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  1. EDI started offering training, certification and test kits last year -- http://www.exterior-design-inst.com/chi ... ining.html. I can't vouch for the training or the kits and don't know what research or standards they are based on. But the marketplace has begun to respond.
  2. Possibly a surge arrestor with an indicator light to show when it's been fried?
  3. Preston's Guide, which goes by model numbers, lists various Williamson 1114-07-* models from 1968 to 1981. I can't make out the last digit of the model # in your pic, which would narrow it down. The serial makes me think '78.
  4. " ... If the pipe is not hot then the problem is either the tank itself (not likely) or the heating system is pulling heat out of the tank more quickly than it can be replaced. ... " I was thinking along those lines, too. Can the water heater keep up with the space-heating demands of the house? The biggest unit I see on the Apollo site puts out about 60,000 BTUs. That's not much for both heat and domestic hot water in a place where temps have been dropping into the teens and single digits. Is this type of heating system common in your area? I never see 'em.
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    Furnace Age

    Preston's Guide lists Clare HEHF-80B (B, not gas furnaces from 1991 through 1996. An estimate of 15 years seems reasonable unless you have info to the contrary.
  6. Generally speaking, municipalities and sewer authorities forbid pumping sump discharge into the sanitary system. They want to avoid flooding the sewer plant as well as paying to treat groundwater. I'd check with the local municipality on any regs regarding discharge to streets, sidewalks and the homeowner's own property. As previously noted, the neighbor won't be too happy if you make your problem his.
  7. I ran across my first "Clow Gasteam Radiator" today, in the basement of a 1944 Philadelphia rowhouse. (Pic below.) Does anybody see these regularly? Any particular issues I should know about? As with any unvented or "lung-vented" gas appliance, I'm assuming that moisture output and other combustion products are among any concerns. The units burn natural gas to boil water in a free-standing steam radiator. The homeowner supplies the water occasionally through a fill port near the burner. Clow produced both vented and unvented models for residential, commercial and industrial use. Googl
  8. Another nice thing about the Streamlights (I have an Ultrastinger and a Stinger LED) is you can get 'em fixed for free at the factory. Last week I dropped by Streamlight HQ in Eagleville, PA, to drop off both for repairs -- the light module in the 2-yr-old LED, the switch and lens in the 4-yr-old Ultra. The counter man took both, no questions asked, and handed them back 10 minutes later with all defective parts replaced -- free. Whoa. Nice warranty.
  9. Sun Nuclear 1027's: http://www.sunnuclear.com/radon/1027/1027.asp. $595 retail from the manufacturer. Used models sometimes out there for a couple/few hundred less. You don't need to buy the printer to get the data out or to produce reports. I have four 1027's. They're sturdy, reliable, easy to operate and meet EPA standards. Low overhead (annual calibration).
  10. Is the question whether it's sometimes OK to double tap before the main service disconnect (assuming we're looking at a main disconnect)? I thought those taps before the main were always a no-no because there would be no disconnect or overcurrent protection for whatever is downstream of the second taps. And someone might fatally assume that flipping the main disconnect had shut off everything in the house. If I'm missing something, I'll just go back to lurking ... []
  11. Greetings, all. I've been enjoying the informative discussions on this board and thought I'd throw in my $.02 about CMC and energy audits. I've taken CMC's "Home Energy Tune-Up" class [http://www.hometuneup.com/] and know, oh, a dozen other Pa. home inspectors who have, too. To my knowledge, none of us is making money doing Tune-Ups, which are targeted at owners of existing homes 10 years or older. The Tune-Ups are a tough sell to homeowners, and I won't even try to sell them with a home inspection -- something CMC pitches to home inspectors as a natural combination. Yeah, sure. Whic
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