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Funky Duct Test

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Marshall May 18, 2012. 8 Replies

Last week I was doing a rough-in w/air handler installed duct test.  I taped all the supply boots and installed the fan to the return grill just as always. When I set up the manometer, I noticed a…Continue

Tornado Damaged Homes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol A. Markell May 26, 2011. 8 Replies

Due to the terrible destruction caused by last week’s tornadoes, thousands of homes across the South will need to undergo substantial repairs if not be completely rebuilt.  Given this fact, might…Continue

 

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ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.)

ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge information, education and best practices in the area of residential building construction known as home performance and weatherization. Through national and regional educational and networking events, ACI provides innovative building science knowledge presented by renowned industry experts focused on advancing residential energy efficiency nationwide. It is our…See More
Jun 1, 2012
Matt Marshall replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"Something else to look out for.  If you use the metal probe to punch through the plastic tape you can actually punch a hole in the plastic tape which will cover the end of the probe.  I've had this happen to me and it caused some…"
May 18, 2012
Bill Bennett replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"As promised, I asked the folks at The Energy Conservatory about my funky duct test results.  Paul Morin, a Technical Sales Specialist suggested that such a situation could occur if the hose is stopped up or perhaps was up against insulation in…"
Apr 26, 2012
Bill Bennett replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"I just submitted this to the Energy Conservatory.  If I get something useful back from them, I'll post it here."
Apr 24, 2012
Bill Bennett replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"No."
Apr 24, 2012
Bill Bennett replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"No power to the house at time of testing."
Apr 24, 2012
Bud Poll replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"I would tend to agree with Glen, as a blocked tube will clock up rather fast.  If there is still a pin hole I suspect the pressure would stabilize at some point, although I'm not going to test it.  It could have been a kink somewhere…"
Apr 24, 2012
Glen Gallo replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"someone stepping on the hose?"
Apr 24, 2012
David Meiland replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Funky Duct Test
"Hard to see how there could be +135 in one supply duct without at least some positive reading everywhere else. Maybe someone accidentally (?) tied a bath fan into that duct......."
Apr 23, 2012
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Funky Duct Test

Last week I was doing a rough-in w/air handler installed duct test.  I taped all the supply boots and installed the fan to the return grill just as always. When I set up the manometer, I noticed a pressure reading of 135Pa, this without the fan being turned on.  If I disconnected the hose from the manometer, pressure fell to zero.  Assuming I had done something to cause this I checked and rechecked everything, even installed fresh batteries.  Finally, I moved the hose to another supply boot,…See More
Apr 23, 2012
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Jun 18, 2011
Carol A. Markell replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Tornado Damaged Homes
"what about a social media campaign on rebuilding. Maybe you could get Habitat involved see if there are any local universities that have building science courses. Talk to Southface in Atlanta, FSEC in FL. It takes work, but might be worth it. Keep a…"
May 26, 2011
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Tornado Damaged Homes
"Stacy that's a great idea, unfortunately while Community Colleges might be good in your area and some others, they are almost worthless here. Occasionally a group with a grant (i.e. USGBC) might host a few classes (good luck hearing about…"
May 26, 2011
David Eggleton replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Tornado Damaged Homes
"Craig, Writing commentaries for local newspapers to print near editorials might be good.  Might certain office-holders or agency heads speak to the matter? At the right moment (whenever that is!), people might attend an educational public…"
May 26, 2011
Craig McManus replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Tornado Damaged Homes
"How can we let the consumer Know to push for things to be built right?????? I am in Alabama and a HERS rater ........... and have had NO calls from people who want to rebuild or renovate energy efficiently. It is VERY frustrating knowing what needs…"
May 26, 2011
Stacy Sand replied to Bill Bennett's discussion Tornado Damaged Homes
"Good for you for thinking ahead as your community rebuilds.  I would highly recommend that you seek out training to become a HERS rater and BPI building analyst.  Local community colleges are a good place to start.  Also, talk with…"
May 26, 2011

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