Upcoming Events

May 2019: Meeting

When: Monday, May 13th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Boiler Inspections
Speaker:  Kurt Eickschen

Kurt Eickschen with RightMark Plumbing will be teaching a class on inspecting residential boilers. Topics include the following:

  • Old expansion tanks vs. new expansion tanks, what’s required when boilers are replaced
  • Finding exhaust gas leaks around boilers, what causes them, what the repair is
  • Pressure relief valve installation requirements
  • What happens when the mixing valve is closed (it’s not good!)
  • Vent sizing; 6″ vent connector into a 5″ chimney liner – big deal?
  • What’s involved in repairing a radiator that doesn’t heat up
  • What’s included when performing regular boiler service
  • Venting problems on condensing boilers When to replace vs. when to repair an old asbestos covered boiler
  • Removal costs for asbestos covered boilers
  • Causes of short cycling on a boiler
  • Photos of complicated boiler systems will be reviewed, and the components explained.

Registration includes unlimited pizza, salad, breadsticks, and soda.

$15 for ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 3:00 pm on 5/13/19.
$20 for non-ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 3:00 pm on 5/13/19.
Walk-in meeting fees are $20/$25 for chapter members/non-members, respectively.

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June 2019: Meeting

When: Monday, June 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Drainage solutions for the rainscreen building envelope
Speaker:  Tyler LeClear Vachta, Marketing & Education Manager at Masonry Technology Inc

About: Masonry Technology, Inc. manufactures comprehensive rainscreen systems for siding, stucco, stone and more. From rigid drainage mats that won’t compress during installation to lightweight ventilated furring strips for siding applications, to the first ventilated weep screed, MTI offers the most complete systems to keep exterior walls dry and durable.
Presentation:
The health & sustainability costs of moisture in the rainscreen building envelope can be dire! The evidence is clear that moisture-related building envelope failures, and their health-related consequences, are still commonplace. This course examines some well-known failure incidents as well as health issues related to moisture intrusion; it examines moisture-prone areas of the rainscreen building envelope, and it presents specific suggestions on how to remedy the problems in those areas with effective rainscreen moisture management systems.

July 2019: Meeting

When: Monday, July 8th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Home Inspections on Old Houses
Speaker:  Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech

This class will cover every single adverse condition that could ever be found in an old house. Ok, maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. The format will follow the ASHI SOP: what’s the condition, why does it matter, and what should be done about it?

  • Chimneys converted from wood to coal to gas, the importance of liners
  • Stucco-covered chimneys
  • Level 2 chimney inspections
  • Problems with old boilers
  • Old house doo-hickeys
  • Abandoned fuel oil tanks
  • Legal bedroom requirements
  • Drum traps
  • Floor drains
  • S-traps
  • Unvented drains
  • Steel drains
  • Sewer inspections: old homes or all homes?
  • Problems with galvanized steel and lead water supply pipes
  • Cross connections: problems and solutions
  • Asbestos
  • Overhead electrical wires (service drop)
  • Fuses services
  • Knob & tube wiring
  • Ungrounded three-prong outlets
  • Ungrounded lights

 

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