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  1. After a long delay, time to get back at it! ...

    After a long delay, time to get back at it!

    Got a natural gas line installed and ready to go. Heavily leaning towards installing a Lochinvar WHN-055 Mod-Con boiler.

    The problem is that I have...
  2. Just had a follow-up call from the mini-split...

    Just had a follow-up call from the mini-split guys...

    1 ton Goodman: $3,700 incl electrical
    3/4 ton Fujitsu: $4,800

    So quite a bit more than the prices you folks are seeing state-side...
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  4. There are already cast-iron radiators throughout...

    There are already cast-iron radiators throughout the original part of the house.

    To avoid changing those, would we just be able to adjust the water temp and water flow rate to get the return temp...
  5. Cool--I like the look of the towel bar radiators!...

    Cool--I like the look of the towel bar radiators! Would they be compatible with cast iron rads? Probably running the system at under 120F and need about 150-200W.
  6. I was shocked at the estimate for the Fujitsu...

    I was shocked at the estimate for the Fujitsu mini-split too. He wanted to put in an AOU36RLXFZ plus two ASU12RLF's and one ducted ARU12RLF. This would not be EnergyStar rated and would cost...
  7. Thanks for all the great information so far! ...

    Thanks for all the great information so far!

    I've had a few contractors come in to talk about:
    - multi-stage (hydronic) heat pump replacements for the oil-fired boiler: nobody here offers them;...
  8. Sounds like it might be an option for replacing...

    Sounds like it might be an option for replacing the resistive baseboards too...

    Am I correct in assuming that, like window air conditioners, we'd need a head inside each room? It a 40's house --...
  9. Interesting suggestion. Am I correct in assuming...

    Interesting suggestion. Am I correct in assuming that mini-split heads are similar in noise to those heating/cooling units found in many hotels? If so, I don't think I could take the noise. One...
  10. Recommended replacement for ancient oil-fired boiler ? Gas boiler? Heat pump?

    We have an old oil-fired boiler (1970's?) that is so expensive to run that we've been using portable electric heaters in its place (yet still saving $1,000+ / year in the cost differential).
    ...
  11. I've been using a Delta Thermostatic valve for a...

    I've been using a Delta Thermostatic valve for a few months now (coupled with a Drainwater Heat Recovery System). This is what I've noticed so far:
    - It runs straight hot when when you first turn...
  12. I've been using a PowerPipe in my house for the...

    I've been using a PowerPipe in my house for the past 2 years. You can read about it here: http://www.terrylove.com/forums/showthread.php?39506-Drainwater-heat-recovery-installation&highlight=
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  13. Magick Woods Sonata, from Home Cheapo. Despite...

    Magick Woods Sonata, from Home Cheapo. Despite that, I like it too :)
  14. Getting closer.... Shower glass is in. 18830...

    Getting closer.... Shower glass is in.

    18830

    Still to do:
    - final plumbing hookup
    - stone baseboard
    - mirror
    - frosted glass bypass doors (and shelves) in closet
    - seal grout on floor and...
  15. I agree--Zinsser 1-2-3 is my favourite primer...

    I agree--Zinsser 1-2-3 is my favourite primer too. I only need about 4 square feet covered and Prim-Grip's smallest can is 1 gallon so I'm going to see whether the 1-2-3 will work instead.

    In...
  16. Floor is now done and grouted. Stone backsplash...

    Floor is now done and grouted.
    Stone backsplash wall is now done and grouted.

    Considering using the leftover stone (0.6 x 6" stone mosaic) as a baseboard strip (a 2" high strip around the edge of...
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    I found it was an iterative process because the...

    I found it was an iterative process because the tub wasn't exactly true. Used deck screws to temporarily hold the ledger in place while I checked the tub for levelness and wobbles.

    Such is the...
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    Kohler's installation instructions say for the...

    Kohler's installation instructions say for the tub to sit on only its 4 machined feet.

    *However*, these feet are very skinny (<1/4" wide) and will sink into the floor unless placed on metal shims....
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    Are there unions already installed on the...

    Are there unions already installed on the radiator pipes above floor level?
  20. Back from vacation; just returned a whole batch...

    Back from vacation; just returned a whole batch of stone tile that wasn't fit for sale; and back in action.

    I've coated the shower surround area with AquaDefence, but it's so dark (dark green)...
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    Based on how tightly-fitted those radiator fins...

    Based on how tightly-fitted those radiator fins look inside the tub apron, I don't think you'd stand much chance getting a new tub over top of it unless you dropped the tub straight down on it. And...
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    That gold tub is definitely a Kohler Villager --...

    That gold tub is definitely a Kohler Villager -- can't miss that Nike swoosh on the apron...

    The complicating factor here is that finned copper radiator pipe buried inside the apron--a clever way...
  23. I would think that the construction adhesive...

    I would think that the construction adhesive would make the wood-to-wood joint stiffer and prevent the joint from loosening over time (say if a strong live load were on the joists).

    I know the BC...
  24. I called Mapei to get their opinion and here's...

    I called Mapei to get their opinion and here's what they recommended for thinset types and trowel sizes:

    1) 12x22" ceramic on walls & ceiling in shower over top of HardieBacker & AquaDefense:...
  25. Trowel Sizes?

    Just about done prepping the room and finalizing the grout line placements...

    What thinsets / trowel sizes would you recommend for the following? I've linked to the product pages below in case...
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