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    Default Hydronics ROCKS!!

    I'm trying to save LuJon from a "hijack" charge. This may not belong in this forum but the idea came from the trailer build thread....soo..

    I have a dedicated boiler in my shop (36'x60') in Idaho and a water heater for the shop bathroom. The cost has run about $100 per month in propane for the 8 months a year I run it. It is a 3 zone and I just run the two outside zones and not the center zone. I keep the shop at 60 degrees which is just about right for tee shirt working. I do wish my reloading room was a little warmer because it tends to be a place where I sit and don't really move about much. I think an electric heater will solve that problem. NOt sure why the picture is laying down.

    Second shot is the reloading room under construction. Hydronic system is between the reloading room on the left and the bathroom on the right.

    If you are building a shop from scratch or a house for that matter hydronics is certainly a wonderful way to heat. My house also has hydronic heat and I wouldn't go any other way.





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    One more shot of the inside of the reloading room (12' x 20') with things under construction. Shelves will be added under the benches and above. SHelving on the walls seems to work better than cabinets. The room is sealed and I keep the door closed so there is very little dust. Shelves allow me to stand back and look and find things easier than opening doors of cabinets. I've also included a gun cleaning area to the left side of the photo. Lathe, mill, compressor, welding and other equipment is outside the room so no dirt gets in there with the reloading gear. I also have room for a cot in case I want to take a nap and don't feel like walking back to the house. My wife is concerned I will put in cooking facilities and she will never see me....I told her she can come visit anytime!!



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    Nice Job...
    But, I can tell you right now, it is WAY too small. You will need twice that amount of room.
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    yeah very nice
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    Couldn't agree more. I took a few years to convert my whole house from electric baseboard (yuck) to radiant floor. It's a great way to go. Now I'm adding more insulation. Should have done it the other way around (insulation first) but hydronic heat works like a charm.

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    I hate in floor heating; my feet get too hot. I also hate ceiling heat; oppressive to the top of my bald head. To each his own though.

    The office area where I work uses in floor heating, with the hot water tubes in the concrete slab. Through some faulty foundation work we ended up with a couple cracks that caused leaks, so we had to shut off some of the heating loops. Fortunately one of those was under my office.

    Really like the shop though. That would be very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akres View Post
    Nice Job...
    But, I can tell you right now, it is WAY too small. You will need twice that amount of room.
    I'm downsizing in my old age....everything except my waist is half the size I have now....54 calibers I load for now to about 25....we'll see how long that lasts so you may be right.

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    Just a little update...built a 2K sf shop, with hydronics and a 1800 sf house with hydronics...wouldn't be without it. Also put up a 40' x 50' hanger (without heat yet) and it's full of stuff that won't fit in the house and 2 airplanes, two boats 3 canoes and two kayaks, a 58 Willis FC 150 project and a half done Bearhawk LSA...o yeah, left over building materials.

    Nice living on an airport if I can get time to fly. Not enough snow yet for skis and too muddy for wheels...Spring is coming.
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    How much insulation under slab? We’re trying to come up with a design for a rental house. I’m the local concrete producer so any time I can replace wood with concrete I do.

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    4" of compacted gravel, 3" foam with 1/2" tubes at 12" OC attached to foam with plastic staples, then 2" of gravel on top and #4 rebar with 4" of 3,000 PSI concrete at about a 5" slump.

    Hope that help.
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    Foam under the slab is very important!! So good to see that. It is better to put the tubing near the top of the slab for better heat transfer.
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    In fairbanks more foam is better, 4" in my shop, than a 4" sand bed. 3/4" tubing on top the foam. Then the slab. That way you can attach things to slab. Then constant circulation with a motorized mixing valve. One things for sure one could put the tubes too far apart, however they are never too close together, and you can never add more tubing or foam..
    Its efficient and works well..
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