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  1. New boiler/indirect tank confusing water softener?

    I have a water softener that performs on-demand regeneration based on the amount of water we use. Ever since we replaced our old water heater (gas-fired) with an indirect tank off a boiler, we have...
  2. Odd question: 3-handle thermostatic valve?

    My wife and I like the "classic" look of a 3-handle valve, but I'd prefer to have a thermostatic valve. I could swear that I have seen a valve that provides both, with the handles controlling...
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    I'm happy leaving the outswing door. Can you...

    I'm happy leaving the outswing door. Can you sketch what you mean about the 66" custom shower? Larger showers are good :)
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    Roughly 1"/1' scale. The door is 24" wide, so...

    Roughly 1"/1' scale. The door is 24" wide, so yeah - tiny. Which makes me wonder how they got the current tub in, now that I think about it...

    In the first picture, the toilet is centered in a 36"...
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    Small bathroom design help

    I'm planning a gut and redo of our downstairs bathroom. The room is small - 6'8" deep and 6' wide - and I'm planning on taking it down to the studs and starting over.

    We'd like to put in a...
  6. I'll definitely look into sealing the basement....

    I'll definitely look into sealing the basement. The band joist is plastered over (did I mention plaster, plaster everywhere??) so getting in there hasn't been a priority. Should be one, though.
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  7. Windows... let's see. I'm going to categorize...

    Windows... let's see. I'm going to categorize since they vary.

    "Classic" double-hung (uninsulated sash pocket, no weatherstripping): 12.
    "Upgraded" double-hung (1" foam in the sash pocket,...
  8. 1600 square feet, 2 stories. There's a bump-out...

    1600 square feet, 2 stories. There's a bump-out that's about 150 square feet per floor, the rest is a cube shape.

    4-6 windows per room, all double-hung. The storms aren't great. I definitely...
  9. We are aggressively setting the temperature back,...

    We are aggressively setting the temperature back, so that might be it. The morning/evening temps are 68*, during the day is 65*, and night is 58*. I don't believe we are very well insulated (if...
  10. I'm also looking at replacing the current cast...

    I'm also looking at replacing the current cast iron monster with a more efficient system. I was quoted a 110K Triangle Tube Prestige Solo; I'd like to double-check that with you folks.

    I live in...
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    I see, thanks. Would it make sense to put in the...

    I see, thanks. Would it make sense to put in the bypass no matter what to ensure that I'm not going to shock the boiler? I'm definitely capable of working in a loop of that sort and taping a...
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    I am officially daunted. As a "technical" type, I...

    I am officially daunted. As a "technical" type, I often really underestimate how difficult projects are.

    The current system is set up as two zones (upstairs/downstairs), since that was the...
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    I will look into insulation. I was poking at this...

    I will look into insulation. I was poking at this mod-con because it's $600 - which makes a damn cheap gamble. At this point it's all about the "cheap".

    I'll check the foundation and sill. The...
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    Thanks for the response! Things are making a lot...

    Thanks for the response! Things are making a lot more sense now. One last question based on Dana's post. If we're using big-iron radiators, is there still any benefit from the buffer tank? I wouldn't...
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    I definitely see where you are going. One...

    I definitely see where you are going. One complication - in real terms, in a place like Madison (frozen north, heh), how much does the "modulating" nature get us?

    As of last year we spent ~$100...
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    Reworking is free; I'll be doing the work myself....

    Reworking is free; I'll be doing the work myself. I'm simply replacing existing piping runs and adding a manifold to the one boiler. The other will be disconnected and abandoned in place. Well, okay,...
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    Unfortunately, I think a new one is out of the...

    Unfortunately, I think a new one is out of the budget. Even with the 1500 credit we're still talking multiple thousands. Also, our taxes are likely to be low this year (one of the benefits, I...
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    We are not planning to re-split the house, no. It...

    We are not planning to re-split the house, no. It started as a 2-flat and we're recombining it into a single family home.

    WRT efficiency, the opinion seems to be that efficiency drops over time....
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    Boiler decision - help wanted

    Some background: I own a 1600 square foot house in Madison, WI. When we bought it it was set up as a two-flat, upstairs and downstairs. Each floor is heated with a boiler and cast iron radiators. The...
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    Ahh... I see. So instead of the code (which has...

    Ahh... I see. So instead of the code (which has us running two tubs + sinks + toilets + washing machine... all at once) I want to go with what actually can happen and then possibly round up a bit....
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    'nother water softener sizing question. We...

    'nother water softener sizing question.

    We have an old softener that's on its last legs. As a reasonably handy homeowner I'm looking to replace it. I looked at Gary's web site for sizing but the...
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    Moving a toilet flange?

    Yet another "how do I move this" thread.

    We have a toilet with a 14" rough-in. We're looking to replace the toilet (on a budget), and instead of getting a cheap 14" toilet it seems that it would...
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    Tight quarters toilet recommendations?

    Howdy, all.

    I'm remodelling our upstairs bathroom. For reasons that I don't understand the toilet is placed opposite a chimney (from the hot water/boilers in the basement); thus, we only have 44"...
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