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Sal Santamaura

Sal Santamaura

Joined on August 12, 2009

Last Post on March 31, 2014

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How about this guy?

@ March 31, 2014 12:00 PM in Hydronic radiant heating subtleties

That would make Dan...

@ March 6, 2014 4:13 PM in Opportunity Knocks

the Holohan household's Rubricator in Chief.

Thanks Paul.

@ February 7, 2014 1:52 AM in Radiant Heat in the Northwest

Are those forced air systems required to run fan-only for ventilation when no heat calls occur over an extended period, such as during shoulder seasons?

Interesting post -- some additional research

@ January 28, 2014 9:47 PM in Radiant Heat in the Northwest

Paul, I found your statement

"You'll also have to ventilate the residence to the WA State energy code to provide .35 air changes per hour, but that's another story."

intriguing, so looked into it further.  I located and reviewed Chapter 51-11R-WAC, Residential Provisions.  References to air changes per hour mostly concerned tightening envelopes, specifying maximum allowable values of 4 or 5.  The only place I saw mention of whole house ventilation invoked Section M1507.3 of the International Residential Code, which addresses ventilation rates for kitchen and bathroom exhausts.

Undoubtedly, I've missed or misread interrelated provisions in the WA State Energy Code, International Residential Code and other controlling documents which lead you to imply that a very tight new home in your state, using hydronic radiant heat, *must* have continuous mechanical ventilation which maintains a minimum of 0.35 air changes per hour.  Would you please point out those code sections?  Also, do they require such mechanical ventilation even if mandatory blower-door testing shows a natural ventilation rate just low enough to meet the 4/5 air changes per hour specification?  Do newly constructed homes with forced air heat "automatically" cause enough air exchange due to pressurizing the envelope that they're exempt from the 0.35 requirement?

Thanks in advance for your follow up.

Firefox (26.0) on my Windows laptop...

@ January 13, 2014 1:15 PM in This is interesting

...gave no such warning when I ordered last year or just now when clicking on the link.

Scroll to the top of this page...

@ January 2, 2014 11:47 AM in Rinnai Recall from 2008!

...and click on "Find a Contractor."  Plug in your Zip Code and the answer(s) will be provided.

Available and not too expensive

@ December 10, 2013 11:54 AM in This is interesting

"George Kerr sells them to anyone off his CO Experts website (his price has gone waaaaay up!). I heard he was going to market his monitors through Graingers but I don't see them on their website."

I bought mine here:

Ordering was simple, price (after the 'Coupon Code' discount) about the same as what I paid the last two times.

"The gubbermint introduced legislation (HR1796, which passed the House) to outlaw the manufacture, sale or distribution of unlisted CO alarms...Then the gubbermint outlaws that additional protection"

Fortunately, passage of a bill by the House alone does not a law make.  :-)


@ December 10, 2013 11:46 AM in This is interesting

"Why aren't the good listed CO alarms easily available?"

Because no such thing exists.  :)   If an alarm qualifies for listing, it's by definition not "good," except maybe to meet ridiculous codes that mandate its installation.

I'll never forget...

@ August 19, 2013 11:15 AM in Need writing help?

...the Help Wanted ad my then-local newspaper in Yonkers, New York ran sometime around the late 1960s.  It sought a "poof reader."  :-)

Small world

@ June 24, 2013 2:03 PM in Blast from the past - superheated boiler explodes

In 1962 I was nine years old and completely oblivious to things in the news like that explosion.

Years later, during the summer between junior and senior of my college electrical engineering education, I had a job with IBM doing field work.  Almost a week of it was spent in the computer room of New York Telephone's 5030 Broadway facility.  We reconfigured their IBM 360 mainframe + peripherals billing system.  The amount of heavy cabling to and from tape drives that I dragged and repaired under raised flooring was astounding.  Chain-based line printers too.  There was never any mention of the 1962 explosion.

With a two year advantage...

@ June 21, 2013 7:43 PM in Dumb

...over my 38 (in August), I'll defer to that judgement.  Nonetheless, in your position, I'd leave a copy of the April Consumer Reports issue on the coffee table.  Open to the reliability records page that include Volkswagen.  :-)

Loud rock playing...

@ June 21, 2013 4:07 PM in Dumb because the brand's preponderant customer demographic seems to like that experience.  We older folks who had Volkswagen products in our younger years, as well as those who read Consumer Reports reliability records, know better and don't buy them. :-)

Interesting idea...

@ June 21, 2013 12:09 PM in is this where we fall behind other countries?

...but I have a few questions and a comment.

*  It appears to be permanently attached to the gear.  How much does it weigh and what is the impact on airborne fuel consumption of always carrying that additional weight?
*  In use during taxi, it draws power from the aircraft's electrical system, i.e. APU.  How much additional fuel is consumed by the APU as a result?
*  Regulatory agency certification of something like this will require a long and expensive effort by the airframe manufacturers and/or carriers.  Who will pay for that?

It will be interesting to see what the Air France analysis shows with respect to these factors.

Do those German wholesalers sell...

@ June 12, 2013 2:41 PM in How the Europeans do it?

...metallic pipe, valves and fittings made in China?  Or is there a domestic German supply base still manufacturing high quality versions?  :-)

I don't know about other countries but...

