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Postby piper27 on Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:33 pm

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piper27 wrote:Anyone have a whole house humidifier they can recommend? Looking for one that plumbs into the duct work. It's dry as a drymount here in the winter time. Having a hard time keeping it above 30%. I have a gallon ultra sonic I run up stairs in the hallway by the bedrooms. Only thing is that doesn't help the other 4 levels of the house.

I just installed the aprilaire 700m, the instructions are not DYI friendly, do research before attempting. Also they use a fudge ton of water when running, I had to hook mine up to return side of furnace, and you need to use hot water when doing so.


I think I'll have to hook mine up on the return side too. There isn't much room on the hot side. My water heater is right next to my furnace so the plumbing should be simple. Thanks for the info!
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Postby wottagunn on Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:45 pm

new home contract signing is booked in for monday 29th!
I'll have to pay a deposit (gonna hurt), they will then order the building permit and commence the build as soon as that gets approved. So all good, they'll start building next month! pretty excited

here's a bit of a render of what the house will look like (different colours and some materials though)

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Postby sidewaysscott on Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:57 pm

beautiful digs man!
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Postby Baker on Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:06 pm

Awesome looking setup wotta! Congrats!

Separate question, does anyone have a whole house water filter setup? In my case it would be a "city" setup since having done some research I know there are different types of filters depending on what you are looking to filter out. Not looking for an under sink setup, will be putting it straight off the house line right before the water heater.
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Postby piper27 on Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:10 pm

Damn wotta looks like you'll have enough room for a "Pejac Wing". Amazing layout man congratulations
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Postby jjbehren on Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:53 pm

Baker wrote:Separate question, does anyone have a whole house water filter setup? In my case it would be a "city" setup since having done some research I know there are different types of filters depending on what you are looking to filter out. Not looking for an under sink setup, will be putting it straight off the house line right before the water heater.


I've got a setup, but I'd imagine it's serious overkill for you since I'm on well water. I have a 2-stage iron filter with chlorine bleach injection > water softener. Then the drinking water goes through a reverse osmosis system (because there's arsenic in our water).

What are you looking to filter out?
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Postby Baker on Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:01 pm

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Baker wrote:Separate question, does anyone have a whole house water filter setup? In my case it would be a "city" setup since having done some research I know there are different types of filters depending on what you are looking to filter out. Not looking for an under sink setup, will be putting it straight off the house line right before the water heater.


I've got a setup, but I'd imagine it's serious overkill for you since I'm on well water. I have a 2-stage iron filter with chlorine bleach injection > water softener. Then the drinking water goes through a reverse osmosis system (because there's arsenic in our water).

What are you looking to filter out?


Biggest things are just general sediment and then chlorine for city waters. I know we get some sediment in our water cause our last water heater when we tried to drain it so we could put the new one in when we hooked a hose up and opened the valve no water came out, it was totally blocked. I was thinking of just getting a spin down filter and then a basic 2 stage filter setup. Spin down mainly just to lengthen the life of the filters for the sediment it would spin down.
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Postby jjbehren on Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:19 pm

Baker wrote:Biggest things are just general sediment and then chlorine for city waters. I know we get some sediment in our water cause our last water heater when we tried to drain it so we could put the new one in when we hooked a hose up and opened the valve no water came out, it was totally blocked. I was thinking of just getting a spin down filter and then a basic 2 stage filter setup. Spin down mainly just to lengthen the life of the filters for the sediment it would spin down.


Keep in mind that the blockage inside the water heater may have come from the water heater itself or through the process of heating harder water.

Water heaters corrode from the inside. They come with a corrosion rod that's supposed to "absorb" the corrosion-causing elements in the water, but once that rod is corroded away it's game-on for the lining of the heater.

Also, when water is heated the minerals in the water that make it "hard" are separated out and form a sediment in the bottom of the tank. Have you had your water's hardness tested? I'd start there before committing to a filtration system. Softening it might solve your problem.
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Postby piper27 on Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:54 pm

This is all assuming you are not running a water softner. Here is the set up I'm running. It has a lifetime warranty on everything. We installed it when we built our house last year. Pretty happy with it. The carbon filter was suppose to last 2 years. We I'll be replacing it at the 1 year mark this Friday. Our well water has a lot of iron and stinks like rotten eggs with out this system. Every tap in the house is just like bottled water. I'm sure you can find something like it through a local company.

http://www.waterdrs.com/products/infinity-best-water-softeners/71-infinity-high-flow
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Postby wottagunn on Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:51 pm

So, the home build contract has been signed! Building should commence within a month. Very excited for it.

As part of the contract though, the builder advised us to get the connections to the property done privately, as their cut on top of the trades to do it would mean big dollars for us. Well, I just got back my quotes for power and plumbing, and it's through the roof! Not looking forward to paying these.
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Postby ToolFanFromWayBack on Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:33 pm

wottagunn wrote:So, the home build contract has been signed! Building should commence within a month. Very excited for it.

As part of the contract though, the builder advised us to get the connections to the property done privately, as their cut on top of the trades to do it would mean big dollars for us. Well, I just got back my quotes for power and plumbing, and it's through the roof! Not looking forward to paying these.


Are you building on your own lot? Sounds odd that the builder couldn't get you a better deal on those trades - even with their cut on top. House looks beautiful, BTW. Enjoy the ride!
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Postby DonPiano on Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:58 pm

wottagunn wrote:So, the home build contract has been signed! Building should commence within a month. Very excited for it.

As part of the contract though, the builder advised us to get the connections to the property done privately, as their cut on top of the trades to do it would mean big dollars for us. Well, I just got back my quotes for power and plumbing, and it's through the roof! Not looking forward to paying these.


Congrats. What about your new shed though? Will there be a place for the chickens?

Also, can you get FttP?
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wottagunn wrote:they're exactly the same you drymounts. go get an eye check


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Postby wottagunn on Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:06 am

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wottagunn wrote:So, the home build contract has been signed! Building should commence within a month. Very excited for it.

As part of the contract though, the builder advised us to get the connections to the property done privately, as their cut on top of the trades to do it would mean big dollars for us. Well, I just got back my quotes for power and plumbing, and it's through the roof! Not looking forward to paying these.


Are you building on your own lot? Sounds odd that the builder couldn't get you a better deal on those trades - even with their cut on top. House looks beautiful, BTW. Enjoy the ride!

I thought so too, but they were honest and said it would cost me more for them to do it.
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DonPiano wrote:Congrats. What about your new shed though? Will there be a place for the chickens?

Also, can you get FttP?

I've got a garden shed up. Proper/big shed will have to wait, because cant get a permit to put one up until the house is complete.
The chickens though have a huge pen! spent some time putting it up. ill post a pic here in a minute. Should be able to accommodate 8-12 chooks.
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Postby DonPiano on Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:08 am

Nice. The more chooks the better. Somebody I work with has started breeding Golden Wyandottes and they're turning into some beautiful looking hens. Wish I could have chooks.
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