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Radiant

  • Passive Solar Flooring

    Q. Passive Solar Flooring Instead of tile, my clients want to install a wood-finish floor over the insulated concrete slab of a planned passive solar addition. They've also asked us to install tubing in the slab to give them the option of radiantly heating the space. But won't wood flooring have a...

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Supporting a floating stone countertop; floor warmers; cabinets

     
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    Post-tension cables; fire damage; wrong railing test; skilled workers; radiant and geothermal; more

     
  • Fixing a Radiant-Tubing Leak

    Q. I have a leak in my recently installed radiant tubing, no doubt caused by freezing last winter before the system was fully operational. The tubing is a 300-foot run buried in a 4-inch concrete slab. Is there some kind of "stop leak" that can be circula

     
  • Will Carpet Stifle a Radiant Slab?

    Q. I'm finishing a basement room for customers who want to put carpet over the radiant slab. I'm concerned the carpet will insulate off some of the heat, but I can't talk them out of it. The slab is 4 to 5 inches thick, and the 1/2-inch PEX tubing is laid out on 12-inch centers, with 11/2 inches of...

     
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    Backfill: Dirt Is in the Eye of the Beholder

    Down-and-dirty flooring goes upscale

     
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    Installing an Electric-Radiant Tile Floor

    Electric-resistance tile-warming systems can increase comfort in the kitchen and bath without greatly increasing the client's electric bill. A tilesetter shares his method for a foolproof installation.

     
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    Kitchen & Bath

    Resources for cabinetmakers, radiant heating products; kitchen faucets

     
  • New Slab Over Old?

    Q. I am renovating a barn where the existing concrete floor slopes approximately 6 inches in 30 feet. The architect wants me to build a level floor using wood sleepers with foam insulation in between, then pour a minimum 11/2-inch-thick radiant slab betwe

     
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    Heating with Panel Radiators

    These compact units provide the comfort and simplicity of baseboard radiators without gobbling up all the available wall space.