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    Jim, I think you're right. As long as my house...

    Jim, I think you're right. As long as my house has stayed comfortable with only a small amount of temperature overshoot and undershoot, I'm going to leave my stat on the SYNC setting for cycles per...
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    Okay, before I let you guys go, I'd like to bend...

    Okay, before I let you guys go, I'd like to bend your ear with one more question. This one regarding my Tekmar thermostat.

    I was just reading my installation and operation manual for my Tekmar...
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    Badger, Dana Thanks for the information and...

    Badger, Dana

    Thanks for the information and advice guys. I have a better understanding now of my system (and design limitations as noted; no ODR, etc.) and how to best utilize it.

    One final...
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    Dana, I really like my Mitsubishi mini-split. ...

    Dana,

    I really like my Mitsubishi mini-split. The only issue I've had with it is a bit of a rhythmic ticking from the inside unit that was an annoyance. Ended up having to put shims on all...
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    Badger, I agree completely about the use of...

    Badger,

    I agree completely about the use of outdoor reset. And if I had a do-over, my house would definitely include an outdoor reset/modulating boiler system. But that is hindsight and for now...
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    Dana, I'm gone quite often, sometimes for...

    Dana,

    I'm gone quite often, sometimes for extended periods of time, so it just seems easiest and best for peace of mind (not knowing what temp swings may occur during the week) to leave the...
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    Update on this one guys; sorry for the delay as I...

    Update on this one guys; sorry for the delay as I wanted to get a winter under my belt to see how things went.

    Last fall, I installed the Tekmar 552 thermostat (in place of the simple Ranco slab...
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    Makes sense and we know with certainty that there...

    Makes sense and we know with certainty that there is a small leak that needs to be addressed.

    The one thing that I need help understanding though is why I only get air in the lines after...
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    I tried a quick experiment to get more data...

    I tried a quick experiment to get more data before I talk to the driller tomorrow and thought this question might come up. I wanted to see how long the well pump would run (minus cycling on/off...
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    Thanks for the replies guys.....I wasn't real...

    Thanks for the replies guys.....I wasn't real crazy about the driller installing that check valve in the house, but I was out of state when the repair was completed and that was what they decided to...
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    Air in deep well line

    Back again! So far I've gone two for two with resolving issues here and really appreciated that, so thought I'd bend your ear again.....

    I have a deep well (drilled August/2011) supplying water...
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    Badger: this is the recommendation that was made...

    Badger: this is the recommendation that was made to me regarding minimum slab temperature.........thoughts?...
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    Thanks Tom. Along with input here, in the...

    Thanks Tom.

    Along with input here, in the last couple of days I talked to applications specialists at both Tekmar (hydronic radiant thermostat supplier) and Electro Industries (mfg. of my...
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    Thanks for the input guys..... Tom Sawyer,...

    Thanks for the input guys.....

    Tom Sawyer, from my research, Tekmar seems to be one of the top dogs in hydronic radiant controls. When you said go with the Tekmar setup, do you mean that the...
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    Well guys; wanted to give you a longer term...

    Well guys; wanted to give you a longer term update. Everything is going well with no smell after I performed that last sanitizing and set an 8 day regeneration schedule for the softener.

    Onto...
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    Hydronic radiant thermostat

    Last fall, I built a small 5 room 1008 sq. foot patio home. Single level, slab on grade with hydronic radiant heat supplied by an Electro Industries 9kw mini boiler (model EMB-H-9). The entire house...
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    Odor is not rotten egg strong, but definitely has...

    Odor is not rotten egg strong, but definitely has a tinge of that. And a slight black staining of the toilet. The consensus is that this is a ground water issue. Sulfate reducing bacteria from a...
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    Back again with an update. I performed the...

    Back again with an update.

    I performed the softener sanitization procedure that Gary recommended with chlorine bleach outlined in post #11. The smell completely went away for about 8 days. On...
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    Sanitized the softener two days ago with chlorine...

    Sanitized the softener two days ago with chlorine bleach per procedure in Gary's post #11. No smell yet; crossing my fingers that it holds!

    I'll update you after some more time passes.......
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    Thanks Gary, I'll give your recommendation a try...

    Thanks Gary, I'll give your recommendation a try and will let you know the results!
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    I got the test results back from the lab....

    I got the test results back from the lab. Negative for coliform and positive for sulfate reducing bacteria at a low concentration, which is not uncommon according to the chemist.

    Most likely in...
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    I stopped by the water testing laboratory this...

    I stopped by the water testing laboratory this morning and had a discussion with their staff water chemist.

    She agreed that I should retest for coliform. She suggested that we use the "membrane...
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    Fair enough. I will get another sample tested....

    Fair enough. I will get another sample tested. we have a local lab that specializes in it.

    I agree that it is important to know what we're fighting here before digging in.

    I'll report back...
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    Gary, I certainly could retest for coliform. ...

    Gary, I certainly could retest for coliform. Easy enough to do. My well drilling company suspected that the reason(s) it needed a second shock treatment was because (1) the depth of the well allows...
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    New house water smell

    Great forum you guys have going here. First time post; been lurking a while.

    I have just finished construction of a new house in MN. It has a deep (305 foot; yikes that one hurt the...
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