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Jan
16
comment My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned?
@Ariel in colder climates it's not unusual to hear a story or two each winter of a family getting really sick due to using a gas range as a heater. It happens.
Jan
16
comment My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned?
@Ariel most cooking is temporary--for minutes at a time, rather than hours. There is certainly a relation to time and hazard. This is why unvented gas heaters are not recommended--because they naturally need to burn for much longer amounts of time.
Jan
16
revised Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?
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Jan
16
comment Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?
As stated below, that's not a baseboard system. Baseboard systems are literally along the baseboard and heat via fins. They are usually in a series circuit meaning it's one continuous loop. Radiators, like this--on the other hand--maybe water or steam radiators and heat via their overall mass, and may be wired where each is on it's own loop. (In either case, hydronic heat is typically very efficient, so likely no reason to change anything--other than the boiler, perhaps.)
Jan
16
comment Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?
@Ariel yep, I see the picture now. Everything suddenly makes sense. :)
Jan
16
comment Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?
I've never seen baseboard heaters that can be adjust individually (aside from the fins shield at the top to reduce the amount of air ciculating). How do those systems work?
Jan
16
comment Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?
The only baseboard heaters I've seen with 'dials' are electric. Not that they maybe don't exist for hydronic heat, but are you sure those are connected to the hydronic system and aren't maybe secondary electrical heaters?
Jan
16
comment Is hardwood flooring safe from termites?
As doresoom points out, if you have a termite problem, you'd notice that LONG before your hardwood floors are invaded.
Jan
16
comment My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned?
@Ariel probably safe. However, in a very small space, with no ventilation, there could be a chance of carbon monoxide build up. But most spaces should have enough ventilation that a burner wouldn't pose a serious risk.
Jan
16
comment My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned?
@Ariel I think there's certainly an amount of FUD surrounding the topic, but at a basic level, it's not a good idea to super heat empty teflon cookware.
Jan
16
comment My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned?
One other risk: If it's a teflon pot, heating it sans contents can allow off-gassing, which isn't good for you, and it can deteriorate the coating to the point where it may start coming off in food. As the pot is warped, it's likely in the trash already so no big deal. But in general, if a teflon pan is accidentally overheated empty, it's probably time to trash it.
Jan
16
comment My roommate accidentally(?) left the stove on. Should I be concerned?
"the paranoid side of me is thinking 'sabotage'" this sounds more like an inter-personal issue with your roommate more than a DIY question. :)
Jan
15
answered Best shoes for walking on a standing seam metal roof?
Jan
15
answered PEX Pipes running along Ceiling on Inside Wall
Jan
15
comment PEX Pipes running along Ceiling on Inside Wall
there's nothing particularly cheap about PEX
Jan
12
comment how much weight can a 2in screw, screwed into a stud hold
@wsw the length of the screw does matter as there is typically going to be a 'pull' load in many case (if we're talking shelves supported by the wall, for instance) it's a load shared with the stud, of course.
Jan
10
answered Interior Brick Wall
Jan
8
comment What does a novice DIY'er need to know before building a wall higher than 8' (14.5' feet to be exact)?
When you say 'separate the unit' do you mean there's a separate living unit upstairs? If so, you're going to want to check with code as this may be come a partition wall. Also, when you say you'll have 'attic space' that changes this entirely from a simple wall. Now you're talking load bearing ceilings and such. Finally, I have to agree with DMoore. From a design standpoint, this doesn't seem like a great idea. It's not a terrible idea, but if you're going to go through that kind of trouble to put up a wall, I'd talk with an architect or interior designer first.
Jan
7
answered Will new bottom plates in basement allow radon penetration?
Jan
7
comment Alternative to glass fireplace door?
Wood fireplaces don't usually have doors. Inserts do--but not actual fireplaces. As DMoore states, the solution is to close the damper when you can. Burn less, or start earlier.