comfortable, the downstairs will be freezing. >

    Contractor said he would use dampers? for the downstairs to achieve a more consistent...
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    Maybe I used the term "slow time" - he said he is...

    Maybe I used the term "slow time" - he said he is trying to fill a gap and that he had a large job get canceled. So he has other jobs lined up after next week. Or maybe he has a bunch of crews on...
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