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Bob Vila Radio: Every 2 Years, Flush Your Water Heater
If you want to make sure you'll have hot water whenever you need it, it's a good idea to flush your water heater ever...
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How To: Choose a Water Heater
While we often take a hot shower or bath for granted, it's important to note that up to 20% of a household's annual e...
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Quick Tip: Drain Water Heat Recovery
Here's a great device for keeping your home energy dollars from going down the drain. A drain water heat recovery dev...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Heaters
Most hot water tanks last about ten years, so if yours is getting close to that age, you might want to start thinking...
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What Would Bob Do? Draining a Water Heater
I just drained my water heater for the first time since it was installed back in '89. . . 24 years ago! The water cam...
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Water Heaters 101
The water heater is the home's unsung hero, reliably operating behind the scenes to make possible many of the modern ...
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Looking to Save Energy? Consider Installing a Tankless Water Heater
Everyone is talking about “on demand” these days, but the buzz has moved well beyond movies and videos and into the w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hybrid Water Heater
If you’re paying through the nose for hot water in your house, you’ve probably already thought about replacing your c...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tankless Water Heaters
If your home is like most in the U. S. , you’re spending a fifth of your energy dollars heating your water. If your w...
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Tankless Hot Water Heaters: Should I or Shouldn't I?
Whether you are building a new home or retrofiiting an older one (like me), take time to evaluate the hot water syste...
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Constructing the Porch and Reviewing the Mechanical Systems
A big farmer's porch will run the whole width of the house. Bob discusses the boiler, which will heat the domestic hot water, radiant floor heating, and hydro-air...
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Reworking the Existing Plumbing and Replacing Brass Water Pipes with PEX Tubing
Bob reviews the work done on the existing plumbing in the basement and the replacement of obsolete brass water pipes.
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Installing an On-Demand Hot Water System
Bob talks with the installer of a new on-demand tankless water heater that is more energy efficient than tank water heaters.
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Toto Low-Flow Toilet
Bob meets with Lenora Campos from Toto USA, a leader in water technology and the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Bob to the dual-flush...
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Adapting New Technology to Historic Properties
Bob Berle shows Bob Vila the bowels of the home, including the decay that was prevalent but currently under repair. The 35,000 square foot basement was open to t...
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Space Savings and Increased Effeciency With a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Robert Kirkpatrick from Rinnai joins Bob to explain the tankless hot-water system being installed in the Manhattan Brownstonel.
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Efficient Burnham Boiler for Heat and Hot Water
Bob visits with Mark Lundquist of Burnham Hydronics to check out the boiler for the hot-water heating system being installed in the Mashpee, Massachusetts, afford...
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HVAC System Installation
Bob discusses the SpacePak HVAC system that's being installed to provide heating and cooling in the house and barn. The SpacePak system is well-suited to projects...
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Reviewing the Home's High-Velocity Mini-Duct HVAC System
Electrician Barry Driscoll installs a state-of-the-art surge protector, as well as an arc fault detector. In addition, the new John Wood water heater and RBI gas-...
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High-Efficiency Water Heater Installation and Buderus Factory Tour
Chris Hoff (from Buderus) demonstrates the features of the boiler and hot water heater installed in the basement, while Bob takes a tour of the Buderus factory in...
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Reviewing the Plumbing and Heating
The developer and the plumber guide Bob through the equipment-laden boiler room.
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Installing a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Bob meets with plumbing contractor Craig Rinaldi and Mary Moffroid (from Controlled Energy), who are installing a tankless hot water heater.
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Energy-Efficient Boiler Installed
A high-efficiency Buderus boiler is installed, and Steve Offutt (from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) explains the national Energy Star program.
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Tour of the Buderus Boiler Factory
Bob tours the Buderus factory in Wetzlar, Germany with Herr Schulte, vice president of research and development.
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Installation of the Buderus High Efficiency Boiler
Bob talks with factory representative Chris Hoff and heating contractor Peter Lydon during the installation of a Buderus high-efficiency boiler.
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Installing an Oil-Fired Boiler for the New Home Addition
Bob meets Jack O'Leary, the plumbing and heating contractor for the Newton, MA project. Since the house has doubled in size with the neaddition, the old heating u...
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HVAC System for the Greenhouse
Bob meets with HVAC contractor Dave Talbot to discuss the heating and cooling of the greenhouse. A system of thermostats, blowers, vented windows, and boiler has ...
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Discussing the Radiant Heat and Boiler
John Marran (from Energy Kinetics) and heating expert Frank Iadarola review the energy efficient boiler system that will supply heat to the hydronic floors and to...
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Hot Water Boiler Installation
Bob looks on as plumbing contractor Steve Bottazzi removes the old boiler and installs a new state-of-the-art system. At 280,000 BTUs, it is three times as strong...
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