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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By MN Renovator
I agree that you don't need a pile of attic...

I agree that you don't need a pile of attic venting, but you need some to allow the incidental moisture in winter to flow out. Moisture flows readily and usually it doesn't take much ventilation to...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-18-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,165
Posted By MN Renovator
I'm curious about the infrared tracking on units...

I'm curious about the infrared tracking on units similar to this one. If you have one of these in a kitchen and have a crock pot or a full hot dinner spread with a dozen of the family over. ..or if...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-25-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 870
Posted By MN Renovator
With absolute perfect efficiency and the heat...

With absolute perfect efficiency and the heat only being in contact with the snow to melt it, it takes 288,000BTU of heat to melt a ton of frozen water(snow in this case). If you've ever shoveled a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-18-20, 12:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,620
Posted By MN Renovator
I find desoldering braids (also called a solder...

I find desoldering braids (also called a solder wick) to work well for soaking up solder, you put the copper braid between the solder and the soldering iron and it soaks up the solder.

..but If it...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-14-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 764
Posted By MN Renovator
It really sucks that the manufacturer isn't...

It really sucks that the manufacturer isn't willing to supply a replacement.

Sometimes manufacturers only sell through distributors, in that case you would need to find a supply house that sells...
Forum: Conservation 06-19-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 52,612
Posted By MN Renovator
I like the video, good explanation. I guess you...

I like the video, good explanation. I guess you are locked in with the water heater contract as you've mentioned before, but where I live, a top quality 9 year warranty water heater costs $500 and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,136
Posted By MN Renovator
My opinion on your quotes. Even in Minnesota,...

My opinion on your quotes. Even in Minnesota, people are encouraged to put in a 16 SEER system and our cooling load is small compared to Arizona. The difference in equipment cost shouldn't be more...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,136
Posted By MN Renovator
You asked the question, but it seems like you...

You asked the question, but it seems like you came here with an answer already in mind. Air conditioners exist that use less than half of the electricity that the US government's 13 SEER requirement...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-10-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,673
Posted By MN Renovator
I considered getting an Ecobee for the data...

I considered getting an Ecobee for the data logging function but was put off by the price. My current thermostat has an 'energy' button that counts the run-time based on when it is calling for heat...
Forum: Solar Power 03-23-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,132
Posted By MN Renovator
I agree that 3 solar panels in series would get...

I agree that 3 solar panels in series would get you to the terminal voltage you are looking to supply to the charge controllers. 5kw system is a bigger system than what I have on my house which will...
Forum: Solar Power 03-17-20, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,132
Posted By MN Renovator
What sort of solar modules were you considering? ...

What sort of solar modules were you considering? 60 cell modules? 72 cell modules? 36 cell modules?
What total solar module nameplate wattage are you aiming for?

If you've already decided or...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-15-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,838
Posted By MN Renovator
It's funny, I saw this COVID thread and before...

It's funny, I saw this COVID thread and before clicking on it, was picturing something that would be discussing the topics that we generally discuss on this forum.

The one that I think of is the...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-15-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,838
Posted By MN Renovator
This isn't even a factor. Why would you think...

This isn't even a factor. Why would you think that you have SARS-CoV-2019 in your home air filter? Perhaps if someone who you knew had it was in your house, sneezed directly in the air intake and...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-28-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,924
Posted By MN Renovator
I originally wanted to do this to balance the...

I originally wanted to do this to balance the HVAC airflow in my house, to monitor the temp rise of the furnace to replace the filter when airflow begins to drop, and to compare energy usage to the...
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-30-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,599
Posted By MN Renovator
"Hope it's not Lyme disease! Yikes!" Did you...

"Hope it's not Lyme disease! Yikes!"

Did you exchange blood with the squirrel or have a tick end up on you from the squirrel that ended up feasting on your blood?
Lyme disease is a blood...
Forum: Tools 01-27-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,163
Posted By MN Renovator
That really sucks. If it's not a common model...

That really sucks. If it's not a common model where you could find another non-working one and swap parts, I wouldn't spend $140 to fix an old snowblower.
Forum: Tools 01-19-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,163
Posted By MN Renovator
Daox, have you identified the main jet? I don't...

Daox, have you identified the main jet? I don't see any pictures of it, so I want to make sure you don't think it's an insignificant/unidentified part. For newer carbs, they don't use an adjustable...
Forum: Conservation 01-18-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,384
Posted By MN Renovator
You can rent a decent thermal imaging camera at...

You can rent a decent thermal imaging camera at Home Depot, do it on a day where the temperature inside and outside is significant.

I bought one of the phone attachable types used for super cheap...
Forum: Tools 01-15-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,163
Posted By MN Renovator
A better and cheaper option is to get ethanol...

A better and cheaper option is to get ethanol free gas if you can in your area.
www.pure-gas.org
If that isn't available see if you can find UL94, which is the unleaded version of aviation fuel,...
Forum: Tools 01-14-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,163
Posted By MN Renovator
Is that float inside the carb hanging freely or...

Is that float inside the carb hanging freely or is it stuck up, I can't tell, give it a push up and see if it moves up and down. If it's stuck give it a little tug to see if it will drop into...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-12-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,833
Posted By MN Renovator
*shudders at unencapsulated fiberglass* hopefully...

*shudders at unencapsulated fiberglass* hopefully the unit is inside a space where space heating is desired.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-01-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,423
Posted By MN Renovator
I think you'll find the price difference between...

I think you'll find the price difference between energy star 2 pane windows and 3 pane windows R5 to be high but could be worth it, but aiming for glazing that is R9 or higher might be very cost...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-01-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,423
Posted By MN Renovator
You seem to have calculated the gain/loss related...

You seem to have calculated the gain/loss related to the difference between the interior and exterior temperatures correctly but you haven't factored in solar gain through the windows. This is the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-29-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,423
Posted By MN Renovator
I'm coming from a 1985 built to minimum code...

I'm coming from a 1985 built to minimum code 2100sq ft house with 2x4 construction R13 fiberglass walls with a R5 polyiso wrap and leaky double pane windows. With the design temp based on the San...
Forum: Conservation 12-28-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 52,612
Posted By MN Renovator
Thanks for the link. In the US, the mortgage...

Thanks for the link. In the US, the mortgage companies are more competitive and prepayment penalties aren't that common here. Here 'term' means the duration of amortization. Most loans here are 30...
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