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Green Home Solutions Franchise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig McManus Nov 26. 3 Replies

Seems like a good concept to franchise cleaning up mold in people's houses.  People are afraid of mold.  And cleaning it up with something called "Better Air Probitoics safe, all natural fogging…Continue

Tags: Solutions, Home, Green, remediation, Mold

Stud cavity air returns

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Ellenberg Aug 31. 17 Replies

Seems like a reasonable use of space and materials and saving in costs to use a stud cavity as a conditioned air return.  But is it a good idea?  The inside surface of naked, unpainted sheetrock is…Continue

Tags: mold, IAQ, Duct-EZ, ducting, cavity

BPI QCI HEP Certification

Started Jan 2, 2015 0 Replies

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through…Continue

Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Apr 18, 2013. 17 Replies

I have a client who is has a lovely house built in 2010 that has oak hardwood floors throughout. There are apparently no other moisture issues besides the hardwood flooring. This problem is on the…Continue

Tags: warped floor, humidity

 

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Craig McManus replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Green Home Solutions Franchise
"I wonder too. We can't get probiotics to work in people. Where is there research and government lab validation...? I would like to know about it if it is valid."
Nov 26
Paul Raymer replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Green Home Solutions Franchise
"Thanks, Franco.  I am just curious if this company "Green Home Solutions" is legitimate.  It makes me wonder when they misspell one of their key components - Probitoics instead of Probiotics. "
Nov 26
Franco Oyuela replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Green Home Solutions Franchise
"Of couse It is a real problem! MOLD. One of the most common problems that homeowners face are mold and mildew infestations. This fungus grows on anything and thrives anywhere it can find moisture, especially places that are damp, warm, poorly lit,…"
Nov 26
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Green Home Solutions Franchise

Seems like a good concept to franchise cleaning up mold in people's houses.  People are afraid of mold.  And cleaning it up with something called "Better Air Probitoics safe, all natural fogging solution" that will "restore indoor ecological balance by replenishing indoor spaces with beneficial bacteria which consume organic irritants such as pollen, dust mite waste and pet dander" sounds pretty special.Anybody heard of these folks?  Is this real?  Should people spend $5k on this?I hope the…See More
Nov 19
Bob Ellenberg replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"Return "duct work" is not the issue--free flowing paths back to the unit are.  You probably had some air bypassing any filters but that would not likely do any real harm.    If the unit is central and each room has enough…"
Aug 31
Walter Ahlgrim replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"Last year we build a new home the HVAC seemed to work perfectly after a full season of both heating and cooling I happened to notice the contractor had forgotten to pan one end of a floor joist bay being used an the main return duct. I tested the…"
Aug 31
Michael Schettine replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"What about fire migration from open stud cavities...on that point alone makes it an unreasonable topic.  "
Aug 30
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Aug 30
Carlos replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"In Spain is permitted (return and supply) by code only if the stud cavity has the same features than a duct, nearly impossible. :( Carlos Nergiza.com"
Aug 28
John Nicholas replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"2 instances of moisture and mold in return ducts.   1.  furnace base on 2x6 frame that formed part of the return plenum, bottom was concrete basement floor.  The moisture was from the rusted out condensate pan under the…"
Aug 27
John Nicholas replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"Are you aware the EPA and Consumer's Union does not recommend duct cleaning on a routine basis?"
Aug 27
Dennis Heidner replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"I live in a house that was built in 1963,  the builder used wall cavity between the first and second floor stair way as the return shaft for the furnace.  I'd could hear the furnance running louder because of the sound from the air…"
Aug 27
Bob Ellenberg replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"CA code now requires supply ducts to be insulated even in conditioned space."
Aug 27
Bill Smith replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"I discourage it because it's too easy to punch holes in drywall to hang pictures, or what have you. It only takes a few poorly sized holes to introduce enough leakage to foul the intended return path. Not to mention the other problems that have…"
Aug 27
Ed Minch replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"I work with the State of DE on code language, and for 2012 there was was backlash from the HVAC guys about panned returns.  We managed to get language stating that they could be used only if the ducts are not required to be tested (i.e. all…"
Aug 27
Joe Nebbia replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"Another problem you encounter is that cavity being used seems to sometimes get picked after it's already being used as a chase for something else (Electrical, plumbing, etc).  The cavity is closed up and no one notices there is a pipe…"
Aug 27

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Angry Air!

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 3:48pm 0 Comments

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor.  It always seeks the path of least resistance.”  He didn’t say that Angry air is Noisy air.   Air doesn’t like being forced through corrugated, flexible ducting, pushed around corners, and made to force open dampers.  It resists being made to perform in a way that it doesn’t want to.  It takes more and more force as the resistance increases.  Air is just fine when you just let it move at will.  It can…

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Healthy Home Evaluator Training

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Fall River, MA     October 13, 2016

For two days – November 15th and 16th - Paul Raymer of Heyoka Solutions will be teaching a pilot of the BPI HHE course at the Fall River campus of…

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Zonal Pressure Puzzle

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 5:05pm 8 Comments

I have a wonderful little (16 x 14 x 8) test cabin at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.  There are 3 'rooms', one of which stands in as the bathroom.  It has a bath fan in the ceiling and a small, hopper window.  When I depressurize the house to 50 Pascals, the pressure between the bathroom and the main body of the cabin is just 4.3 Pascals.  When I stand in the bathroom with the door closed, air is pouring in through the bathroom fan, there is enough flow to make the fan rotate…

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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 8:17am 0 Comments

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certific ation, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam. …

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Welcome Paul. Thanks for joining and contributing to HEPros! Tom
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