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Which as we  just talked about with a tankless water  heater we could have five to six times  the amount of BTUs being consumed if all  of the if all of the fixtures in the  house are open for example if someone’s  taking multiple showers at the same time  the unit could be burning considerably  more BTUs so gas piping is really the  second issue and we can run into that as  an issue on both outdoor and indoor  units yes um about terminology what’s  the difference between a tankless water  heater and a tankless boiler for a long  boiler that’s a really good question.

I  mean yes tankless boiler is really  designed to be used for hydraulics okay  what I mean by that is a tankless boiler  usually has a heat exchanger that’s  pretty resilient and it’s usually  designed to be operated at 180 to 210  degrees which is which would be a higher  temperature than just domestic hot water  hydronic systems typically and  especially in the older homes are  designed to to run at higher water  temperatures some of the older homes  that we go into that have cast-iron  radiators you know the big old they were  like you saw in our schools we used to  sit on to keep warm in the wintertime  those typically need that 180 to 200  degrees of temperature to really have  any recovery and really heat those old  drafty houses right so though we have  done it we have hooked up tankless water  heaters to those systems you’ve got to  be careful about and you’ve got to make  sure that you do have enough radiation  in that house to be able to heat it with  the lower water temperatures at which  these are designed to run and by  hydronic just so we’re sure you mean  space heating rather than domestic  domestic hot water versus hydronic.

Which  is space heating that’s particularly  either baseboard hot water or or  in-floor radiant heat radiators or  baseboards or convector ‘s anytime that  water is being used as a source of space  heat that would be hydraulics is there  anything more that we can talk about as  far as a the the outside version of the  Renee we’re looking at I don’t think so  I think probably the best thing to do  now would be to open this thing up and  take a look inside now on the interior  parts of this unit  other than the venting that we talked  about the vent system there really is  not a lot of difference between the  indoor and outdoor units because we are  taking air in and we’re pushing it out  we basically have two different places  where that’s happening intake and  exhaust and and both of them are  happening here just like this where we  have exhaust and intake okay so it’s a  similar situation but you’re just using  it with an outdoor sealed up unit can  you sort of take take us through this  starting with where the fuel goes in and  and how it goes from there okay yeah gas  valve is this assembly right here and of  course here’s your gas line coming in  this is the incoming water and this is  the output what happens this gas valve  is always idle no pilot no nothing until  water is introduced into the system or  until there is flow so the gas valve is  basically integrated with everything  else this little little item right here  is called a flow Raider or flow servo as  soon as that flow servo detects water  going across it it spins a little wheel.

Most tankless water heaters work that  way not all of them some of the older  boss units actually you or Takagi units  use a little float instead so as the  water comes in it’s more of a mechanical  system this is a completely computerized  system so as you can see this is a  computer board on dip switches behind  here is the main board so this is a very  sophisticated appliance that sends a  signal as soon as water is introduced  the the signal is sent to the  and that signal is sent out to the gas  valve now the thing that sets you talked  about wall-hung boilers and and tankless  boilers one of the things that sets a  tankless domestic water heater like this  Rinnai apart from a lot of the tankless  boilers and other and water tanks and  things like that is this is what’s  called a fully modulating burner system  this gas valve and this burner again are  driven by the board which gets a signal  from the flow rate err that’s the simple  flow of things as soon as the flow rate  er gets a signal sends that signal to  the board the board sends a signal to  the gas valve there are 300 burners in  here Wow what happens is this gas valve  will modulate up and down to give us the  output temperature coming out here  coming out this pipe right here the  output temperature that we want within  two degrees in order to maintain that  temperature to maintain that temperature  we will always get an output temperature  that’s within two degrees which is being  measured by thermistors.

