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Can I substitute diesel for home heating oil?

I ran out of oil in my home, and a plumber friend said that I could add diesel from the gas station while I wait for my oil delivery. Is he right?
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How can I add a common wire to the existing furnace wiring?

My current furnace has Rh and W1 to the thermostat. I'd like to add a C for my new networked thermostat, but I'm not sure where to connect it. From my research it sounds like I should be able to just ...
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How can I purge air from a baseboard heating system with the spigots on the wrong side?

My (new) baseboard heating system is causing a racket, and I've been trying to figure out a way to properly purge the air from it. Following the flow of water through one zone of my four-zone system, ...
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How do I replace a broken thermostat on a metal radiator?

The thermostat swivels round and has no effect on the temperature. The radiator is always very hot. How can I replace the thermostat?
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Is it possible to use a dryer vent as a heat source in the winter?

Is it possible to attach a diverter to an electric clothes dryer vent so it can help heat my house in the winter? Seems like such a waste to blow it all outside. I imagine you'd need some sort of ...
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Can anyone identify this heating timer?

So, It's getting quite cold now and my central heating is just going on and off randomly. There is what seems to be an unbranded heating timer below the combi-boiler (Baxi). However I have no idea how ...
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How can I install a nest thermostat with no wires?

I have zoned heating/AC/heat pump. My original thermostat on the wall is NOT connected to any wires, in other words it is wireless. I thought it had wires so bought the new Nest thermostat. ...
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How does Underfloor Heating get the right temperature water via a Thermal Store?

I am considering my options for a renovation project which will require substantial changes to my central heating and domestic hot water system. I was considering going a thermal store with a biomass ...
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Why does a single radiator need regular bleeding?

Almost all of the radiators (forced water) in my house heat up fine. However, a single radiator needs regular bleeding (~1/day) in order to heat. Note, this radiator is not at the highest point in the ...
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How can I get my third floor radiators working?

I have two radiators upstairs. One is slightly warm, and the other is not warm at all, leaving the room very cold. When I tried to bleed the radiators in the house, all of them released water and ...
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Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?

I recently discovered some heaters based on "bio fuel" (ethanol). Many products seem to be decorative and often present a modern design. Some ethanol burners can be used in empty fireplaces and can ...
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What type of electric heating system is the most energy efficient?

I am about to buy a flat that hasn't got any central heating system. There's no way to use gas heating. The only way to produce heat is by converting Electricity. The flat at the moment has some ...
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What should I do about this Alpha HE CB33 Boiler pressure error condition?

I have an alpha he cb33 boiler which has stopped working this morning. Yesterday I removed a radiator for cleaning then put it back on and re-pressurised the system. It was working ok last night. ...
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What is a condensate pump on a boiler heating system?

I have searched all the online glossaries and dictionaries related to home systems and cannot find it anywhere.
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What's the best way to keep my garage from freezing?

I live in Colorado. My 1950s house has a one-car attached garage that was built in the 2000s. The walls that are not shared with the house are not insulated: the studs and sheathing are visible from ...
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Can I have underfloor heating with solid oak floor?

I've seen that many underfloor heating mats (the electric ones) specify the need for tile or stone floor and I'm wondering if it will work as efficiently under a solid oak floor? (or any wood floor ...
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Using a solar system with a condensing boiler for the central heating instead of tap-water?

According to the manual of my AWB ThermoMaster 2HR 28.02WT Condensing boiler, it is compatible with a pre-heating solar system for tap-water only. It even has extra facilities to ensure that the ...
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Why is there no heating at all until we use hot water?

My boyfriend has a combi boiler and he's very confused as to why he has no heating at all through the radiators until he uses hot water. On the meter it says radiators shouldn't be working but they ...
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Should I open the top or bottom of double hung windows?

I'm a new home owner and was wondering if there is a "right" way to use the double hung windows in the house. Should I open the top or bottom? Is there a seasonality to it? Does it even matter at ...
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What type of space heater should I use in a child's room?

I have a bi-level house in Michigan. The lower level is much cooler than the upper level, which is awesome except we're trying to move my 1-year old son to his own room down there but it's much ...
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Convert line voltage heating system to use low voltage thermostats

I currently have two line voltage ceiling radiant heating systems in my condo each with their own DPST thermostat. I'd like to use low voltage thermostats such as the nest. I found this ...
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Safe way to close gaps around copper pipes?

I have baseboard heaters in my main living space. I can't see for sure without taking the covers off (which I haven't done yet) but it appears 2 copper pips come up from the basement (through the ...
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What to look for in a new water radiator?

The water radiators I have under each window are 50 years old, and I would like some new ones. They measure HxLxD 50x100x20 cm. The new ones I would like should be as thin as possible. I live in an ...
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What is the cost of one percent efficiency on an oil heater?

We've now had about 7 contractors come to our house and give us estimates for replacing a) our oil heater (system from the early 1980's, estimated at around 65% effeciency), and b) our central air ...
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Where am I losing heat from my house?

