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Mattandky
Mattandky
1 June 2013

Second Hand wood heater filling room with SMOKE

Second Hand wood heater filling room with SMOKE

HI. First post here in your very handy forum. We have just installed a second hand wood heater. first fire we lit filled the house with smoke. I extended the flue and…

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Mattandky
Jun 01, 2013 8:53 pm
aki84
aki84
31 May 2013

Tinting suggestion?

Tinting suggestion?

Having watched the guys install it at our place, I'd say it's quite a fiddly job, so you'll be better off getting someone to do it rather than labouring over it yourself.

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aki84
May 31, 2013 2:45 am
Darth Teddy Bear
Darth Teddy Bear
30 May 2013

Time required to heat a room with ducted gas heating

Time required to heat a room with ducted gas heating

Hi paulw11, Thanks for the reply. There are 2 return airs with one for the main house and the one in the dog room which is only open when the dog room is on. And in…

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Darth Teddy Bear
May 30, 2013 10:24 pm
Darth Teddy Bear
ampleair
ampleair
29 May 2013

Difficulties Installing Split System on Internal Wall?

Difficulties Installing Split System on Internal Wall?

Definitely possible, considerations come down to vanity & cost. Pipes can be ran through the roof and/or in pipe duct, as can the drain. There are some great pump…

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ampleair
May 29, 2013 1:39 pm
ampleair
bashworth
bashworth
28 May 2013

Hydronic heating - Thermostatic controls valves

Hydronic heating - Thermostatic controls valves

I have had theromstatic valves in my old house in the UK. They has the thermostat built into the valve. I found them great. We were able to run the bedrooms cooler than…

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bashworth
May 28, 2013 5:47 pm
bashworth
newhouser
newhouser
28 May 2013

Bradford Soundscreen

Bradford Soundscreen

No thats wrong. Every 3dB is double the…

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newhouser
May 28, 2013 10:48 am
newhouser
damjosh76
damjosh76
27 May 2013

Hydronic Boiler Valve Noice

Hydronic Boiler Valve Noice

I have a hydronic heating system in my house in the Blue Mountains. The boiler I have is a Raypak 197. Everything is working well, however I find the loud click when the…

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damjosh76
May 27, 2013 5:28 pm
epping16
epping16
26 May 2013

Central heating - cause of excessive dust???

Central heating - cause of excessive dust???

Hello, we have the exact same problem. A newish home 17 years old, duct heating vents in the ceiling (because of concrete slab), we are in suburbia Melbourne so dust from…

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epping16
May 26, 2013 8:09 pm
Alex2424
Alex2424
25 May 2013

Do skylights let heat and cold in ?

Do skylights let heat and cold in ?

Thanks everyone :) , I think I'll go with a fixed tube kind of one that you can't open or see through. And it'll be on the western side of the roof, as will the second if i…

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Alex2424
May 25, 2013 8:01 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
25 May 2013

Loose Fill insulaton

Loose Fill insulaton

Thanks, that's what I though. Bit hard to measure what was there when new, but I know it was a lot higher than it is now. It is now a few cm at…

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ECOECO
May 25, 2013 10:38 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
ECOECO
25 May 2013

Evaporative cooling myths

Evaporative cooling myths
1 ... 4, 5, 6

To test if evap cooling will work at your location, buy an old style portable evap cooler with a centrif blower.Sit the cooler outside the…

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ECOECO
May 25, 2013 5:52 am
ECOECO
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
22 May 2013

Ceiling fans in Victoria

Ceiling fans in Victoria

So you went the fanaway for the standard fan?

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mynameisjonas
May 22, 2013 11:25 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
22 May 2013

Builder forgot soundproofing, how to rectify?

Builder forgot soundproofing, how to rectify?

Just wondering............ What was the final outcome ? Hope it went well for you ? Cheers, P_D

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Pepsi_Drinker
May 22, 2013 2:12 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
10 May 2013

Foilboard??

Foilboard??

I think anyone going to build a new house that isn't aiming for at least R-4.0 for their external walls is crazy particularly the way energy…

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DefenderOwner
May 10, 2013 10:03 pm
Human Potato
Human Potato
3 May 2013

Bradford Batts for Floor Insulation

Bradford Batts for Floor Insulation

Hi, I've decided to insluate our wooden floor using bradford batts, held in place by chicken wire. We have easy access to the area beneath the floors and it appears to…

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Human Potato
May 03, 2013 11:16 pm
jbarkeraus
jbarkeraus
3 May 2013

Am about to build anew house.

Am about to build anew house.

