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  1. Thread: Conflicting info

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    How is the system working? You didn't really say...

    How is the system working?
    You didn't really say if there were any comfort or performance issues.
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    Was the system run during construction? That...

    Was the system run during construction?
    That looks like sheetrock dust to me.
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    No. If you have no humidifier it doesn't use any...

    No. If you have no humidifier it doesn't use any water!
    Leaking toilet?
  4. I have installed dozens of them, including at my...

    I have installed dozens of them, including at my own house. Never a complaint. For the most part I would describe the sound moving air with a very slight motor sound. I don't think I have ever seen a...
  5. Like teddy said it is typical. The ground temp....

    Like teddy said it is typical. The ground temp. is around 55f. so with no conditioning that is where you will end up.

    My own home has no AC in the basement and is the coldest area of the house on...
  6. Great data in your graph Mark!

    Great data in your graph Mark!
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    My feelings exactly Erla, I was so speechless...

    My feelings exactly Erla, I was so speechless that they seemed to think 4 ACH was OK I couldn't even type!

    Such a missed opportunity, shameful. Hope there is a chance they will remedy this.
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    4 air changes per hour! And he said nothing...

    4 air changes per hour!

    And he said nothing about this! If this is true it is clearly your problem and seriously question his competence.

    The spray foam could have been done better but but that...
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    Is this from a different thread?

    Is this from a different thread?
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    4.73 ACH50 is the blower door leakage rate at...

    4.73 ACH50 is the blower door leakage rate at -50pa depressurization based on their calculated volume of 95100 cubic feet.
    I prefer to calculate to ACHn [natural]. It is not an exact calculation...
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    I don't have time to go through it all right now...

    I don't have time to go through it all right now but it appears there is quit a bit of duct leakage to the attic. This would contribute to humidity problems. Were you present for the test and did...
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    X2 I know you said you didn't want to hear...

    X2

    I know you said you didn't want to hear this, but you should.
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    A good place to start if you haven't already...

    A good place to start if you haven't already found it.

    http://www.bpi.org/homeowners_benefits.aspx
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    If you have someone RESNET or BPI they should be...

    If you have someone RESNET or BPI they should be qualified. You could ask for references if it makes you feel better. It is a science, but not rocket science when you understand the house as a system...
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    Yes, that is an option and may be a very good...

    Yes, that is an option and may be a very good one. Bringing the ductwork into conditioned space solves a lot of problems at once!

    Without pictures and being there it's tough to make...
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    One more thing I don't think has been mentioned...

    One more thing I don't think has been mentioned is that if the envelope is improved your equipment will be even more oversized. Manual j load calculations should be done after improvements to insure...
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    Yes, the energy audit and blower door can be done...

    Yes, the energy audit and blower door can be done in the winter but be prepared for it to get cold in there for a bit. As far as asking for data, Calculated volume, CFM50, ACH and ACHn if they do...
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    I just read the whole thread. I also thought...

    I just read the whole thread. I also thought immediately everything was oversized.

    I also thought blower door and duct blaster testing. I see you did the blower door but the number you posted...
  19. That chimney does not go into the basement, it's...

    That chimney does not go into the basement, it's outside and a fireplace only. It also does not look as though it would be original to the house either.

    I would guess the original was removed,...
  20. If there is no fresh air inlet [it would go from...

    If there is no fresh air inlet [it would go from outside to the return air ductwork] then there is return ductwork leakage. Without seeing it I assume it's in the attic.
    A duct blaster test is what...
  21. Exactly what vstech said. If pressure goes up...

    Exactly what vstech said.

    If pressure goes up when the system is running it is a return leak from the outside or air intake.

    I can understand how that may effect your headache condition but not...
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    Sounds like you would really benefit from an...

    Sounds like you would really benefit from an audit for more than 1 reason.

    You should take mbarson up on his offer. Xcel energy does have a program and he probably can tell you about it as well.
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    It's very unlikely but not impossible that fan...

    It's very unlikely but not impossible that fan could drop the pressure in the house enough to cause anything like that. It does need make up air though and will get it from the easiest place it can....
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    If the attic is blown in insulation I would bet...

    If the attic is blown in insulation I would bet money that inaccessible section over that room has no insulation.
    Too bad about the shoddy work, such a shame in a new house and unfortunately not...
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    That's good that it blows out, bad it doesn't do...

    That's good that it blows out, bad it doesn't do a good job. That arrangement should work pretty well, maybe a stuck damper or just a bad install.
    Do you have any other sources of humidity such as...
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    Sorry to hear you were unable to stop it before...

    Sorry to hear you were unable to stop it before permanent damage. Unfortunately even though the ice is now gone the source still remains. It was still a problem before and still is. It just...
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    I was able to make a small hole through the roof...

