1. The construction isn't all completely level, leading to 1/4" measurement differences between, say, one end of a panel and the other when it's cut in a straight line
2. When I replaced the crappy, paint-stained outlets with new ones, I discovered that most of the outlets in the room were wired backwards. Now I've gotta go through the rest of the house to try to figure out what else is wired wrong.
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The horizontal pieces are probably to help spread the load as well as provide a platform for fasteners.
Disclaimer: I'm a computer engineer, not a mechancial engineer.
You get 3,800 for an installed 15 SEER heat pump. Not bad.
Some background: I own a two-story house with a big two-story great room in the middle. The house has two separate HVAC systems: one for downstairs and one for upstairs. However, the upstairs system has only one return register that sits in the ceiling of a hallway right next to the great room. What happens is that all the warm air in the house gets displaced upstairs, which then causes the upstairs system to start cooling. Almost all the cooling goes into the bedrooms, though, and if the doors are closed, those rooms get really cold really fast. Since the thermostat is right next to the return register, though, it keeps reading the warm air coming up from downstairs.
Moving the thermostat into one of the bedrooms would help fix the getting-too-cool problem, but I'd be concerned that doing that would prevent the upstairs system from cooling enough to help the downstairs unit. Zoning the upstairs would fix the bedrooms but also allow the hallway to get cooled down properly, too.
$15 at home depot and some duct tape.
I recommend the ducts from Central Services.
One idea I've looked at as an interim solution is a wireless thermostat.
The control panel and sensor can be anywhere in the house, and sends a wireless signal to the base where it connects to the HVAC system via the normal wiring.
That would let me "move' the thermostat into the master bedroom without having to tear up walls rerouting the HVAC control wires. Last I looked, though, there were only a few companies making wireless thermostats, and they seemed more interested in selling entire systems instead of just a single thermostat.
Another idea I've had is to put in transfer registers over each bedroom door.
This would hopefully allow a better circulation pattern, but then I have more vents that may make things look ugly.
Ahh, the challenges of being a homeowner!
I want an openmoko, a foldable keyboard plus those lightweight lenses they use in front of their terminals ;-)
building & living inside of a hobbit house:
That is very nice!
yea... me also wonders how long the life expectancy of that house can become... and if there are troubles, will they be repairable? or make the house just discardable?
I also wonder whether that hay insulating the floor from the ground will stay in shape over a longer time, or become more and more compressed...
the walls, also made of hay and covered with some mud... probably rather easy to replace...
in general, the house isn't just made of mostly organic material, it also looks pretty organic and warm.
Probably nothing for somebody wanting to have a next to sterile clean living enrironment, and probably also no easy way to mount a 40" tv to a wall.
the kids look verry happy on all of the pics.
i'd like to visit that house.
The problem with this sort of construction is that it doesn't scale. One family can build that kind of house using materials gathered from a walk through the woods, and they even said that all of the high-tech stuff like windows and wiring were gathered "from a rubbish pile somewhere." One family can do that. Ten thousand families can't. That is the VERY REASON why mass production exists.
I think it's great that they did it. I think it's stupid that they're promoting it as a lifestyle they think everyone should pursue, even going as far as to indicate some mild scorn towards those of us who don't.
I'm sure there are lots of nestled hillsides to provide shelter for all of us.