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If the grate is easily removable, simply lift it up and wrap it in a thin, loose fiber fabric like a muslin, cheese cloth or nice smooth burlap. (not the rough course kind). Even a piece of regular fiberglass screen would do the same thing. This will look nice, let plenty of air through, keep excessive amounts of dirt out of duct work and help protect ...


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I just finished our garage this past summer and here are a few things I did. I insulated the garage door by cutting pieces of rigid insulation foam to fit into each piece of the garage door. You can glue them on and then seal the edges with expanding foam or caulk. On the side of garage door I installed weather strips and also on the top/bottom of the ...


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I'm a contractor in Maine and we certainly have a lot of experience with ice dams. An ice dam can be the quickest way to force water under the roof shingles even on a roof in good shape. I have had mixed results with heat tapes. When they are used properly, they can be somewhat effective. Most folks expect to see a nice bare zig zag pattern along the edge of ...


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The problem of that grating is it has cells big enough to accomodate a kid toe. Just replace it with one with smaller cells or find a wire mesh with smaller cells and put it over the grating - something made of 3 millimeters steel wire will do, but you'll have to cut it to size and carefully process the wire endings along the perimeter.


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The logic involved is much more complex. Right now the logic is simple: if AC Mode and it's too hot, turn on AC, else turn off AC if Furnace mode and its too cold turn on furnace, else turn off furnace But the determination of when to switch between heating and cooling modes is much more complex - otherwise the ac would kick on, and it would get too ...


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It's not necessary, they probably just put it in because it was easy to do and gives you the option of heating the garage if you want. I would keep the vent closed, and if you want an even better seal, the make magnetic pads that you can put over the vent as well


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Look into the Mr Heater brand of propane heaters. They make a round one that attaches on top of a standard propane tank like your bbq grill probably uses. They make a full range of heaters up to giant ones that contractors use, but I'm only familiar with the round tank mounted ones. I've been in house boats that use the single round burner mounted on a ...


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Proper seasoning is going to take longer than that. Most experts recommend you buy green firewood in the spring, to let it season in the rack over the summer. A minimum of 6 months' drying time, leaving it exposed to the sun and protected from moisture, is needed to "cure' firewood. DO NOT burn your green firewood. It will smoke, smoulder and not heat the ...


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When copper oxidizes, it first turns dark brown (like a copper penny), and then if left undisturbed into a somewhat moldy-looking green. This is normal. If you notice the pipe starting to deteriorate around areas that have a lot of green, this may indicate a leak in the pipe that is introducing more water into the area, speeding oxidation. Just keep an eye ...


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You've got a few options: Stop burning fires. Even without throwing off the thermostat, they tend to make the house colder, not warmer, because all the heat is sucked up the flue. The exception to this is a high efficiency wood stove. Turn up the thermostat to compensate. You'll end up constantly adjusting it as the fire dies down. Replace your thermostat ...


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Replacing a thermostat is trivial, and similar to changing a light switch. Disconnect the two wires coming from the furnace/boiler, then reconnect them to the new thermostat. Turn off power to the furnace/boiler first. A programmable thermostat saves fuel and money because it can be programmed to lower the temperature when you sleep or are at work. It ...


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The technology is relatively young, and not as well known to consumers as traditional heating and cooling methods. The upfront costs of a geothermal system are also higher, and there are fewer companies around with the knowledge and tools to install the systems. In the US most homes are not built by the home owners, they are built by development companies ...


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One must ask how it is that the thermostats know they are installed in a building with materials that are still curing and drying? They don't. 18°C on a thermostat is the same regardless of a building's age. The students may be noticing that the new building is less drafty than the old. A lack of drafts will make a room seem warmer than a similarly heated, ...


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Dryer vent air is full of water vapor and dust. I wouldn't want to blow it into my house. I do not know how much heat (BTU's) a dryer outputs during a run but it seems like it would be a small amount, and of course most people don't run their dryer very often - maybe a handful of times a week.


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You should consider a few conditions when deciding what is the most efficient (often cheapest) method for heating your home. The Department of Energy site has some good resources about regional heating fuel costs. Their heating fuel comparison calculator is a useful example: http://www.eia.doe.gov/ask/conversionequivalents_faqs.asp#compare_heating_fuels ...


