Joined on May 9, 2006
Last Post on May 11, 2006
@ May 11, 2006 6:15 PM in Indirectswhy not stick with the Super-Stor by the same manufacturer no less? Common warranty and I think they market it as a package. All are good products; things to compare are surface area of the exchanger, recovery time with the same boiler input and first hour draw and standby losses/insulation total R value (like any heater of course).
@ May 10, 2006 6:02 AM in Any Update on Scott Mil-knee?not his testicles, Paul!
@ May 10, 2006 5:57 AM in How not to install a radiantI am not a litigious person, Steve, (roughly one year of law school; another story) but with all that you have documented it would seem pretty straightforward even if it is "Back Documentation". The only snag is that there was an accepted award. The good thing to do would have been to reject it. Did the HO have a lawyer? He should have advised not accepting for that can close further venues. (Along the lines of double jeopardy although this is civil -at this point.) Because the AHJ and installing contractor have a standing relationship there is a matter of full disclosure and conflict of interest which is covered under state statutes. Was there a discovery period or interrogatory period? The $2K settlement seems like small claims court to me..... I do not know Michigan law but here in MA there is an Inspector General's Office designed as oversight for public officials. (That here they could not find corruption and shoddy workmanship in the Big Dig however is a testimony to their willingness to hire the blind and deaf :) another story... ) Anyway, I agree with John T. regarding the grievance board but that may not obtain the relief the HO deserves. He was sold a house that does not meet State Law as you defined it, there are issues of the "Warranty of Merchantability" principle (whereby a product sold is deemed inherently to be suited for the purpose for which it is intended). The inspector, given his relationship to the contractor, should have recused himself or disclosed this especially in the court/arbitration session which happened. There are issues regarding conduct of public officials to consider: Misfeasance (mistakes or abrogation of duty), Malfeasance (knowingly doing the wrong thing) and Nonfeasance (just mailing it in basically). Take your pick as I see it. I would get him in touch with a good attorney with a sense of rage to match ours. See if you can get the previous decision vacated on grounds of non-disclosure during discovery (if even there was a discovery period), and lay out the entire case before another judge. Possible perjury? That could vacate the previous agreement and award right there, a good thing. There are significant -obviously- documentable damages and consequential damages too (loss of use of his primary abode) and the remedy is to correct it. I would of course have the cost of doing so forfeited from the contractor, not have him do the work. The contractor carries insurance for some purpose I have to assume. All the HO wants is to be made whole. That is not asking too much...I am fuming obviously... Your part, aside from being an expert witness is to keep the HO focused on any public statments being about the contractor not the technology.... Glad you resurrected this thread, Steve. My $0.02 Brad
@ May 9, 2006 8:12 PM in residential chilled water systemsGood question, Christian As far as chillers are concerned, I have applied them as small as a few tons, mostly for process work but for the occasional house. I applied an 8-ton chiller for the Boston University Boathouse; it worked out better than a few split systems would have, glycol application included. Now the storage part: I do not know where the economic break-even point might be and at what scale... The average ice storage systems I have been involved with were over 1,000 tons. Naturally your night-time electric rates and daytime demand rates make it all happen or not. York had or has a storage system consisting of HDPE "balls" filled with brine of some sort. I am not sure how they were chilled but it seems a scalable technology. The Trane-marketed Calmac systems used thin sheets of ice between plates or scrolls, which escapes me at the moment. I do not see that is usable for small systems. Interesting to explore... A company called Servel had an open system gas-fired absorber, not sure if it is still available and under what name. It came in 5-ton increments. As you know with absorbers, getting water much lower than 43 degrees takes some effort; making ice would not be an option. Not that you were suggesting that, just to lay it out though.