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  1. And if your like us, she will be at the top of the list next time she calls. again. Spot on
  2. I don’t think he is the only one with math issues. You been calling him your 12 year old helper for a few years now
  3. What a screwy world. It was 14 ABOVE here yesterday and is only -2 at 6am here. sometimes you just wonder WTH
  4. Yep, it’s a ton of time. But having a junk yard he has a lot of oil, and he has to show he was disposing of it. He wants to redo the boiler set up, but I think he should do fuel oil back up. His time is worth something, but you can take the boy out of the junk yard, but you can’t take the junk yard out of the man. We will be re-using parts and installing used equipment. Oh well.
  5. A good friend has a junk yard. First boiler I ever installed was his energy logic waste oil boiler. I was over the other day, hour meter has 47,000 hours on the boiler. he is looking at replacing it this year. And he spends way to much time keeping it fed. But to each his own. He pumps oil into a first tank, mixes it, lets it sit, pumps it into a second tank to feed the boiler, drains the bottom of both off for water and antifreeze. Changes filters, cleans the crude out of the fire box and moves another pallet of oil in to thaw out. makes me want to go to wood since it’s less work
  6. And now we have this service from some fancy apps, the food delivery app does NAPA and so on good luck
  7. If your gas axing off parts to lighten her up, and can dress up afterwards (you don’t need to weld to the cut) definitely use a torch. There is a reason that after all these years and so many new processes and inventions it’s still in every shop
  8. What size? The old PAR 36? Try NAPA or whatever store you have close. It’s getting easier everyday to get LED’s. Even bought dad some for the golf cart, they work from 10v to 36v.
  9. Torch. And a pre-heater. Check your tip size and think it through
  10. I got Flowers (wholesale cut peonies) bees and I am looking into some berries. May go with you pick. Wife has chickens. and this is why. Very well said.
  11. Sounds like RFTV needs to start a series like American Greed. Or whatever it is.
  12. Just saw the box arrived for the 460 manuals. I will be opening them up shortly and see, but it looks good. If this works out as well as it appears I will get manuals for the other IH tractors and sickle mower. I see they do not have a manual for my mid 80’s kubota, oh well i need to check on continental engines and welders
  13. I think it can work. I would do a mock up, maybe run some tubing in a collector, try to make it all vertical and use as big a pipe size as you can. The idea is as the water heats it rises and exits the top and down into the emitter and back to the base.
  14. This. If it’s still coming down keeping up with it and pushing level sure is easier for me. I also will keep up on it if waiting until it ends is going to mess with my plans, like going to work Monday
  15. Just a thought. At 4 or 5 feet deep a contractor should be either sloping the bank or mitigating the hazard. But your soils may not need much. Here in our loose gravel we need to slope the banks 1:1 or more, and have at least 2 foot from edge of spoils to ditch. the comments regarding hiring a professional operator tie in here.
  16. Hm. Never seen S beams used vertically, only horizontally. We see lots of W, H and WT beams for projects. If you look there are some online manufacturers books with all the specs, including the cross section and such that most calculations need.
  17. Ok, just got home and saw this. Z Bach is sot on, but let me ramble a bit If I start with a few guesses I would do this run a primary loop from the boiler to the building and back to the boiler. On this a simple Taco 007 is fine. Pipe diameter of the loop will depend on your BTU needs. The quick rule of thumb is you can get 10,000 BTU/hr from each GPM with a 20* temp loss. So following the below chart you can get size so 3/4 PEX is maxed out at 46000 BTUs and hr and so on regarding primary secondary branches, try something like this. You can google primary secondary piping and read up on it. i would omit the check valve and use a TACO 007 with an IFC (internal flow check). And you probably do not need the expansion tank/make up and I would use a three way way mixing valve like Z Bach has in this post, I did my own floor like this, twice for two different slabs. Regarding the the PEX in the floor, let me try to explain it. First 9” in from the slab edge go around the perimeter and then 9” in go back. That’s loop #1. Now run 1 ft off the perimeter loop out, and spiral in on 2 ft centers, and then fill the 2 ft space back out. This will leave a spiral formation on 1 ft centers with hot supply lines having cooler returns between them. I don’t know if they makes sense? This is loop #2 repeat for loop,#3 this will give you here loops that are way short of the 250 ft max, and allow you to run a much smaller pump since you have less length (less head loss) . At 150 ft max I think a Taco 007 would work again I count three pumps, and would guess that you don’t need any high head pumps or expensive ones I can draw it up in more detail this week if your interested. I would also add lots of valves, some thermometers, drains, and some air elimination provisions. regarding rebar, i have never heard of someone saying they wish they had put less in a slab, but I have heard them wish they had put it in. I usually zip tie the PEX right to the bottom of the bar and leave it suspended in the slab. They claim better heating with the bar suspended in the slab, what a late night ramble.
  18. I would put in a loop with a pump. Pipe runes from the boiler into the building had a manifold and right back out to the boiler. My preferred method is to us a Taco pump relay. And then zone the whole thing with pumps that have internal checks. I have even used the zones in the pump relay to power unit heaters.
  19. I am doing more side jobs. Hope to go out on my own in a few years. I go the other way. I try to talk people into floor heat. Normally the general contractor is the one against radiant heat. With your wood boiler I would still go with unit heaters and radiant where you can. Always things you would have done differently. Such is life
  20. This is very standard here, install floor heat and add a water to air unit heater for quick make up. In fact if I ever get if completed this is what was put in my own shop.
  21. When working a bid for a system the rule of thumb is is 1 ft of PEX per square foot of slabe and insulation underneath. We use 2 inches of blue foam under the slab. So for me $2 would be both, Foam and PEX., PEX is not expensive, but some places mark it up a LOT Ferguson And then Supply House and you can stop there for now, put the PEX and Foam in and you can add the heat later. IF you want.. very hard to go back
  22. Basic plan is to put in 1 linear foot of 1/2 PEX for every square foot. Use 1/2 inch PEX with an oxygen barrier. I recommend you only use type A PEX, normally sold in a plumbing supply house. It costs 43 cents a foot here at Ferguson (national plumbing chain) but is available from supply house. I use Uponor or Rahua. They do sell type B and C PEX at the box stores and lots of people use it, but it’s hard to replace it in a slab. I would lay three loops, one loop around the perimeter and back staying about 8 inches from the edge of the slab, and the return only about 9 inches in. Then two small loops on about 1 foot centers. The idea is to lay it in a spiral and come back out the spiral, not back and forth. This is intended to make the heat even. from your boiler three loops on a simple manifold, 3/4 copper is enough size for three loops. I would use a 3/4 mixing valve a small circular like a Taco 007. It’s all you need. Set your floor heat to about 85 and see how it reacts. how you get the hot water from your boiler to the building might need another pipe taco pumps are $100 mixing valve is $100 and then you need a bit for a manifold for controls you can do a few things, easiest is buy a line voltage thermostat and hook it to the pump, otherwise you can get creative this was a quick overview, let me know if you want more information
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