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    thanks for the input

    thanks for the input
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    retrofit gas insert that is see through

    I have a gas burning fireplace built in about 1978. It can be wood burning or gas, (masonry construction) but it was fitted with gas logs and looks to have never been used for wood. It is a "see...
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    I call the show "Holmes on Foam" because it seems...

    I call the show "Holmes on Foam" because it seems like his answer to everything is FOAM!
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    Stick your hand by a vent, if the flow is low, is...

    Stick your hand by a vent, if the flow is low, is is on stage 1, if the flow is high, it is on stage 2. Or just lie to them. :)
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    Newspaper article that sums it all up

    Saw this article today that could be a summary of the advice I have read on this board. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=239505
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    problem solved

    Thanks for the input everyone. My hvac co found some holes in the return ductwork above the roofline that he surmised was sucking water in when running. He sealed them up. Now I hope the next rain...
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    Actually they are about 8" up. Looks like 2 4"...

    Actually they are about 8" up. Looks like 2 4" beams on top of each other. No ductwork is visible so I assume they are downflow
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    Thanks for the comments. As far as the 2 foot...

    Thanks for the comments. As far as the 2 foot comment, that is based on how high the roofing material goes on the knee walls. I don't usually go up on the roof (two story building) during HEAVY...
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    RTU question

    I have a flat roofed building that has a few RTU's on it, and when there is HEAVY rain (perhaps 1 - 2x a year) there will be some water that leaks in through the return air shaft. My theory is that...
  10. Call the radon mitigation co and find out what...

    Call the radon mitigation co and find out what they say. From what I recall, the fans used in radon mitigation are not very powerful, especially compared with kitchen hood fans. The radon system is...
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    I had the tamarack whole house fan at my old...

    I had the tamarack whole house fan at my old place and it seemed to work pretty good on those days that the temp dropped at night and the house was still hot. Pulled in that cool air through the...
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    I think we are in the same boat. Both our states...

    I think we are in the same boat. Both our states had a rate freeze and now they are getting whopping increases. The joke is, they just pushed through a big increase, now they are asking for another...
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    I can't speak for his situation as I don't know...

    I can't speak for his situation as I don't know the cost of his system. However, in the Chicago area our power prices have risen significantly. 2.5% increase starting in June to cover transmission...
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    I'm sure AC is needed more often in FLA, my point...

    I'm sure AC is needed more often in FLA, my point was that in Chicagoland we tend to have extremes on the hot and cold side, so a more efficient AC would be helpful since you will be using it a lot.
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    Um, I live in the area, and it gets VERY hot and...

    Um, I live in the area, and it gets VERY hot and humid here at times, usually 15-25 days a year over 90 degrees. We also have high humidity for several months. Truly the best of both worlds, below...
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    I noticed on their site that the G61MPV is no...

    I noticed on their site that the G61MPV is no longer listed. (I think it used to be a Signature model)

    Perhaps they tweaked the G61MPV and changed the name to G71P ? In any event, they don't...
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    If the units are located close to the home, why...

    If the units are located close to the home, why not build the deck around them and leave enough room for service and no obstructions above?
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    You can't see minerals in a glass of water. Hard...

    You can't see minerals in a glass of water. Hard water and soft water will both look clear.
  19. Thread: Gas usage

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    It has silica sand, and vermiculite for the...

    It has silica sand, and vermiculite for the "ember effect". It is natural gas, not LP. I am aware of the dangers of leaving the gas turned on, so we pull the key when we turn it off. The logset...
  20. Thread: Gas usage

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    I found the paperwork from the log set. It is a...

    I found the paperwork from the log set. It is a Rasmussen Modern Flame 30" logset. It is Radco listed with an F style burner The brochure is copyright 1993 so that is the oldest it can be. The...
  21. Thread: Gas usage

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    The gas is turned on with a square key, you light...

    The gas is turned on with a square key, you light the fireplace with a match. This fireplace is in the center of the room, and both sides looks the same, it was always a see through fireplace. What...
  22. Thread: Gas usage

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    The log set is about 30". This is a fireplace is...

    The log set is about 30". This is a fireplace is open to both front and back, has 2 dampers, and is vented to the chimney. It can be used for wood burning or gas. The gas line looks to be 1/2",...
  23. Thread: Gas usage

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    Gas usage

    Is there any way to determine how much gas a gas fireplace uses? It is an existing unit in the home we bought, and I do not have the make/model. (It is a custom fireplace with a gas log insert,...
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    Chicago area RTU checkup

    I'm looking for a contractor to do some annual maintenance on a few RTU's. Everything is working fine, I just want to get them checked out, cleaned, etc when it warms up. This is in the Western...
  25. I had a new Lennox furnace and a/x installed with...

