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8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Window in place of kitchen splash back

If your talking down to bench level I wouldn't recommend it - mainly because it will look dirty all the time if you use that area a lot - and…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Thermal mass walls

As per above - insulate it so it doesn't loose it heat to the air below it.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Phone\Internet reception blocked by insulation?

Yep - foil knocks the signals around big time.
One option is to install a reception repeater inside your home - (ie antenna outside that then repeats the signal inside) It's…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
All our main windows facing west. How to keep heat out?

If you want to let th light in and shade then this is the better option for you IMO.
http://www.superiorscreens.com.au
http://www.superiourscreens.com.au/medi ... ercial.jpg
Stand them off…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Renovating old aluminium window frames

Hmmm??? I think you'll find that the steel wool is going to make them rust. You are basically rubbing iron filings into the aluminium and eventually…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Cooling using the venturi effect

Can you pop up a sketch of your design?
You need to be careful that the air is not just going via a wind tunnel through the house and not actually…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Rainwater tank pressure activated pump

Is the pump primed? or self priming? Sounds like you've got air in the system.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Flyscreens for louvre windows - internal or external?

Outside is the best - That way you can clean the sills as noted above.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Renovations were going well....discovered termites

From speaking to the experts a - the biggest thing I've learnt is to be very very gentle around them - do not disturb them or touch the timber as…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Whole House Fan

They've been designed and sold here for a long time by an Aussie company.
http://www.cardiffair.com.au
I've seen one in action and on display at the home ideas centre in…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
SINCE WHEN DOES STAINLESS STEEL RUST ??

Lanolin is a byproduct of shearing sheep ( washing the wool actually)
Hmm - ask the sheep that question and you might get a different answer ;)
re…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Ceiling Insulation - Flat Roof Joists

Haven't done it - but I'd think that trying to do it on the roll would be a tough call - so I'd roll it out, place down a strip…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
HSTP

Along with Composting Toilets of course ;)

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Ceiling Insulation - Flat Roof Joists

batts and poly sounds like a reasonable plan.
What climate zone / area are you in?
Other options of greater than r4 for that thickness are available, but are also way more…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Chipboard Flooring

Find a good general builder would be my suggestion.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Suggestions for heating options for Adelaide plains?

Depending on the design and actual solar gain, I'd prepare it for what you think "maybe is needed" live in it for a year , and do what's required if…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
More Harm Than Good?

Have you stopped the air that gets warmed from the roller doors getting into the room?
ie Is it possible the roller doors are heating up and that air is getting…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Fireplace Wholesalers - HELP NEEDED FROM SAVY SHOPPERS

Re Importing - read this.
http://ausbuy.com.au/faqs.html
and try these guys re a fireplace.
www.nectre.com

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Suggestions for heating options for Adelaide plains?

Spud - Interested in who designed your home?
re some heating options - this should help http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/re ... system.pdf

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Foil wrap wall insulation in place - should we add batts?

Check your ceiling for insulation - free options via the govt for this at present.
and also shade those windows as per above.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
hot house

As per above - smalle amounts of airflow during the day and you'll be surprised at how much cooler it is.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Straw Bale homes

kristofw wrote:
Anyway, I'd love to build straw bale, but it's not practical on a small block in the burbs, where I live....
Not sure what the issue is - there are…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
What would you spend $10k on in a reno. Suggestions please.

Conditions here.
It's intended to upgrade older style houses that are not very thermally or energy efficient at present.
http://www.environment.gov.au/greenloan ... ility.html

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
What would you spend $10k on in a reno. Suggestions please.

No it's not.
I'm an Archicentre Trained Greens loans assessor
And the Green Loans money can only be used to do the recommneded "Green Improvements" to your house.
If the report says buy…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Wall air conditioners being phased out?

Think you'll find it is just a case of - if the wall mount unit cannot be made to meet the new efficiency standared - then it can't be sold…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Effect of excess batts on room temperature

Makes me wonder if the concertina batts will be any easier to install
Certainly will be - and is only in the order of 0.3 less effective than the tough option.

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Effect of excess batts on room temperature

krangsquared -
The only real way that I can see the pile of insulation could be adding to you heat problem is by the extra efficienies in that area of…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Ducted Evap cooling for double story house

I have evap in a 2 storey and no vents downstairs - Because you need to open windows or doors to allow the air to escape, the trick with a…

8 years8 yearsYak_ChatYak_Chat posted:
Solar Panel Installation (Electrical)

You'll need to contact a solar certified electrican and I hope you got the system at the right price, most reputable suppliers include all of the above as part…

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