Archives: Mechanical

Heating – Propane Vs Oil

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Update: This is a popular article written several years ago. While pricing may have changed the basic comparison still holds true today. Heating Fuel – Propane Vs. Oil When we built our new house one of the big decisions I had to make was what type of heating fuel to use. Should we use the…

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Electrical Supplies at The Home Depot

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

PRO Grade Electrical Supplies I’ve never seen the bid market as tight as it is today which means contractors need every advantage when it comes to material pricing. Did you know that The Home Depot offers an extensive line of Electrical Supplies for the PRO? Utilize their exclusive services for Pros designed to get you…

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Winter Window Condensation – Sweaty Windows

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Windows

What Causes Window Condensation Each winter I’m asked repeatedly why new energy efficient windows have condensation on them. I’ve written several articles about window condensation, Winter Window Condensation Problems, Window Condensation – Part II, and More On Winter Window Condensation, but I thought it was worth reviewing the issues because it seems to be so…

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Radiant Heat – Options and Alternatives for Remodeling

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Radiant Heat – Not Just For New Construction I’ve written about Radiant Heat many times on this site. While most of my past focus has been on new construction I wanted to share some great examples of how Radiant Heat can also be incorporated into remodeling projects. Before I get into that topic I first…

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Leviton USB Charger / Outlet Review – Model T5630

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

USB Outlets Now Standard Equipment For Homes Small and Large Today almost every household has a combination of mobile devices that feature power chords that derive their power from USB ports connected to computers and other electronic equipment. In our household there are multiple phones to charge, several iPad’s, and even an occasional rechargeable battery…

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LG Eletronics Art Cool™ Premier Duct-Free Air Conditioner Review (Model LSN090HYV)

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Product Reviews

LG Electronics Art Cool™ Premier Duct-Free Air Conditioner Over the last 5 or so years we’ve been installing more and more duct-free air conditioning systems in order to meet demanding budgets, schedules and complicated renovations. Duct-Free air conditioners (often referred to “mini-splits”) have become the go to solution for lots of our customers on tight…

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SlimDuct Line Set Covers – Hide Unsightly Utility Cables

By Todd Fratzel on Mechanical

SlimDuct Covers Perfect for Renovation Work The more time you spend in construction the more products I come across that would have been nice to have years sooner. While this isn’t a new product it is one that many people are no familiar with yet it’s extremely handy for lots of applications. SlimDuct is one…

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LiftMaster® Elite Series® Garage Door Opener with MyQ™ Technology Review

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Garages

Elite Series® DC Battery Backup Belt Drive Garage Door Openers Garage door openers haven’t changed much in the last 20 years other than different motors that help reduce noise. All that has changed with some really cool new technology from LiftMaster. MyQ™ Technology is bringing smart home features to your next garage door opener! Recently…

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