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by triguy128
Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Deep concrete box under shower
Replies: 6
Views: 6106

Re: Deep concrete box under shower

How about cold storage! There may have been a pulley system mounted above the hole. A cage for storing perishables would be lowers into the cold space. The other side had the counter weights to make lifting easier. Being that deep it would remain cold all year long. Just load up your ham and cheese...
by triguy128
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What the mason and the engineer said......
Replies: 10
Views: 7793

Re: What the mason and the engineer said......

Look at it this way. Its' a damp basement, do you want steel or wood in a damp location. AS long as wood isn't exposed ot direct water it will last hundreds of years in humid locations. Steel in humid location will need to be repainted 30 years to prevent it from rusting. Where I work we have some c...
by triguy128
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Big water leak...a complete freaking mystery!
Replies: 21
Views: 12749

Re: Big water leak...a complete freaking mystery!

The flow rate is just 0.2 GPM. so all in all, it's a steady flow, but ultimately a smaller leak that could easily be missed. A even jsut a leaky toilet flush valve could cause this. I agree with the previous (real post) that isolating all faucets and using a thermmmeter or even just feeling with you...
by triguy128
Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Deep concrete box under shower
Replies: 6
Views: 6106

Re: Deep concrete box under shower

SO the box extends into the basement, or into the ground? Is it concrete on the floor 11' below? If i have 1 guess, I'd say it used to be part of a dumb waiter that could lift clothes or trays of food form the 1st to 2nd floor. 2nd guess is that it was part of a chimney for a boiler (there is't a ch...
by triguy128
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What the mason and the engineer said......
Replies: 10
Views: 7793

Re: What the mason and the engineer said......

Wow... you foudn a structural engineer with old home expereince and common sense. 1/2 the ones I met would freak out at seeing your hosue and want ot repalce hte whole foundation and put in steel posts. The plaster would cracks everywhere and the water issues would get worse. I 110% agree. The found...
by triguy128
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What kind of house do you think thisis?
Replies: 7
Views: 3924

Re: What kind of house do you think thisis?

FOr $8900... how can you go wrong. :) Maybe the bank will take $7900 just to get it off the books. Obviously you probably can't get a loan against it until you put in maybe $10-20k plus some sweat equity to make it minimally liveable. After that, it depends on the market as to what it would appraise...
by triguy128
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Insulating/Sealing 1952 Cinder Block Home.
Replies: 4
Views: 17958

Re: Insulating/Sealing 1952 Cinder Block Home.

You insulation isn't zero. You have the airgap of the interior furring strips, the hollow core of the block. Air leaks should be minimal on this type of construction. Th total wall assembly is probably about an R6. I like your plan. The biggest advantage is that it moves the thermal mass of the bloc...
by triguy128
Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Converting back to Hot Water Radiant
Replies: 8
Views: 6020

Re: Converting back to Hot Water Radiant

So the wife isn't sold on this, and the up front costs are looking pretty daunting. I'm thinking this might be a future project when/if we remodel the kitchen and go with radiant floor heat. For what I would spend on piping, pump, boiler, I can put towards a really nice zone control system that will...
by triguy128
Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Converting back to Hot Water Radiant
Replies: 8
Views: 6020

Re: Converting back to Hot Water Radiant

One downside of LOTS fo valves, is that it adds resistance in the piping. BUT, no more than pex fittings. I can overcome that by oversizing the piping header.... or rather using more 1" instead of 3/4. The reverse return will help balancing. But your right, lots of isolation is great if you have a l...
by triguy128
Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Converting back to Hot Water Radiant
Replies: 8
Views: 6020

Re: Converting back to Hot Water Radiant

So I took a step back and rethoguht what I was trying to accomplish. One beauty of radaitors is using TRV's for zone control. So I priced out some new wall panel radiators for the 2 rooms and center hall without a radiator. So I dumped all the zone controls, hydronic coil, forced air zoning and home...