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^ Unless you have really odd access issues, you should have to cut into the ceiling. I've taken air handlers apart and reassembled them in attics before in order to avoid stuff like that.

In my mind, the only thing to consider in replacing a HVAC system before failure is potential cost savings from a more efficient unit. The savings could be non-trivial if you're dealing with Texas summers. Of course, if you regularly get above 95, investigate the costs of a water-to-air system. There are rebates and tax credits in a lot of places. Typical air-to-air heat pumps don't work worth shit when it's super hot.

3/22/2019 9:38:00 AM

CalledToArms
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I agree that there are 'better' and more fun options out there and the mechanical engineer in me would love a true variable speed compressor with good dehumidification abilities etc. even if I stuck with air cooled condensing unit...but the payback just isn't there on this home. It's just over 1000ft2. So I'm just planning on getting a pretty basic single stage 16 SEER unit, with a new 80% AFUE single stage furnace and calling it a day. The savings over the 19 year old unit the current owners have will be something and it will at least get a new warranty etc.

Taking the air handler cabinet apart and re-assembling it is definitely an option. The attic access currently is very small. I may just go ahead and install a set of insulated attic stairs in the master bedroom to provide easier access to the attic anyway. I hate the look of them in the house, but the garage is on the exact other side of the house from the HVAC equipment. So that wouldn't provide great access to the HVAC, even though it would be a better install regarding drafts etc. in the home.

3/22/2019 4:07:37 PM

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If we just need a new tub/shower installed what the best way? Through a contractor or one of those bathroom remodel sales people?

3/22/2019 7:30:58 PM

CalledToArms
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alcove tub to be used as a shower/tub combo?

I would just go straight through a contractor. If you go through a remodel/GC type place who subs to the contractors youre just going to pay a markup on the contractor. For something this small I feel it would be super manageable even if you're not used to doing that.

I'm going through a whole bath remodel and I'm working through a wife interior designer and husband GC because I just don't have time to coordinate framing, drywall, electrical changes, tiling, new plumbing etc. on my own at the moment.

3/22/2019 9:26:11 PM

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Got my first quote to convert my screened porch to a sun room. Approx $5600. Would be for 6 custom fit sliding 3-panel windows & re-framing a few of the screened window supports (plus labor, etc). I'd keep the glass exterior door already in place. The side with the door already has one type of these windows, but it's the Pella brand (from Lowes?) & this price estimate takes into account a replacement for that. I could keep it to knock that price down (guess it would fall under 5k in that case), but it might not match well.

Unfortunately the frame for the awnings I have that cover the exterior would need an adjustment, as they're using the current screened window supports. I'll have to contact the awning company to see what I can get for new frames on the new window supports (or just not have awnings, but IDK if that would look better).

Does this sound reasonable, or at least in the ballpark? Still plan on getting estimates from a few other places.

4/22/2019 5:58:43 PM

CalledToArms
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came here to post but don't want to steal ^'s thunder. Unfortunately, I have no great frame of reference for converting a screened porch to a sunroom. My parents did something similar at one point on their old house and that sounds about right for the cost. I think they were around $4000 but this was probably 7 years ago.

Im meeting at our house tomorrow to go over in more detail the extent of the bathroom renovation. It's a small bathroom (the only bathroom) in a 1949 home. The upside to that is that it is not a huge space to renovate at least. Demoing existing tub/shower, demoing all the tile on the floor and the walls, demoing a built-in linen closet/cabinet, demoing the existing pedestal sink and fixtures and lighting. Installing a new alcove tub, new tiling of the walls for the shower and continuing that tile around most of the room at ~42". New wall-mounted vanity, wall open wall shelving, all new plumbing fixtures of course, new floor tiling, new mirror. Also installing an exhaust fan + heater combo with separate timer switches. We are not changing the layout much at all, but everything is getting a full facelift. Hoping we can make it happen in 4-6 weeks from demo to complete.

4/23/2019 5:20:23 PM

afripino
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welp....it finally happened. our 35 year old HVAC system bit the dust. it was good while it lasted. well, it was inefficient while it lasted, but good nonetheless. glad it happened early enough in the spring so we didn't have to suffer through miserable heat and price gouging.

$6300 for the new system. I'm not too butthurt about it.

[Edited on April 24, 2019 at 4:33 PM. Reason : ]

4/24/2019 4:29:01 PM

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Nice! I replaced my 17 y/o heat pump a while back in order to take advantage of a tax credit...but not sure that was the best decision.

4/24/2019 9:36:16 PM

Jeepin4x4
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does anyone have an air scrubber?

4/25/2019 10:29:11 AM

dtownral
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are you asking about a whole-house or portable?

i really want a whole house system but haven't gotten any quotes yet

[Edited on April 25, 2019 at 12:43 PM. Reason : if portable i have a couple winix plasmawaves and like them]

4/25/2019 12:43:14 PM

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