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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-08-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,229
Posted By mincus
I've read around on a lot of HVAC forums and...

I've read around on a lot of HVAC forums and while a lot of people say they help, many say they're a fraud and don't do anything. Some have even said they produce ozone.

So many conflicting...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-24-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,229
Posted By mincus
Good deal. Where in the line do you install the...

Good deal. Where in the line do you install the UV light? Above the evaporator coil or below? My system has the backup heat filaments above the coil, so I'd have to go above that.

Do you keep...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-23-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,229
Posted By mincus
What about a UV light? Does anyone have one...

What about a UV light? Does anyone have one installed in their system?

I'd prefer not to go the ozone route.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-17-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,229
Posted By mincus
Mildew smell from heat pump?

Hi all,

I've had a heat pump for the last 10 years, but lately I'm getting a bit of a mildew smell coming out of the ducts. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's definitely noticable when it...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-09-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,221
Posted By mincus
We have a pumped hydro facility here in MO. They...

We have a pumped hydro facility here in MO. They had a catastrophic failure in 2005 which sent a billion gallons of water flowing downstream, right through a popular campground and the very popular...
Forum: Conservation 01-18-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,119
Posted By mincus
Ok, this is what I've been doing, but always been...

Ok, this is what I've been doing, but always been curious as to what's best. Thanks all for the answers!
Forum: Conservation 01-16-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,119
Posted By mincus
Heat pump water heater during the winter

Hi all!

I have a heat pump water heater in the basement and absolutely love. Had it for about 5 years. Obviously I want to keep it in heat pump mode as that uses the least amount of electricity....
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-28-18, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,351
Posted By mincus
I put about 110 bags in my attic. You are...

I put about 110 bags in my attic. You are correct about the dust, I had clothes on from head to toe, and came out absolutely covered. Wish I could find the picture. A good respirator is a must!
...
Forum: Conservation 02-27-13, 07:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
This is exactly what I intend to do, although...

This is exactly what I intend to do, although probably only 2x4 new wall instead of 2x6.

In regards to losing space, moving all kinds of plumbing, etc, none of that is a concern. Every wall I...
Forum: Conservation 02-25-13, 06:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
Ok, color me confused. I'm hearing both sides. ...

Ok, color me confused. I'm hearing both sides. So....vapor barrier on the inside or not?
Forum: Conservation 02-24-13, 09:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
I have foam as an outside sheating (looks to be...

I have foam as an outside sheating (looks to be about 3/4-1 inch). I have metal cross bracing instead of plywood. So, right now I have siding-foam sheathing-2x4 wall.

I am planning on putting...
Forum: Conservation 02-24-13, 08:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
With your tips and other research, I think I have...

With your tips and other research, I think I have decided on doing the following:

1. Tear down the old wall and take out the old fiberglass.
2. Install 2 inches of XPS foam in each cavity. I...
Forum: Conservation 02-11-13, 07:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
MN: You live in minneapolis and only have 7...

MN: You live in minneapolis and only have 7 inches?!? Woah!

Not ready to replace the siding, so I didn't want to do the foam on the outside. The house is pretty big, so new siding would add a...
Forum: Conservation 02-10-13, 09:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
I think that because they would be slowly gaining...

I think that because they would be slowly gaining heat throughout the day, the rocks would still work. They have 8-10 hours to collect heat, even if not from direct sunlight. I know most thermal...
Forum: Conservation 02-10-13, 08:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,090
Posted By mincus
Insulation ideas for 2nd floor

A couple years ago, I bought a two story house built in '84. I've done quite a few insulation projects to keep in my precious heat during the winter. I have two heat pumps, one for the 2nd level,...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-04-12, 12:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,372
Posted By mincus
Did the bats come back every year once they were...

Did the bats come back every year once they were there? Or stay there year round?
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-04-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,372
Posted By mincus
What a timely post! I just made one myself about...

What a timely post! I just made one myself about a month ago to hopefully get rid of some of my mosquitos. So far, no bats though. I have seen bats in my yard before, so I remain hopeful. I...
Forum: Conservation 12-07-11, 09:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,041
Posted By mincus
Not a bad idea. But I don't really have much of...

Not a bad idea. But I don't really have much of a place to put them. I have a feeling the wife won't approve of water jugs in the closets!
Forum: Conservation 12-05-11, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,041
Posted By mincus
No, they're double paned. They actually still do...

No, they're double paned. They actually still do a pretty good job. Not worth replacing yet in my opinion.

I'm surprised to see that data you found. Although last year was an especially cold...
Forum: Conservation 12-04-11, 08:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,041
Posted By mincus
I believe the windows are original to the house. ...

I believe the windows are original to the house. They're not in too bad of shape. I've repaired them here and there to reduce drafts.

Last year, I used the backup heat quite a few times. It...
Forum: Conservation 12-04-11, 08:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,041
Posted By mincus
New to heat pumps -- questions

Hello all,

We bought a 25 year old two story about a year ago now. It has two air source heat pumps, one for upstairs (about 800 sq ft) and one for the main level (about 1200 sq ft).
...
Forum: Conservation 02-24-10, 08:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 41,505
Posted By mincus
I bought a roll of aluminum tape a couple of...

I bought a roll of aluminum tape a couple of years ago, and it was one of the best cheap purchases I've made. I love the stuff. It comes in handy in a surprisingly large number of random jobs. I...
Forum: Other Improvements 02-23-10, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,986
Posted By mincus
I saw this as well, and it definitely caught my...

I saw this as well, and it definitely caught my eye. Here's the full video:

The Bloom Box: a power plant for the home (video) -- Engadget...
Forum: Wind Power 06-29-09, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,991
Posted By mincus
I do the same thing....called the Pure Power...

I do the same thing....called the Pure Power program through our electric company. I believe the rate is very similar $.015 per kWh. They basically buy renewable energy credits equivalent to the...
Forum: Wind Power 06-18-09, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,764
Posted By mincus
Steve, yeah, the bird strike complaint always...

Steve, yeah, the bird strike complaint always amuses me too. How hard would it be though to put a "cage" around one of these. It could be made out of incredibly thin wire that doesn't affect the...
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