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Old 10-19-2010, 03:26 PM   #106
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I have to give you tons of credit, but the house itself is in a great location it appears! Worth the hard work indeed. What iron filter did you purchase? My house needs one, I have some suspended iron in the ground water.
I picked up this one: http://www.cleanwaterstore.com/FE008...d-filters.html

I sent in a water sample and they gave me recommendations.

Its only been running 48 hours so I will have to give you an update on its performance.
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That is a bunch of work, looking good.
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Absolutely fantastic, just beautiful buddy!!!
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:23 PM   #110
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The soffit has been repaired so now there are no more entry points for woodland creatures. I'll be replacing that motion flood in a couple of weeks. Will be placing a separate sensor below it. Like the one in second photo.
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I have also begun replacing all the outside motion lights with halogen flood lights. In connection with the Lutron system I will be able to trigger all the lights on the house to turn on when motion is sensed in any zone as opposed to just in the path of the sensor. The Lutron system will also allow us to turn the lights on if we need to do work and need the extra light.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:30 PM   #112
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Here is a photo of the house's exterior. I have installed new lighting and I have multiple tree stumps to take out. I am trying to decide whether to remove the last tree in the driveway.

I haven't used a stump remover before so this will be interesting.
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Ok! Ok! Ok!

Maybe one quick peek at kitchen, installed the induction for temporary use. Will do the permanent install when we take delivery of the oven.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:43 PM   #114
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Praise Report!

Just cut hole in wall next to the walk out basement for the switch and there is paper faced insulation in this wall so the addition of the light outside this door should go much smoother than most other projects!

Will post pics as this small project progresses.
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House looks good and you have done some awesome work on it. I have a question about those tankless water heaters. Do they work good? We are looking to put one in the house we are remodeling and can't seem to find too many reviews on how well they work. Thanks
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House looks good and you have done some awesome work on it. I have a question about those tankless water heaters. Do they work good? We are looking to put one in the house we are remodeling and can't seem to find too many reviews on how well they work. Thanks
They work VERY well, consistent hot water at 120 degrees as long as you want it. There are only two things to get used to:
  1. Lag - There is a delay before water reaches set temp since water is not stored. To conserve water you can install a Taco D'Mand system at fixture farthest away if this is an issue. If I were to build a house would centrally locate unit and all fixtures with short run so this is minimized.
  2. Cold water sandwich - if you turn hot water off and wait longer than the recovery cycle of unit you can get cold water in-between hot as unit goes through lag again. I am planning on creating a table to see minimum and maximum time to create this phenomenon.
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I've decided to make the cabinet lights dimmable. Right now I have a single outlet inside the cabinet that the transformer plugs into. Will need to remove the outlet, change the box from a single to double gang box, and then install a dimmable outlet and a dimmer switch.

The lights have a electronic transformer which requires a more expensive dimmer. Unfortunately the cost difference between the regular dimmer and the electronic dimmer exceeds the cost of the lights themselves. Do you bite the bullet or just plan to replace as needed???
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They work VERY well, consistent hot water at 120 degrees as long as you want it. There are only two things to get used to:
  1. Lag - There is a delay before water reaches set temp since water is not stored. To conserve water you can install a Taco D'Mand system at fixture farthest away if this is an issue. If I were to build a house would centrally locate unit and all fixtures with short run so this is minimized.
  2. Cold water sandwich - if you turn hot water off and wait longer than the recovery cycle of unit you can get cold water in-between hot as unit goes through lag again. I am planning on creating a table to see minimum and maximum time to create this phenomenon.
I don't know much about this or have given it a lot of thought but I have heard some folks have installed a 5 gallon hot water heater close to the bath so the water will be hot right off the bat. When the hot water from the tankless gets to the 5 gal unit the tank power will shut off because hot water from the tankless maintains the temps to shut the tank power off. I hope that made some sense.
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I need to begin the arduous task of figuring out what two light switches are for. When we first came and looked at the house the previous owners took the vast majority of the switches. So the bank had to put something in their place. Whether the guy they hired put one way switches where three way should go...?

"So far" they are in the loft and one in the library. If we are able to install the Tulikivi on the second floor I'll be taking a wall out so one switch is in that wall. But that is far into the future. They both are one way switches but nothing goes on or off.
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Hey love the house project! The lady when she moved into the condo put down the bamboo floors and we both are really pleased with how it turned out. Are you keeping anything on the floors at all? Like to clean it? I been using warm water and like a small measurement of vinegar. This combination shines them up really nicely! BTW Really love the back splash in the kitchen We were looking at doing a sea glass sorta combination with ours as well LOVE The stove range as well,,,, Lastly what does the faucet and sink look like? we just put in ours so it seems to be something I like to look at a lot when we go to friend's houses.
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