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how to make a colorful salad colander so  a stenciled pattern of seeds in a  vintage colander for a stunning effect  inspired by patchwork and because the  lettuce is a cut and come again variety  you can look forward to several harvests  from one planting for the salad colander  you will need one to two packets of  batavia leaf lettuce seed one to two  packets of red leaf lettuce seed a  colander with feet some cardstock or oak  tag a pencil a pair of scissors a  hanging basket liner some all-purpose  potting mix a large scoop or trowel a  watering can a bottle of liquid plant  food

step 1

first make the stencil place  your colander upside down on some  cardstock or oak tag and draw around the  rim then draw another circle inside the  outline between three quarters and one  and a half inches or two to four  centimeters smaller step two within the  smaller circle draw a stencil design .

step2

keep it simple we divided the circle  into four quadrants cut out your stencil  and keep all the shapes.

step 3

place a  hanging basket liner inside the colander  this will help keep soil and moisture  inside the container trim the top of the  liner to just below the rim if necessary .

step 4 fill the colander with  all-purpose potting mix to just under  the level of the liner then tap the  colander down on a hard surface to get  rid of any air pockets and to level the  surface.

step 5

water the soil surface  well.

step 6

cover alternate sections of  the planting surface with stencils and  plant lettuce seeds of one color then  cover the planted seeds with the  stencils and plant the remaining areas  with the other lettuce seeds.

step 7

remove the stencils and lightly cover  the seeds with the layer of soil mix  then place in a warm bright place or  outside in summer note that red lettuce  seedlings will be green at first and  then change to red as the plants mature  you won’t need to water the seeds for a  few days to start with since you watered  the soil mix before planting wait until  at least a three before watering by  spraying the seeds with a mr. to stop  them from dispersing before they have  germinated.

step 8

1 seeds have  germinated water using a watering can  with a fine nozzle do not water too much  step 9 you can thin up the crop after  germination by lightly pulling seedlings  from the soil mix this increases air  circulation and helps keep the plants  less congested and the design more  structured enjoy your first harvest of  cut and come again lettuce in just four  to five weeks remember to use liquid  plant food between harvests to encourage  more leaves to grow back for cutting why  not try growing lettuce and other  containers wicker baskets are great  because like the colander they allow  drainage sink containers add a vintage  look while for something quirky cut the  base off plastic milk containers plant  and hang on a wall  you.

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We all have problems, in every home and garden there can be problems found, the biggest has to be because of pets and other things but soon it will carry on from there and then that is when the bigger problems starts to form.

Ants, that is the most annoying thing that you can find in your garden, they can be small problems one minute and then soon it becomes a massive problem. If they are in your garden then you really will need to do something to get these out of your garden; you could poison them with thousands of chemicals because that is the best way to get released of the ants but sometimes going for the chemical option will not be what everyone wants to do so then they have to look for something else.

The first thing that you should know about ants is that they hate herbs, which is the number one thing that ants will immediately see and turn away from. This can be the most natural way of getting rid of ants, with herbs there can be thousands of different herbs to choose from, they can be planted in your garden or even buying from the shops. They can be done in the kitchen or in the garden door where the ants are getting in from; herbssuch as peppermint, sage and even basil really will be a massive help to deter the ants. If you have tansy growing in your garden then that will be a massive help, this is going to work really just like mint but it can grow some yellow flowers which are very nice and can compliment any garden. Using mint is also very good, having Pennyroyal is really great to repel the ants but you will have to try your helpful to keep this from getting out of hand because it can become too much to handle in some cases.

You could also try Marigolds, this is a beautiful flower to have in your garden and it will help to get rid of the ants also. The garden can be protected fully from ants but then again it has the same effect as coffee grounds, yes it does sound very odd but yes ants don’t like coffee grounds, it has nutrients in it which the ants don’t like. From these coffee grounds, the ants will not be able to survive with these however.You could also try things such as citrus peels and spread them around the plant area; you could grind these and then spread them around or even take the oils from them and spread it over your garden. Or even getting cornmeal, now for this, it will be something the ants like but they can’t actually digest it; they will eat it and die because they can’t digest it.

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