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    Posted: 05/October/2009 at 11:07am
Dude, it's been way too long since you've updated us on your projects.

When last you graced us, you were finishing up your upstairs renovation project. Does the space live as good as it looked in the pics?

I will try to move the relevant topics into this space in hopes of an oasis from the hue and cry of the ideological axe-grindings.

Discussions of stuff/projects that have a visible payoff in terms of quality of life are an affirming and welcome respite.

What say you?





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non-do it yourself projects welcome?
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I literally have the painter working upstairs on my second floor, filling all the holes, priming and painting all the trim and then the walls. The carpet is in and will be installed just after that.
 
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Is that a high tech air conditioning unit in the last picture? Looks very Euro.

Is the wooden "casket" for non-complying officials of FP government Just kidding.
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I have radiators in my house.....well, no longer any of them on the second floor, had electric heat in my bedroom (oil filled radiators, super nice, super quiet). I replaced the radiator in my daughter's bedroom with electric (2)....so each room has it's own thermostat/zone.

Since I don't have ductwork, I have been installing "mini-split" ac units, I have three on my first floor and now two on the second floor. The condensing units are on the roof. After I installed them, you couldn't even hear them when 5 feet away on the roof. The inside units are super quiet and cool the room in absolutely no time. And it's all zoned.
 
It's nice, if I'm cooking in the kitchen, I can just turn the kitchen unit on and it removes the heat. When it got super hot this summer (all of 3 or 4 days), I run 2-4 units in the rooms I'm in, they cool and dehumidify the house almost instantly. The units on the second floor are 9000 BTU each, and are SEER 13, about 750 watts total when the compressor is running, the indoor unit is something like 45 watts!
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Originally posted by PaulW PaulW wrote:

I have radiators in my house.....well, no longer any of them on the second floor, had electric heat in my bedroom (oil filled radiators, super nice, super quiet). I replaced the radiator in my daughter's bedroom with electric (2)....so each room has it's own thermostat/zone.


Since I don't have ductwork, I have been installing "mini-split" ac units, I have three on my first floor and now two on the second floor. The condensing units are on the roof. After I installed them, you couldn't even hear them when 5 feet away on the roof. The inside units are super quiet and cool the room in absolutely no time. And it's all zoned.

 

It's nice, if I'm cooking in the kitchen, I can just turn the kitchen unit on and it removes the heat. When it got super hot this summer (all of 3 or 4 days), I run 2-4 units in the rooms I'm in, they cool and dehumidify the house almost instantly. The units on the second floor are 9000 BTU each, and are SEER 13, about 750 watts total when the compressor is running, the indoor unit is something like 45 watts!


Are those LG units? They're slightly obtrusive, but as long as they function, they aren't butt ugly either.

Clean, quiet and efficient? I can put up with a little clash with the decor. Were you thinking about covering them at all? Something akin to your radiator covers? Perhaps with some ambient lighting built in?

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Question on the oi filled radiators....where did you get them? I'm thinking of getting some of those. Wondering on the initial $$? Efficient to run?

It's getting there Paul W!!!
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Originally posted by watcher watcher wrote:


Are those LG units? They're slightly obtrusive, but as long as they function, they aren't butt ugly either.

Clean, quiet and efficient? I can put up with a little clash with the decor. Were you thinking about covering them at all? Something akin to your radiator covers? Perhaps with some ambient lighting built in?

 
They are not LG units, but units from ebay. They are all made at the same factory, but nameplated differently. These are not inverter units, but just an on/off compressor cycle. LG units are about $1800 for a 9K unit, these are about $650 shipped. They are really not intrustive whatsoever and really work a lot better than central AC IMO for my application.
 
Here is the one in my bedroom:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LG makes big flat square ones also that you can put a piece of art in.
 
I have (2) 12000 BTU units for my kitchen/eating are (was back bedroom, the wall was removed) and living room which is 27' x 13'. I have a 9K unit in my office which is 14' x 17'.
 
They kick ass and make almost no noise. You can put them on interior walls as I have done....but that's difficult. When it's on an exterior wall, you drill a 2.5" opening and everything passes through that.


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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Question on the oi filled radiators....where did you get them? I'm thinking of getting some of those. Wondering on the initial $$? Efficient to run?

It's getting there Paul W!!!
 
I have the hydronic heaters....which are not actually oil filled, but water/glycol filled. They run off a dedicated 240 VAC circuit and I have an electronic thermostat that controls them, that switches line voltage.
 
They are about $170each for the ones I got which are 48".
 
 
 


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Very nice, PaulW. 
I agree with the idea of split units, particularly for dormers.
Do you have lines running somewhere for condensation?





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Originally posted by arneharris arneharris wrote:

Very nice, PaulW. 
I agree with the idea of split units, particularly for dormers.
Do you have lines running somewhere for condensation?





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Yep, you have to have refrigeration lines (2), electrical wires (6) which connect to the outdoor unit and a condensate drain. I piped these into a trap that leads into a drain.
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Here is a link to the finished pictures:
 
 
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Originally posted by PaulW PaulW wrote:

Here is a link to the finished pictures:
 



I love the smell of drywall dust and primer in the morning! It smells like... renovation!
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Paul, I love the sconces on either side of the mirror in the hall.
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