New Project

Andy has spent a lot of time this year planning his solar hot water system — for the radiant heating in the floor of the cottage. They finally started installing the supports for it Monday and yesterday.




Andy was hoping to get the system working this year, and it could still happen if we’re lucky. As usual, I will keep you posted.

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13 Responses to New Project

  1. bikehikebabe says:

    You can go barefoot in your cottage in the winter. Wow 😀

    • Jean says:

      My main experience with radiant heating in floors was my 6th grade classroom. I still remember how cozy it was when we would sit in groups on the floor. Hope this system works as well.

    • bikehikebabe says:

      What a fancy classroom you had & WAY back then too. 😉

      I was in an old brick building with oiled floors that was my father’s school a generation before me.

    • Jean says:

      It was just that one year in the new school. Remember the old one was way overcrowded — 40+ to 51 students in my 2nd-5th grade classes . I went back to the old school for 7-8th grades. It was an old building with oiled floors, and my mother and uncles had gone to it, too.

    • bikehikebabe says:

      But I bet you didn’t have the same teachers as your mother. My 2nd grade teacher taught my father.

  2. Evan says:

    What is the floor made of? If something goes wrong will you have to dig up the floor? If so how much hassle would this be?
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    • Jean says:

      There are seven separate channels of PEX tubing buried in concrete. If anything goes wrong we will simply disconnect the offending channel(s). There are no connections in the concrete.


    • Jean says:

      Can anything go wrong? A lot of things. That’s part of the adventure. Keep your fingers crossed for us. 🙂

  3. bikehikebabe says:

    Still think your cottage’s colors are YUMMY !

  4. Cathy in NZ says:

    even though it was a disaster to lose your original place, the project has been great incentive for the “man of the house” – so many new things, that you probably didn’t have in the old place – and having warm house floor will certainly add value to going there and being warm, when it’s cold-as 🙂
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    • bikehikebabe says:

      as cold as–Hell–no. as cold as a witches’ tit in January.

    • Jean says:

      We could have taken the insurance money and gone somewhere else, but getting busy rebuilding was more appealing than traveling around looking for something else suitable . And Andy made the right decision — build a much smaller place but have it finished, including heating. We now have a propane heater with the thermostat set at 60 degrees. Then when Andy gets there in winter he builds a quick fire which heats things up nicely. If he gets to the point that cutting wood is too much, he can always turn up the heater. Assuming the radiant heating doesn’t work as we hope — there’s a fair chance that won’t be done this year. Again, we’ll just have to see.

      It’s all very interesting.

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