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    I would shy away from vermont castings. From my...

    I would shy away from vermont castings. From my understanding they used to be a great company with a very good product. They have been bough and sold numerous times in the last few years and quality...
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    water heater distance from wall ?

    I will be installing my water heater this week and need to know how far off the wall I can place the water heater.

    I have some radiant lines that I would like to run behind the water heater and I...
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    cattledog - thanks for the response. It does seem...

    cattledog - thanks for the response. It does seem that I still have some homework to do. I am trying to do my heating as simple and economical as possible. We heat primarily with wood heat. We...
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    ^^^bumpity bump bump

    ^^^bumpity bump bump
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    Heat Exchanger and pump sizing

    I am using flat panel radiators to heat my new home. I am trying to size my heat exchanger and pumps to run off of my water heater (Smith Vertex 76K BTU). My total heating load is 36K BTU per hour. ...
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    I do not have much area above the house (well i...

    I do not have much area above the house (well i do but it would cost $$$ to get there). I do have room in the crawlspace.

    Can any of these pumps be installed underground? Would I still get my...
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    I am already running a 1" meter and 1" supply...

    I am already running a 1" meter and 1" supply lines to the house.
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    I have a great structure, but no attic.

    I have a great structure, but no attic.
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    not sure if I am happy with my fixtures, as they...

    not sure if I am happy with my fixtures, as they are not hooked up yet. This is new construction and I am acting as Owner/Builder. I am close to being finished with my plumbing (minus fixtures).
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    is 36 lbs pf pressure enough?

    So, I just got my water turned on and threw on a pressure gauge right by the house. I got 36 lbs of pressure. I was hoping for more but expecting less. I am on our towns water system, using 1" pvc...
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    from my limited experience of installing wirbo...

    from my limited experience of installing wirbo pex in my house, i would say no.
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    PEX -> shower valve terminations

    So I am finishing up my rough-in plumbing and need some direction on the best way to finish up at the shower valves and hose bibs. I am running 3/4" wirsbo pex to both fixture types.

    I was...
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    jadnashau - thanks for the comments. We are...

    jadnashau - thanks for the comments.

    We are not in a super cold climate with an outdoor design temp of 17 degrees. We also use a woodstove as primary heat. Due to those factors we will be using a...
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    flat panel radiators - mechanicals?

    I plan on using flat panel radiators for my new home. I was originally going to do underfloor radiant and I have a decent understanding of the zone mainfolds, flow pumps, controls, ect. for...
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    i will look into the extended warranty. ...

    i will look into the extended warranty.

    thanks! :)
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    as far as AO Smith goes it is all I really have...

    as far as AO Smith goes it is all I really have "inexpensive" access to. I am building as an owner/builder and my buddy was kind enough to put me on his cash account at the supply house. I get around...
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    AO Smith Vertex

    Does anyone have experience with the AO Smith Vertex water heater? My plumbing supply house only carries AO Smith and I am trying to decide between the Vertex and a standard powervent unit. There is...
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    srdenny, thanks for the reply's. Vent...

    srdenny, thanks for the reply's.

    Vent termination is one of the reasons I want to place the WH in the basement. Vent termination is difficult in the utility room due to windows and overhangs.
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  19. Thread: pex sizing

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    I will be running aquapex (wirsbo) with the...

    I will be running aquapex (wirsbo) with the propex tools.

    The longest hot water run is about 40' to the kitchen sink.

    So could I use 3/4" lines as my main trunk lines? or should I use 1"?...
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    ps. I am not against I recirculating system for...

    ps. I am not against I recirculating system for the hot water side, if it is simple to do.
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    California code questions - water heaters

    I have some quick questions regarding CA code. This is for new construction.

    I have an at grade basement (walkout) and I would like to put my water heater there. It will be either a direct vent or...
  22. Thread: pex sizing

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    pex sizing

    I am planning my supply runs and I have heard differing accounts on what size pex to run.

    I have 1" copper coming into the house from a 1" meter. I am unsure of what kind of pressure to expect....
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    ok good, that is what I thought but was not sure....

    ok good, that is what I thought but was not sure. How pricey is pricey? Any recommened brands? I think I would like a larger unit as our 40 gal unit in our current home does not cut it.
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    venting a water heater through a wall???

    Building a new house and trying to figure out my hot water. I have thought about tankless (and I still am), but I think I would much rather go with a regular tanked unit. It is me and my wife with 2...
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    need radiant help

    So, even though I am super busy trying to beat winter and get a roof up, I know I have to be ready to get my heating system in place soon.

    We are planning on using underfloor radiant heat with Al...
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