What pipe is this?


Hello and please bear with me. I’m no expert when it comes to plumbing but I will try to be as detailed as possible.

I’m trying to understand what a pipe does in my basement. The pipe seems to be filled with hot water and drains from upstairs down to the basement.
I followed the pipe and it seems to lead to the furnace and water boiler. However from there I’m not sure if it is going to the furnace or water boiler. The pipe in question seems to be interconnected to pipes that lead to both units. I have attached some pictures of the pipes below.

Something else I was told by a plumber awhile ago was that there is another pipe on the opposite side of the wall that does the same thing that leads into the furnace room as well.

1st Picture: The is an image behind the furnace + water boiler. The pipe I’m asking about is located on the far backside on the right hand side coming through the hole.

2nd Picture: shows the pipe connections on top.

I’m new to the site, so I can only post two pictures.
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How can I prevent condensation on a camera lens?


Is there anything out there to prevent condensation on camera lens? Taking Pictures on a golf course in Florida, camera was out in golf cart at least an hour and a half, when I took pix a lot were hazy.

How much condensation is okay on storm windows?


I have an old house that has both wooden and aluminum storm windows. Many of the windows develop condensation and frost on the storm windows when it’s cold outside. I made sure weep holes were clear, and I’ve tried various approaches to sealing the interior windows to prevent condensation on the storms. While sealing has reduced the condensation on the storms, it hasn’t completely eliminated it, even when following typical winter humidity guidelines.

Is there a certain amount of unavoidable exterior storm window condensation? Is some condensation okay? Is there a point at which storm window condensation would become a problem? Would it indicate that there would be condensation developing in other invisible places in the house, such as wall interiors or attic space?

Will foam tape stop condensation on metal windows?


I am having an issue that water is building up on the inside of my metal window. has anyone tried putting foam tape on inside or outside to stop condensation?

Why doesn't the fridge condense water like an air conditioner? [closed]


Simple question, why doesn’t the fridge condense water like an air conditioner?

I know that my ac condenses water (even in cool or heat) and don’t know why the fridge doesn’t. Aren’t they both supposed to work the same way?
If not, then why not build ac’s like fridges? I mean, they both do the same, cool some room space.
Maybe the fridge does condense water and I just don’t see it, if this is the case, then where does the water go?

Fixing window condensation on vinyl windows


I have double pane gas filled vinyl windows that are approximately 10 years old that recently starting condensation around the edges of the glass. I’ve done some basic caulking around a few of the windows but it didn’t’ seem to help. Should I caulk around where the glass meets the frame? Any tips to prevent the condensation and (likely) drafts?

See pictures below (note condensation is on the exterior of the window not inside):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ud82e7jqsgtz5o9/IMG_20151228_094959.jpg?dl=0
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/dwl5u2bpzpwil22/IMG_20151228_094934.jpg?dl=0

So much humidity in home over the winter


My home is a single level ranch style. All new windows that are less than 4 yrs old. It has base board heating. During the cold season, when the heat is on, there is an extreme excess of condensation on the inside of the windows in most rooms. In one bedroom, where there is a large bay window and small sliding window, I frequently find pools of water at the base of the bay window. Even the ceiling in one side of that room occasionally has droplets of water in about an area of about 1 foot and shows speckles of mold. I clean using a bleach solution but it comes back every month. This is the worst room in the house.

I have checked the insulation in the attic and it is sparse. Even the walls adjacent to the exterior are cold to the touch in the winter. I have 3 to 3 hanging bags of “Damp Rid” in the room but the problem persists. I have used a Dehumidifier in the past but it really drives up my electric bill.

My question is why is there so much condensation happening? What can be done to prevent or reduce it? Thank you for the feedback.

Why does AC unit need condensation drain trap?


I am modifying the drain pipe that drains my inside AC unit. When I purchased the home, there was an electric drain pump tied to the unit. Upon investigating why the unit needed one I found a pipe in the wall that used to drain the old AC system. The problem is the drain was too high in the wall to be used on the new AC when the previous owner replaced it.

So I opened up the wall and rerouted the pipe so it was at the same level. My problem is that the end of the drain is just barely low enough to create the minimum slope needed for water to drain correctly ( 1/4 inch drop per 1ft).

To make this work with a condensation drain trap, I was wondering if I could used the secondary drain coming off the unit as the main drain. This is because the secondary drain is about an inch higher then the main. If cant do this then I wont be able to use a condensation trap.

How important is the condensation drain and can I use the secondary drain rather then the main. Thanks guys!

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How can I get rid of condensation on a fixed lens?


I accidentally left my Nikon Coolpix L31 near some water and when I came back to take a picture of something the inside of the lens is all white and foggy when I turn it on. Can somebody help?

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tried leaving it out for a bit – it helped but its still a bit foggy

Basement waterproofing with thermal break


I need help figuring out best solution to fix my basement moisture/mold issue…

As far as I can tell, water is entering at bottom seam of poured concrete wall and basement floor. I considered external waterproofing, but I was quoted $32K (105ft of external wall) and I cannot afford that.

I am thinking of getting Basement Systems’ Waterguard perimeter french drain installed with thermaldry vapor barrier on the walls that channels any water from the concrete wall into waterguard (thermal dry is a bubble wrap type material with bubbles facing wall and an aluminum coating on the interior side. Essentially the bubbles let water make its way to the bottom where it leaks into french drain. Aluminum coating is supposed to reflect most of radiant heat back into the basement and provide some insulating value).

It would be installed like this:
Thermaldry with Waterguard

I have few questions/concerns:

1) There are vertical expansion cuts in poured concrete walls. These tend to leak after rains. How can I waterproof these cuts that are ~1/4″ wide and run top to bottom on wall? I used epoxy to fix cracks in walls before, but I would need massive amounts of the stuff to fill up the voids. Is there something else I could use?

2) Instead of thermaldry, I was going to use spray on closed cell insulation on the walls, but I am concerned with continued water seepage through cracks (I had several cracks over the years) & expansion cuts. What would happen if I had closed cell insulation sprayed on concrete walls with these leaks? Would water push insulation off the walls? Would it leak through?

3) Is it a good idea to have a vapor barrier against concrete walls? This bubble stuff has some insulating value but I am worried, humidity will still condense on the inside surface of vapor barrier. Is there an insulated vapor barrier available that would provide a thermal break while channeling any water from concrete wall to french drain?

4) I would like to avoid spraying foam insulation on thermaldry as it would probably void warranty. Can you think of a way I could install rigid XPS over thermaldry with no air gaps (and without voiding warranty)? I asked installer this question and waiting on answer.

5) There’s an 1/8″ wide crack in floor (maybe 10′ long) – how should I have it fixed?

6) I was thinking of rebuilding finished walls as: corning seal gasket, pressure treated 2×4″ plate, 2×4″ studs 24″ on center. Not sure about what insulation I should use (I guess depends on if I can get XPS installed over bubble wrap) and 1/2″ drywall on outside.

I am probably over complicating things, but I would like to have a solution that channels water from walls while also having a good thermal break to avoid condensation. Any and all advice is appreciated!!!

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