I would appreciate info about NOBO heaters and costs of running

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jbarkeraus
May 03, 2013 1:31 pm
jj1
jj1
2 May 2013

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Yep tony, the STC certificate value is deducted from the gross up front cost of the system which then provides you with the $ sum you have to pay. e.g. I think our 3.5kw…

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jj1
May 02, 2013 6:12 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
1 May 2013

Brivis A/C and heating with cbus

Brivis A/C and heating with cbus

I do not have specifics yet, but my plan is to copy the concept of remote media control: some kind of gadget that sends the signals to the a/c like it's own remote does…

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dragonchild
May 01, 2013 8:15 pm
dragonchild
ECOECO
ECOECO
27 April 2013

Advice for insulating an attic room in Spain

Advice for insulating an attic room in Spain

My question, I suppose, is, how important is it to insulate the roof now because if we do that, we won't be able to do…

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ECOECO
Apr 27, 2013 11:35 am
ECOECO
Mike8136
Mike8136
22 April 2013

Trying to decide whether gas is worth the cost

Trying to decide whether gas is worth the cost

$8500 would get you a 5kW (or more) solar system which would meet most of your energy needs with no ongoing cost. Provided you can find enough roof space. The same price…

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Mike8136
Apr 22, 2013 7:38 pm
stormjr
stormjr
21 April 2013

Does this look right???

Does this look right???

I have seen units pulled out of the box with damaged fins like this, 99% of installers would not worry about it though. It will have a small effect on efficency, the…

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stormjr
Apr 21, 2013 11:32 pm
Lourance
Lourance
19 April 2013

Brivis Wombat20. Switch on but only the fan goes.

Brivis Wombat20. Switch on but only the fan goes.

FYi if pilot light won't stay on it prob a thermocoupler fault and you will need to get it repaired by qualified person. Part from memory was only $40 so a repair will…

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Lourance
Apr 19, 2013 6:53 pm
dary
dary
11 April 2013

Rinnai energy saver

Rinnai energy saver

Hi all We have had a Rinnai Energy Saver in our large family room (60 sqm + high ceiling) for 20+years and love it - Efficient, economical etc. Alas its on its last legs…

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dary
Apr 11, 2013 1:21 pm
davem
davem
10 April 2013

double glazing in a skylight

double glazing in a skylight

Thanks Ed, I am surprised that they are just as sensitive in a horizontal application. Something that I have learned today ! Cheers

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davem
Apr 10, 2013 12:51 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
10 April 2013

Installing wall insulation with double brick walls

Installing wall insulation with double brick walls

I know that up to 50% of your heat loss in a room may be through the walls so any increase in insulation there will benefit your comfort levels and your wallet both in…

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Stewie D
Apr 10, 2013 11:57 am
octain
octain
9 April 2013

Multi-head split system

Multi-head split system

Hi, Just thought I put it out there. I own a business doing splits, ducted and multi-heads. Can get faily good pricing on units and provide advice and free quotes. Give…

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octain
Apr 09, 2013 3:45 pm
octain
davem
davem
9 April 2013

Insulation for BV

Insulation for BV

Thanks Stewie, Thats what I wanted to hear. Didnt really expect it to fix the damp but most of the problem is splashing and creating a waterfall during very heavy rain...…

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davem
Apr 09, 2013 10:20 am
tezzab
tezzab
7 April 2013

Acoustic batts vs regular: my first hand experience

Acoustic batts vs regular: my first hand experience

Johnson, Many ways to skin the cat. Green Glue, yes most definitely, but didn't list it as due to cost and time factors. So, you were well ahead of my post in regard to…

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tezzab
Apr 07, 2013 4:39 pm
tezzab
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
5 April 2013

Ceiling v floor ducts, which heats most efficiently?

Ceiling v floor ducts, which heats most efficiently?

Slightly irrelevant but I love floor vents..... As a kid I would lay on the floor with a blanket whilst watching TV and I'd lay the blanket over the vent. It would puff…

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HomeAngels
Apr 05, 2013 8:34 pm
HomeAngels
adamcann
adamcann
3 April 2013

Whirlybird air vents

Whirlybird air vents
1, 2

From my experience I would choose some form of mechanical ventilation (a roof fan) on a timer over a whirly bird if you are looking to reduce the temperature of your roof cavity.

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adamcann
Apr 03, 2013 4:10 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
2 April 2013

Why does double brick vs brick veneer not influence R values

Why does double brick vs brick veneer not influence R values

That is true to an extent for heat gain through the external skin. Heat loss from inside the dwelling is the more important consideration in cool climates, hence the…

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ausdesign
Apr 02, 2013 11:15 am
ausdesign
IceMan
IceMan
31 March 2013

Daikin 8hp model FDYQN200 is it inverter ?

Daikin 8hp model FDYQN200 is it inverter ?

No. The 'standard' inverter model number is FDYQN200L. The 'premium' inverter model number is FDYQ200L. The latter costs $2k more.

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IceMan
Mar 31, 2013 3:04 pm
IceMan
JB1
JB1
25 March 2013

Terracotta roof tiles?

Terracotta roof tiles?

Terracotta for sure. I went for a Matt terracotta. Will still look good in 30 years, while the Concrete one will prob needed painting twice by then.

