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  1. Hi small-change - I appreciate the advice, and...

    Hi small-change - I appreciate the advice, and yes, it could well be due to corrosion or sediment, but what's the value of verifying it? Can't do anything about it. Might as well change the tank...
  2. Thanks - My problem with this one is that the...

    Thanks - My problem with this one is that the thermostat has gone out twice now so I'd prefer something of higher quality.

    Unfortunately the heat is FHA, and the tank is at a low point in my...
  3. Recommend brand/model gas water heater w/hard water?

    Hi all, and happy new year.

    I'm getting tired of my nearly 6-year old 40g. gas Bradford-White. A couple of years ago the water wasn't getting too hot, and replacing the stat (warranty, but cost...
  4. its outdoors, hose might freeze (i'm in new...

    its outdoors, hose might freeze (i'm in new england)
  5. well, it's been draining outside (into the...

    well, it's been draining outside (into the crawlspace) for 4 years with no ill effects, so the gravel ditch should work (my only goal is to keep the water from the critters). The crawl space is...
  6. The washing machine drain is at the other end of...

    The washing machine drain is at the other end of the house - through multiple finished rooms. Otherwise this is what I'd do.

    and I completely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended...
  7. so what do you recommend?

    so what do you recommend?
  8. I could dig the hole and put stones into it -...

    I could dig the hole and put stones into it - that's what I did with my A/C runoff. But it's a low crawlspace and difficult to work in, and I'm never sure that the critters won't make their way down...
  9. Hi - I appreciate your comment. I suppose one...

    Hi - I appreciate your comment. I suppose one approach would to get multiple contractors to come out and give multiple approaches and quotes, and then present them here for comment, but since I'm...
  10. How connect condensate pump into PVC drain pipe?

    Hi - When my furnace was replaced a few years ago, they ran the condensate drain out into a crawl space under a back room (the nearest utility sink is on the other side of the house, through finished...
  11. I'm on contract for a spring checkout, but those...

    I'm on contract for a spring checkout, but those don't start for a month or so
  12. ACTUALLY - I replaced the filter (upgraded the...

    ACTUALLY - I replaced the filter (upgraded the Aprilaire 2200 to the new #213 filter) last August. I have separate heat & A/C systems and so this filter has only about 10 weeks of use. I'm thinking...
  13. Roger on the air filter.. So really no...

    Roger on the air filter..

    So really no reason to run it continually..... ok.

    thanks
    /j
  14. Spring startup of 2007 Bryant Evolution system

    Hi - I live in New England. I have a 2007 Bryant Evolution A/C system. I leave the power to the condenser on all winter (there's an internal heater, i think?)

    The first time i turn it on in the...
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    Thanks BT - never thought about using the hot...

    Thanks BT - never thought about using the hot water for the humidifier - I can suggest that.

    House is quite well built, and addition (2nd floor) is very tight.

    Thanks, I appreciate it.
    /j
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    Hi - I talked to the contractor. Recaping:...

    Hi - I talked to the contractor.

    Recaping: The basement heating system heats only the basement and the first floor, the 2nd floor is heated by a different system in the attic. (house is 3500 sq...
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    Hi BT - this is something I'm aware of - Sills...

    Hi BT - this is something I'm aware of - Sills are fine. We used to run into a problem where

    a) there was no storm window
    b) shade was kept down all day.

    This somehow created a confined area...
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    Sorry BT - was on my blackberry yesterday, I...

    Sorry BT - was on my blackberry yesterday, I don't think I direct-replied to this.

    Yes, the little skuttle does (according to the stat, and an independent (albeit cheapie) digital meter in one...
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    No, they don't actually. I think it's because we...

    No, they don't actually. I think it's because we also have storms.

    BTW - belated congrats on being promoted to moderator, nice to have a friend in high places 8-}
    /j
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    Geez BT - I hate to disagree with you, but I...

    Geez BT - I hate to disagree with you, but I don't have window sweat and I keep the evolution stat set at 35% while the temp bumps between the 30s and single digits. House stays comfortable...
    /j
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    You know - I was thinking - why would I want the...

    You know - I was thinking - why would I want the indoor relative humidity to vary with outside temperature. Isn't that the PROBLEM I'm trying to fix??? 8-}

    I mean, if it's cold enough to fire up...
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    Are you sure? I have an evolution system...

    Are you sure? I have an evolution system (w/evolution stat) in my house and it doesn't do that. The humidistat has a hard setting in 5% increments.
    /j
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    Thanks TB, BT - the more I think about it, the...

    Thanks TB, BT - the more I think about it, the more I question his contractor.

    For example - The suggestion that it's better for the the humidifier to still be running when the system isn't...
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    BT - actually pretty tight. It's an old (1940s)...

    BT - actually pretty tight. It's an old (1940s) house, but pretty tight (plaster walls).

    GD - I'm not doubting steam will work, just thinking evaporative will also work, at lower cost and pain. ...
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    Steam or Evaporative?, special situation

    My parents home was originally a ranch with a basement, with FHA heating system. They added a 2nd floor, which is heated by another FHA system in the Attic. The house is dry. The humidifier in the...
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