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by airahcaz
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

Why did you say counterproductive? Well, maybe 'counterproductive' is a stretch. Just inst doing anything really useful if the basement walls are well insulated. Ah ok. If I didn't have it already, I wouldn't add it. But I do have it and don't necessarily want to waste it if it can add value. If it...
by airahcaz
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

Thanks for this - but what makes this different is that the newly conditioned basement will not be used daily and thus not heated daily to the same temp as first floor. It can be more than a 10 degree difference. So we wonder if it makes sense to keep the ceiling fiberglass batt so that the first f...
by airahcaz
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

Yes, the air trapped within the fiberglass contributes to insulation value, however fiberglass batts are very poor at blocking airflow. Near useless if they are unfaced. Go up into the attic of an old house and look at the pink bats. you will see dark stains everywhere - this is where drafts pass t...
by airahcaz
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

So what about a basement that does get finished where rim joists are sealed and walls are insulated, BUT the new basement living space is not used daily (in winter it will remain cooler than first and second floors). Does one remove the existing fiberglass batt in basement ceiling for creating a pr...
by airahcaz
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

Removing the fiberglass batt from a basement ceiling will allow for warm air from the first floor to warm up the basement, thereby making the basement more comfortable. But is this at the expense of the first floor?
by airahcaz
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

Thanks for the clarifications but I am not sure I am clearer on whether to take them out or leave them :)
by airahcaz
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

So what about a basement that does get finished where rim joists are sealed and walls are insulated, BUT the new basement living space is not used daily (in winter it will remain cooler than first and second floors). Does one remove the existing fiberglass batt in basement ceiling for creating a pro...
by airahcaz
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Fiberglass batt in basement ceiling

When finishing an unfinished basement, some say remove the existing fiberglass batt in basement ceiling, for air flow between now two conditioned spaces. Others say leave it.

Call me confused.
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: InSoFast
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: InSoFast

Nearing_Destination wrote:No

But the R value of the foam products, for the depth, isn't as high
There are a number of similar products-- go to any big box store and look


I'm trying to compare it to DOW or Corning 2" rigid xps foam board.
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: InSoFast
Replies: 2
Views: 301

InSoFast

Has anyone heard of InSoFast insulation?

https://insofast.com/
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: basement shower options

and with this will need to tile the walls, but is it unrealistic to spend only a few hundred bucks on tile material alone? https://www.lowes.com/pd/DreamLine-Aqua-Ultra-Chrome-Acrylic-Floor-2-Piece-Alcove-Shower-Kit-Common-30-in-x-60-in-Actual-74-75-in-x-30-in-x-60-in/50443522 You can buy tile, thi...
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: basement shower options

and with this will need to tile the walls, but is it unrealistic to spend only a few hundred bucks on tile material alone?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/DreamLine-Aqua ... n/50443522
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: basement shower options

Rough plumbing ejector pit etc. are all accounted for already. I'm just really after cost effective shower stall and the options.
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: basement shower options

Plumbing is included in my overall contractor price already, so I'm really after material costs.

By tile pattern, that just means tile right? Can tile be had for the same price as prefab walls? (not accounting for difference in labor)
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: basement shower options

Nicer pre-fab 3/4 shower kits will run you around $1k. Cheaper ones can be had for closer to $300. Installation for either isn't really that hard if someone else does the plumbing work. Here's a nicer model for reference http://www.homedepot.com/p/DreamLine-Prime-38-in-x-38-in-x-76-75-in-Corner-Fra...
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

Re: basement shower options

[url][/url] A custom tiled shower with glass door is going to cost you 2-3K minimum, and that's assuming your shower will have a relatively small door (i.e., not too much glass). It wouldn't hurt to go to a bath/shower showroom so they can show you all the fancy options you can choose. But I think y...
by airahcaz
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: basement shower options
Replies: 18
Views: 880

basement shower options

Hi - We are finishing our basement and are a bit overwhelmed with the options for a shower.  We don't need/want a tub.  space is 5' by 3'.We'd like to spend no more than $1000 for the "shower", whether the combo 3 piece walls and basin or glass door with tile or all the multitude of option...
by airahcaz
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier

Doesn't rigid foam board require a fire resistant barrier to cover it? When we built 30 years ago, we put foam board on the outside foundation (below grade) for the insulation value which is probably minimal. We also put 1" foil faced foam board on the 2X4 studs under sheetrock to get the equi...
by airahcaz
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier

