Nov 7, 2007, 2:52 PM
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Again, I'm submitting my ideas for public comment. Thoughts, criticisms, ideas are most welcome.
We’re planning on self-installing an in-floor radiant heat system. Our home is quite old (70+ years) and all of the floors are currently tiled with red pasta tiles. As part of our full-house remodel, we plan on running circuits of plastic pipe every foot or so, covering this with some sort of wire mesh, and then pouring about 1 ½ inch of concrete which we will polish as use as our final floor surface (we’ll embed tiles to make decorative borders, patterns, etc.)
We’ll attach a low-flow pump and small hot water heater, plus a solar array on the roof. Early in the cold winter Guadalajara morning (4 a.m.) the pump will kick on and circulate water from the hot water heater. As soon as the solar array warms up, a zone valve will swap out the hot water heater for the solar array.
As an added bonus, we’re rewiring the whole house with grounded circuits and this 1 ½ inch of concrete will allow us run conduit to the outlets without digging into the walls (I’ll be extra careful to keep the power, the water, and the steel mesh separated!!)
Does this sound like it will work? Any cautions? Helpful tips?