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  1. HVAC
    OK, we are doing a DYI install of our HVAC system in our cabin. I had a local HVAC contractor map and do the J loads so I know how large my duct runs need to be and how many CFM's per room and register. However, what I cannot figure out is how I size my register boots. Is there a chart...
  2. Carpentry
    Hi All, I'm working towards a plan of building a 16'x16' pavilion in my backyard, and also having a 10'x16' pergola on either side. My plan is to build it out of white oak, since this is available to me for a good price. My problem is I have the whole plan in my head, but I'm not sure on...
  3. Windows and Doors
    Hello! I need to replace a rotting screen door on our porch. I thought this would be a straightforward fix until I measured the existing door and realized it is quite impossible to find a standard door with the measurements: 31 3/4" wide and 81" high. I was thinking I could put up a strip of...
  4. Windows and Doors
    My intention is to put in bifold doors for a closet that previously only had curtains. It is an old house and nothing seems to be standard in size. The height of the closet is 79.5". I see almost all doors come in 80". Would that fit for this project? I have been searching for a chart that would...
  5. Plumbing
    I'm asking for input/advice on either pulling out the vertical 3/4" line and replacing it with a 1" or, much easier to run, a second 3/4" line. Other than installing the pipe in the wall, a plumber will be doing the rest of the work. I live in N. VA, Fairfax county. Brick house is a ranch...
  6. HVAC
    I am in the process of building my 2880 sq. ft. home. I would like to use geothermal heat with a lateral loop since I am on 2 acres I have plenty of room to make the trench. Can anyone recomend a length of inground loop for my house? I have learned about the coil method to conserve space, and...
  7. HVAC
    We have 2 Peerless SC-06 boilers with 3.5 gph nozzles They were not installed per Peerless, Color of Steam, pg. 15. individual headers not 24" above water level, no risers, no dropped combined header, no f/t traps on equalizers, no f/t trap off steam combined header Before steam trap problems...
  8. HVAC
    Home currently has a TempStar 80% efficient, 75000 BTUH input / 61000 BTUH output furnace that is about 15 years old. Have been looking at the Carrier Performance Series two stage 58HDV models as a 95% efficient replacement (with the tax credits :) ) Have used HVAC-Calc to do a "Manual J"...
  9. HVAC
    I live in the Peidmont of NC and just purchased a house built in the Late 50's, a Cinder Block house. still has old windows so it gets cold in hte winter. I am replacing hte HVAC Package unit with a new Package heat pump. the house is 1400 square feet. My question is from my calculations the...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hello Knowledgeable folk of the DIY chatroom, I am very confused at the moment as i'm from the UK and have a set of instructions from the USA for a project I am trying to copy but the screw sizing used is in the American format and don't seem to be available here or are called something...
  11. HVAC
    i need to replace my furnace. i have a G.E. input 135,000 BTU's, 24 years old. recently had an energy audit completed, they recommend replacing my furnace with a AFUE of 92% or higher. live in anchorage, alaska. 3791 SF home. one contractor tells me they do not make a high efficency furnace...
  12. HVAC
    I am in the planning stage of putting in a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) in a two-story colonial with basement. I have existing central heat/air located in the basement with a full set of supply and return ducts in every room (except none in the unfinished basement, and no return ducts in the...
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