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Well it depends on the output of the radiant floor, but in general yes they are sufficient to heat a room. We have underfloor heating (hot water with heat spreader plates under floorboards) in our upstairs rooms and they warm the rooms quite well. The floors are warm to touch (as would be expected). The temperature of the room is more uniform the heat is ...


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A metal escutcheon ring might be sufficient for your purpose. I would fill the hole with steel wool to stop the mice, then cover with silicone to prevent a draft. The steel wool might be unnecessary, as I don't think mice will gnaw though silicone. However, if the hole is large, the steel wool would make it easier to fill it with silicone without having it ...


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I'm not clear on how some milk jugs are going to heat the pool. Most of the light will have scattered before it reaches the submerged jugs. Plus the surface area is going to be minuscule compared to the pool area, unless you have thousands of jugs. Finally, I thought one of the main benefits to a pool cover was to reduce evaporative heat loss. Underwater ...


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The first step would be to measure the room temperature yourself with a quality thermometer to be certain that the landlord is in violation. In daytime hours, the temperature is required to be at least 68, overnight (between 10pm - 6am), the temperature is allowed to drop to 55 degrees. But the rules don't kick in until the outside temperature drops below 55 ...


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You may consider just replacing your garage door with an insulated one. It's definitely more expensive than insulating it yourself, but it will do a better job insulating, and especially if your door is older it will update the look of your house.


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A suspended ceiling may help a bit. They are not designed to be insulators, but it will keep the hot air lower. Right now in the room, you should be able to feel a gradient where it gets warmer. I suspect that more or less you'll have the same gradient, but moved down by roughly the same amount you move down the ceiling: eg if you put a drop ceiling at 8', ...


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They make garage door insulation kits. I have never tried one, but I have seen them in the stores. Owens Corning Insulation Kit:


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There are small radiant heat mats commonly used under tile in bathrooms. These are electric and can be thermostatically controlled. They are safe to use under carpet and thin type wood flooring. The mats are apx 30inches by 15 inches and can be connected together to cover the desired area. Both the heater mats and controllers are avail at the home ...


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I am assuming you own the building and can make these changes, but depending on the amount of money you want to spend: Turn down the temperature on the thermostat Move the thermostat to one of the apartments, probably in a locked box so the tenants can't actually control it, but it at least reflects the real temperature. You can also get thermostats with ...


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Whether or not they remove the fill line, depends on how the tank is decommissioned. There are three ways an abandoned tank can be handled, as explained in this PDF The 1997 Uniform Fire Code, adapted by WAC 51- 44, requires that heating oil tanks out of service for a period of one year shall be decommissioned by using one of the following ...


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Try this on for size: Annual Oil Bill * Efficiency = Cost of Oil actually used for heating. (The rest is waste). So on an annual bill of $1000, you are currently paying $650 for heat, and $350 out the chimney. (i.e. $650 is as low as you can go with a 100% furnace) So, if you were to replace that with an 87.2% furnace, your annual cost would be $650/87.1% ...


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I would use a plastic or metal escutcheon as suggested by others, however I would make sure that the escutcheon did not fit up tightly to the sides of the pipe. That is to say, leave a small gap of about 1/8 of an inch between the inside of the escutcheon and the outside of the pipe. You can use silicon to secure the escutcheon to the floor. The reason for ...


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I would recommend an oil-filled radiator style rather than an open coil style. This should reduce the chances of fumes and sawdust igniting.


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To answer the first question: Replacing the thermostat is equivalent to changing a light switch. You need to turn the power to the central heating off before you start work. Unscrew the old thermostat, disconnect and then reconnect the new one. What you will need to make sure before you do this is that the new thermostat has the same terminals as the old. ...


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Consider putting your money in to conservation instead of new equipment. For example: Turn down the thermostat. Dropping it a few degrees takes about 10% off your fuel usage. Get a digital thermostat. It lets you set the temperature exactly where you want it, instead of guessing and over- or under-heating. Get a programmable thermostat. You can let the ...



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