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Old 12-24-2011, 05:58 PM   #16
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I don't think there is any requirement for an inspection here in this part of Tennessee, plus this is in the County. They did build the top part of the shield on site, but not a bottom to it, it just goes down to the cement (over a few bricks on the sides). I think they were reluctant to offer a price or to say they could do it because of the cemented bricks that they couldn't see under without demolishing, and didn't know how long it would all take or whether it would work. it seems that, perhaps because of all the business they have been getting from installing the energy efficient rebateable heat pumps, that at least the larger contractors don't want to get into any but straightforward situations. I had asked if maybe they could take loose the old unit when bringing the new, and allow me some time with the unit away from the wall, in order to have someone repair the brick wall around the ducts and we could take out the other cement below ground that is in the way. But none of them wanted to do that because they would have to make a second trip, to come back and connect. I talked to 3 of them, and none of them seemed to want to build a shield all the way around the ducts between the unit and the wall. The hole which was knocked in the wall (apparently years ago) around the ducts was also quite wide, and pieces of sheet aluminum had been screwed to cover some of it that was outside the former shield. Now it is quite cold and wet here; maybe I can do some more makeshift things until I can try to find some other people who could make a complete shield. The company seemed very nice, and I suppose that they didn't charge as much as if they had tried to do all that. They don't break the cost down as to what is installation costs. But it seems maybe they should have told me it would result in a problem not to have the shield all the way around the hole and ducts. I guess a lot of people have not had all kinds of critters from the woods and neighbors around their house. I thank you all a lot for your replies.


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Old 12-24-2011, 09:34 PM   #17
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If there is no inspection requirement (which seems moderately to severely unusual) you're probably stuck. I find it hard to believe your locality lets any Tom Dick or Harry do HVAC work. There's a lot of things that can go wrong if that's the case, but if that's what's up you're probably screwed.

Post pics of your problem, someone here can at least provide you with some harm reduction advice.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:03 PM   #18
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This is what I would do. Call several other companys and tell them you got screwed and want them to come out and look at it and see what they can do to get this taken care of. But the way to get them to come out is to also tell them if they can do it you will let them come out and do the annual maintaince on the HVAC system.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:07 AM   #19
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Thank you, that is what I will do, as soon as the weather improves. Many thanks for your replies.

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