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  1. What Marc said. It could easily be a leaking joint. When they replaced the water heater, they probably didn't even look at the furnace. On another note, your garage floor is supposed to slope to drain to the driveway. If it really had an inch of water in it, something's wrong there as well.
  2. You just read replies from three experts, all saying that it's just asphalt applied to paper. Brand new insulation has exactly the same thing on it. It's harmless. Why on earth would you remove it?
  3. This must be a mini split. A conventional heat pump that works at -5 degrees will be wildly over sized in the heating mode.
  4. Her IP address suggests Connecticut or Massachusetts.
  5. Haven't you been seen by a doctor about this? If not, go see one. When I suggested a blood test, I was thinking of carbon monoxide poisoning. Headache & nausea are its primary symptoms.
  6. Lots of words, but no useful information. Where are you? How many people live in the house? Does anyone else in the house experience physical symptoms? How old is the house? Does the boiler run on oil or gas? Replacing a boiler because of "zoning issues" and "carbon monoxide leaking" makes absolutely no sense. IAQ assessment contractors are generally morons and IAQ testing is generally worthless. The symptoms that you describe correlate perfectly with carbon monoxide poisoning. Have you thought about getting a blood test when the symptoms are at
  7. I think you could easily get that much condensation inside a long uninsulated duct - especially given the cold weather we had a few weeks back. That much stale urine would have taken on a cloudy appearance after only a few days and it would seriously reek.
  8. It's a movie in a Quicktime format (.MOV), which Mike's Microsoft movie player won't recognize. If you have a PC and want to play it, you'll have to download a video player that'll recognize it. Here's one that works pretty well: https://potplayer.daum.net/ While most of my work is in Portland, I live and, occasionally, work in the much more rural towns nearby. I run into llamas, alpacas, & goats fairly regularly. (I used to milk my neighbor's goat when they'd go on vacation.) If there's not a fence between you and them, you should keep them at a distance. The goats love nothi
  9. Don't worry about it, Tantor. If this is the *big problem* in your life right now, you're doing better than most people on the planet. Be thankful that you have the privilege of obsessing over individual asbestos fibers.
  10. You've got to be a millennial. Asbestos fibers are not good to breathe. But at the level that you're talking about there is essentially no risk. Just live your life until you get the test results back. If there's asbestos in the sample, just use a regular old paint brush to put regular old paint over the scraped area. Your phone is a far greater threat to your health than the ceiling is.
  11. Popcorn ceiling texture has a much deeper pile and is, generally, quite delicate. You can scrape it off with your thumb. Some popcorn ceiling texture had asbestos in it and some didn't. The stuff in your picture is a textured finish, just not one that I'd characterize as popcorn. It might have asbestos in it and it might not. The drywall behind it might or might not contain asbestos and the drywall finishing compound used to finish it might or might not contain asbestos. Asbestos was used in over 3,000 building products and in countless other consumer products. Stand on a busy street corner to
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