Colin Genge
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What is the value of using a pressure pan to test outlets?
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I had this question recently and my response was:If the blower door takes the home up to 50 Pa, and the pressure pan reading across the outlet is 49 Pa for example, that says that total of the rest…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Genge Sep 5, 2012.

 

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Colin Genge replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"I didn't take your comment as a challenge. I agree that his impression of what was occuring is exactly what you stated. I tried to dig below that to discover what was really going on. That is all. I don't know how the "friend…"
12 hours ago
Colin Genge replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"Sales said, barring use for writing an article, you can buy one and have 30 days to try it out with refund upon return. Alternatively, we are at all the major shows, so you could see one there. We have two trainers in the US who circulate among…"
18 hours ago
Colin Genge replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"I assume from Billy's text that he is maintaining -50 Pa as he is sealing. I have done tech support to blower door users since 1980 and this IS a common question/situation.  We have been selling our Digital Sensor Touch Screen Gauge with…"
18 hours ago
Colin Genge commented on Tom White's video
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The Future of Housing - And How Airtightness Can Help

"We have the same problems in the US where builders are still making poorly performing houses because codes are not enforced.  Even though Codes in the US are weak, houses coming on the market are typically performing well below code mostly…"
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Colin Genge replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"Billy asks a good question but I believe the point was missed by all of you so far.  What he describes would occur in the following example.  He is talking about leaks that are in series where holes the air flows through first will get…"
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Colin Genge commented on Christopher Morin's blog post UPDATED: Big Changes for Duct Testing in MA
"I recommend your guidance be universal instead of providing specific instructions on how to operate one brand of equipment without showing others. Such as Retrotec's that has about half the current duct tester market share. We have amazing…"
Aug 25
Colin Genge replied to Stephen Standley's discussion Which reading is more reliable on a Minneapolis Duct Blaster?
"Michael, how do you know the tester would not start out with Ring 3, take a reading and assume it was ok? What this repeated test is pointing to is that there is a problem here, so what is it? Is Ring 3 out of calibration for some reason, was the…"
Aug 14
Colin Genge replied to Stephen Standley's discussion Which reading is more reliable on a Minneapolis Duct Blaster?
"  I suggest checking your gauge and Duct Blaster on a regular basis with this simple set up. You’ll learn a lot and have fun too. The Principle is, if what you are blowing into, a duct or flex with a hole in it, is at the same pressure…"
Aug 11
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Colin Genge replied to Corbett Lunsford's discussion CAZ Depressurization: NOT a Big Deal?
"Actually engineering the flow would make sense. Maybe they need to attach the hood to the pot lid; now there is totally new paradigm.  Air jets blowing upwards around the edge of the cooktop would help also. After all that, there is still a…"
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Colin Genge replied to Corbett Lunsford's discussion CAZ Depressurization: NOT a Big Deal?
"Even when gas stoves DO have exhaust fans they capture a small % of the combustion products. Note when a boiling pot is on the outside burners, most of the steam bypasses the exhaust hood. Inside burners get more of the exhaust. Even with 250 CFM…"
Apr 7
Colin Genge replied to Corbett Lunsford's discussion CAZ Depressurization: NOT a Big Deal?
"on a related note, Exhaust fans flow into a duct that offers 25 Pa of resistance say.  If the house depressurized to -25 Pa as a result of the exhaust fan running the flow would drop by say 50% but would never stop.  Even a Passiv Haus…"
Dec 20, 2013
Colin Genge commented on Ed Voytovich's blog post The Cult of the Blower Door
"Your response was totally reasonable and your clients was not.  Yet, how would he have reacted to a challenge from you something like "well so far you've spent about $xxxx dollars per year in wasted energy and if you don't get…"
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Smart gauges will change how we use Blower Doors, DucTesters and other diagnostic tools

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Webinar Sept 12/2013 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT

The DM32 controls all blower doors, duct testers, and some flow grids. We’ve even introduced advanced features that will not only modernize just the gauge but the older devices attached to them as well. For example, automatic corrections can be made in the gauge for system backpressure correction when using flow grids.  Control your gauge using any mobile…

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At 7:09pm on July 15, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Colin,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros.

Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to upload your profile photo. And add your location on our Member Map.


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