Bill Smith
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  • Concord, NH
  • United States
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Bill Smith replied to Greg Labbe's discussion Easiest way to convert 2"x10" into 2"x5"! in the group Hall of Shame
"When I was building/remodeling full time I came to the conclusion that to get a plumbers license you should be required to surrender your sawzalls. I now rest my case."
May 2, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Andy Simms's discussion water heater installation in San Francisco Ca. O yes and an outside stacked washer and dryer on the 2nd story back porch! in the group Hall of Shame
"But it's OK 'cause they put that roof over it. Actually I'm also fascinated by that drain system. You should make this a contest; find the most dumb, dangerous or just plain illegal items in this picture."
Mar 25, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Noah Glatfelter's discussion If you had 30 seconds to tell a homeowner what your company does, how would it go?
"I have been thinking a lot about this lately. So far I have come up with "I make road maps to help you plan your houses future" The problem is that it is a little to generalized. I would love to hear other opinions."
Feb 21, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Wow, I'd forgotten about that. Combine that with this: http://ces.cnet.com/1606-34441_1-50138471.html. and you have really improved my life! If automatic beer deliveries could be included we are approaching perfection."
Jan 25, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Count me as a bit skeptical at this point. Will it be useful or just intrusive? For demand response I doubt that refrigerators are enough of a target to be worthwhile for most utilities. Perhaps if combined with AC or DHW there might be enough load…"
Jan 25, 2013
Bill Smith replied to George Kopf's discussion ASHRAE 62.2.2010 and the $20 app
"I know there are a lot of words in the standard, but most is reasoning or justification. Check Iain Walker's reply, this stuff is easy. By the way, I don't know Rick Karg well but every time I have every time met him he has been generous…"
Jan 24, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Brad Cook's discussion Venting a clothes dryer through an unheated garage
"Brad, If the pipe joints are dripping and you have a decent slope your joints may be reversed lapped. As for the ice on the siding, those vents direct the exhaust down along the siding. With a long run the exhaust may be cooling enough that it…"
Jan 10, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Variabe Frequency Drive controllers in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Eric, I'm not familiar with pool pumps in particular but in general VFDs provide savings for situations where there are variable loads. I thought pool pumps were just on/off applications. A typical scenario is a hydronic system with multiple…"
Dec 27, 2012
Bill Smith replied to Craig Bird's discussion What is COSTCO doing?
"This is getting to be an epidemic. BJ's wholesale club is pushing this also. A few weeks ago I got a postcard offering a free dinner from a company from, I think, N Carolina. The companies website referenced research by ORNL as part of their…"
Nov 21, 2012
Bill Smith replied to Don Hynek's discussion Distribution from wall furnace for small apartments in the group Multifamily Buildings
"Don, I was curious if you had come up with a solution yet. I like to see how other people solve thorny issues, it can broaden the mind:-)"
Nov 13, 2012
Bill Smith replied to Don Hynek's discussion Distribution from wall furnace for small apartments in the group Multifamily Buildings
"Wow, with R-6 walls comfort will be a challenge no matter what. Without knowing construction details and what you can cut into ducting possibilities may or may not exist. You'd need to get the air intake as close to the heat source as possible…"
Nov 2, 2012
Bill Smith replied to Laura Reedy Stukel's discussion How would you makeover Downton Abbey?
"As a practical matter probably the only major efficiency measure would be air sealing. I bet there would be some good opportunities. How many truck mounted blower-doors would it take to test that place? Think of the effort just to check the doors…"
Oct 17, 2012
Bill Smith replied to Laura Reedy Stukel's discussion How would you makeover Downton Abbey?
"I would propose that a few of us undertake a detailed assessment of the property. Obviously the owners could save a few dollars on our fees by providing room and board during our (extended) stay. I'm sure that it would only take a couple of…"
Oct 15, 2012
Bill Smith joined David Eggleton's group
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1000 Home Challenge

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Sep 28, 2012
Bill Smith replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Attics: Cellulose over Fiberglass in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Ed, I'm doing what I can to keep builders from putting strapping in but it's an amazingly tough sell. I talked one guy into it but when the drywall guy showed up he went ballistic. He had ordered his sheets to go the other way, he assumed…"
Apr 21, 2011
Bill Smith replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Attics: Cellulose over Fiberglass in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"This is a complex issue and I don't believe there is an absolute, one size fits all, solution. Robert is correct regarding the compression issue, not an issue. The issue of full contact with the ceiling below is debatable, particularly in the…"
Apr 21, 2011

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Building Diagnostics
Professional Certification
BPI building analyst, BPI envelope profesional
Professional Interests
Building science, IAQ, common sense
Website URL
http://www.buildingdiagnosticsnh.com
Twitter ID
@buildinggeek
LinkedIn Profile
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bill-smith/11/224/880

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At 7:00am on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…
Thanks for joining the Historic Home group, Bill! And like your website, btw...
At 7:42pm on March 10, 2011, Stan Kuhn said…

Hi Bill,

 

I do like the TC pretty well, except for performance in snow.  The original tires don't give very good traction.  And, unfortunately, I learned after a short time having it, and picking up a screw on the road that the original tires don't have any road hazard warranty.  So, had to buy a tire.  One pleasant surprise was that the spare is a fullsize one the same as the others, so I put that on, and bought a used one for the spare.  I also need better organization.  I did put a shelving unit on one side, and I found a ladder rack for inside on the ceiling.  Best regards.

 
 
 

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