01:49AM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 02/25/02
1 lifetime posts
I have a 1911 era house w/oil hot water heating system. i would like to change that to a two zone heat pump (the upstairs stays like Florida, the downstairs like Alaska), but the water pipes seem to run through every room. i am thinking of remodeling other things as well, just not sure which should come first.


02:00PM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
302 lifetime posts
Dear Calamity,
First off the Tarmac. You need to see how much wall you wish to open up. If your system is on one zone, then you need to isolate the first from the second floor. This you can do by installing a chase to the second floor. Make one circuit and drop down to the basement. Isolate the first floor and install a second zone valve. You will have two thermostats to deal with at this point. Locate a qualified Hydronic Heating contractor, as this type of endeavor is best accomplished by a proffesional. There are too many varibiles to contemplate in your situation. If I am not physically there to see your system, I can not accuratley define your problem.

Brian Wood

03:14AM | 02/27/02
As usual, good advice from Len the "Iceman" or should it be "Heatman"?

Hydronic problems can seem overwhelming, but not for a professional.

If your boiler is sized correctly, and will handle the heat load, then it's just a matter of re-routing (read controlling) where the hot water goes, and when.

I have learned more than I will ever use, at Please ask your questions at "The Wall" then type in your Zip code at "Find a Contractor" and you will get all the help you need.

Heatinghelp is a lot like Bob's place, very friendly folk who give the best advice for free (not work )

Also visit Harold's place at I think. Harold's site is a mine of information, as is he himself.

Good luck, and yes, God Bless America and you all.

Brian in Swampland (Louisiana, where it's as cold as the Noth Pole right now)



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Deep blue grays like the shade shown in this example "have a nautical, serene feeling," says Amy Hendel, designer for Hend... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon