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paulw11
paulw11
29 November 2011

Controlling an Air Conditioning system via home automation

Controlling an Air Conditioning system via home automation

Hi The only problem with the Nest in Australia is that most of the systems sold here use proprietary control panels, while most systems sold in the US use 24v ac control.…

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paulw11
Nov 29, 2011 4:52 am
delatite13
delatite13
27 November 2011

Ground-source heating, horizontal loops

Ground-source heating, horizontal loops

I had a quote for the drilling system, take a seat now before reading......$50000!!!! :lol: Who in their right mind would even consider it. :?

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delatite13
Nov 27, 2011 9:12 pm
delatite13
evilwillow
evilwillow
16 November 2011

tinting east facing glass sliding doors

tinting east facing glass sliding doors

Thanks so much for your replies. I'm a life-long renter so have no experience in home building or maintenance & its hard sorting through all the information available on…

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evilwillow
Nov 16, 2011 12:13 pm
thattime
thattime
15 November 2011

Price of Actron vs Daikin A/C option

Price of Actron vs Daikin A/C option

Hi Waratah, That's a shame for the Japanese stuff, but you're right. It's one of those extra benefits of buying (mostly) Aussie made. Thanks to everyone for the…

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thattime
Nov 15, 2011 10:09 pm
thattime
j&r
j&r
15 November 2011

Solar hot water - Help me choose?

Solar hot water - Help me choose?

Thanks for all the replies. Ended up going for the Apricus with 44 tubes and a 400L tank. Hopefully we won't need the electric booster very often.

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j&r
Nov 15, 2011 1:26 pm
B STAR
B STAR
15 November 2011

Brivis A/C

Brivis A/C

why dont you try doing a test and determine what the input air temp is versus the air coming out of the events. This will determine how efficient the a/c is. At 18kwatts…

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B STAR
Nov 15, 2011 7:49 am
71monaro
71monaro
12 November 2011

Controller location.

Controller location.

Spoke to the installers and they told me for this set up that there is a temp sesnsor in the controller and in the return air path. So they can configure it for one of…

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71monaro
Nov 12, 2011 2:23 pm
chrishawks81
chrishawks81
8 November 2011

cheap goods

cheap goods

thank you

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chrishawks81
Nov 08, 2011 8:22 pm
bashworth
bashworth
8 November 2011

waterproof vapour barrier on roof of ground floor os area

waterproof vapour barrier on roof of ground floor os area

A vapour barrier is in place to prevent moist air from inside getting through the gyproc and then condensing in the insulation. For more details see this link

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bashworth
Nov 08, 2011 6:31 pm
bashworth
cray-
cray-
7 November 2011

Daikin inverter and Advantage Air Myair

Daikin inverter and Advantage Air Myair

The MyAir is basically a zone controller for their Opposed Blade Dampers. The dampers are like a set if double doors that can open/close in 10% increments so you can…

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cray-
Nov 07, 2011 3:41 pm
deb17
deb17
7 November 2011

Evap or split system

Evap or split system

We had our evap going on the weekend, it was 30 here. It was actually really cold :lol: even with just the fan on. My Son, put the biggest unit in and huge vents, our…

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deb17
Nov 07, 2011 10:19 am
Frothy_monster
Frothy_monster
6 November 2011

Split System condenser noise

Split System condenser noise

Can you record it with a video and put it on youtube? What kind of AC is it? And what kw size is the unit? (if you get a pic of the copper pipes going into it i can make…

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Frothy_monster
Nov 06, 2011 8:09 pm
Frothy_monster
Redman
Redman
4 November 2011

Roof insulation options - advice?

Roof insulation options - advice?

Glass wool is fiberglass = bad Rockwool is spun basalt. Its rock dust from quarry that is heated and spun like lava fairy floss. Low flammability, it still collects dust…

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Redman
Nov 04, 2011 3:18 am
Redman
Frothy_monster
Frothy_monster
3 November 2011

Anyone Louvers and Split system ?

Anyone Louvers and Split system ?

Yeah you will get air flow through the louver's, but as with anything the full effect of the cooling/heating will be effected, due to some air flow restriction via the…

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Frothy_monster
Nov 03, 2011 7:55 pm
Frothy_monster
Frothy_monster
Frothy_monster
3 November 2011

Brivis Evaporative Cooling blowing insects through vents

Brivis Evaporative Cooling blowing insects through vents

(hey, 1st time poster, 15 years experience HVAC installation/service) I can see how the Evap might suck in bugs and spit em out via the vents (although i've never seen it)…

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Frothy_monster
Nov 03, 2011 7:48 pm
Frothy_monster
sceen7
sceen7
2 November 2011

Need to remove old ceiling insulation?

Need to remove old ceiling insulation?