    I had a new Lennox furnace and a/x installed with a 15 year warranty, and it states that annual service by an *authorized* Lennox company must be performed to keep it valid. There is no requirement...
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    I think the combustion air intake doesn't have to...

    I think the combustion air intake doesn't have to be from outside air, so this might actually be okay..... not pretty though.
  27. 4 dogs, 6 cats and 4 birds? Do you live in an...

    4 dogs, 6 cats and 4 birds? Do you live in an Ark? :)

    Seriously, I am not a pro, but from perusing the forums here it seems that washable filters are not good.
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    I'm not a pro, but I would think the closer the...

    I'm not a pro, but I would think the closer the filter is to the unit, the better results you will get, since there is less distance for the air to travel after it has been filtered. (since the...
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    Thanks for the reply, the complicating factor is...

    Thanks for the reply, the complicating factor is we have several inches of snow here in the Chicago area, and the smell is near some bushes, so it is hard to see if there's something dead down...
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    Thanks. Like I said, no odor at all near the...

    Thanks. Like I said, no odor at all near the furnace or in the house. CO detectors in the area by the furnace, and in the room next door (with digital readout showing 0) (furnace is in basement) ...
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    Odor from High Efficiency?

    Had a new Lennox G61v installed this year, and recently, I've noticed a foul odor on the side of my house near the exhaust pipe. There is no odor in the house, and the unit is working great. I...
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    lead paint

    In 1978 lead paint was banned for residential. (29 years ago) The current HUD forms for selling a house require a lead paint disclosure if the house is pre-1978. (disclosure is merely a notice...
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    bad salesman

    I had a Sears guy out to give me a quote for new HVAC. I called them due to the fact they are a Carrier dealer. Salesman didn't do ANY measurements, just looked at sizes of existing equipment and...
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    Little Giant Ladder

    I can't post in the other forum 'cuz I'm not a pro, but I was trying to respond to the thread about the Little Giant Ladder and alternatives. Go to amazon.com and search for Werner. They have a...
  35. I'm sure they can... My general question was...

    I'm sure they can... My general question was whether it would cause a problem or not. Believe me, with a brand new system, I don't intend on voiding my warranty by touching ANYTHING!
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    I think I know the company you are talking about....

    I think I know the company you are talking about. (They advertise in the newspaper with Chicago Bear players in their ads) I used them for my new furnace and ac. They actually turned out to be the...
  37. Can I run power humidifer when furnace is on fan only?

    I have a variable speed furnace and I keep the fan on constant. I have a power humidifier than is set up to kick on when the furnace calls for heat, and the humidistat calls for humidity. However,...
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    Yes 2 stage g61v with april aire 8366 tstat,

    Yes 2 stage g61v with april aire 8366 tstat,
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    Speaker wire - was from old humidifier install -...

    Speaker wire - was from old humidifier install - wire nuts are from old humidifier install, new company did not install, left as is.

    The chimney is clay lined, and installer was unable to get new...
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    Chicagoland Lennox G61V

    Just had this installed at my home, replacing a 25+ year old Tappan. They reused the humidifier from the old install. The service stickers are from the old unit when previous owner had work done.
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    Most likely the average pricing for you in your...

    Most likely the average pricing for you in your area will be less than some pay, more than others pay, and right about the same as some others pay. :)

    But that's about as specific as the board...
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    House is about 30 years old with original windows...

    House is about 30 years old with original windows and insulation. I have been here about a year, and have not had time/money to put in new windows, upgrade insulation, etc, and due to the age of...
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    phantom tax credit

    I have been in the market to replace my hvac due to its age (25+ furnace, 15+ac) and decided to pull the trigger this year in small part due to the tax credit. After getting several contractor...
  44. Thanks t527ed.

    Thanks t527ed.
  45. One contractor did a manual J... but his quote...

    One contractor did a manual J... but his quote didn't indicate what size equipment he would install, just "properly sized equipment" He was a Trane dealer and his price was significantly higher than...
  46. New System choice - Does AC Cabinet matter?

    I am in the market for a new furnace and ac in the Chicago area. House was built 1978 and is 2 stories with full basement, 1900 feet 1st floor, 1200 feet 2nd floor, with a big old Tappan 140k btu...
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