    I was able to make a small hole through the roof sheathing that isolated that peak area from the rest of the attic to confirm my suspicion, then open it up enough to get in and do the job from the...
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    Is the inaccessible roof described the same one...

    Is the inaccessible roof described the same one that stays cold?

    Had one of these problem rooms once. I finally figured out part of that ceiling was not accessible until I went up there with a...
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    At +20 and 32% you will start to see the sorts of...

    At +20 and 32% you will start to see the sorts of problems you are having. A temporary solution might be a portable dehumidifier.
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    First thing would be trying to get the humidity...

    First thing would be trying to get the humidity down, what is it like in more normal conditions?
    I have never heard of pressurizing a bathroom before. I would see if that fan can be reversed to blow...
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    Wow. OK, for starters bathroom exhaust fans...

    Wow. OK, for starters bathroom exhaust fans should be vented to the outside. You stated a fan was blowing in, Are you sure?
    32% at-33 is way too high but this may be an extreme example. The areas...
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    It looks like there are issues being addressed...

    It looks like there are issues being addressed that are sure to help. One other thing I noticed is the insulation. It is nice to have that nice floor up there to store all the stuff you don't need,...
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    Without checking I believe 5' from any windows or...

    Without checking I believe 5' from any windows or doors is the minimum but 10' is recommended. I would have to double check that but inside the door is a serious no - no.
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    When properly adjusted up to 50ppm measured 6-12"...

    When properly adjusted up to 50ppm measured 6-12" over the burner is in range of most manufacture's so they will raise levels in the area. Sad but true.

    I checked mine a while back and found...
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    Just do a search for "hygrometer" There are many...

    Just do a search for "hygrometer" There are many cheap ones to get a basic idea of RH.
    I'm not that familiar with your climate in TX but in mine if it is that dry [we are assuming until you check...
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    It is electrical conduit and is not rated or...

    It is electrical conduit and is not rated or approved for that use.
  37. Thread: GFCI OUTLET

    by stvc
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    Just to be clear a GFCI does not trip due to...

    Just to be clear a GFCI does not trip due to circuit load, it would not trip at 25A, the breaker would. [I believe you are referring to a recept.]
    It trips due to current leaks to ground and is...
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    A humidifier is a band aid for the problem and...

    A humidifier is a band aid for the problem and pissing your heating $ outside. If the house was tight you would have to worry about high RH but until you know what it is we are only speculating. BTW,...
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    The pump is removing condensate from the...

    The pump is removing condensate from the combustion process and can't and shouldn't be shut off.
    What your problem most likely is excessive air infiltration into the house.
    What is the actual RH...
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    It defies logic sometime how electrical things...

    It defies logic sometime how electrical things can work underwater. A mill building I did a lot of work at had the basement level completely flood. Nobody knew until someone called the elevator to...
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    I'm not sure what the non chemical fiberglass is,...

    I'm not sure what the non chemical fiberglass is, never heard of it but will look into it.

    I am glad they are looking at insulation and either will work, duct blaster and sealing is great too.
    ...
  42. Thread: backdrafting hwt

    by stvc
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    Ditto. This is a very serious problem that you...

    Ditto.

    This is a very serious problem that you should not attempt fixing yourself. I am curious how you discovered it was back-drafting, I'm glad you can still write about it.
  43. The Panasonic fans are what I usually recommend,...

    The Panasonic fans are what I usually recommend, quiet, efficient and actually move air. Coupled with a humidistat and properly sized it should do the job.
  44. Thread: Curing bacon

    by stvc
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    Yup, Its got me hook line and sinker now! Been...

    Yup, Its got me hook line and sinker now!

    Been researching it more, looks like I got to find some curing salt and get the smoker out of winter hibernation.
  45. Thread: Curing bacon

    by stvc
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    Curing bacon

    Anyone here made their own bacon before? Got hold of a pork belly and am going to give it a try this weekend.

    This is the recipe I"m going to use.


    ...
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    Good video and system but IMO some sealer [primer...

    Good video and system but IMO some sealer [primer etc.] should have been applied to all that bare wood. Rot and warping are what I see kill wood windows.
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    I kind of expected they would find something more...

    I kind of expected they would find something more than that but it does sound reasonable. You could try a quick fix with some of that removable caulking, forget the exact name but it's like sticky...
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    taverty - That is correct, it should be closed...

    taverty - That is correct, it should be closed but by opening and closing things with the BD running it can be enlightening to see if areas are going positive or negative. If they do it means there...
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    I just wanted to summarize a few key points made...

    I just wanted to summarize a few key points made by myself and others before the next test. If I miss anyone’s feel free to add.

    Explain to your auditor/rater the concerns you've expressed here....
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    The NPP can be found using the manometer from the...

    The NPP can be found using the manometer from the blower door [or any that measures pa]. Just zero it outside then using a hose long enough to reach outside [sealed somhow] move up and down the...
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