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    Why would you want to bring in outside hot/humid...

    Why would you want to bring in outside hot/humid air (smell)? How about a minisplit?
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    Yes but you’ll probably have to run more wires...

    Yes but you’ll probably have to run more wires and maybe an isolation relay. Don’t know what kind of equipment you’re trying to control.
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    Multi tool, small shop vac. Save money and buy a...

    Multi tool, small shop vac. Save money and buy a bunch of blades from harbor freight. They’re not going to last long.
    Cut the plaster first with diamond, change to wood blade for wood lath. If...
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    So what's their plan? Are they going to fix...

    So what's their plan? Are they going to fix everything, remove all the mold?
    The flex looks pretty...lol
    The mold should be tested.
    Water drip/rust at the condensate drain is the most concerning.
  5. Using minisplits for heat exclusively is...

    Using minisplits for heat exclusively is possible, but depends on your climate/location. In general, they're kinda ugly and if you have a chopped up layout, you'll have to put many (ugly) indoor...
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    When you do a manual J, unfinished space are...

    When you do a manual J, unfinished space are included as a way to enter data for the calculation, but not really counted, if that makes sense. I'd insulate under all the living space floors, to keep...
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    Can you lower the fan speed?

    Can you lower the fan speed?
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    You can’t block off returns, you may need more. ...

    You can’t block off returns, you may need more. A full commissioning report as mentioned earlier, and measuring TESP, and airflow are the appropriate first steps.
    Any recourse with the home...
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    Is it dirt or mold? Or both? Either way, supply...

    Is it dirt or mold? Or both?
    Either way, supply ducts shouldn’t look like that. Returns will collect dust.
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    They look the same to me. Are the transformers...

    They look the same to me. Are the transformers the same VAs?
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    For me? Yes it’s been fine. Hot spots, missing...

    For me? Yes it’s been fine. Hot spots, missing insulation, circuit breaker/electric panel temps, locating buried radiant loops, checking steam traps, etc
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    What exactly do you want to do with it? My Flir...

    What exactly do you want to do with it? My Flir TG-165 does fine for my needs...
  13. You have a service provider do it. First have...

    You have a service provider do it.
    First have him check your airflow and TESP. Then he can lower the fan speed and check to make sure you are getting the proper airflow across your coil. If you're...
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    Step one...turn off power. Step 2, call a...

    Step one...turn off power.
    Step 2, call a professional, or the next thing that blows may cost you a lot of money.
    Professionals use a meter or a resetable fuse and their meter instead of buyin and...
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    If you don’t know what it is you shouldn’t take...

    If you don’t know what it is you shouldn’t take it off. It’s wrong, it needs to be cut out and installed properly with the proper components.
  16. Thread: Question

    by STEVEusaPA
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    Any measurements made, TESP, airflow, etc.?

    Any measurements made, TESP, airflow, etc.?
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    What does your HVAC 'guy' suggest. You said he's...

    What does your HVAC 'guy' suggest. You said he's been out 5 times.
  18. Send him a check...

    Send him a check...
  19. Permanently fix the window closed.

    Permanently fix the window closed.
  20. Make a soffit (or 2).

    Make a soffit (or 2).
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    There was probably nothing wrong with the...

    There was probably nothing wrong with the thermostat. Could be the wiring, or even a control or component.
    You're going to need a service provider, especially if you need a PM for the upcoming AC...
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    Fortunately, as mentioned above, all my new work...

    Fortunately, as mentioned above, all my new work is referral, and usually new work is referred when someone has a problem they couldn't get resolved with another company. So I know that going in....
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    I wouldn’t let the hack off the hook yet. And I...

    I wouldn’t let the hack off the hook yet. And I wonder if the inspector plans on doing anything about the first contractor.
    Unfortunately fixing a disaster is usually more costly than the original...
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    Yeah I looked it up after I posted. Could be...

    Yeah I looked it up after I posted. Could be devastating to the honeybees, and they can multiple sting, and the stinger goes thru beekeeping gear. Nice, right?
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    If you're on the roof, bee keeping gear, and base...

