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  1. Shelly: Yes I did have the HTP Versa Hydro...

    Shelly:

    Yes I did have the HTP Versa Hydro Solar system installed. The contractor was great and is local. I had a hard time finding someone who would do it. He is relatively young and new to...
  2. Quiet, Reliable Residential Toe Kick heater

    We are looking for a quiet, reliable toekick heater to add to our remodeled Kitchen. The Kitchen measures roughly 23 feet 15 feet and we are looking to add two TK heaters. What are the better...
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    Solar Evacuated Tube Panels

    I plan to have a contractor install a solar hot water system for my home. I know absolutely nothing about solar collectors. I just need to make sure that the evacuated tube solar panels that the...
  4. Dana: With Federal Tax Credits, State and...

    Dana:

    With Federal Tax Credits, State and local utility rebates, the HTP Versa-Hydro Solar system is by far the best deal. It's like getting the solar hot water system for free! I have posted a...
  5. Dana: When you say the Versa-Hydro will ALWAYS...

    Dana:

    When you say the Versa-Hydro will ALWAYS be firing in condensing mode, does that ssume that the return water needs to be 110 F or lower? Or is it the Delta-T needs to be at a certain...
  6. Dana: Great. Your knowledge of boiler systems...

    Dana:

    Great. Your knowledge of boiler systems and the ability to convey that information is unbelievable and you have been of immense help. I really do appreciate it!

    I will price out the HTP...
  7. Dana: I called HTP and they gave me more...

    Dana:

    I called HTP and they gave me more information about the Versa-Hydro. They offer three different-sized Hot Water Storage units (50-, 80-, 119-gal), but they all have the same burner. The...
  8. Dana: Great. I really appreciate your help. ...

    Dana:

    Great. I really appreciate your help.

    So, if I decide to add solar hot water, I should stick with the Alpine 80 and a 30-gallon buffer tank. Under the solar scenario, for the IDHW tank...
  9. The water piping diagram for the Alpine is shown...

    The water piping diagram for the Alpine is shown here (see attachment):

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    Where would the buffer go?

    I looked at the HTP VERSA, which has a modulating burner that appears to range from...
  10. The hardness of Town water has been consistent...

    The hardness of Town water has been consistent for years at 2 grains per gallon or 34 milligrams per liter. Is this enough to cause scaling problems?

    As provided in the Chromalox web-site, the...
  11. Dana: That helps a lot. However, if you have...

    Dana:

    That helps a lot. However, if you have an example of a simple-series return schematic that would be really great since I am having a hard time picturing that.

    Yes, we plan to add a...
  12. Dana: So, when I put heating in the basement,...

    Dana:

    So, when I put heating in the basement, I should absolutely go with cast iron over fin-tube?

    After weighing all my options, I have definitely decided to go with the Burnham Alpine 80....
  13. Dana: OK, it's clear to me that for low-mass...

    Dana:

    OK, it's clear to me that for low-mass systems (similiar to the one I have) that a buffer will help with decreasing maintenance and increasing the life of the boiler by creating less...
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    I have decided between three different gas-fired...

    I have decided between three different gas-fired mod-con boilers: Burnham Alpine 80, HTP Elite 80 and the Prestige Solo 60. These units all have the same lowest min (16 K btu/hr). My heat loss...
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    WEDI walk-in shower base construction

    Has anyone constructed a walk-in shower using the WEDI shower base without the curb? I would put a glass door at the entrance.
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    OK Thanks. How many fixture units for sinks...

    OK Thanks. How many fixture units for sinks and toilets?

    In addition to the shower in the basement, we will have a 65-gallon jacuzzi and a toilet.
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    Supply Lines to Separate Showers

    I am adding a new bath to my basement and was wondering what is the best way to make sure that both the water pressure and hot water temperature does not drop while in the shower. I have an existing...
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    Mold-Mildew Resistant Grout?

    Does anyone know if there is a tried-and-true grout out there for tiling bathroom shower stalls that is mold and mildew resistant?

    I am considering using the Swanstone shower kit or tiling a new...
  19. Dana: I appreciate the explanation of the...

    Dana:

    I appreciate the explanation of the boiler temperature going to and returning from the Al-fins - that makes sense and I can easily convey that to a contractor going forward.

    So it...
  20. Dana: Thanks for the information on the...

    Dana:

    Thanks for the information on the insulation - very helpful.

    The smallest zone is about 40 ft and that would give a mass of water within that zone at about 3.7 gallons. With that small...
  21. Wedi board looks pretty neat. Where can you get...

    Wedi board looks pretty neat. Where can you get that stuff around here?

    As far as mass for the heating system, the monoflo baseboard system is fed by 1.5-inch copper pipe. I calcuated about 13...
  22. I used a combination of dry-lock paint and...

    I used a combination of dry-lock paint and superthoroseal on the walls before I glued the polyiso boards to the walls and there is at least a 2-3" section of the floor extending outward from the...
  23. Thanks Dana. Is it Ok to use the...

    Thanks Dana.

    Is it Ok to use the polyisocyanurate boards on the walls? The local Building inspector wants us to use a vapor barrier so I glued foil-faced polyisocyanurate boards on the walls...
  24. A Buderus contractor came by this morning to take...

    A Buderus contractor came by this morning to take a look. I told him that I wanted to go with gas and he recommended the Buderus wall hung model. When I told him my concern about the return water...
  25. Dana: Your heat load calcualtion makes perfect...

    Dana: Your heat load calcualtion makes perfect sense. Thanks!

    I will scrap the dri-core idea and apply foil-faced DOW TUFF-R 2-inch polyisocyanurate foam boards to the floor and cover with...
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