@ April 13, 2013 11:22 AM in is this where we fall behind other countries?'s been this way in the US for at least 30 years.  As an avid photo hobbyist, i sent several snail-mail suggestions to Kodak in the 80s.  They were returned with a release form I had to sign before anyone at the company would even read them. Unless I gave up any right to compensation should my ideas be implemented, into the trash they would go.  Given the ease of sending email and even greater litigiousness today, I suspect it's easier to totally refuse inputs from outside a corporation.  The formalization of "not invented here."  :)

I don't think the response would have been any different if you had written about battery fires.  That's a personal opinion, not one derived from my status as a Boeing retiree.  ;-)

PS  Expanded use of tugs for taxi is really an operational concept of potential use to the air carriers, not an airframe manufacturer.  However, they're probably too busy with bankruptcy and merger lawyers to bother thinking about your idea.

Viewing using Firefox 14.0.1...

@ August 23, 2012 2:17 PM in Testing

...only the larger font test worked.  Color test s also larger, but black.

Which town...

@ August 18, 2012 12:17 PM in In case you were wondering,,,, New Hampshire is it?  Do you know if others are considering adoption?

Regardless of future funding...

@ July 30, 2012 11:43 PM in The AWESOME power of Mother Nature...

...what's significant is the work done and conclusion reached.  I regret mentioning the irony of how it was funded;  this is too important for distractions.

Timely corroboration

@ July 30, 2012 10:41 PM in The AWESOME power of Mother Nature...

Just published yesterday:

His work was funded by, of all entities, the Koch brothers!  In an interview tonight, he made clear that the money came with no strings.

Carbon footprints and humanity's relationship to climate change

@ July 8, 2012 12:10 PM in The AWESOME power of Mother Nature...

Those who refuse to accept that human activity is the major contributor to this planet's rate and direction of climate change over the last centuries are burying their heads in the sand.  Unfortunately, that camp has made the policy decisions which led to and perpetuate this problem.

Reducing one's carbon footprint is all well and good, but such efforts are swamped by earth's hugely increasing human population.  Worse yet, places where the number of people is growing fastest are using dirty energy sources as well as adopting western energy-intensive consumption patterns.

I consider myself fortunate to be childless.  I will retire to a northern location and spend my remaining years "benefiting" from milder winters.  Those of you with children and grandchildren deserve sincere condolences.  It's not going to be pretty.  And was avoidable.

"The worst thing that ever happened to the natural gas industry was de-regulation..."

@ April 28, 2012 12:59 PM in The Propane industry

Tim, that's a correct statement, but applied much too narrowly.  The worst thing that ever happened to this country was deregulation in its many forms.

Regulation seeks to place citizens' interests above corporate interests.  Despite the most recent in a string of absurd Supreme Court decision (Citizens United), corporations are not people.  They are legal constructs granted certain advantages by a government which used to require appropriate corporate behaviors in return.  Unfortunately, for the last three decades, those requirements have been incrementally dismantled.

The people most affected by deregulation, average citizens, haven't a clue that they're complicit in its progression.  Seeing only the immediate, short-term benefit of apparently lower prices, they embrace a brief ability to get "more" of whatever product/service.  Many flock to big box stores and purchase imported absolute garbage for pennies.  They can't grasp the decimation of domestic jobs that results from this unregulated, but unfair, trade.  Until it impacts them.

Extremely significant deregulation took place with the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  No longer were broadcasters required to serve the public interest.  No longer was licensing based on proof of doing so.  No longer were there reasonable limits on number of outlets in a market.  No longer did "news" actually need to be real news.  Now the corporate masters completely controlled what was electromagnetic spectrum owned by all US citizens, with no compensation to the public required.  For the past sixteen years, oligarchs have made good use of their propaganda system.

A Boiler File made reference to "the current administration" and its record on public land drilling.  Let's be clear -- both parties have been complicit in deregulating the industries that, thanks to now nonexistant campaign financing regulations, own them, especially oil and gas industries.  That Telecommunications Act was signed by Clinton.  However, neither party is willing to make appropriate decisions because a public spoiled by "more for less" would turn them out of office for doing so.  icesailor asked ask who will buy Mr. 1%'er's products when everyone is working for miniscule wages.  Executives of entities in the government-corporate complex will happily sell to wherever on the planet a market for those products exists; they don't care if customers are in the US or elsewhere.  Identity and allegiance has transitioned from country to corporation.  Indeed, they "own" this country, which is now of the multinational corporations, by the multinational corporations and for the multinational corporations.

The world's population greatly exceeds its carrying capacity.  Humans haven't demonstrated intelligence superior to other species, failing to recognize this fact and not limiting our reproduction rate.  Therefore, the only thing that can mitigate excessive energy consumption is higher commodity prices.  Gasoline at $5 per gallon should have been implemented by taxing to that level at least fifteen years ago.  Government, owned by big oil, obviously wouldn't go there.  Now, with all our dollars pushing demand in China, the market has finally elevated it to more than $4 per gallon.  Better late than never.  Prices of other energy sources, while not yet tracking directly, will climb proportionally as soon as infrastructure is put into place that enables our NG to reach China et al.

Jean-David Beyer, denial and/or depression will not help you.  My approach is to ignore the mess and concentrate on other things of interest to the maximum extent possible, while still remaining sufficiently engaged to cast informed ballots.  The situation will eventually rectify itself, just as it did the last time we faced similar circumstances nearly 90 years ago.   Citizens United, like Plessy v. Ferguson, will eventually be overturned.  But perhaps not within my lifetime.  :-)

OK, on the third point...

@ February 23, 2012 11:45 PM in Compressed natural gas for home heating?

...I'm willing to yell "uncle."  :-)

I don't think exchanging tanks is a viable approach.  If cars can be made to function  on CNG, your second concern seems surmountable.  However, if the tanks need to be 12 times the size of comparable LNG tanks (is that volume or linear dimensions?), it's probably impractical.
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