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How to Live with Radiant-Floor Heat

How to Live with Radiant-Floor Heat

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Radiant-floor heating systems often include concrete slab floors, a combination that should produce steady temperatures without the frequent ups and downs of forced-air systems. But there's a catch: because the slab is slower to respond to changes in temperature, whether to turn down the thermostat at night becomes more than a simple question.

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How to Lay Tile Over a Concrete Slab

How to Lay Tile Over a Concrete Slab

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Uncoupling membranes used between a tile floor and a concrete slab should prevent any cracks in the concrete from affecting the tile, but will it lower the thermal mass potential of the concrete?

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Radiant Floor Heating: Can One Floor Heat Two Stories?

Radiant Floor Heating: Can One Floor Heat Two Stories?

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  Would a house be comfortable if you just heat the bottom floor?   With 6,000 heating degree days a year, Omaha, Nebraska, isn’t exactly balmy come mid-winter. If a ranch-style house has a radiant-floor heating...

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1950 CA Bungalow Bath Remodel

1950 CA Bungalow Bath Remodel

This bath remodel includes a HydroMassage whirllpool, custom cherry vanity with granite top, ThinWire floor heat, and Title 24 compliant halogen lighting.  The vanity was designed to...

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Reader Feedback: Fine Homebuilding Issue #202, April/May 2009

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Readers respond to Alex Wilson's open letter to President Obama and more.

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Rustic Modern Custom Home

Rustic Modern Custom Home

A custom home built with both rustic and modern elements. Home features wide plank pine and slate flooring, combined with wrought iron light fixtures and iron stair railing. High ceilings and clean...

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