My house is about 5 years old and our local building codes required a 5-star energy rating (Melbourne, Australia). This means there's solar hot water and both the walls and ceiling are insulated. But ...
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Should the fill line be removed when decommissioning an old oil tank?

So, I have a contractor decommissioning my old 650-gallon oil tank. There is a 3" metal tube coming out of the ground from the tank that is what I believe to be the receptacle used to fill the tank ...
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How much room does a fridge coil need to dissipate heat?

I want to put a small bar fridge in the (rather large) kitchen cupboard under my sink to ultimately be used as a kegerator. The fridge will be a custom free-standing insulated box (similar to this ...
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What is a good way to attach vent covers to ceiling vents in my basement?

I recently bought a house and the basement was newly renovated. The furnace and air exchangers have vents all along the ceiling of the basement suite. However the vent covers have a tendency to fall ...
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DIY pool heater - best methods? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I efficiently heat a pool? I have an in-ground pool at around 20,000 gallons and I live in the northeast (Maine). My pool gets direct sunlight for about half ...
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How to bind/pair a Sunvic wireless radio heating controller to its receiver

I have a Sunvic wireless controller and thermostat with a receiver base station in the boiler room. It became detached and I'd like to reconnect it with the controller unit. Note: this is a question ...
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Are new buildings warmer (when first built)?

My wife is a teacher in a new school that has just been built in the North East UK, and staff and pupils think it's too warm. They have been told that: "new buildings are warmer due to the curing ...
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Can I use a stairwell ceiling fan to save energy?

We have a two story house, with a small ceiling fan mounted above the main stairway. The house has separate thermostats for heating/cooling the upstairs and downstairs. During the day, we spend 90% ...
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Cheapest way to heat and cool a converted garage?

I'm converting my two car garage into a home theater and was seeking some advice on the cheapest way to heat, cool, and dehumidify the room. Here are some details: Garage was once a model home ...
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Is it possible to recover waste heat from a boiler?

I did a google search and came back with industrial products, but no residential prosucts. I have a System 2000 boiler and hot water tank. When the furnace is firing, the temp of the exhaust through ...
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Does adding metal plate/foil behind radiators increases their heat distribution?

There is this theory that if you put a metallic foil behind radiators, will make them distribute heat better in the house rather than heating the wall next to them. Is this true, are there any ...
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How can I insulate a shed floor?

I am currently planning on insulating my shed this summer to allow year round usage. My first step is to insulate the whole shed. - The walls and Ceiling are straight forward, I will be ...
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Do heater vents that will self close exist?

Are there heater vents that can open and close as the air passes through them; this way being closed when off so the warm air won't escape back into the vent. My heater is located outside meaning the ...
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How efficient is a drop ceiling?

I have a small room (about 260 sq ft) with a tall ceiling (about 13 feet tall). It's very hard to heat that room up because the heat goes up and doesn't want to heat the lower part where the people ...
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Do coal stoves lead to creosote buildup/chimney fire risk?

One of the reasons we put in a coal stove as an alternative heat source was because several sources said coal stoves don't have creosote buildup, reducing the risk of chimney fire. The instructions ...
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How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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Increase wood fireplace efficiency

We have a large fireplace and plenty of free or cheap wood and love having fires for warmth and entertainment. An open fireplace is not an ideal source of heat, but I wanted to know if there's a ...
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Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...
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Why is there green stuff on my heater pipe?

No, really the baseboard heat is made of copper and is constructed of a series of pipes with fins. they look like heat sinks, or dissipation helpers. Well, was cleaning the carpet by the baseboard ...
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Why does my pilot light keep going out?

My furnace pilot light keeps going out so I changed the thermalcoupler now the furnace will come on and heat up to the degree set on my thermostat, then the pilot goes out and the furnace will not ...
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What could cause a clicking sound in an underfloor heating controller?

I have a underfloor heating system installed in my apartment. Each room has a Uponor T-37 thermostat, hooked up to C-35 controller. The system is about four years old and recently I have noticed a ...
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How to balance thermostat settings between zones to maximize efficiency?

I recently purchased a house so this is my first winter in it. The house was built in 1939 so most of the house is on a single heating zone using hot water radiated heat. The radiators are cast iron ...
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Why are my radiators not heating up?

The boiler is on; the pipe near the boiler is hot, but the pipes furthest away are cold. What does that mean, and how can I fix it?
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What is difference between BTU and MBH for house furnaces?

When selecting a new house furnace most calculators display results as BTUs (based on the square footage, number of levels, estimated temperature, etc). What's interesting is that most new furnaces ...
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Where can I find a remote mains socket for my electrical heater?

I have been looking around for a remote mains socket which will operate my heater in my office at the end of the 70 feet garden. I want to be able to switch on the heater from the house. The label on ...
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Why is my outdoor air conditioner unit making a screeching/squeeling sound?

During the winter time when I have my heat on, my outdoor air conditioner unit randomly makes this awful-sounding squealing/screeching sound. It lasts for about 15-30 seconds at a time, stops, and ...