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Lot of talk about manscaping, bushes, hedges and multi heads going on here..... who is up for a Sty-Fo Meet up?


On the insulation front, not...great news. The after blower test was done today. Started at 4950 CFM. it is currently at 4550 cfm. So not even 10%

Talked with the guys doing the test, he let the machine run and we did a walk through of the house... holy fuck the doors and windows don't really fit well. I am doing some repair work and hopefully he will pop back for another test. On the plus side, the wall insulation has made the house substantially quieter no doubt! so that is good
 

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Not being persnickety, but do you have a drain system set up on the right edge of the patio where it will meet the lawn? It looks like the natural grade of the lawn slopes toward your house and (rightly so) the patio will slope away from the house.

without proper drainage on the right edge, water is going to pool on that side.

Ask me how I know.
 
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Water heater is giving up the ghost, and this is San Francisco, and of course it's in a difficult to reach part of the building, so that's a crapload of unexpected expense.

We wanted to look into getting an on demand heater but that isn't possible with our existing gas line, and upgrading that would be insanely expensive as it goes under a slab. Instead we're upgrading to some sort of reflow heater that is supposed to heat the water faster and prevent running out of hot water.
 

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Not being persnickety, but do you have a drain system set up on the right edge of the patio where it will meet the lawn? It looks like the natural grade of the lawn slopes toward your house and (rightly so) the patio will slope towards away from the house.

without proper drainage on the right edge, water is going to pool on that side.

Ask me how I know.
Good looking out. I do no have any drainage over there, but the grass is not as sloped as it looks in the picture. it's more sloped towards the house over by the fence, but it levels out in the main area of the yard. I will keep an eye on it!
 

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Water heater is giving up the ghost, and this is San Francisco, and of course it's in a difficult to reach part of the building, so that's a crapload of unexpected expense.

We wanted to look into getting an on demand heater but that isn't possible with our existing gas line, and upgrading that would be insanely expensive as it goes under a slab. Instead we're upgrading to some sort of reflow heater that is supposed to heat the water faster and prevent running out of hot water.
Absolutely love tankless water heaters, but yeah, retrofitting can be a crap shoot. It cost us something like an extra 2k to put one in our previous house. Worth it, though.

The company that did the work was fantastic, if anyone in the Houston area wants a recommendation.
 

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Absolutely love tankless water heaters, but yeah, retrofitting can be a crap shoot. It cost us something like an extra 2k to put one in our previous house. Worth it, though.

The company that did the work was fantastic, if anyone in the Houston area wants a recommendation.
And we've been teased for the last decade by the tankless heater our downstairs neighbors put in - that we now know isn't up to spec because their gas line isn't large enough either.
 

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And we've been teased for the last decade by the tankless heater our downstairs neighbors put in - that we now know isn't up to spec because their gas line isn't large enough either.
Obviously there is a disconnect between spec and outcome. If thers has worked for 10 years.......just do it?
 

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Obviously there is a disconnect between spec and outcome. If thers has worked for 10 years.......just do it?
That's an option, if we can talk the water heater guy into something he has recommended against, or find the guy who doesn't care and will just do whatever - and then trust that guy #2 doesn't fuck up something serious.

Nah the regular water heater is costing us a small fortune, I suspect tankless would push us over 5 figures.
 

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Absolutely love tankless water heaters, but yeah, retrofitting can be a crap shoot. It cost us something like an extra 2k to put one in our previous house. Worth it, though.

The company that did the work was fantastic, if anyone in the Houston area wants a recommendation.
You live in Houston?
 

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That's an option, if we can talk the water heater guy into something he has recommended against, or find the guy who doesn't care and will just do whatever - and then trust that guy #2 doesn't fuck up something serious.

Nah the regular water heater is costing us a small fortune, I suspect tankless would push us over 5 figures.
If you want to do this yourself dm me
 

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would be an interesting disco to follow.

we have a tiny *master* bath that we have to rearrange. our bathrooms '69' in plan and, actually, all of our house water heat comes from the tank in our bathroom, including the kitchen. because of that tank we can't get a tub into the bath, it's all extremely tightly fit lol.

so my FIL who was an electrician thought we might relocate the boiler to the attic so we could embiggen the door etc. we also have a second tank in the garage that goes unused, i think it serves the washer connection but we don't use that rn. maybe that is an option as well idk. a tankless unit would take up as much space in the bath afaik.
 

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