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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-23-14, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,984
Posted By Minimac
Before doing anything, get the energy audit. Than...

Before doing anything, get the energy audit. Than you can prioritize the most cost effective improvements to make. A 15 year old water tank would be among the first items on my list. A 40 gallon tank...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-22-14, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,931
Posted By Minimac
you don't say if there is a crawl space, slab, or...

you don't say if there is a crawl space, slab, or basement. Either way, make sure it is well insulated,especially under the floor if it is a slab or basement. I would be wary of a builder that will...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-22-14, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
Posted By Minimac
I understand what your saying, but I don't think...

I understand what your saying, but I don't think it applies. Once the shower valve is set, mixing cold water to hot water, there shouldn't be any fluctuation in pressure.The flow from my boiler is...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-22-14, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,966
Posted By Minimac
That is what I have been using for years every...

That is what I have been using for years every time I have to run copper water or heating lines through joists or studs. Still waiting for my thanks :)
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-22-14, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
Posted By Minimac
I picked up a bathtub/shower mixing valve for $0....

I picked up a bathtub/shower mixing valve for $0. A neighbor is doing a bathroom remodel and gave it to me. Our water pressure is regulated down to 35psi in our area by a regulator before the water...
Forum: Conservation 01-22-14, 09:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,031
Posted By Minimac
All this "energy" I'm saving has had very little...

All this "energy" I'm saving has had very little effect on my monthly bill. My utility company has added a distribution charge to my usage on my bill, which is almost the same amount (or more) as my...
Forum: Product Reviews 01-22-14, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,418
Posted By Minimac
It's too bad you have to do it twice, but thanks...

It's too bad you have to do it twice, but thanks for sharing.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-07-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
Posted By Minimac
Just a mental( a very weak one) exercise. Since...

Just a mental( a very weak one) exercise. Since the cold side would be connected to my domestic water, the back flow preventer would eliminate the possibility of a cross connection with the boiler...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-21-13, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
Posted By Minimac
Mixing valve for hydronic heating

Just wondering if a shower mixing valve would be an acceptable alternative to the higher priced mixing valves needed when combining a Pex system to a conventional hydronic system. I've seen people...
Forum: Other Improvements 11-15-13, 10:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,078
Posted By Minimac
Why not just run a return from the end of the hot...

Why not just run a return from the end of the hot line( where it goes up to the bathrooms) back into the hw tank. Natural convection will greatly reduce the waiting time. it works best if you can...
Forum: Conservation 11-15-13, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 18,153
Posted By Minimac
Thanks for posting! Fortunately for me, I had...

Thanks for posting! Fortunately for me, I had access to a commercial firestop product when I needed it while I was building. Very interesting that the closed cell insulation seemed to perform better...
Forum: Lighting 11-12-13, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,479
Posted By Minimac
Cree - Light Bulbs - Electrical*at The Home Depot...

Cree - Light Bulbs - Electrical*at The Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.com/b/N-5yc1vZbmbuZbol)

The floods I got were a bit pricey($19.95), but I had a store credit that helped offset the price.
Forum: Lighting 11-12-13, 07:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,479
Posted By Minimac
HD is currently running these on "sale" in store....

HD is currently running these on "sale" in store. Still a bit pricey but I have the floods installed outside and like them. I just replaced the 6- 75w equivalent halogen bulbs in my garage with the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-27-13, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,208
Posted By Minimac
The easiest way to do this, at least that I can...

The easiest way to do this, at least that I can think of , would be to cover the existing concrete with some 1/4" luan. it won't be as good as foam for insulating, but should stop the majority of...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-16-13, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,454
Posted By Minimac
I'm in the midst of a new housebuild and did a...

I'm in the midst of a new housebuild and did a bit research on the various housewraps available. I ended up using Typar. It's not just about blocking air. Some don't do a very good job with moisture-...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-10-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,135
Posted By Minimac
It's not the only issue, but its conductivity is...

It's not the only issue, but its conductivity is the issue here. I stated it's not very efficient. But, I agree that for HEATING in concrete, it works. Concrete will erode most metals rather quickly,...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-09-13, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,135
Posted By Minimac
I think I have to disagree with the statement...

I think I have to disagree with the statement that PEX is an efficient anything. While the concrete is a very good heat sink, and ALUMINUM plates are very good conductors, PEX tubing isn't. About all...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-06-13, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,740
Posted By Minimac
Needed: A Solar Primer

I've been lurking and reading all I can here (and a few other places), but am having a hard time making sense of it all. Discussions on calculations on heatloss/gain leave me totally baffled- I just...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-13-13, 11:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,753
Posted By Minimac
Any job worth doing, is worth doing right. Taking...

Any job worth doing, is worth doing right. Taking shortcuts to save a few bucks can be justified, but no one ever plans to have bad things happen. That's why there are laws and codes to be followed....
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-12-13, 08:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,753
Posted By Minimac
Unless you're fine ignoring code(and common...

Unless you're fine ignoring code(and common sense) don't make the mistake that a lot of basement remodelers make. If the basement is for living space, especially a bedroom, most localities require...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-11-13, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,682
Posted By Minimac
Haven't pulled the trigger yet, but after getting...

Haven't pulled the trigger yet, but after getting some estimates, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have the walls open cell foamed(5+"). The attic will get flashed with 1"- 2" open cell, then a whole lot...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-10-13, 08:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,817
Posted By Minimac
My initial post was tongue in cheek-apparently I...

My initial post was tongue in cheek-apparently I didn't make that clear. However, am I the only one here that thinks it's silly to see four pages of debate on which uses more water? About...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-06-13, 12:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,817
Posted By Minimac
I don't wash dishes...I use paper plates, then...

I don't wash dishes...I use paper plates, then burn them in my woodburner! C'mon people, are you serious? Four pages of arguing which uses less water!!!!
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-30-12, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,682
Posted By Minimac
open vs. closed cell insulation

I'm in the midst of a new home build and looking now at insulation. Framing is standard stick build, 2x6. I don't think I can make the exterior walls as tight as I would like with fiberglass. Code...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-16-12, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,706
Posted By Minimac
I would agree that in a slab, it could work fine....

I would agree that in a slab, it could work fine. I just think that, in the case of the OP and an old home, there are much better and cost effective options. Look at the manufacturers temp ratings on...
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