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  1. #27
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    A laser I really liked was the 40-6001 Johnson; probably be pricey though; will have to check... or the EXTECH DT300 Distance Meter -view its video there too.

    It does a lot of things we want performed for us & at a much longer distance than the linked laser; just play its video when the initial video finishes. Anyone have one?

  2. #28
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    Fix the obvious leaks, install the equipment based on low leakage. If there are other leaks and the AC can't keep up then go back and fix them. Never install larger AC units to compensate for a leaky house of poor ductwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54regcab View Post
    Fix the obvious leaks, install the equipment based on low leakage.

    If there are other leaks and the AC can't keep up then go back and fix them.

    Never install larger AC units to compensate for a leaky house with poor ductwork.
    I second that; that is excellent advice but not enough are doing it!

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    It boggles my mind how people are totally OK with installing a larger HVAC systems instead of fixing the house/ductwork. Adding insult to injury they even install large high SEER systems on leaky houses !!!

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    I have a rolling tape measure.
    most of my measuring is outside to make drawing of house to
    enter in software. lasers don't work outside..as they need
    a solid surface to measure to.
    indoors I just roll out rooms..or count ceiling tiles LOL.

    tried laser measures a few years ago..but I'm too old school
    to trust what I don't physically measure.
    tips or teddkidd might have info to share??

    sorry Udarrel. carpal tunnel is a pita. have you thought about
    the surgery for it? I've heard it is a sucessful surgery.
    The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. ~Plato

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    Fluke makes a laser tape.
    Size the system for it's size and window area.

  7. #33
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    I've been told the sonic ones don't work well. I got the Ryobi laser from hd - very happy with it, amazingly accurate. Pita to use outside as erla suggests. Wheels are nice for that, unless you are very confident in your pace.

    Draw sketch on graph paper (I like the type with thicker lines every 10), if lines come together your measurements are on. Not much fun missing a measurement and finding out off site.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by energy_rater_La View Post
    I have a rolling tape measure.
    most of my measuring is outside to make drawing of house to
    enter in software. lasers don't work outside..as they need
    a solid surface to measure to.
    indoors I just roll out rooms..or count ceiling tiles LOL.

    tried laser measures a few years ago..but I'm too old school
    to trust what I don't physically measure.
    tips or teddkidd might have info to share??

    sorry Udarrell. carpal tunnel is a pita. have you thought about
    the surgery for it? I've heard it is a successful surgery.
    Well, guess I need to just give up, but as you know countless people need help with whole house efficiency & load calcs...

    Everywhere I went they couldn't get a reading using their electric current nerve conduction tests - due too my body lurching; well, only one surgeon would do it, but I was warned by a friend that he messed some patents up.

    My left arm was ran into a washing machine ringer by my older brother, when I was still practically a baby. Back then, it was gas engine powered & my mother panicked & the ringer rollers did horrific damage to my left arm before she finally got me out of it.

    I came close to losing my arm. Then when I was about 8 yrs old I was skiing in the barn yard where there was little snow & a steep grade with cattle rough frozen hard ridges; my brother jumped on my skies behind me grabbed my shoulders & then part way down the grade fell on top of me braking the same left arm three places in the elbow.

    I went three days not being able to bend it at all; so had to have it set but there were bone chips popping when I bend it.

    That explains my acute left hand problems...hand & finger pains plus mobility problems for over a decade.

    Due to the left wrist having irregular problems I had the right hand operated on first to see if it would help; problem is I kind of flirted with the nurses & when the nurse went to ask the surgeon if we could switch to the right hand I think she told him so when he was nearly done he probed into the median nerve which left my right hand with no feeling at all for a number of weeks, finally got some feeling back, but could no longer bend my trigger finger & my hand was compromised big-time.

    They completely deaden your entire arm so you feel nothing; but when he severed that main median nerve it stung & burned big-time, he even asked me if it did that, - confirming what he had done.

    I was a far typist, a skill I learned in college; now I use the eraser ends of pencils & hunt & pick.

    If we don't reduce our use of Oil based fuels one day oil fuels will become unaffordable tanking our global economy; so I preach & try to help the cause for our youth & future generations.

    Hey everybody, keep-up the good work; explain to customers that by far the safest most secure plus most cost effective first priority investment anyone can make is home energy efficiency.

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    Ughh. Good writing, MY arm is in pain after reading that.

    The peak oil thing has me concerned too.

    Im using voice on my phone more and more. You can get Dragon Dictate to do the same thing on the computer.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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    I hear that nerve conduction test in painful. I have ruptured discs
    in neck & lower back. the ones in my neck press on nerves
    for my fingers..its a real challange some days to do the work.

    power tools are harder to operate, aside from the fact that the
    handgrips are for folks with larger hands.

    you & I Udarrel..we will be keeping on keeping on until we physically
    can't anymore. for me, I figure there are worse things in life!
    keep pecking away & giving good information/advice.
    The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. ~Plato

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    Had the energy survey done last week and received the report yesterday along with the contractors recommendations for new systems. They did a Manual J, duct and insulation inspection, blower door, etc. House received a Hers of 114. Made the usual recommendations of adding insulation and sealing the ducts, etc.

    Have had 2 full blown Manual J's done, 4 different contractors and 5 different recommendations. The J's came up with slightly different results and thus different recommendations. What the heck is a homeowner to do, all contractors are well respected in the area and have been around each for 20 plus years.

    Will post the J's here tomorrow and I guess start a new thread with all the recommendations.

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    So here is what I have received from the various contractors by way of Manual J's and Energy Survey. Should I start another thread about what recommendations I have received or keep this going here?
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    I see one uses Phil's software. Did they true up the model to your actual energy use? I believe it overstates out of the gate, but if you plug in your actual consumption you get pretty good numbers.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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