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  1. Thanks hj, but what's the story on how it's...

    Thanks hj, but what's the story on how it's trapped?
  2. Really interesting post. I've been at war with...

    Really interesting post. I've been at war with standby losses on my own indirect, I've blanketed it, insulated with 3/8 poly and used both loops and traps nipples to cut the standby. My next project...
  3. Thanks Terry. That looks great, but has quite a...

    Thanks Terry. That looks great, but has quite a price premium over a standard tank. It's too bad there's no retrofit device. I use a water heater to provide hydronic & domestic for my little...
  4. Why don't gas water heaters have dampers to reduce standby losses?

    I tried searching, and came up with nothing here, and google got a reference to an aborted non-electric product from the mid 90's http://www.homeenergy.org/show/article/id/1319. Is it only that the...
  5. Of course what you say makes perfect sense in our...

    Of course what you say makes perfect sense in our society run by, and for, lawyers. What's interesting is it doesn't seem to go nuclear when a contractor here gets caught. From all the stories I've...
  6. Tom, putting aside if we can the issue of a...

    Tom, putting aside if we can the issue of a non-pro like myself doing the work, and just speaking as a customer, what do you make of the fact that most of the tradesmen here do their best to avoid...
  7. Absolutely. Permit cost isn't the issue. As I've...

    Absolutely. Permit cost isn't the issue. As I've said, I have no interest in doing anything sub-code.
  8. I admitted I don't know how to test a 2" vent....

    I admitted I don't know how to test a 2" vent. Assuming the joints are tight I can't see how it fails unless it's a long run improperly pitched. Not possible in this case where the run from riser to...
  9. Tom, my god, you're correct!! I really don't have...

    Tom, my god, you're correct!! I really don't have a clue how to test a vent line! Silly me, I've always thought the fact that in most circumstances the kitchen sink would probably drain just fine...
  10. FWIW, I did hold a general license for a while,...

    FWIW, I did hold a general license for a while, but then the laws were changed here, and a state rather than local license was required, with a much larger bond, and I stopped renewing as I did not...
  11. Thanks hj, that's sweet and clear. I had actually...

    Thanks hj, that's sweet and clear. I had actually asked for something like that, calling it a M-M thread to glue adapter and describing it, but neither I nor my vendor thought of doing what you...
  12. Whoopsie, see season 1 episode 5, 14:40, there he...

    Whoopsie, see season 1 episode 5, 14:40, there he is, torch in hand sweating both feed and drain pipes, gluing the ABS, and obviously doing all the plumbing of a shower install. His bio mentions...
  13. I've gotten the stub of the steel nipple out...

    No, I suppose it doesn't at that so does that make us all accomplices?

    Doing it right means getting it permitted. It is a part of the process. Do you think that because you are not licensed...
  14. Thanks hj, but I'm afraid I'm struggling to...

    Thanks hj, but I'm afraid I'm struggling to follow you on what goes where. Is that nipple going into the cast iron? are you suggesting gluing the vent tee's hub over the pvc threaded section? I...
  15. Yes, thanks, I understand that very well. Which...

    Yes, thanks, I understand that very well. Which of course is a great motivation to do it right, no? Does this thread really need to be about this? The guys at the best local plumbing supply...
  16. Thanks hj. I didn't know a street tee existed,...

    Thanks hj. I didn't know a street tee existed, none of my suppliers had one, they didn't have a vent tee either. Is there a site you can recommend that shows all possible fitting and their...
  17. Vent question, no room to do it right, lesser of 2 evils?

    I'm adding a sink to an existing stack, and the vent I'm tying into is awkward. It's level is a little problematic, being slightly under the 42 I'd need for the 36" counter high sink, but I think...
  18. Thanks, but as I pointed out, that would require...

    Thanks, but as I pointed out, that would require removal of the rear channel from the sink, of which success is somewhat doubtful. Or do you mean screwing something up from underneath?

    Now that...
  19. Any good way to stabilize a tall kitchen faucet from flexing a drop-in SS sink?

    I'm putting a new granite tile counter in one of my rental units. I usually use a self rimming drop in SS sink, and not one of the expensive heavy gauge ones. While I hate the look of the standard...
  20. Maybe not everyone has problems. I bought a Cadet...

    Maybe not everyone has problems. I bought a Cadet 3 for my bath reno after seeing many great reviews and I was happy with the design after a tank upgrade. I figured for 1/3 the cost of a Toto I would...
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    one2flush on a Cadet3?

    Any more experiences out there on the one2flush devices, particularly the 3" version? I'd like to try one on a Cadet3. I've been really happy with the 1 Cadet3 I have, a real bargain that works far...
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    Extreme heat trapping: what next?

    I installed an indirect WH last winter with heat trap loops, and the hot and cold feed pipes were still quite hot from the 130 deg tank even well past the loops. While the losses from the pipes were...
  23. But HJ, there is no space heating requirement for...

    But HJ, there is no space heating requirement for this boiler. The original question was whether there was any reasonable and cost effective configuration where the 50k boiler I already own would be...
  24. From Laars "The MiniTherm residential boilers...

    From Laars

    "The MiniTherm residential boilers are Category I (non-positive vent pressure, non-condensing), natural draft appliances. The heat exchanger combines the heat transfer efficiency of...
  25. Dana, some interesting ideas there. I'm...

    Dana, some interesting ideas there. I'm struggling to understand the difference between a standard indirect and the Ergomax, is it simply that the 180-200 boiler water is in the tank and the domestic...
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