    If you're on the roof, bee keeping gear, and base jumping gear, plus tools. Run...jump, get tools later lol.

    Where have they been spotted? How fast do they multiply.
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    Depending on the layout & climate, maybe mini...

    Depending on the layout & climate, maybe mini splits are in your future.
  27. Full Manual J plus an evaluation of your current...

    Full Manual J plus an evaluation of your current ductwork would tell you what you need and what works.
    I wouldn’t put too much emphasis in shade from trees. Trees die, or get cut down/knocked down.
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    Yes. Designing ductwork (changing/modifying) is...

    Yes. Designing ductwork (changing/modifying) is a skill that relies on proper information to make a proper design.
    It may work, it may not.
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    It blows, seems like no matter how diligent, we...

    It blows, seems like no matter how diligent, we all get hit. I was told years ago by a police officer to scribe with an engraver, your drivers' license number onto your tools. Easier for police to...
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    What eats toads? Get a snake. Wonder what...

    What eats toads? Get a snake.
    Wonder what they do in Florida with all the little geckos?
  31. You need a proper design, based off a proper heat...

    You need a proper design, based off a proper heat loss. That heat loss should consider all new envelope improvements-doors, windows, insulation, etc.
    Ideal is all radiant for heat, adding AC w/heat...
  32. Make him follow the contract you both agreed upon.

    Make him follow the contract you both agreed upon.
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    If you're in Pittsburgh, where's the oil tank?...

    If you're in Pittsburgh, where's the oil tank? Ideally it should be in the crawlspace, or in a protected shelter if it has to go outside. And the oil tank should be treated to prevent any moisture...
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    Put this in your google search bar...

    Put this in your google search bar
    https://www.google.com/search?q=ductulator&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#sbfbu=1&pi=ductulator
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    Doesn’t look to water tight to me. Seems like...

    Doesn’t look to water tight to me. Seems like you’re up on the roof every year re-gooping
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    What kind of metal roof-standing seam,...

    What kind of metal roof-standing seam, corrugated? What type of metal?
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    You could point a thermal imaging camera at it...

    You could point a thermal imaging camera at it and know once and for all.
    —-
    One time when eating in my favorite bagel place (not a customer) the owner was complaining that his thermostat never...
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    Send the helper...?

    Send the helper...?
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    No

    No
  40. Thread: Im New Here

    by STEVEusaPA
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    Welcome aboard!

    Welcome aboard!
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    Dan...what's it say at the top of this window in...

    Dan...what's it say at the top of this window in red?
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    Could be the +- in the clamps, too. Years ago I...

    Could be the +- in the clamps, too.
    Years ago I had a meter with 2 k-type plugs. Bought 2 fluke clamps, put them both on the same pipe, 8 degrees different.
    Switched the plugs, switched positions...
  43. Egg came before the chicken...unless you don’t...

    Egg came before the chicken...unless you don’t believe in evolution.
  44. Well it's been pretty well established that HIV...

    Well it's been pretty well established that HIV was created in a lab by accident, and unfortunately the credit goes to Salk-who spent the rest of his life trying to find a cure. They were using...
  45. I remember a report done by the WHO (I think)...

    I remember a report done by the WHO (I think) warning about this from over 10 years ago, specifically pointing to the 'wet markets' in China as a breeding ground for this.
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    Overheating can be caused by one or a combination...

    Overheating can be caused by one or a combination of(in no particular order, just to name a few):
    -a clogged or too restrictive of an air filter
    -poor airflow, from poor/improper duct design (too...
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    I worked for/met a guy 30 years ago who was in...

    I worked for/met a guy 30 years ago who was in WWII on a sub. The stories he told me were so heartbreaking. He told me after they were bombed, the sound of the explosions were so loud they made...
  48. How exactly are you running this without a...

    How exactly are you running this without a transfer switch?
  49. Thread: Hot Spot

    by STEVEusaPA
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    Exterior shutters.

    Exterior shutters.
  50. First I'd recommend a complete heat loss of the...

    First I'd recommend a complete heat loss of the home to determine the proper size of your heat and AC equipment. Oversizing equipment is wasteful, inefficient, and puts more stress on the equipment....
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