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  1. #1
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    When architects get inspired we get this...

    Picture #1 Cute hallway. This house is full of wooden artistic novelties so I passed the doors looking for a utility closet in this renovated attic. Owner pointed out the handiwork of an unknown architect as I came walking back. Behind door #1 a horizontal right furnace discharging combustion back to the left. In door #2 we have our filter and humidistat. Door #3 is a manual zone damper. Unidentified, of course. In picture 5 we have our blower cabinet, behind the PVC... How I HATE when the combustion is run this way.

    The whole point of the visit was to see if the humidifier was working. It was, mechanically. Picture 6 is behind the pad. Maybe others have had experience that tells them otherwise, but I don't see how this is good for introducing moisture into the airstream. Every time I've seen this sort of restriction there have been complaints. Maybe it works and I'm missing something. Its annoying.

    As it goes, the installation of the system looked good. I mean of course, that which I could see through the gaps between the wall and cabinet. Part of me wants to believe the installing contractor gave fair warnings and did his best. Once that wall went up they became committed to this system which the current home owners aren't happy about. Either way, where I should have spent forty minutes doing a simple maintenance, I instead spent slightly longer than that looking for the gas cock (through an unseen door #4).
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  2. #2
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    ......and I bet it doesn't pass code. The fire marshall would enjoy seeing theses pics and then having a chat with the "pros" that put their minds and expertise together to come up with the final 'piece de resistance'. What a masterpiece.
    If a day went by without a problem - there'ld be a problem.

  3. #3
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    Damn what a mess. Are you even able to remove the blower door panel? Looks pretty tight
    RTFM!!!

  4. #4
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    Yummy

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    Yummy

  6. #6
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    That's gonna cost a pretty penny to replace

  7. #7
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    I'm not sure the blower can be accessed without chopping up the pvc or the wall. There isn't enough room to the left of the unit to slide the horizontal combustion run out of the cabinet, assuming it isn't glued into place. Just getting a working tool in there will be difficult. Note the width of my meter versus the gap where the pvc risers are.

    All in all it could be worse. the owners have been great and the extent of their disappointment has been limited towards the home inspector for not bringing this up at day 1.

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  8. #8
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    it's a disaster. some one will be very very disappointed. ppl should stop trying to make mechanical room looks pretty. gah!
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