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  1. #27
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    Ya, but for customer sakes, at least you can show a meter at one said location
    register area and then go to another register area and note the difference.
    (at least with me in a small one floor condo with the back bedroom the same floor plan as the front living room).

    My back bedroom has a longer trunk line to its register (lol..not far).

    I suppose a nod is as good as a wink.

    Still, I wish I owned a good decible meter.

    A good one costs in the hundreds.

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    and the reason I do this part time after my full time job is for people like caslon - seems can't make you happy so I leave now- don't need your $$ or attitude

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    I bet Twilly would grab your head and push your ear up against one register, then another and ask you why the heck he needs a meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caslon View Post
    Ya, but for customer sakes, at least you can show a meter at one said location
    register area and then go to another register area and note the difference.
    (at least with me in a small one floor condo with the back bedroom the same floor plan as the front living room).

    My back bedroom has a longer trunk line to its register (lol..not far).

    I suppose a nod is as good as a wink.

    Still, I wish I owned a good decible meter.

    A good one costs in the hundreds.
    No offense, just an observation...once you latch onto an idea, you don't like to let go of it easily, do you?

    A decibel meter isn't the answer. Someone that has a high understanding of duct design, installation, and air balancing is the answer. Find someone in your area who's familiar with National Comfort Institute, which specializes in air balance training for contractors. Chances are they can give you good advice, perhaps better than what you've received here, since they can come to your condo and size up the situation first hand.

    Oh...and if you get a guy who understands what "noise criteria" means, your chances of someone knowledeable being on hand just went up.

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    This IS my little project, and I probably got taken away with it.

    About sound meters and HVAC pros, you're also right. I was thinking
    of an audiophile who posted his experience trying to quiet his theatre system.
    He used a decible reader for before and after results. I bet they cost.

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    Wow.....

    That is about all I got to say.

    The painting contractor that knows everything about pyschometrics. Now I've seen it all.


    Dude, all I got to say is give the man a chance. I don't roll up in a home with meter in hand either. I walk in with no tools and a flashlight. Thats it. And take it from there.


    As far as the meter. I can't afford a DB meter let alone a 20,000 home theater. You bite the hand. Then wonder why the other hand smacks the hell out of you.




    But whatever. Thats neither here nor there. Yall have fun with this one.
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    If you don't know, then don't do. If you don't know and still do, then be prepared to pay someone else a lot to undo what you did and then do it right.

    If you do know, then do. But do it right. Otherwise, you may not be doing it long.

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    You called him dude.... Sweet.... I Like it.....

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    Dude, you trying to get this one to 15 pages, aren't you.
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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iraqveteran View Post
    Wow.....


    I walk in with no tools and a flashlight. Thats it. And take it from there.
    I guess ya got me. What a pro!

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    16! Here we come!!

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    When a static test needs to be done...it's probably best left up to others who are paid more than you.

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    I too walk onto a job with a flash light and open mind. Ask alot of questions and find out which action I should take to move further with the diagnostic.

    Then I break out the tools.

    Maybe you should have an open mind.

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    I walk in and see $20k in audio equipment and say dude, turn up the system and you won't hear the furnace JK by the way, but I wouldn't waste hundreds on a decibel meter, those are for cops trying to bust me for drag pipes on the bike
    You can't fix stupid

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