Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > Project Showcase

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-30-2011, 10:15 PM   #241
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Share |
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Came home to find a small lake in the hall bathroom. The Push-Connect fitting was leaking worse! Had to shut off water to go buy a new one in the morning. Go figure it had been on the pipe for months, even before I started tiling. For future reference once they are placed they cannot be removed and reused.?.?.?

Sent from my Samsung Vibrant using Android DIY Chatroom

__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 09:57 PM   #242
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


So I am now in a battle with Alpine Home Air regarding the issues we are having with the two Rinnai units. Here recently the right and only unit in service (why only one I'll get to in a moment) is not starting and/or is not running continuously like it was. To me that should be enough. However suddenly the install is being brought into question. The flow rate on the front of the unit, press up arrow for 2 seconds then press and hold the on/off button shows 0.5 with a single faucet on hot water only. The water softener is showing 1.1 gpm and the iron filter is showing 1.2 gpm. To me that's a red flag something isn't right. I am being told by David their tech guy that the rates from the two devices could be wrong or their could be "back-pressure" causing the difference.

So it dawned on me to just reverse the situation in the house and run the left unit although it makes a horrible noise so I normally leave it off. Surprise, surprise the same faucet shows 1.0 gpm on the front of the left unit. I don't care how it's piped flow is flow, the right unit isn't reading right. So I will need to call Rinnai and see how much info they can give me on how their units detects flow without them saying "call for service."

If I have time I may try waving a magnet in front of it and see if it says there is flow, then I know there is possibly a "pinwheel" type device inside needing replacement.
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...

Last edited by ChrisDIY; 08-11-2011 at 10:00 PM.
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2011, 12:50 PM   #243
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


An update on the house. Hall bath is complete with the exception of the rain shower head and the glass shower door. We have found a unique design and I will be talking company about feasibility.

With the need for a support structure beneath the Tulikivi wood stove, we may move toward an "add-on" wood furnace and put it in the basement. This will simplify the chimney install as the kitchen will require major modification with a transition through the attic. With 13+ acres of woods need to have something.

Will need to research and get advice on forced air add on unit recommendations.

http://www.charmaster.com/wood.html

http://www.vogelzang.com/browse.cfm/...nace/4,12.html

https://www.usstove.com/index.php?ro...2&article_id=2
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2011, 09:44 PM   #244
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


In my latest post I mentioned adding solenoid valves to drain the house in case of a power outage. Since I have no idea how long it will take our house to drop below freezing in the interior it is probably a very good idea. Due to exceptionally high generator cost we may be forced into getting one that will only cover refrigerator, microwave, well pump, tankless and maybe one hydronic air-handler. This would leave larger portion of the house without heat. Until we get second hydronic air-handler and third tankless heater. Getting both HVAC on same circuit is a wiring nightmare. This type of generator is also manual and if we are out of town house could sit for a few days.

My thought is add the third tankless on the same circuit as the other two. Run new line from "generator" panel to new hydronic air-handler.

Hopefully a essential circuit panel genset isn't as costly. Then again if a wood stove costs $4,000 does heating cost savings outweigh possibility of a long term power outage? Why does a house IN THE WOODS not have a fireplace???
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...

Last edited by ChrisDIY; 09-07-2011 at 10:03 PM.
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 08:37 PM   #245
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Installed single-double oven this past weekend thanks to Art my electrician for all he has done.

So far seems like a very good idea, can't see needing to put anything in it larger than the bottom oven

Sent from my Samsung Vibrant using Android DIY Chatroom
Attached Images
 
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 08:35 AM   #246
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Meeting today with one of the local landscape suppliers to help with getting the retaining wall around walk out door done properly. I was hoping I could do it without removing so much earth but it looks like it cannot be avoided.
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 08:42 AM   #247
Coconut Pete's paella!
 
CoconutPete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC / Denmark
Posts: 1,317
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


What do you think of the Kohler pedestal sink? Besides the PITA install I mean. I'm considering the same one for my bath.
CoconutPete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 02:13 PM   #248
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Install of sink is not easy but have no complaints otherwise. Lead time can be an issue so don't need one in a hurry. The length of bolt protruding from wall in instructions is wrong!!! Needs to be more sticking out.

Sent from my Samsung Vibrant using Android DIY Chatroom
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...

Last edited by ChrisDIY; 10-02-2011 at 02:15 PM.
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 10:14 PM   #249
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Fridge has been purchased and should be delivered Saturday. Now to figure out the wood stove situation.

We are now using the hall bath as our main bathroom. Things I have learned from install:

1. Insulate the pipes from the valve to the body sprays and shower heads.
2. Make sure to reinforce both sides of the opening even though specs call for side only with hinge.
3. Getting a slight pulsing in main shower head when body sprays are on. Not sure if this is "water hammer" or an issue with Kohler valve. Flow is only 5.8 gpm.


Sent from my Samsung Vibrant using Android DIY Chatroom
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...

Last edited by ChrisDIY; 10-05-2011 at 10:27 PM.
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2011, 05:13 PM   #250
Member
 
cocobolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gulf Islands, B.C., Canada
Posts: 6,523
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisDIY View Post

Hopefully a essential circuit panel genset isn't as costly. Then again if a wood stove costs $4,000 does heating cost savings outweigh possibility of a long term power outage? Why does a house IN THE WOODS not have a fireplace???
Hi Chris:

$4,000 for a wood stove??? It might be a good idea if you looked around a bit more. We have three perfectly serviceable wood stoves here, two we bought new, the third was from my Mum's place and was as good as new.

The most expensive was $355.00. Admittedly that was a few years ago, but I have seen similar stoves locally still in the $6-700 range.