Received this: Hello Ranjan and thank you for your inquiry. I would get a digital hygrometer to test your Relative Humidity in your space. If you go above 60% RH then you could use a dehumidifier down there because you want to be about 55% to 50%. That would be the RH seeping past your vapor barrier...
by airahcaz
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier

Rigid foam is a vapor retarder and not a barrier unless it also has foil on the inside. By putting rigid foam on the inside of a basement, you are wanting the basement walls to dry from the inside out. (I'm assuming you have no exterior foam around the basement that would cause a mold issue by not ...
by airahcaz
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier

Rigid foam is a vapor retarder and not a barrier unless it also has foil on the inside. By putting rigid foam on the inside of a basement, you are wanting the basement walls to dry from the inside out. (I'm assuming you have no exterior foam around the basement that would cause a mold issue by not ...
by airahcaz
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Dehumidifier behind basement vapor barrier

Hi - my basement will have rigid foam board acting as a vapor barrier for both the walls and the ceiling. Thus, I do not believe moisture will be able to penetrate into the living space.

Would a dehumidifier still be able to pull out the moisture from the cinder block behind the rigid foam board?
by airahcaz
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Rechracterization reporting
Replies: 0
Views: 169

TurboTax Rechracterization reporting

Has anyone been able to properly report a Roth IRA conversion recharacterization and subsequent return of excess with gains in TurboTax without having received any 1099 for the return of excess gains?

If so, how?

TIA
by airahcaz
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Backdoor Roth IRA Recharacterization
Replies: 27
Views: 1321

Re: Backdoor Roth IRA Recharacterization

Ok Wise Folks, Tax filing time. Spoke to Fidelity and I will not receive proper 1099's for this Recharacterization and return of excess (with gains) till Jan 2018! They said I was obligated to report it in this year's taxes though. SO How do I do so? In TurboTax it allows me to fill out the recharac...
by airahcaz
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

To be clear, I've not really given much of a look into the pro's and con's of in-wall heaters versus baseboards. I just know the in-wall heaters are very low cost and easy to find a location to fit them into the room because of their small size. Because they do make some fan noise, a baseboard migh...
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

That would definitely be my inclination. Multi-zone seems like overkill for what you're doing. I won't rule out that the installer might have good reasons for his suggestion, but he might also just be trying to sell you a seriously oversized system for his own profit. By in-wall, forced air heater,...
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

So how many total BTU/hour is he trying to sell you? A single unit generally heats a single floor fairly well when the doors are open - maybe a couple degrees difference if the outside walls are reasonably insulated. If that leaves a couple rooms too cool, I'd turn the basement heat up just enough ...
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

Most recent HVAC installer is suggesting a 3-4 zone unit, vs. single zone, as if we need to heat bedroom (bathroom, future office, etc.) later, we'd have to replace the outside unit? This will double initial costs, materials and labor, but worth considering? Hi, is this if you subdivide the basemen...
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

Most recent HVAC installer is suggesting a 3-4 zone unit, vs. single zone, as if we need to heat bedroom (bathroom, future office, etc.) later, we'd have to replace the outside unit? This will double initial costs, materials and labor, but worth considering?
by airahcaz
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

The important point here is whether the basement is 1000 sq ft, where the 9kBTU is oversized, or 2400 sq ft, in which case it is probably just adequate. Perhaps the OP could provide the actual dimensions? Hi - I am deciding between the LG Art Cool Gallery 9000K BTU LA090HVP or their 12000 BTU LA120...
by airahcaz
Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

I have been considering installing mini-splits in my house in LI, and have done a lot of research. My feeling is that for a "well-insulated" 1000 sq ft basement in NJ, assuming its open floor layout with no air distribution issue, even a 9000 BTU/h mini-split may be oversized. If you have...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

Absolutely, but where is the measurement taken that turns the unit on or off? On the remote? on the unit itself just below the ceiling? In the summer we usually set on it 72 - 74 for cooling, but it seems to run continuously (but uses hardly any electricity) and the room is certainly comfortable. O...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

This is amazing. So many thanks. But now you've really got me, do I go with the 9K or 12K? Assume a 60x40 area with 6' below grade and 2' above grade (rim joists). That is larger than my area but should be good to get a rough idea. Big basement. OK. LEt's say the ground freezes down to 2' so thats ...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

We had a Fujitsu AOU15RLFFH floor unit installed in our kitchen/dining room, first floor with condenser and drains through walkout basement. We installed primarily for cooling and shoulder season heating. Took a few minutes of discussion with installer once we had finished basement ceiling opened u...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

Wellfleet wrote:We just had one put in yesterday. Don't forget about the condensate drain location. It will need to gravity flow to drain or outside or be pumped.