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JB1
Mar 25, 2013 1:02 am
bashworth
bashworth
20 March 2013

Window Films

Window Films

Highly reflective films are much better than plain double glazing for keeping the suns heat out of rooms in summer(but only for the windows that the sun shines in- for…

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bashworth
Mar 20, 2013 5:53 am
bashworth
B STAR
B STAR
13 March 2013

Insulation in verandah roof

Insulation in verandah roof

You dont need bulk insulation but sarking for colorbond roof would still be required.

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B STAR
Mar 13, 2013 12:42 pm
T543
T543
13 March 2013

Cardiffair Repairs

Cardiffair Repairs

Very happy with the Customer Service from Keith at Breezepower Ph:1800637175.

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T543
Mar 13, 2013 11:21 am
bashworth
bashworth
10 March 2013

How long until insulation pays for itself

How long until insulation pays for itself

It depends on lots of things like How much you want to keep the temperature in the room. It will be a faster payback if you are at home all day than if you are at work…

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bashworth
Mar 10, 2013 11:32 pm
bashworth
PaulMac
PaulMac
10 March 2013

Installing insulation by yourself

Installing insulation by yourself

If your confident walking around in the roof space then it shouldn't be a problem, you just need to make sure you keep a clear space around any downlight to prevent the…

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PaulMac
Mar 10, 2013 9:13 pm
AKB
AKB
9 March 2013

Daikin or Hitachi

Daikin or Hitachi

We spent $15000 putting a Hitatchi system in our house 9 years ago....to date we have spent $3000 on repairs over the last two years.... It always stops working just…

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AKB
Mar 09, 2013 11:07 am
AKB
alanbenn
alanbenn
8 March 2013

Ceiling cavity temperature irrelevant

Ceiling cavity temperature irrelevant

Say you have R4 insulation. That means the U value is 0.25 which means 0.25W per degC per sqm of heat will flow through the insulation. Say you have a room 4 x 4m…

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alanbenn
Mar 08, 2013 9:11 pm
alanbenn
alanbenn
8 March 2013

Cellular/Honeycomb Blinds

Cellular/Honeycomb Blinds

Oh dear - pity you let them talk you in to roman blinds. What justification did they give besides cheaper ? If heat coming in is the problem then you really need…

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alanbenn
Mar 08, 2013 8:51 pm
mucha
mucha
8 March 2013

Composite Insulated Roof Panel Sheeting

Composite Insulated Roof Panel Sheeting

My concerns would be how to hide things that are in the roof space without having the space anymore.. Ie: lighting wiring and maybe water…

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mucha
Mar 08, 2013 12:16 am
mucha
bluemetal77
bluemetal77
6 March 2013

Ducted A/C - Diffuser Grille - Round/Linear .. any good?

Ducted A/C - Diffuser Grille - Round/Linear .. any good?

I see what you mean with plastic .. they also tend to go yellow-ish over time .. the diffusers i have in my house are excellent color wise, not fade at all yet .. Hmmm ..…

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bluemetal77
Mar 06, 2013 10:47 am
bluemetal77
venno
venno
3 March 2013

LOPI CYPRESS GAS LOG FIRE

LOPI CYPRESS GAS LOG FIRE

Well I need to make a decision on winter heating this month to place the order and get ready for the cold. I'm back to my original dilema of deciding between a slow…

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venno
Mar 03, 2013 3:00 pm
Vess
Vess
1 March 2013

Insulation for home theater?

Insulation for home theater?

I used Rockwool acoustic batts for our home theatre walls and R4.1 ceiling batts in the subfloor. I also have Hebel power floors instead if yellow tongue board to my top…

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Vess
Mar 01, 2013 7:43 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 February 2013

Is R2.0 a maximum for external wall insulation?

Is R2.0 a maximum for external wall insulation?
1, 2, 3

By external wall insulation people usually mean that they only insulate the outside walls of a house for heat loss/heat gain etc. Internal walls can be insulated too of…

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Stewie D
Feb 27, 2013 11:21 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 February 2013

Help - Heating / Cooling - tank water and no gas

Help - Heating / Cooling - tank water and no gas

We can get evap cooling installed or have $5,000 to spend on upgrades but being on tank water I'm wondering if it will use too much water? I…

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SaveH2O
Feb 25, 2013 11:19 am
SaveH2O
Casa2
Casa2
24 February 2013

underfloor heating powered by solar panels

underfloor heating powered by solar panels

Went to the SRCC website (http://www.solar-rating.org) and compared an Apricus AP-30C evacuated tube panel to a Solahart flat panel. There are different climates and…

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Casa2
Feb 24, 2013 11:39 pm
Charlotte1
Charlotte1
22 February 2013

Retrofitting insulation

Retrofitting insulation

Thanx for that. Two good options to consider :)

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Charlotte1
Feb 22, 2013 1:40 pm

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