If you are thinking about a generator to run things in the event of a power failure, why not consider solar panels and a battery bank? The cost of new state-of-the-art panels has plummeted in the last couple of years. That along with a small generator - perhaps the Honda 2000 for example - should get you through any blackouts. Not to mention the permanent reduction in your electricity bill.
__________________
Just an old guy messin' with bits of wood...
...the friendliest thread on the site! Come on by.
http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/gulf-...uilding-34958/
cocobolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 08:39 AM   #251
Still going...
 
ChrisDIY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indianapolis Area
Posts: 977
Blog Entries: 19
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Quote:
Originally Posted by cocobolo View Post
Hi Chris:

$4,000 for a wood stove??? It might be a good idea if you looked around a bit more. We have three perfectly serviceable wood stoves here, two we bought new, the third was from my Mum's place and was as good as new.

The most expensive was $355.00. Admittedly that was a few years ago, but I have seen similar stoves locally still in the $6-700 range.

If you are thinking about a generator to run things in the event of a power failure, why not consider solar panels and a battery bank? The cost of new state-of-the-art panels has plummeted in the last couple of years. That along with a small generator - perhaps the Honda 2000 for example - should get you through any blackouts. Not to mention the permanent reduction in your electricity bill.
I will look into it! Especially if the batteries can be stored in our rather large crawlspace. I read somewhere that crawlspace should be empty for thermal reasons? I would need to power a well pump, tankless water heater, fridge, air handler, microwave and bathroom lighting. Then see how many watt hours that would be. Power outage in Indiana is almost always weather related!
__________________
--Chris the DIY Guy

Master Bath, still going...
ChrisDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 09:16 AM   #252
Member
 
cocobolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gulf Islands, B.C., Canada
Posts: 6,523
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisDIY View Post
I will look into it! Especially if the batteries can be stored in our rather large crawlspace. I read somewhere that crawlspace should be empty for thermal reasons? I would need to power a well pump, tankless water heater, fridge, air handler, microwave and bathroom lighting. Then see how many watt hours that would be. Power outage in Indiana is almost always weather related!
It doesn't take too long to learn about what the big power draws are, and you do need to be very careful about how much draw you have on a battery bank at any given time.
If the tankless water heater runs on either natural gas or propane, it will use almost nothing in the way of electricity.
The microwave is a big draw, but it only runs for a short stretches usually.
Your air handler I know nothing about, and either CFL or low wattage LED's consume very little.
__________________
Just an old guy messin' with bits of wood...
...the friendliest thread on the site! Come on by.
http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/gulf-...uilding-34958/
cocobolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 01:11 PM   #253
STAFF
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 7,079
Blog Entries: 1
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisDIY View Post
I will look into it! Especially if the batteries can be stored in our rather large crawlspace. I read somewhere that crawlspace should be empty for thermal reasons? I would need to power a well pump, tankless water heater, fridge, air handler, microwave and bathroom lighting. Then see how many watt hours that would be. Power outage in Indiana is almost always weather related!
If those batteries are like a car battery, you might not want to store them in your crawl space as they give off Hydrogen gas when being charged and discharged. Hydrogen gas will for sure explode, I know this first hand and it don't feel good in the face.
__________________
New members: Please consider adding your location to your profile.

Jim
BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 01:22 PM   #254
Member
 
cocobolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gulf Islands, B.C., Canada
Posts: 6,523
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


Quote:
Originally Posted by jiju1943 View Post
If those batteries are like a car battery, you might not want to store them in your crawl space as they give off Hydrogen gas when being charged and discharged. Hydrogen gas will for sure explode, I know this first hand and it don't feel good in the face.
Jim, what we routinely do is to make an enclosure where the batteries are. A "battery box" if you will. We vent that outside which prevents the problem.

I expect you are speaking of an automotive battery, which is charged with a high rate alternator, many times they are over 100 amps. That's a big charge. Both the batteries and chargers for solar systems are different, and the hydrogen gas potential is considerably less.

The bulk of the hydrogen gas is made when they are being charged at a high rate via some sort of charger. Usually when being charged by the solar panel the charge rate is much lower which alleviates the hydrogen gas problem.

In any event, the hydrogen still needs a source of ignition in the form of either a strong spark or open flame.

The job I'm doing now at the cabin is having the box built right now, and it is being vented through a 2" plastic pipe underneath the cabin. Because hydrogen gas wants to rise, we are installing a muffin fan in the top of the box to force the gas out through the bottom.

The batteries in question are right up against the wall where the propane fridge sits. This provides an open flame which provides for the potential of an explosion. Since we would rather not have one of those little inconveniences, we are venting the box under pressure.

I will put up a pic of the process on my thread as it proceeds.
__________________
Just an old guy messin' with bits of wood...
...the friendliest thread on the site! Come on by.
http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/gulf-...uilding-34958/
cocobolo is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to cocobolo For This Useful Post:
BigJim (10-10-2011)
Old 10-10-2011, 02:14 PM   #255
Military Mom of 4
 
Snav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 974
Default

Chris the DIY guy vs. "The Ranch"


I like your work so far - it's looking awesome.

__________________
At this present moment in time I am making cabinets for the kitchen - just in case you wanted to know what I'm doing when I'm not around.
Snav is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Snav For This Useful Post:
ChrisDIY (10-10-2011)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chris the DIY guy! ChrisDIY Introductions 1 02-18-2010 10:19 PM
"the edge" edge vents k.kuenn Roofing/Siding 2 06-25-2009 10:30 AM
Delta-FL "The Warm & Dry Floor Systm joedadog Flooring 4 04-11-2009 05:40 PM
My house is a project Part III "The basement" tigerbalm2424 Project Showcase 12 12-20-2008 10:53 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.