I recently spent a week removing old batts from my roof, what a disgusting job that was ::hyst:: the reason I did it though was because they were about an R2 rating to begin…

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sceen7
Nov 02, 2011 9:52 am
sceen7
sceen7
31 October 2011

hydronic heating suppliers in melb and cost

hydronic heating suppliers in melb and cost

We went with a similar system, a combination of floor coils and panel heating in a single story renno/extension. Our extension is on a slab, which is why we went for floor…

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sceen7
Oct 31, 2011 5:21 pm
bpbp
bpbp
31 October 2011

Places to buy a fire place

Places to buy a fire place

Hi , I would like to have a fireplace in my home. any idea about some places to buy a fire place? in melbourne around south eastern suburbs..? I prefer a gas one with…

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bpbp
Oct 31, 2011 1:06 pm
sceen7
sceen7
30 October 2011

Evaporative Cooling - Bonaire vs. CoolBreeze.

Evaporative Cooling - Bonaire vs. CoolBreeze.

We used Plum heating and cooling only this week and i ditto the experience your sister had Gidgit. We wanted to extend our original evap system into our extension (was…

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sceen7
Oct 30, 2011 7:50 pm
Amadio
Amadio
30 October 2011

Neighbor's External Air Con Noise - LOUD

Neighbor's External Air Con Noise - LOUD

Specific regulations about noise http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/noise/residential/prohibited-hours.asp He may have installed it without a proper…

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Amadio
Oct 30, 2011 6:10 am
Mozzie
Mozzie
28 October 2011

ducted heating cost

ducted heating cost

I'm guessing around 5k for ducted but I'd spend the extra and go hydronic no matter what. My last three houses had ducted systems and one of them was a new PD home with…

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Mozzie
Oct 28, 2011 10:19 pm
Mozzie
kevviek
kevviek
26 October 2011

Instructions to replace pads in Brivis Contour Cooler

Instructions to replace pads in Brivis Contour Cooler

Thanks guys. I did find instructions, it is very easy - just undo the screws on top to loosen it a little and the panels lift out in their frames, and the pads then just…

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kevviek
Oct 26, 2011 8:59 pm
nicenurse
nicenurse
26 October 2011

Comparing quotes for ducted air conditioning

Comparing quotes for ducted air conditioning

Thank you all so much for your replies. It can be daunting when it seems theres always someone who has a horror story about the brand you have in mind. But Im sure the…

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nicenurse
Oct 26, 2011 12:50 pm
deb17
deb17
19 October 2011

Ducted Evap Cooling quote advice?

Ducted Evap Cooling quote advice?

Hi, my Son just installed the Braemar LCB550, in our house on the weekend. It's very quiet and very cold :lol: I wont tell you how much it cost, you would cry. We bought the…

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deb17
Oct 19, 2011 6:27 pm
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chrishawks81
Oct 19, 2011 6:14 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
14 October 2011

downgrade of heating unit

downgrade of heating unit

Perhaps you could look at the HX23iXA unit which is the one specified for Aircon installs. This will mean an increase in airflow and the ability to add air conditioning…

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chrisandkate
Oct 14, 2011 2:58 pm
quiksilver
quiksilver
13 October 2011

Airconditioning options

Airconditioning options

Installation of aircon will be difficult after build if it is a double storey

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quiksilver
Oct 13, 2011 5:32 pm
tim74
tim74
12 October 2011

Importing solar hot water system?

Importing solar hot water system?

Thanks - I'll be looking locally based on your feedback.

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tim74
Oct 12, 2011 7:26 pm
~steph~
~steph~
10 October 2011

Basic ceiling fan that wont rust

Basic ceiling fan that wont rust

We have ones similar to these: http://www.omegaappliances.com.au/Product-228-New_Yorker_Ceiling_Fan_40627.aspx Some I believe can come…

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~steph~
Oct 10, 2011 12:56 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
10 October 2011

Which roofing solution to use for coolest house?

Which roofing solution to use for coolest house?

Here is a link to a government paper after research into insulation effectiveness and total r-values of different roof/ceiling/insulation scenarios. They don't cover light…

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Stewie D
Oct 10, 2011 7:41 am
New to Building
New to Building
8 October 2011

Daiken 6hp - too small?

Daiken 6hp - too small?

Thanks so much for your feedback. I got a quote from an external air con guy and he suggested the Daiken 8hp inverter as they no longer have access to the hybrid. He…

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New to Building
Oct 08, 2011 11:03 am
xanthrope
xanthrope
7 October 2011

Cooling help..

Cooling help..

Unfortunately part of the ceiling in the upstairs rooms is right on the roofline, so no room for regular insulation up there. Perhaps we could…

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xanthrope
Oct 07, 2011 9:47 am
xanthrope
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
6 October 2011

External power isolator for refrigerated aircon unit...

External power isolator for refrigerated aircon unit...