Which, what size, square footage, and basement or other level?
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

I'd still say its impossible to estimate over the 'net....are the walls insulated or not, to what R-value. Are the rims and sill sealed, insulated? Is the slab insulated, or not, R-value? The first two are more important than the last one. Unfinished and walls will be 2" of R5 so total R10 and...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

I'd still say its impossible to estimate over the 'net....are the walls insulated or not, to what R-value. Are the rims and sill sealed, insulated? Is the slab insulated, or not, R-value? The first two are more important than the last one. Unfinished and walls will be 2" of R5 so total R10 and...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

It means you will get full 12K BTU from the machine when outdoor temperatures are at around 30-40 degrees. Below that the units starts to lose BTU. With the chart I gave you, you can see at 14 degrees you only get 8.8K BTU. 9K btu at 14 degrees outside should be still good to go right?! It may just...
by airahcaz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

It means you will get full 12K BTU from the machine when outdoor temperatures are at around 30-40 degrees. Below that the units starts to lose BTU. With the chart I gave you, you can see at 14 degrees you only get 8.8K BTU. 9K btu at 14 degrees outside should be still good to go right?! It may just...
by airahcaz
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

9K btu at 14 degrees outside should be still good to go right?! It may just run at high capacity and for an extended period of time, but that should be ok and a homeowner should expect to pay higher utilities when it is really cold outside anyway. If it went to 0 btu heat, then I suppose it'd be mo...
by airahcaz
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

All heat pumps have reduced output at lower temperatures. There's not a certain outdoor temperature where it happens. It's a continuous curve. They are sized to a balance point - the temperature where the heat pump heat output matches the calculated heat loss. When temperatures are lower than that,...
by airahcaz
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

pshonore wrote:Does a typical mini-split have a thermostatic control?



Absolutely
by airahcaz
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

So one contractor is stating that a higher btu unit will have a heat pump that operates in lower outdoor temperatures, and below a certain outdoor temperature a smaller unit will produce less heat? "The output mostly depends on the outdoor temperature, but as you can see it does differ with ind...
by airahcaz
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

I would keep looking until an installer can mention the Manual J and that they will be doing one to size correctly. I had 2 "recommended" installers make wild guesses about what I needed and one that ran the Manual J before making their recommendation. They were hesitant to share it with ...
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

Size is not based on square footage, except as a very rough ballpark. Size is based on net heat loss. Properly sizing a system involves determining effective U-factors for the walls, floor, ceiling (in this case, the ceiling would be irrelevant, and windows, as well as air leakage, and determining ...
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Re: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

ralph124cf wrote:Sizing a heat pump for a basement is hard, because the floor is seldom insulated, and your major heat loss is probably thru the floor into the earth.

Ralph


Yup! But I need to start somewhere. With load being low and insulated walls and ceiling, I think I'm down to a 9K or 12K inverter
by airahcaz
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sizing a ductless min-split for basement
Replies: 58
Views: 3181

Sizing a ductless min-split for basement

How may BTU ductless mini-split is needed to heat a well insulated 1000 sq. foot basement? (say temp in basement averages mid to high 50's now, and would like to get it to 70?)

Some have said 15 btu per 1000 sq ft which makes it a 15,000 btu unit, others 30?
by airahcaz
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401K loan vs HELOC
Replies: 1
Views: 275

401K loan vs HELOC

Debating this with a friend who took a 401K loan.

Should he use HELOC (4.63% with max 10 year term) to pay off the 401K loan?
by airahcaz
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: After tax contribution withdrawal
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: After tax contribution withdrawal

No, that quote only refers to when you get to distribute the actual Roth rollover. When doing a Roth rollover from the after tax sub account to the Roth IRA, you have mostly contributions and a small amount of earnings, if any. Those earnings are taxable when you roll them into the Roth. These earn...

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