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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 6/21/2017 9:58:08 PM

Well he was supposed to start this week, but has been hung up in Artesia in triple digit heat for another week. I can only assume that the heat is slowing them down.  But we are next and he is looking forward to getting up here where the temps are expected to be in the 60's and 70's.  The stucco guys are still waiting for the roofing panels to get moved so the can run the colr coat on the back of the house with scaffolding.  Gotta wait for the roofer to get them moved. 


In the meantime, I've been putting up outdoor lighting across the front as well as some security lights, all of which have been sitting in the garage after buying them on sale.

Also started running ducts for heating system.  Contacted a mechanical contractor as I can't pull a permit for that.  Nice guy, been around for ever and has reviewed my plans I had put together.  We've had some disagreements about the heating loads and how air flow works, though.  He thinks I should be putting in furnaces that'll put out 5 times what I have calculated I need.  And he has an issue with the size of ductwork I sized.  Thinks some needs to be smaller diameter to increase velocity.  These ideas are very common among HVAC contractors.  Used to working with typical, non-efficient, leaky homes that goble energy.  And the old idea of pushing air through as fast as you can is old, when ducts leaked much of went through them.  Now, with careful sealing, if you push air in one end, it'll make it to the other end if you balance the lines.  If it didn't, systems with variable speed blowers wouldn't work.  One thing you need to do however, is to insulate the supply lines.  With air possibly moving at low velocities, the heat can be lost through the ductwork as metal makes a great heat exchanger.  Even though we have some technical disagreements, I'll hire him to provide the rest of the system, according to how I wish it to basically be.  While I am certainly open to others ideas, HVAC contractors are generally far behind what can be done in today's world of highly efficient construction, (when it is actually used).  He wants me to sign a statement that it is my design, to relieve him of any future liability.  I have no issue with that.  I've got plenty of things to keep working on besides the ducts and the furnaces.  The help on the HVAC will be most welcome even though it's not free.


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House with stucco finished on the front and stone done
Trying to get a shot of the stairwell all the way up



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