There's a difference? If I have the external point with the isolator switch can the air con installers still do what they need to do with it? I'm stuck with it now…

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cmhamilton
Oct 06, 2011 10:06 pm
Bushpilot
Bushpilot
2 October 2011

Comparison of heating types

Comparison of heating types

Hoping someone out there can assist us, as this information is difficult to find on the Internet: 1. How to calculate the cost of operating an off-peak heat bank (mass…

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Bushpilot
Oct 02, 2011 8:42 am
chatz
chatz
2 October 2011

Gas Heating + Evap Cooling

Gas Heating + Evap Cooling

No, not only because they come from different units but you also need the vents positioned differently. The evaporate vents should be away from the windows pushing air…

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chatz
Oct 02, 2011 12:35 am
athman
athman
1 October 2011

Brivis ducted heating unit - repair or replace?

Brivis ducted heating unit - repair or replace?

20 years is good going. Even if you fix the fan there are other parts that will be on their last legs. We built our house new with a Brivis Buffalo heating unit eight…

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athman
Oct 01, 2011 11:14 pm
Surfboy
Surfboy
27 September 2011

ceiling fans in Perth???

ceiling fans in Perth???

I was considering fans for my house in Sydney and bumped into a bit of research by RMIT on the impact of ceiling fans on Energy Star ratings and energy saving. It is hard…

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Surfboy
Sep 27, 2011 6:19 pm
CA3105
CA3105
26 September 2011

Recommendations for portable gas heater please

Recommendations for portable gas heater please

Hi Tangles, Thanks for your reply - it seems like most people I've spoken to say that Rinnai is the only way to go, so now I know where to start :)

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CA3105
Sep 26, 2011 11:43 pm
1sthome
1sthome
26 September 2011

Internal acoustic installation guide?

Internal acoustic installation guide?

There are a lot of considerations when looking at in wall acoustics - framing materials are particularly important to think about.

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1sthome
Sep 26, 2011 11:15 pm
BarryC
BarryC
22 September 2011

retrofit wall insulation for weatherboard house

retrofit wall insulation for weatherboard house

We have a 1920s weatherboard and would like to increase the wall insulation without removing all the weatherboards to do so. Is there a product that will work? Cheers

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BarryC
Sep 22, 2011 4:21 pm
~steph~
~steph~
20 September 2011

Insulation suggestions for West facing wall

Insulation suggestions for West facing wall

This article talks about SIPs (Structured Insulation Panels). They provide great thermal insulation in addition to some acoustic insulation also.

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~steph~
Sep 20, 2011 8:30 pm
lambchoppa
lambchoppa
20 September 2011

Solar heating & cooling is it worth it?

Solar heating & cooling is it worth it?

I have not installed it but they are good products and worth the spend. The other choices are http://www.hrv.com.au and http://www.sola-mate.com.au. You could also look at…

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lambchoppa
Sep 20, 2011 8:04 pm
mum2matt
mum2matt
17 September 2011

Advice on Brivis GDH systems

Advice on Brivis GDH systems

Hi cmhamilton - good that you got a better quote. As an aside - we used DaleAir at our current house to install a daikin ducted refrig aircon system last year and they…

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mum2matt
Sep 17, 2011 8:31 pm
Garfreyn
Garfreyn
15 September 2011

Adding Cooling to Ducted Gas Heating

Adding Cooling to Ducted Gas Heating

We have a five-bedroom house, with an open plan living/dining room area. When I try working it out in my head seems to me we have 100 square meters or so of living…

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Garfreyn
Sep 15, 2011 1:36 pm
eyspy
eyspy
13 September 2011

Building a Wine cellar

Building a Wine cellar

You build underground and your temps will be perfect. It's not that hard or expensive to go underground and then you could build a nice pergola on top to sit and relax…

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eyspy
Sep 13, 2011 12:41 pm
srichz
srichz
10 September 2011

Fan + heat + light combo

Fan + heat + light combo

Hello everyone!! :D Sorry for being so naive, but I know you guys are the only ones who can help me. :wink: Anyway, during pre-start we asked for our ensuite to have a combo…

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srichz
Sep 10, 2011 8:19 pm
sceen7
sceen7
9 September 2011

Hydronic heating query

Hydronic heating query

sounds good casa2 we have heard of a corrugated underlay for floorboards which maximizes heat transfer.. but is expensive. The direct contact that ply would give sounds…

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sceen7
Sep 09, 2011 11:28 pm
Brad75
Brad75
8 September 2011

Zoning ducted heating/cooling

Zoning ducted heating/cooling

The actual efficiency doesn't warrant the extra star IMO. We were advised against zoning our house by the Air con installer. We have 25sq…

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Brad75
Sep 08, 2011 10:32 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
5 September 2011

Ducted heating dampers

Ducted heating dampers

Most in floor vents had a lever to shut them off I thought?? You just can shut them all as you need a minimum amount of flow so as not to damage the system.

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chrisandkate
Sep 05, 2011 9:53 am


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