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 91 
 on: December 01, 2018, 11:37:01 AM 
Started by Roscoe - Last post by juddspaintballs
Almost all battery brands are now owned and sold by Johnson Controls (including Interstate and Optima in the past couple of years).  They're made in Mexico and their quality control isn't the best across all of their name brands.  It's hit or miss on longevity and I'd just as soon avoid all Johnson Controls batteries because of that. 


To get a quality battery, you want one made by Deka or Exide.  Sears Platinum batteries are made by Deka, but their lower level batteries are made by Johnson Controls.  The last battery I bought was a massive Deka from Rock Auto for my Volvo XC70.  The original battery (Deka) lasted 13 years/275k miles before it started getting sluggish to start the vehicle.

 92 
 on: December 01, 2018, 09:10:30 AM 
Started by Roscoe - Last post by wreckit87
NOT Interstate. Not sure why, but the last 3 Interstates I bought have lasted less than a year. The dump trailer just got a Fleet Farm RV battery last spring after the old one crapped out (6 years old) so I'm pretty happy with that. Had the same FF battery on my car trailer for the winch also about 6 years old that finally pooped out last spring, but I have not hit the winch button for about 3 years so I don't blame that thing one bit. Had one of those years where everything needs a battery, and everything else has gotten Duracell from Batteries Plus. Renegade and lawn mower have both had those for 5 years and often sit for 9 months at a time, they'll both start right now if I ask them to. They don't have a reasonable deep cycle though, which is why I use the Fleet brand

 93 
 on: December 01, 2018, 09:02:07 AM 
Started by slimchance - Last post by wreckit87
What sort of trial and error landed you at 120? Is this slab insulated both underneath and around the perimeter? 40 degrees is a huge delta T for a slab that's been running. Not necessarily for concrete longevity, but you want to use the lowest water temp you can get away with both for efficiency and comfort. I play with mine a lot, and it's currently set at 95 degrees with a 72 degree return. Every one of my full installs ( I own and operate a hydronic radiant heating company) are set to 100 degrees off the bat and adjusted from there if necessary.

As for the slab damage, I don't have any catastrophic photos but I can assure you that anything over 140 WILL ruin a slab's heat transfer. The concrete around the tubing turns to powder and essentially you'd need to keep raising the water temp until it no longer keeps up because the tubing doesn't give up the heat to the concrete. Bad idea.

 94 
 on: December 01, 2018, 07:56:16 AM 
Started by WoodMOJoe - Last post by BoilerHouse
Great to hear of another success story.  I will be into my 10th season this year.  My build cost was roughly $6,000 all in.  I buy logs each year for $1,000 and I used to go through 4 tanks of oil per heating season @ close to $1,000 per fill up.  So about a 2 year payback, although I always have extra expenses over and above the wood.  This year was more extreme than usual.  I bought a new pump to have as a spare, bought new cast iron grates which, at $400, were surprisingly expensive, and finally bought a real cant hook, in lieu of the home made one I have been using for years.  Still, I will save over $2000 in fuel costs this year. 

 95 
 on: December 01, 2018, 07:34:16 AM 
Started by Hammersquash - Last post by BoilerHouse
How is your brush attached now - threaded?   I bought a 2 inch brush from Felton Brush, and welded that onto a length of 1/2 inch pipe.  Then welded a short tee as a handle onto the other end to make it easier to push and pull through the tubes.  It is a very snug fit.

 96 
 on: December 01, 2018, 07:28:35 AM 
Started by WoodMOJoe - Last post by WoodMOJoe
It sounds like there is something wrong with the thermostats,
Try putting the wire in the Y instead of the W on the 2nd thermostat and flip the switch to heatpump.

That didn't do it either. I tried it with my new and old 2nd stat.

I think I may have another stat I can try if I can find it, will see how that works out.

Thanks for your help  :thumbup:

 97 
 on: December 01, 2018, 07:09:33 AM 
Started by WoodMOJoe - Last post by RSI
It sounds like there is something wrong with the thermostats,
Try putting the wire in the Y instead of the W on the 2nd thermostat and flip the switch to heatpump.

 98 
 on: December 01, 2018, 06:57:58 AM 
Started by WoodMOJoe - Last post by WoodMOJoe
Are you using the same backing plate for both thermostats you tried? If so, that may be the problem. If not, I would check the thermostats to see if there are settings for the type of system it is set for. You will want it setup for gas furnace.

Also, make sure the thermostat is set to heat mode.

I did try using the old backing plate at first but changed it out to the new one immediately when it wouldn't work.

There is a slide switch on the back of the thermostat for "Gas or Oil" and "Electric or Heat Pump"...and it has been set to Gas.

I have the 1st stat set to Heat/Auto (fan) and the setpoints are lowered so the propane unit will kick in only if the temp in the house drops to 64.
 
The 2nd stat is set to Heat/Auto also but won't operate the blower even when I switch it to Fan.


And to clarify...the only way we can get the blower to work is to run the green wire to the G terminal on the 1st stat, taking the 2nd stat out of the system entirely, and turn it to Fan.

I think you asked that earlier and I didn't really answer it.






 99 
 on: November 30, 2018, 11:26:31 PM 
Started by WoodMOJoe - Last post by RSI
Are you using the same backing plate for both thermostats you tried? If so, that may be the problem. If not, I would check the thermostats to see if there are settings for the type of system it is set for. You will want it setup for gas furnace.

Also, make sure the thermostat is set to heat mode.

 100 
 on: November 30, 2018, 05:58:29 PM 
Started by Roscoe - Last post by fireboss
I swear by Walmart batteries. I have them in my dump trailer, Bob cat, and my duramax  no complaints

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