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Forum: Conservation 02-22-17, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,216
Posted By AC_Hacker
Earth Tubes Get a Winning Review...

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Earth Tubes sound like a great idea, and they are. But there have been a lot of stories about their...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-17-15, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,333
Posted By Mikesolar
Steve, it depends on how thick the screed is. I...

Steve, it depends on how thick the screed is. I do not put tubing under it at all but if it is in a concrete slab of 3 or 4" the heat would migrate over regardless. If the screed is 1.5" (for...
Forum: Conservation 05-30-15, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,108
Posted By sunspot
I never measured the incoming air temp but yes,...

I never measured the incoming air temp but yes, it was significantly (a lot) cooler. Over cooling the house wasn't a problem because of the temperature logic on the skylight. Your climate sounds...
Forum: Conservation 05-29-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,108
Posted By Drake
I posted pics of ground tube network I plan to...

I posted pics of ground tube network I plan to use to temper subzero fresh air to DIY exchanger(in Eco-build thread). Three 100' 6" sewer pipes linked together at foundation. Each run has a nylon...
Forum: Conservation 05-28-15, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,108
Posted By sunspot
Years ago I was renovating a house (without AC)...

Years ago I was renovating a house (without AC) located on a hill. I used corrugated metal pipe - two runs of 8" I think it was. The pipe went out the basement wall, across the back yard, and exited...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-24-14, 06:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,700
Posted By Mikesolar
Actually it is best as a cold supply to the...

Actually it is best as a cold supply to the shower. Then the hot can be balanced down. Or...you could have it feed the cylinder, either/or.

Yes, our drains are all plastic now but commercial or...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-24-14, 05:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,700
Posted By Mikesolar
Yes, I have installed a number of them. They were...

Yes, I have installed a number of them. They were invented here in Canada so the the govt body CMHC NRC has lots of test data on them and has been promoting them since the early 90s.

3" or 4"...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-06-14, 03:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,700
Posted By AC_Hacker
I had a very similar heat pump that was also...

I had a very similar heat pump that was also designed for heating water.

I don't know about yours, but the one I had was designed for indoor use only, and it had no crank case heater or anything....
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-09-14, 03:41 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 115,956
Posted By jeff5may
That's where the tmp or LM sensors come in. They...

That's where the tmp or LM sensors come in. They can be packaged exactly like the Dallas or maxim sensors. But they spit out analog voltag like a thermistor. If one fails you just change it. No...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 01-23-14, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,176
Posted By Daox
There was no infection. There was a database...

There was no infection. There was a database with an error that was causing issues. It has been fixed.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-16-13, 11:44 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 365,553
Posted By jeff5may
The correct answer here is: Not everyone...

The correct answer here is:

Not everyone wants to invest the time, labor, and money to do the best job possible. There is usually a point where the return on investment diminishes beyond design...
Forum: Conservation 07-12-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,490
Posted By benpope
Thanks, gentlemen. I got some pictures together...

Thanks, gentlemen. I got some pictures together that you can look at here (https://plus.google.com/photos/112965711974935529231/albums/5764307724644978305). Water comes in from the left, goes through...
Forum: Conservation 01-07-12, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,541
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I found out today that the company in Framingham...

I found out today that the company in Framingham MA that recycles Styrofoam (called ReFoamIt) *cannot* take either the pink or blue XPS foam; as it is apparently too dense for their process. Major...
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