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Forum: Solar Power 09-11-17, 02:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,979
Posted By dablack
Antdun, I love your project and I do think...

Antdun,

I love your project and I do think solar and a leaf go great together but I wouldn't use the gas savings money in your calculations unless you add the cost of the car to your initial...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-15-15, 01:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
I can't tell you the model of the camera. It is...

I can't tell you the model of the camera. It is usually locked up at work. Some of the things I found were just little problems and would have most likely been fixed when I put on the exterior...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-14-15, 10:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Ok, first two pictures for showing how the FLIR...

Ok, first two pictures for showing how the FLIR thermal camera works. Here is the pex manifold. You can see the hot water line and that we had the shower and something else going at the same time. ...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-11-15, 08:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Sure, I've got some updates. I used a thermal...

Sure, I've got some updates. I used a thermal camera and found some leaks in my foam. I will post pictures on Monday. The camera was from work so all the pictures are on my work laptop.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-30-15, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Here is the actual breaker box. ...

Here is the actual breaker box.

http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachments/renovations-new-construction/5688d1438280549-just-put-metal-roof-rigid-foam-spray-foam-breakerbox-jpg
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-30-15, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
HA! I guess it is a breaker panel of sorts..... ...

HA! I guess it is a breaker panel of sorts.....

That is for water, not electricity. It is a pex manifold. It has individual valves for all the different lines. Hot and cold water comes in and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-29-15, 10:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Been a while since I updated. We have been in...

Been a while since I updated. We have been in the house for a couple of months and things are going great. We haven't had to have AC downstairs and it has been 100F (or very close) every afternoon...
Forum: Conservation 07-28-15, 09:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,075
Posted By dablack
Rob, You are 100% right. But those are...

Rob,

You are 100% right. But those are personal decisions. It is tough for me to tell someone posting online about that their build or insulation choices that they made the wrong choice because...
Forum: Conservation 07-28-15, 09:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,075
Posted By dablack
AC, I get what you are saying and that is...

AC,

I get what you are saying and that is great that they are doing that. For a DIY guy like me, the embodied energy SHOULD show up in the price. When governments get involved and subsidize one...
Forum: Conservation 07-27-15, 09:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,075
Posted By dablack
Yep JRM. You called it. Most engineers...

Yep JRM. You called it.

Most engineers (I'm mechanical too) aproach things from a ROI point of view.

If an extra $1000 will save me $100 a year, I will do it. If it will only save me $10,...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-22-15, 01:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,368
Posted By dablack
Great Post. It really helps to hear real world...

Great Post. It really helps to hear real world reviews of products.

Also, amazing price! I can't believe that!
Forum: Conservation 07-21-15, 03:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,075
Posted By dablack
Here is my before and after. While...

Here is my before and after.

While building my house, I put a 1700sqft double wide (brand new) on my property. It was all electric with six people living in it. My July 2014 electric use was...
Forum: Conservation 07-21-15, 03:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,075
Posted By dablack
WOW! Um ok. Not sure why things got insulting....

WOW! Um ok. Not sure why things got insulting. I have a question AC? At what point does the total amount of insulation become silly?

I think SH's point was to use payback period to help...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-12-15, 08:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Here is a shot of how the attic looks now. On...

Here is a shot of how the attic looks now. On the left is the pex manifold, then water heater, and finally 2.5 ton heat pump. This AC is supposed to be only for the upstairs. We won't be able to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-08-15, 02:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Charlie, That sounds really cool! I like...

Charlie,

That sounds really cool! I like that! I would love to see pictures if you have any.

thanks
Austin
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-15, 07:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,939
Posted By dablack
Looks great! I know you are looking forward to...

Looks great! I know you are looking forward to getting it dried in.

Austin
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-27-15, 03:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Hey Creeky, What you are talking about is...

Hey Creeky,

What you are talking about is called ASV (above sheathing ventilation). We discussed it in this thread as well :...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-24-15, 11:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
The foam in the wall is open cell so it doesn't...

The foam in the wall is open cell so it doesn't act as a vapour barrier. Here in the south, we have to make sure we are able to dry to the inside if the wall gets wet. No internal vapour barriers...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-16-15, 07:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Hey John, I was on hardie website the other...

Hey John,

I was on hardie website the other day trying to get a good hold of exactly how I want to do it. They have a download on best practices.

The question I always have is where do I put...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-13-15, 07:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Getting a little closer to siding. I have...

Getting a little closer to siding.

I have a bunch of 8.25" wide hardie boards coming. So I was checking the spacing on attaching them and hardie says they want 2' OC. That is much closer than...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-12-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Also, my sister was at SFA from 87 to 90 or 91.

Also, my sister was at SFA from 87 to 90 or 91.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-12-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
GTOjohn, My roof is pretty close to the cool...

GTOjohn,

My roof is pretty close to the cool roof way of doing it. If I would have had more time and wasn't paying someone to do it, it would have been a little closer.

On the cool roof you...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-09-15, 08:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
No vents in my eves or peak. All sealed inside...

No vents in my eves or peak. All sealed inside and out.

Down here I'm not too worried about the chill. I'm just trying to block out heat. Usually during a sunny day, the upstairs gets hot...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-07-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,324
Posted By dablack
Just put on metal roof, rigid foam and spray foam

If you have seen some of my old threads you know that we are building our house. Most of the lumber came from my trees. I have a buddy with a sawmill so he cut all the framing and subfloor...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-28-15, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,333
Posted By dablack
Sounds like it is doable. The drain might...

Sounds like it is doable.

The drain might go out right behind the indoor unit, but the line set will go straight up and into the floor trusses to go out a different wall.
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