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Heated Walls!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9YBhXpUcIw Here’s a time lapse video of one of the fun projects happening up in Northern MN at the #duluthbuild job site. This wall will be radiantly heated in addition to the heated floor. The space below the window will have a freestanding tub, to the right will be a tile shower. I think its Read More

Here’s a time lapse video of one of the fun projects happening up in Northern MN at the #duluthbuild job site.

This wall will be radiantly heated in addition to the heated floor. The space below the window will have a freestanding tub, to the right will be a tile shower. I think its safe to say the master bathroom will be very comfortable for the owners!

https://youtu.be/6SgHT4o4-A8 Over half of America’s skilled trade employees are nearing retirement age and fewer men and women are being prepared to take their places. To shed light on this issue, this video debunks myths discrediting the plumbing industry, and repositions the trades as a viable career for Millennials and Generation Z Read More

Over half of America’s skilled trade employees are nearing retirement age and fewer men and women are being prepared to take their places. To shed light on this issue, this video debunks myths discrediting the plumbing industry, and repositions the trades as a viable career for Millennials and Generation Z.

Navien’s comb-boiler (NCB) has had its share of criticism and praise alike but in my opinion there is one thing that gets me a little more than excited, the fact that nearly half the boiler must be removed to replace a part that is known to fail more than most other parts on the unit Read More

Navien’s comb-boiler (NCB) has had its share of criticism and praise alike but in my opinion there is one thing that gets me a little more than excited, the fact that nearly half the boiler must be removed to replace a part that is known to fail more than most other parts on the unit. As you’ll see in the video the PCB, main control panel, some internal [and external] piping and circ pump all must be fully removed in order to gain access to a failed 3-way diverter valve.

If you’re not sure what the valve does, you may not be alone but its really quite simple; when idle the valve is in position to supply flow from the heat exchanger’s supply outlet to either the heating system load (hot supply to system) outlet or to the flat plate heat exchanger to satisfy a call for domestic hot water. The problem is that its a piston type valve that can and will fail in a partially open position when there’s a call for DHW. The results are low flow to a potable water faucet at higher than desired temps [hence the reason I always spec and install a thermostatic mixing valve on the domestic side outlet]. The fix, while very time consuming, is relatively simple.

Hopefully this step-by-step video will familiarize the process for you if you’re faced with replacing the valve for the first time.

 

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Navien’s combi-boiler is possibly the most common combi- in the US market but working on or replacing parts for the combi can be a real challenge. I’ve serviced and installed quite a few in the last 3-5 years and the flow sensor is definitely one part that seems to fail more than others. If you Read More

Navien’s combi-boiler is possibly the most common combi- in the US market but working on or replacing parts for the combi can be a real challenge. I’ve serviced and installed quite a few in the last 3-5 years and the flow sensor is definitely one part that seems to fail more than others. If you find yourself looking at this part replacement you may benefit from a couple tips I’ve shared in this video.

Please forgive the video quality, I decided to make this last minute and only had my iPhone (hand held without a tripod). If you find this useful please share with your friends or post to your favorite FB group.

If you’re interested in purchasing the tools I use in the video just click the links or pics below for the best pricing I have found.

Klein Stubby Ratcheting Driver

Milwaukee USB Rover

Sometimes its fun to step back and see the whole process from start to finish. Here’s a time lapse video of the prep and install for the radiant in-floor heating at the #duluthbuild project in Northern Minnesota. I’ve been trying to document each step along the way for this project we are building for my Read More

Sometimes its fun to step back and see the whole process from start to finish. Here’s a time lapse video of the prep and install for the radiant in-floor heating at the #duluthbuild project in Northern Minnesota.

I’ve been trying to document each step along the way for this project we are building for my little sister and brother-in-law and I’m starting with the over 7K sq ft of radiant. If you’d like to follow along you can search the hashtag #duluthbuild on either Facebook or Instagram, doing so will show you all the posts from the project.

If social media isn’t your thing or you’d just rather stay put here on The Hub check out these recent videos:

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Uponor Ecoflex pre-insulated job site install