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Last Post on August 19, 2013
@ November 25, 2011 3:47 PM in The FUN has begun...and thought us lucky that a few brief shots of (Myson?) baseboards survived the cut. Then you and your diamond plate-mounted artwork appeared. You looked a lot less tired than one would expect for a contractor who must have recently become an engineer and who's working 24 hours per day. :)
Congratulations! Enjoy your 15 minutes...
@ November 23, 2011 8:02 PM in new residential generator - defective controlDoug, my follow up question to you probably got lost when I combined it with a reply to ERF above. Here is is again:
"Doug, please expand on your concern about the auto-exercise feature not including a load test. My understanding of the primary reason for auto-exercising is that it gets the engine running and oil circulating on a regular basis. Alternators don't typically deteriorate when mostly sitting idle and then 'going along for the ride' during short weekly exercise periods. Wouldn't an occasional full-emergency-load test be adequate confirmation that the alternator remains OK? This probably relates to my prime question: which brands/models have been exhibiting good reliability?
@ November 23, 2011 1:24 PM in new residential generator - defective controlI've been searching the Internet and found this Onan LP model:
It's water cooled, runs at 1800 rpm and has a 4-pole alternator. Price and kw capacity are on the order of 2-1/2 times those of your Perkins diesel set.
Any Wallies know whether Onan products from this line have been reliable and whether their output is clean enough to avoid problems with electronic boiler controls?
@ November 22, 2011 11:05 AM in new residential generator - defective controlERF, I appreciate your replies to my question. In my opinion, while a diesel unit might be "better" in certain respects, unless one also has a diesel vehicle, issues related to the fuel (storage, aging/deterioration) are substantial negatives. Also, in an extended electrical outage, sources of diesel fuel like service stations would likely be unable to pump from their storage tanks. The manufacturer's information doesn't say one can use #2 either. Most states haven't yet required 15ppm sulfer in #2, so it wouldn't be viable to hook the generator to one's #2 tank. If that were possible, your approach would be great when combined with an oil boiler when making the heat source choice in new construction.
Given all that and the number of homes heated using NG or propane, can anyone offer first-hand experience with which auto-exercising, auto-start, auto-transfer standby generators running on those fuels have been most reliable? Are there any residential models built to the same rugged standards as the Perkins diesel unit? Propane in particular, while more expensive per BTU than diesel, could be kept virtually forever in a large tank to power the generator. This is especially convenient if there are no NG lines available and one also uses propane for the boiler.
Doug, please expand on your concern about the auto-exercise feature not including a load test. My understanding of the primary reason for auto-exercising is that it gets the engine running and oil circulating on a regular basis. Alternators don't typically deteriorate when mostly sitting idle and then 'going along for the ride' during short weekly exercise periods. Wouldn't an occasional full-emergency-load test be adequate confirmation that the alternator remains OK? This probably relates to my prime question: which brands/models have been exhibiting good reliability?
@ November 21, 2011 1:07 PM in new residential generator - defective controlSince that Generac suffered poor reliability / teething problems, which make and model is better? The "good old days" of mechanical controls seem to be almost gone, whether discussing boilers or standby generators.
As with most devices and situations, one is usually looking for a "least bad" option. I'd appreciate hearing which auto-exercising, auto-starting, auto-transfer NG- and LP-powered standby residential generators have been working best for Wallies and their customers. Both in terms of generator reliability and compatibility with modern boiler controls. Thanks in advance.
@ November 4, 2011 11:59 AM in Tricky radiant design requirements for a vacation homeMark, that's something I was wondering about recently. How do you mount it up there? Type/amount of insulation above? Attachment of drywall below? Water temperatures? Any other tips? Thanks!
@ October 31, 2011 10:34 AM in anybody got a real link to burmham residental site?http://www.usboiler.net/
@ October 11, 2011 12:41 PM in Radiant ceiling helpMark, have you (or anyone you know) ever put Warmboard on a ceiling? I know the substrate is thick (even the "R" version), but its even radiation characteristic might be just as useful up there as it is under a floor.
@ May 18, 2011 2:26 PM in It is done...and due for a follow up this year.
The doctor, upon entering the room, spoke a phrase I'd been warned was his standard. "Sal, are you going to do this like a man?" Meaning, without sedative. I said: "Sure, but let me have my eyeglasses back; if I'm going to go through it that way I should at least be able to watch the monitor / enjoy the show."
And so I did. Fortunately, completely clean, and a fascinating journey the screen provided. :-) In addition to the camera, three other capabilities are provided by the probe; air injection, water injection and suction. The only thing approaching discomfort was a feeling of bloating when he injected air. That quickly subsided after suction deflated things each time.
I highly recommend that anyone comfortable with this approach take the opportunity to forego drugs. Safer and a more interesting experience.
@ April 14, 2011 7:39 PM in Indirect Water Heater lifespanAnyone use the Alliance?
It appears not to use stainless of any variety.
@ April 14, 2011 7:15 PM in reluctant contractor, or scam artist?Has anyone here used the Smith's Environmental high-output baseboard? If so, what were your impressions? Quality? Durability? Thanks in advance.
@ April 3, 2011 4:38 PM in No April Fools here......with windows facing North is better, jp should read about Larry Weingarten's home:
@ March 11, 2011 3:05 PM in DeadmenTen years ago, when cleaning out my late mother's house, I found she still had the balsa-and-ball-peened-sheet-stock fish we made in that Lincoln shop class. So this thread goes round and round back on itself...
@ March 4, 2011 10:24 AM in Oil hits $103.00 per barrel....Yes, that's low compared to the stations I just passed on my way to work here in southern California. Typical for regular is $3.95 per gallon.
@ March 3, 2011 11:04 AM in New Knight designI'd appreciate your further impressions as you complete the job.
@ March 2, 2011 5:06 PM in New Knight designAre they "in the world" now? Anyone completed an install? Opinions?
@ December 4, 2010 11:53 AM in We're having a contest!worked at four different companies. During that time, the best engineers I've met all grew up on farms. :-)
@ December 1, 2010 1:34 PM in CO Expertshttp://www.aeromedix.com/product-exec/parent_id/1/category_id/7/product_id/1413/nm/CO_Experts_Model_2010
@ July 30, 2010 11:40 AM in MPO or mod con?http://www.monitorproducts.com/pdf/brochures/fcx.pdf
@ May 21, 2010 3:02 PM in An environmental disaster of epic proportions...."What happened to the guy who was on the rig & spoke out about the short-cuts taken? The guy who stated BP officials insisted they ignore the shredded rubber and forego other safety issues to speed up the drilling process. Seems he fell off the earth after that interview."
The media are corporate owned. Those corporations get their revenue from other corporations, for example BP. The real surprise is that his interview made it to air in the first place!
@ March 19, 2010 11:27 AM in Looking for feedback from this board please...are perfectly described by the phrase "know the price of all things and the value of none." As a result, we have Home Depot and Walmart everywhere. It's a downward spiral and I don't have any good suggestions how to stop it.
For that small minority of homeowners who would like to ensure that quality US-made products (manifolds, black pipe, etc.) are incorporated into our new heating systems, here are two questions:
* What's the best way to specify that in contracts?
* Can a contractor, even if interested/willing to comply, ensure they're doing so when sourcing materials?
Lee, I think you should embrace the Internet and sell direct to contractors. With on-line ordering and next-day delivery, you can do just about everything a supply house can for those who install your manifolds, probably making enough additional profit to more than cover the e-commerce expense. If the middlemen are causing this problem, cut them out of the loop!